Death may be a natural part of life, but it still catches us off guard. Even when we hear about the passing of our favorite celebrities we’re left with disbelief and heartache. This post will take you on an emotional rollercoaster as we look back at 13 celebrities who died way too soon and sent shockwaves through their fans all over the world.
1. Alan Rickman
“Alan Rickman,” one Redditor commented.
Another user shared, “I heard once that he was the only one who knew Snape’s ending because Rowling told him so that he could play the character more accurately. And the director used to get angry, but Rickman knew he was doing it right. I don’t think it’s true, but I like to think so.”
One user added, “I think it was that he asked her ‘What’s something important about Snape that no one else knows?’ Whe told him he was in love with Harry’s mom. Apparently, this heavily influenced his performance from the start.”
2. Anton Yelchin
One user posted, “Anton Yelchin. He was so young and had such a bright future, and for him to die in such a senseless way was heartbreaking. I still think about it.”
Another commenter replied, “All because of a faulty car.”
3. Grant Imahara
“Grant Imahara,” one user shared.
One user replied, “The Grant Imahara award they give out on BattleBots is a great tribute to him.”
Another user commented, “This is going to sound stupid, but he had an open Facebook account, and I added him; it turns out we shared a birthday; he even posted on my wall one time for it.”
One commenter responded, “It doesn’t sound stupid. It sounds awesome.”
4. Chris Cornell
One user added, “Chris Cornell.”
A second replied, “Black Hole Sun, ‘no one sings like you anymore,’ hits differently now.”
Another user shared, “This one hurt the most. I grew up with his voice, and the worst part was the reminder that you can never outrun your demons, and they can still show up at any age. His voice could always break my heart, but now more than ever.”
5. Norm Macdonald
“Norm Macdonald. Came out of nowhere, such a unique comedian,” one user shared.
Another commenter replied, “I didn’t even know he was sick.”
One Redditor added, “At least he went out killing the cancer too. I call that a draw.”
Another user responded, “One of the funniest norm bits, IMO. Especially after knowing he had cancer when he wrote it.”
6. Phil Hartman
“Phil Hartman,” commented one user.
Another user shared, “Yeah man… saw Andy Dick on tv last night, f- that guy.”
“Remember hearing about Jon Lovitz laying the smackdown on Andy? Yeah, I’d like to see the video,” one user replied.
7. Steve Irwin
One user commented, “My favorite thing was I was mad at the stingray taking him out. Saw another dude who posted a fist at an aquarium saying he should beat up sting rays to let them know Steve Irwin still got shooters out here. Then he posted another picture with his hand to the same sting rays and said, ‘That’s not what Steve Irwin taught me.'”
Another Redditor replied, “I remember seeing a post somewhere some time ago saying that Steve is probably in Heaven now patting that stingray and apologizing to it for startling it and saying ‘No hard feelings mate’ and that made me cry again. It’s definitely him.”
8. Carrie Fisher
“Carrie Fisher followed by her mom, Debbie Reynolds, the next day,” one user exclaimed.
Another user responded, “Man, that was a terrible year. Carrie Fisher, Debbie Reynolds, David Bowie, Prince, Leonard Cohen….”
One commenter added, “The way that year started with David Bowie, then a week later Alan Rickman really set us up for depression. George Michael going on Christmas Day, and Carrie Fisher to end the year was brutal.”
9. Cameron Boyce
One user posted, “Cameron Boyce—grew up with Jessie playing now and then. Awful to lose someone so young.”
Another user replied, “This was my answer too. I’m older, but I watched Jesse with my kids, and we LOVED the Descendants movies!! He was so young and multi-talented. He had a great career ahead of him, and I feel for his family.”
10. Heath Ledger
“Heath Ledger,” one user said.
Another user replied, “The career this man was about to have.”
One Redditor commented, “Same. I had always appreciated him as a teen and then loved the leading man he was turning into heading into my twenties. His death was so surprising and sad.”
11. Anthony Bourdain
One user mentioned, “Anthony Bourdain.”
Another user shared, “That was a gut punch. Even worse that it was suicide.”
One commenter replied, “I don’t usually hold celebrities—people I don’t know—in admiration, but I absolutely did with Anthony Bourdain. He seems like he tricked the world into letting him live his best life while paying him handsomely for it. And in doing so, he injected some much-needed humanitarian perspective into often-forgotten parts of the world.
“‘Travel isn’t always pretty. It isn’t always comfortable. Sometimes it hurts; it even breaks your heart. But that’s OK. The journey changes you; it should change you. It leaves marks on your memory, on your consciousness, on your heart, and your body. You take something with you. Hopefully, you leave something good behind.’
That his death was a suicide—and knowing that he, like me—suffered with anxiety and depression, made this one a blow that really, really hurt.”
One Redditor added, “It’s interesting that everyone was jealous of the lifestyle he seemed to have on his shows. Traveling to incredible destinations and learning about new cultures is something a ton of people were envious of. But he did one interview where he talked about how grueling the schedule was for him. I remember when he talked about the fact that he was rarely home long enough for him to do a whole load of laundry. That always stuck with me,” one user commented.
One Redditor commented, “That was the reason why his second wife, Ottavia, divorced him. During an interview, she said she still loved him and would always love him, but being without a partner for 8 months out of the year wasn’t the life she wanted anymore.”
12. Chris Benoit
One Redditor posted, “[Chris] Benoit. I was a huge fan of his for a very long time and followed his whole career. I had no idea he could do something like that; it was horrifying.”
One user commented, “I remember watching the WWE tribute to him before the circumstances were revealed. They were doing a storyline in which Vince ‘died’ then to see him the following week with everyone one stage was odd. The news was crazy. Even more so later.”
13. Chadwick Boseman
One user answered, “Chadwick Boseman. No one really had any idea of his struggle with cancer and only knew him as a beefed-up Black Panther. Dude was a Marvel Superhero, for crying out loud, then one day… gone.”
Another user agreed, “Same here. It was a shock for sure.”
One Redditor added, “That death really hit me hard. It still does to this day—one of the few deaths that made me break down crying. He wasn’t only a comic book hero. He was a hero for so many black children (even adults like myself) because seeing ourselves represented in such a positive and impactful way invoked so much pride. Because I had most of what I needed, I went as Killmonger for Halloween after that movie came out!
“That movie hit differently for the black community, so his death was devastating. To know he was battling that cancer while he was filming Black Panther, while also visiting children with terminal cancer, just… Ugh… We lost a good one. RIP.”
One user shared, “That one hit my son hard. We’re actually white, but Black Panther was his absolute favorite superhero and still is. And that was such a significant relief to me. As a parent, particularly in a rural area, I’m always concerned that he may pick up bad ideas from kids at school or wherever. While I don’t think it should be necessary, Black Panther was a great representative of positivity for the black community, and for my white son to have a black superhero as his favorite gave me quite a bit of relief that he’s not picking up racist ideas from his peers.
“When I told my son what happened, he teared up. He didn’t cry, but he’s still bummed to this day about him dying.”
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