Many stars never get to see exactly how much of an impact they may have made on society and pop culture. Sadly, many pass away before they are able to reach their career goals.

As fans, we often sit and contemplate just how far a certain celebrity’s career may have gone if they hadn’t been taken away during the peak of their careers and at such young ages. These celebrities have died from sudden illnesses, tragic accidents, or they took their own lives. Their work of art will forever be loved and appreciated.

Aaliyah Dana Haughton

Aaliyah Dana Haughton

 

Aaliyah made it cool to be tomboy in the mid 90’s. The songstress already had the music game under her belt and was slowly transitioning into becoming a mega movie star. Aaliyah was at the height of her career when she passed away at the age of 22 from a plane crash.

Heath Ledger

Heath Ledger gained fame from his many films in the late 90’s and early 2000’s. The actor received so many accolades for his role as The Joker in 2008’s The Dark Knight, which was released months after his death. Ledger was only 28 when he died from accidental drug intoxication.

Otis Redding

Otis Redding is considered to be one of the greatest singers to ever live. He was even nicknamed the King of Soul. Redding wrote and recorded some of the most famous songs to date, Try A Little Tenderness, Sittin’ On The Dock of the Bay and even a song Aretha Franklin made popular, Respect. Redding was 26 when he sadly died.

Tupac Shakur

 

Tupac Shakur was a pioneer in the hip-hop community. Aside from his music, Tupac dabbled into acting starring in Poetic Justice alongside Janet Jackson and the cult-movies, Juice and Above The Rim. Tupac was also an activist for the Black Panther Party. Shakur died at age 25 after suffering fatal gunshot wounds from a drive-by shooting.

Christopher Wallace (Notorious B.I.G.)

Notorious B.I.G. was another pioneer in the hip-hop community. He died at the age of 24 after being fatally shot during a drive-by. Wallace was killed six months after the death of Tupac Shakur. Both were involved in the West Coast, East Coast rivalries in the 90’s.

Lee Thompson Young

Lee Thompson Young was notably know for his role in the Disney Channel series, The Famous Jett Jackson. Young’s last acting role was on the TNT series, Rizzoli & Isles. The actor committed suicide at the age of 29.

Selena

Selena was dubbed the Queen of Tejano Music, and is one of the best-selling Latino artists of all time. The Texas beauty’s life was cut short at the age of 23 when the president of her fan club, Yolanda Saldívar, shot her after it was discovered Saldívar was embezzling money from Selena.

Brandon Lee

Brandon Lee is the son of famous martial arts and action film actor, Bruce Lee. Brandon died at the age of 28, when he was accidentally shot while filming the movie, The Crow.

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