12 Sad Celebrity Deaths That Shocked the World

Written By CJ Ervin

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Recently an entertainment forum discussed celebrity deaths that were surprising and devastating. Do you have any that really stung? I’ll go first. I was shocked and saddened by the sudden passing of Chadwick Boseman. Here is some other celebrity passing that hurt.

1. Lance Reddick

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One individual commented, “A friend talked me into seeing John Wick 4, and I really loved everything Lance had been in and was excited to go. Then he just passed away, which really saddened me as it was so unexpected.”

2. Jim Henson

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The creator of the Muppets and the main innovator in the puppeteering game, Jim Henson, has a legacy that will live on forever.

3. Mr. Rogers

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Several fanatics recall, “I still remember where I was when I heard he’d passed away. My high school band was at Disney World. There was a bust there of Mr. Rogers that was already covered in flowers when we got there that morning, and people were stopping to pay their respects even though it was raining. It just showed how truly beloved he was that so many generations felt like they’d lost a friend when he passed.”

4. Alan Rickman

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“My first movie intro to him was the Sheriff of Nottingham in Robin Hood Prince of Thieves, and I still threaten to take someone’s heart out with a spoon,” another recounted.

5. Steve Irwin

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Several commentators said, “I imagine that, if he had survived the stingray attack, he’d be back swimming with a school of stingrays in the next show. To show that there is nothing to fear and that the stingray that hit him didn’t really mean to do it. Then he would explain how they defend themselves, and also he’d kiss a ray at the very end of the show and call it his “little mate” before releasing it.”

6. Rik Mayall

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Someone else stated, “Rik Mayall devastated me. I cried all day. And I’m not one to mourn celebrity losses. But the fact it was him just broke my heart. I grew up loving him and laughing at him. RIP you, madman!”

7. Anton Yelchin

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The following cinephile declared, “He’s my go-to for this question. Poor guy had the whole world in front of him. He was in great movies (even his voice work in Trollhunters was great), and the way he went is just so random and awful. Not to say other deaths aren’t tragic, but I think his was more so when compared to the natural death of someone 99 years old, or a drug-related death of someone or someone taking their own life.”

8. Heath Ledger

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One fan admitted, “In 8th grade English class, we read Taming of the Shrew, and then the teacher let us watch 10 Things I Hate About You to show us how his works still impact writing today. So I had JUST discovered Heath and had a massive crush on him when he passed away less than a year later. It was the first celebrity death that really impacted me.”

9. John Ritter

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A respondent explained, “John Ritter is the only celebrity death that I’ve ever cried about. It was so sudden and unexpected, and he had seemed so nice. I cried throughout the episode of 8 Simple Rules, where they showed his TV family grieving his loss.”

10. Grant Imahara

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“His death was so random and unexpected that I genuinely didn’t believe he died. For a couple of days, after it happened, I was silently convinced it was an internet prank. Watching the videos of Adam Savage touring his workshop was hard too,” another sadly shared.

11. Chris Cornell

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“I’m a grown man, and I still tear up when I listen to his songs or see videos of him,” a music lover remembers. “Have you heard him do ‘You Never Knew My Mind’? Absolutely beautiful. Man, that guy could wail. The Freddy Mercury of our time.”

12. Chris Farley

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Finally, a cineaste remarks, “Watched Chris Rock talk about his death on the Howard Stern Show (from like 15 years ago or something). He talked about how frustrating the inevitability of it felt. He said that the people that he was really mad at and would never forgive are the people who kept him ‘just sober enough’ to keep making them money.”

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