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20 Stars Passed Away And You May Not Know

The loss of the legendary former NBA player Kobe Bryant has caused so much pain around the world. However, there are so many other people that passed away and you may not know it, even though they were once stars just like him. Here is a list of 20 stars who left us quietly. 

1. BRITTANY MURPHY - PNEUMONIA

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With her debut in A View From The Bridge, Brittany Murphy found her way into the audience's hearts with her beauty and sweetness. Later on, she continued to impress people by appearing in Don't Say A Word, Sin City, etc. Sadly, her bright life ended at the age of 32 with pneumonia and anemia as the cause of death in 2009. 

2. CHRISTOPHER REEVE - INFECTION COMPLICATIONS

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Christopher Reeve will live long in everyone's mind as the original invincible Superman character, which he portrayed in 1978. However, he was left quadriplegic after an accident in 1995, which put him in a wheelchair and left him dependent on a portable ventilator to help him breathe. It eventually took his life due to complications from an infection in 2004.

3. MARGOT KIDDER - SUICIDE

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As someone also closely related to Superman, Margot Kidder found her way into the audience's hearts by portraying Lois Lane in the original Superman film with Reeve as well as its sequels. She died at the age of 69 in 2018, and her death was later ruled a suicide.

4. HEATH LEDGER - ACCIDENTAL INTOXICATION

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An accomplished and talented actor, Heath Ledger gained popularity and won multiple awards for portraying the Joker in The Dark Knight. Unfortunately, his commitment to the role also brought him mental health issues and eventually caused his death by an accidental overdose of prescribed medication in 2008.

5. LAUREN BACALL - STROKE 

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American actress and model Lauren Bacall was well known for her unique sultry looks in many films, including Young Man With A Horn, How To Marry A Millionaire, etc. She continued to appear in many films in her later career and won quite a few awards. She died one month before her 90th birthday in 2014 due to a massive stroke.

6. CHRIS CORNELL - SUICIDE

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Chris Cornell was best known as the lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist for the rock bands Soundgarden and Audioslave. Besides, he was also the founder and frontman of a rock supergroup, Temple of the Dog. Despite his great success in music, he chose to end his life by hanging in 2017.

7. CARRIE FISHER - CARDIAC ARREST

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American actress Carrie Fisher was well-known by almost every Star Wars fan by portraying Princess Leia, which won her great acclaim. She was also a writer and even had a few book tours. After one of the tours in Europe, she suffered a medical emergency, and the cardiac arrest caused her death in 2016. 

8. AVICII - SUICIDE 

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Tim Bergling, known as Avicii, was a Swedish musician and DJ who was widely loved by countless fans around the world. Some of his singles, including Wake Me Up and Waiting For Love, brought him into the limelight. However, he suffered from numerous health issues, and his poor mental condition eventually led to his suicide in 2018.

9. ALEXIS ARQUETTE - CARDIAC ARREST 

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Alexis Arquette was notable for her gender transformation in her late 30's, and her active support for the LGBTQ community. As an actress, cabaret performer, and underground cartoonist, she inspired a lot of souls with her influence. Sadly, a fatal cardiac arrest caused by HIV complications took her life at the age of 47. 

10. LEONARD COHEN - FALLING ACCIDENT 

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Legendary musician Leonard Cohen was best known for his hit song "Hallelujah," which earned him a place in the Canadian Music Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. After a long battle with leukemia, he eventually lost the fight by a falling accident in 2016.

11. LESLIE CARTER - DRUG OVERDOSE

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Leslie Carter was born into a family of musicians with brother Nick being a member of the Backstreet Boys and brother Aaron as a singer. Although she was not as famous as her brothers, she found her own way as a singer. Unfortunately, Leslie ended her life at the age of 25 by overdose after a long fight against depression and anxiety. 

12. COREY HAIM - PNEUMONIA 

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Corey Haim showed up on the screen as one of the most prominent teen stars in the '80s. His appearances in The Lost Boys, Murphy's Romance, Silver Bullet, and many other works gradually made him a successful teen idol. However, he was soon diagnosed with pulmonary edema and an enlarged heart, which led to his death in 2010.

13. ZOË LUND - HEART FAILURE

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No one can forget ZOË LUND's impressive portrayal of a woman battling addiction in Ms 45. In real life, she was not shy or apologetic about her heroin addiction or the lifestyle. Sadly but inevitably, she died of drug-related heart failure at the age of 37.

14. ROBERT KNOX - MURDERED 

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Young English actor Rob Knox will be remembered for appearing in the Harry Potter film as Marcus Belby. The 18-year-old was tragically stabbed to death in a bar brawl, as he was trying to protect his younger brother. Thankfully, his murderer received a life sentence for the crime.

15. RICHARD GRIFFITHS - SURGERY COMPLICATIONS

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Also well-known for being part of Harry Potter films, Richard Griffiths, who portrayed Uncle Vernon, was an English actor and won quite a few awards during his acting career. Unfortunately, after dealing with heart conditions, he passed away due to complications after heart surgery in 2013.

16. JOHN HURT - PANCREATIC CANCER 

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Sir John Vicent Hurt had about 5 decades of acting success during his career. Apart from many of his incredible performances, he was also in Harry Potter sequels as Mr. Ollivander, the wandmaker. The actor was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2015, which led to the end of the legend 2 years later. 

17. CHESTER BENNINGTON - SUICIDE 

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Known as the lead singer of Linkin Park, Chester Bennington gained great success from his albums, including Hybrid Theory, One More Night, etc. Rolling Stone magazine commented that his voice embodied so many emotions and captured vulnerable moments of life. Sadly, the Rock star decided to end his life by hanging in 2017. 

18. DORIS ROBERTS - STROKE 

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Award-winning actress Doris Roberts was best remembered for her acting in Remington Steele, and Everybody Loves Raymond. She kept herself active on the screen even in the latter stages of her career. However, at the age of 90, she passed away in her sleep following a stroke. 

19. NATASHA RICHARDSON - BRAIN INJURY

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Natasha Richardson gained her popularity from her role in The Parent Trap and a few other appearances such as Maid in Manhattan and The White Countess. Tragically, the rising star lost her life by a brain injury caused by a skiing accident in 2009.

20. FLORENCE HENDERSON - HEART FAILURE

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Florence Henderson was widely known for her portrayal of Carol Brady in The Brady Bunch. With such a reputation and a successful career, she later joined Dancing with the Stars in 2010 and hosted her own shows. Unfortunately, the 82-year-old passed away due to heart failure in 2016.

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