These entertainment icons died too young, some of them couldn’t reach their 40 years. In general, many actors or singers achieve to have a long professional path, win many awards, make several tours around the world, participate in many films, among others.
Unfortunately, not everyone has this luck. There are icons that, after his death, become legends or are part of the black history of the entertainment industry. In this post we will present you a list of 10 names of icons that could not reach four decades of life and their death made them gods of the popular culture.
Entertainment icons who couldn’t enjoy their entire career
James was an American actor who early in his career performed minor roles in television shows and plays during the 1950s. He has been considered a cultural icon of adolescent disillusionment and social distancing for his most famous film “Rebel Without a Cause”.
On the other hand, while he was working at Gigante he bought a Porsche Spyder 550 which he gave the name of The little bastard. Days before his death, he made an advertisement advising young people to drive carefully. After the film of the movie ended, Dean went to racing in a car race in Salinas.
One night before the competition, he was afraid because something could happen so he left his cat to Elizabeth Taylor to take care of. He passed away at the age of 24, on September 30, 1955.
This icon was a most popular American actress, model and singer of the 20th century, she was also considered as a sex symbol and a pop star. In 1945 she began working as a model and a few years later she began her career in Hollywood with the stage name of Marilyn Monroe.
On August 5, 1962, Los Angeles Police Chief Jack Clemmons received a call from Marilyn’s psychiatrist at 4:55 a.m. mentioning that the actress had died at home. He passed away at the age of 36.
Simon John Ritchie, better known as Sid Vicious, was an English musician considered one of the most important icons of the first wave of punk in 1970. He belonged to the Sex Pistols and was a bassist and backup singer from February 1977 until more or less mid-1978.
Sid had been on a detox program in jail. This is why on February 1, 1979 a party was planned to celebrate his release from it. The next day Michelle Robinson found Vicious dead for an overdose.
His body was cremated and days later his mother found a suicide note in his jacket pocket that said: “We made a pact of death, I have to fulfill my part of the bargain. Please bury me next to my baby. Bury me with my leather jacket, jeans and motorcycle boots. Goodbye”
John Winston Lennon was known to be one of the founders of the rock band The Beatles. This icon was an artist, musician and composer who was born in Liverpool where he formed the band The Quarrymen in 1995. In 1960 this group became The Beattles, but it was disintegrated at the end of this decade. Then Lennon started his solo career.
On December 8, 1980, Mark David Chapman shot Lennon in the back 5 times. He was quickly taken to Rooservelt Hospital but was pronounced dead when he arrived. No funeral was held and his body was cremated. His ashes were scattered in Central Park.
Sharon was an American actress and model who in 1960 acted in small television roles before appearing in movies. She was nominated for a Golden Globe for her performance in the film Valley of the Dolls. During 1967 she appeared regularly in fashion magazines as a cover image and model.
On the other hand, on August 9, 1969, this actress was at her mansion in California along with other friends when some members of the Charles Manson sect entered in her house and murdered everyone. Tate was killed with 11 stab wounds and all the bodies were found the next day by the housekeeper.
This icon was a 20th century Chinese American actor, writer, and martial artist. He is considered an innovative character of personal combat based on Kung Fu, founder of Jeet Kune Do and also a maximum exponent of the Wing Chun Kung Fu style in the West.
Talking about the causes of his death, Bruce at the beginning of 1973 had had several faints from which he could recover immediately. Unfortunately, on July 20 of this year, he passed away due to an allergic hypersensitivity to meprobanate, one of the chemical components of an analgesic for headaches.
Jim was an American singer-songwriter and poet considered an icon for being the lead singer of the rock band The Doors. Thanks to his personality, songs and performances, he was also considered one of the most influential singers in all the rock history.
Pamela Courson found Morrinson dead in the bathtub of his apartment in Paris, France. In this place he lived with her and many versions suggest that it could have been a murder and a suicide. However, they didn’t make an autopsy on his body and stated that he died for a heart attack.
This icon was a singer-songwriter and guitarist of Mexican origin but born in the United States. He was a pioneer of rock and roll and a forerunner of the Chicano rock movement. During his short artistic career he could acquire several hits like “La Bamba”, a song that Valens transformed with a rock rhythm.
He died from an accident in a plane, this was piloted by an inexperienced young man who, due to the strong snowstorm of that day, confused the reading of the instruments and instead of going up, he got off and crashed eight kilometers from take off in a field near the airport.
Robert Marley was a Jamaican musician, guitarist and composer. This music icon belonged to the bands The Wilers in the years 1964 to 1974 and to the band Bob Marley & The Wailers in the years 1974 to 1980. Today Marley is still considered the most respected interpreter of raggae music and is remembered also for spreading the music of Jamaica and the Rastafarian movement.
After a while, after 8 months of fighting against cancer, Marley decides to take a plane to return to Jamaica, but unfortunately during the trip his vital functions began to fail. When the plane landed he was took to the hospital, but on May 11, 1981 he died.
Legder was an Australian film and television actor. This icon moved to the United States after participating in films and television shows during the 1990s. Among his most prominent works are the films 10 things I hate about you and The Patriot.
On January 22, 2008, he was found unconscious in his Manhattan apartment. Based on the autopsy, Ledger died of acute poisoning from prescription abuse.