15 Facts About People Who Died Young
Born c. 1341 BCE, died c. 1323 BCE, age 19.
A pharaoh of the 18th Egyptian dynasty more than 3000 years ago, King Tutankhamun is one of the most famous Egyptian kings. He died at a young age of 19 because of an infected leg.
Alexander the Great
Born July 20, 356 BCE, died June 13, 323 BCE, age 32.
One of the greatest military leaders in human history, he never lost a single battle except for the battle against his own life. Alexender the Great died of malaria at the age of 32
Born August 31, 12 AD, died January 24, 41 AD, age 28.
Emperor of Rome for a little over three years, Caligula (real name Gaius Caesar) was known as one of the Empire’s more cruel leaders. He was assassinated by a group of guards in 41 AD well before his 29th birthday.
Born December 8, 1943, died July 3, 1971, age 27.
Lead singer of The Doors, Morrison was known both as a songwriter and a sex symbol. He was found dead in his bathtub shortly after from what is believed to be heart failure related to his substance abuse problems.
Baptized February 26, 1564, died May 30, 1593, age 29.
Immensely successful playwright, Marlowe was killed in 1593 in a fight with three men over the bill at an inn.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Born January 27, 1756, died December 5, 1791, age 35.
Mozart was a prolific composer but it didn't last long! In his early thirties, his mental and physical health began deteriorating, and he died at age 35 of uncertain causes.
Born October 31, 1795, died February 23, 1821, age 25.
One of the most famous Romantic poets, Keats is known for his poetry. He contracted tuberculosis in 1819 and died just two years later.
Born July 30, 1818, died December 19, 1848, age 30.
The writer of hit classic Wuthering Heights, Emily also died of tuberculosis in 1848.
Born June 1, 1926, died August 5, 1962, age 36.
One of the most famous icons in the world, Marilyn starred in films such as Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and Some Like It Hot and had high-profile marriages with baseball legend Joe DiMaggio and playwright Arthur Miller. According to a report, Marilyn Monroe overdosed on at least 40 Nembutal pills, but there wasn’t a single pill found in Marilyn’s stomach.
Born October 27, 1932, died February 11, 1963, age 30.
A Pulitzer Prize winner, Sylvia Plath is often remembered for her troubled marriage to poet Ted Hughes. Battling depression, she committed suicide at a young age of 30 in 1963.
Born March 9, 1934, died March 27, 1968, age 34.
The first person to trave space in 1961, Yuri Gagarin died in 1968 in a plane crash.
Born November 27, 1940, died July 20, 1973, age 32.
One of the most popular Martial artists, Bruce Lee died in 1973 from an unexpected reaction to painkillers.
Born February 6, 1945, died May 11, 1981, age 36.
Without any doubt, Bob Marley was one of the most influential reggae musicians ever and is still heard by many people across the world. He died of cancer in 1981 at just 36 years old.
Born July 1, 1961, died August 31, 1997, age 36.
The mother of Prince William and Prince Harry and the onetime wife of Prince Charles, Princess Diana was known for her humanitarian spirit! Unfortunately, she died in a car crash, along with her boyfriend Dodi Fayed, in 1997.
Twenty years after the fatal car crash, a firefighter named Xavier Gourmelon revealed Princess Diana’s last words - “My God, what’s happened?” , before she was pulled from the wreckage.
She suffered cardiac arrest shortly after being loaded onto a stretcher. She was resuscitated, but died later in hospital of her injuries.
Born April 4, 1979, died January 22, 2008, age 28.
Ledger was a prolific actor who began his career with movies like 10 Things I Hate About You and A Knight’s Tale. Shortly after portraying the Joker in The Dark Knight, Ledger died from an accidental drug overdose.
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