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14+ Tragic Celebrity Deaths From The Last Decade

Death is never easy.

When the world loses a celebrity, tributes are quick to pour in from fans across the world, and while every loss is tragic, there have been some major names in the industry whose death hit us that much harder.


Amy Winehouse

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The iconic singer, who had a long and troubled past with substance abuse, passed away at the young age of 27 in 2011.

It was ultimately alcohol poisoning that got her in the end since the coroner's report showed that her blood alcohol levels were five times higher than the legal drinking limit at the time of her death.

Cory Monteith

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It was ultimately drugs that killed the 31-year-old recovering addict in 2013.

His body had been found in his hotel room after he was supposed to check out but didn't. An autopsy later showed that there was heroin and alcohol in his system.

His death was a major blow to the world, especially his girlfriend and Glee co-star, Lea Michele.


It was a very sad day when the prolific singer Prince had died in 2016 at the age of 57.

His death was ruled to be an accidental overdose, as he had an "exceedingly high” concentration of fentanyl his system when he was found unresponsive in an elevator.

A week before his death, it was also reported that the singer had been suffering from dehydration and the flu.

Paul Walker

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The sudden passing of The Fast and Furious Star still stings.

He had been on a break from filming the latest movie in the popular franchise when he and his friend Roger Rodas took Walker's new Porsche Carrera GT for a drive.

When the car crashed at alarmingly high speeds, both men tragically lost their lives.

David Bowie

When the legendary singer-songwriter died in 2016, it came as a surprise to everyone but his family.

That's because the singer kept the fact that he was terminal with liver cancer a secret.

Even after his passing, he'll always be remembered for the huge, creative impact he's made on music.

Whitney Houston

Whitney is another celeb who struggled with a long history of drug and accidental abuse.

This all came to a head in 2012 when the iconic singer was found dead from accidental drowning in her bathtub.

The coroner's report found that heart disease and cocaine contributed to this.

Chris Cornell

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The rocker's death truly shook the music world.

People were even more saddened to discover that his death was a suicide.

After performing in Detroit, he went into the bathroom and took his own life.


Cameron Boyce

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At just 20 years old, the actor tragically passed away in his sleep from a seizure.

Later, it was discovered that the actor had been dealing with the ongoing medical condition, epilepsy.

Boyce was well-known for his role on Disney's Jessie, as well as his roles on Grown Ups, The Descendants, and Mirrors.

Anthony Bourdain

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The celebrity chef made headlines all over the world when he tragically took his own life in 2018. He was 65.

At the time, he had been filming his show, Parts Unknown.

Thankfully, fans will always have his books and television shows centered around his love for food to remember him by.

Leonard Nimoy


Star Trek fans everywhere were devastated when the legendary actor passed away at the age of 83 in 2015.

His death came after a long battle with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Alan Thicke

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The father of Robin Thicke passed away in a very tragic way in 2016: he suffered a heart attack while playing hockey with his youngest son, Carter.

Most remember him from his early days in Hollywood when he starred as Dr. Jason Seaver on Growing Pains from 1985-1992.

Luke Perry


The veteran actor's death was truly an untimely one as he suffered a massive stroke at just 52.

He left behind a great family, amazing fans, as well as a career in Hollywood with shows like 90210 and Riverdale.

Carrie Fisher

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Star Wars fans are still shaken over the tragic death of Carrie Fisher in 2016.

Even more tragic than her sudden death was the fact that it happened only a day before her mother Debbie Reynolds passed away.

Joan Rivers

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It's hard to believe it's already been almost six years since Rivers passed away.

The outspoken star's death came as a complete surprise since she had only undergone a minor throat surgery.

Sadly, due to complications, she passed in September 2014 at the age of 81.

Robin Williams

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While it's hard to rank deaths, the passing of Robin Williams is certainly one that hurts most.

This is due to his huge impact the beloved actor had on our childhoods, with classics including Peter Pan, Jumanji, and Mrs. Doubtfire.

