5 Celebrities Who Were Lost Before 30
This is a sad list of some celebrities who were tragically lost early in their career and life.
Heath Ledger, 28
Heath accidentally overdosed on prescription drugs on 22 January, 2008 during the editing of The Dark Knight, and midway through shooting for his final movie, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus.
He was found dead in bed in his Manhattan flat by his housekeeper and masseuse at around 3pm.
Ledger taken six types of drug, and the toxicology report states: "We have concluded that the manner of death is accident, resulting from the abuse of prescribed medications."
Lee Thompson Young, 29
Actor Lee Thompson Young committed suicide in his Los Angeles apartment, his manager said,
"It is with great sadness that I announce that Lee Thompson Young tragically took his own life this morning," Jonathan Baruch said.
Young, 29, is best known for the leading role on Disney's "The Famous Jett Jackson" television series starting in 1998.
More recently he has been acting in TNT's "Rizzoli & Isles" as Detective Barry Frost.
Rizzoli & Isles said a final goodbye to its late co-star Lee Thompson Young, starting when the TNT series returns for its fifth season. Young committed suicide on August 19, 2013, at age 29, and he didn’t appear in the last batch of episodes for the drama’s fourth season.
Months later, The New York Daily News uncovered that Young suffered from both bipolar disorder and depression in the time leading up to his suicide. A toxicology report uncovered no drugs or alcohol in his system. The gun he used to take his own life, a 40 caliber semi-automatic was registered in his name. Young also failed to leave a suicide note explaining his actions. His doctors also said he never showed never showed any signs stress or financial problems during his visits.
Kurt Cobain, 27
On April 8, 1994, Kurt Cobain's body was found in a greenhouse above the garage of his Seattle home. Across his chest lay the 20-gauge shotgun with which the 27-year-old singer, guitarist and songwriter ended his life. Cobain had been missing for six days.
An electrician installing a security system in the house discovered Cobain dead. Even though the police, a private-investigation firm and friends were on the trail, his body had been lying there for two and a half days, according to a medical-examiner's report. A high concentration of heroin and traces of Valium were found in Cobain's bloodstream. He was identifiable only by his fingerprints.
Amy Winehouse, 27
Winehouse's bodyguard said that he had arrived at her residence three days before her death and felt she had been somewhat intoxicated. He observed moderate drinking over the next few days. He observed her "laughing, listening to music and watching TV at 2 a.m. the day of her death". According to the bodyguard, at 10 a.m. he observed her lying on her bed and tried unsuccessfully to rouse her. This did not raise much suspicion because she usually slept late after a night out. According to the bodyguard, shortly after 3 pm, he checked on her again and observed her lying in the same position as before, leading to a further check, in which he concluded that she was not breathing and had no pulse. He said he subsequently called emergency services.
At 3:54 p.m. BST on 23 July 2011, two ambulances were called to Winehouse's home in Camden, London. Winehouse was pronounced dead at the scene. Shortly afterwards, the Metropolitan Police confirmed that she had died. After her death was announced, media and camera crews appeared, as crowds gathered near Winehouse's residence to pay their respects. Forensic investigators entered the flat as police cordoned off the street outside; they recovered one small and two large bottles of vodka from her room. After her death, the singer broke her second Guinness World Record: for the most songs by a woman to simultaneously appear on the UK singles chart, with eight.
A coroner's inquest reached a verdict of misadventure. The report released on 26 October 2011 explained that Winehouse's blood alcohol content was 416 mg per 100 ml (0.416%) at the time of her death, more than five times the legal drink-drive limit. According to the coroner, "The unintended consequences of such potentially fatal levels was her sudden death."
Aaliyah was killed in a plane crash in the Bahamas.
The 22-year-old singer and actress, born Aaliyah Haughton, was one of nine people aboard a twin-engine plane that crashed seconds after taking off from the Bahamas, according to Grand Bahama police superintendent Basil Rahming. All nine died.
Aaliyah was in the Bahamas shooting a video, Minister of Tourism Tommy Turnquest told the Associated Press.
She died instantly when the plane, a Cessna 402B, exploded on impact just 200 feet beyond the end of a runway at Marsh Harbour International Airport on Abaco Island at 6:45 p.m., Rahming said. The craft, which was bound for Opa-Locka Airport, just northwest of Miami, apparently suffered engine failure upon liftoff, he said. Others killed in the accident included Aaliyah makeup artist Eric Foreman, 29, and Virgin Records representative Douglas Kratz, 28, according to Rahming. Two other women and three other men, including the pilot, died in the crash; another male passenger died early Sunday morning in Nassau, where he was awaiting airlift to a Miami hospital, authorities said.