Actors Who Died Tragically In Their 20s

By Jason

January 22, 2008 Celebrities 5 Comments

With the untimely death of Heath Ledger fresh in our minds, it brings to mind other young and talented actors who also died tragically in their 20s (Ledger was only 28).

James Dean, 24, died Sept., 30, 1955, after an automobile crash on the highway near Paso Robles, Calif.

Sharon Tate, 26, was murdered Aug. 9, 1969, by followers of Charles Manson in Los Angeles.

Freddie Prinze, 22, died Jan. 29, 1977, after shooting himself in Los Angeles.

Jon-Erik Hexum, 26, died Oct. 18, 1984, after accidentally shooting himself with a prop gun in Los Angeles.

Rebecca Schaeffer, 21, was murdered July 18, 1989, by stalker Robert John Bardo in Los Angeles.

Brandon Lee, 28, died March 31, 1993, after accidentally being shot on the set of "The Crow" in Wilmington, N.C.

River Phoenix, 23, died Oct. 31, 1993, from a drug overdose outside of a night club in Los Angeles.

David Strickland, 29, died March 22, 1999, after hanging himself in a hotel room in Las Vegas.

Jonathan Brandis, 27, died Nov. 12, 2003, from injuries he suffered after hanging himself in Los Angeles.

Brad Renfro, 25, died Jan. 15, 2008, the day after reportedly spending the previous evening drinking with friends.

I think this list just goes to show you that it doesn’t matter how young, successful, and vibrant you think you are, life can be fleeting. It’s also a good example of how we shouldn’t assume that success at something will make us happy. Some of the people on this list were very successful, but, obviously not very happy.

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