It was reported that Williams took his own life after he was diagnosed with Lewy body dementia, a progressive brain disease.

Mary Tyler Moore

The beloved icon, who won six Emmys and even an Oscar nomination during her career, passed away in 2017 at the age of 80 from cardiopulmonary arrest due to pneumonia.

She'll be most remembered for starring in her own show, fittingly called The Mary Tyler Moore Show.

Elizabeth Taylor

The iconic actress may have died peacefully from heart failure at the age of 79 in 2011, but her memory lives on.

She'll be remembered for her violet eyes, just the same as she'll always be remembered for her major roles and those many marriages.

Bill Paxton

You probably know Paxton from the number of films and TV shows he starred in throughout the years, including Titanic, Tornado, Aliens, and Big Love.

Sadly, he passed from a stroke in 2017. His family ended up filing a wrongful death suit since they believed that the stroke he had after heart surgery was preventable.

Tom Petty

The "Free Fallin'" singer may be from the band Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, but it was the world who was left heartbroken after his passing in 2017.

His death was ultimately ruled to be an accidental drug overdose from prescribed medications since he had been using them to treat several medical issues at the time.

Anton Yelchin


Anton's death is the tragic case of a talented person being taken from the world way too soon.

The Star Trek actor was only 27 when he died during a freak accident. His car had rolled down his driveway and pinned him.

George Michael

The world needed a lot of "faith" to get through the tragic death of the talented Wham! star.

The holidays were less-than-festive that year since Michaels was found dead in his bed on Christmas day due to natural causes, which ultimately stemmed from heart disease.

Mac Miller

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An accidental overdose is what tragically killed Mac Miller in September 2018.

The rapper had always been so open about his struggles with substance abuse, including the many times he had gotten sober before.

His death was a huge loss to the world, especially to singer Ariana Grande who dated him for several years. Since his passing, she's publically honored him.

Burt Reynolds


The veteran actor was just reading lines for what would be his final movie when he went to the washroom and took a heart attack in 2018.

He'll always be remembered for being a '70s sex symbol due to his rugged good looks.

Aretha Franklin

The world lost a part of its soul the day the Queen of Soul passed away. The year was 2018 and she was 76.

Her death came after a long, but courageous battle with a pancreatic tumor. At least we'll always have her music.

Philip Seymour Hoffman


The talented actor, best known for playing quirky, off-beat characters, passed away in 2014 from an accidental overdose.

He was found on his bathroom floor in New York with a syringe in his arm.

According to the official coroner's report, there was a mix of heroin, cocaine, benzodiazepines, and amphetamine in his system.

Hugh Hefner

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The Man, the Myth, and the Legend behind Playboy passed away after a long and very interesting life in 2017. He was 91.

According to his death certificate, his official cause of death was cardiac arrest and respiratory failure.

Gene Wilder

Our childhoods took a hit when the star of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory passed away in 2016.

He was also known for his role in Young Frankenstin.

The accomplished actor died at the age of 83 from Alzheimer's disease.

James Gandolfini


The actor, best known for his role on The Sopranos passed away in what can only be described as tragic circumstances.

That's because he had been vacationing with his family in Rome when he had a sudden heart attack. He was 51.

Alan Rickman

If only there was a magic spell that could bring back the beloved Harry Potter star who tragically passed away from cancer in 2016.

He was 69. His passing caused several of his Harry Potter co-stars to mourn his loss.


The music world just hasn't been the same since the talented Swedish DJ took his own life in 2018.

According to TMZ, he cut himself with a broken bottle while on vacation. His family later claimed that he did so because he "wanted to find peace."

Chuck Berry

When the rock 'n' roll pioneer passed away from cardiac arrest on March 18, 2017, the world lost one of its greats.

The legend will always be known for his impressive guitar rifts, unique on-stage presence, and, of course, his incredible tunes, which include "Brown-Eyed Handsome Man" and Johnny B. Goode."