People see celebrities as being larger than life. It’s easy to think they’ll always be around, so it’s a shock when they pass away unexpectedly. Certain celebrity deaths were so stunning that it’s hard to accept they’re gone. When an online community was asked which celebrity deaths shook people worldwide, the answers were gut-wrenching.
1. Chadwick Boseman
For numerous fans, the 2020 death of Chadwick Boseman was the most shocking of losses. He had been privately fighting advanced cancer for several years. He didn’t publicly disclose his diagnosis even when it advanced into the terminal stages.
Only after news of his death broke most people became aware of his illness. “He was heading toward the apex of his career and is suddenly gone from cancer. And so young,” someone states.
2. Kobe Bryant
Several months before Boseman’s tragic death was the devastating 2020 helicopter crash that took the lives of nine people, including retired basketball legend Kobe Bryant and one of his daughters. Bryant was only four years into retirement from the NBA and starting his second act as an Academy Award winner and youth basketball coach for his daughter’s team when the crash occurred.
3. Princess Diana
Most adults around in late August 1997 can remember precisely where they were when they heard the news that Princess Diana had died due to her injuries from a car crash in a Parisian tunnel. She died just a year after her divorce from Prince Charles, leaving two sons and a world of mourners stunned by the sudden loss of the mom and philanthropist. Diana will always be remembered as “The People’s Princess.”
4. Paul Walker
The handsome star of the Fast and the Furious movie franchise was in the middle of filming Furious 7 when he and a friend were killed in a car accident in 2013. His untimely and sudden death sent shockwaves throughout Hollywood and his fans worldwide. Furious 7 ends with the song “See You Again” by Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth, written as a dedication to Walker.
The Grammy Award-winning Tejano singer (full name Selena Quintanilla Perez) was on the verge of achieving her dreams of crossover success in the mainstream music industry when she was gunned down by the president of her fan club and boutique manager in 1995 at the age of 23. Despite being gone for nearly three decades, her fan base has only grown, and she has become a pop culture icon for millions.
6. James Gandolfini
After his run as a conflicted mob boss in the hit HBO series The Sopranos, the show’s viewers eagerly anticipated the filming and releasing of the rumored Sopranos movie. Fans recall the incredulity they felt when they read he had suddenly passed away at age 51 in 2013. There will never be another actor like him or another character like Tony Soprano.
7. Stevie Ray Vaughan
After spending the evening performing in a jam session as part of the opening act for Eric Clapton, blues guitarist and singer Stevie Ray Vaughan was among five people killed in a helicopter crash in 1990. His death was all the more tragic because, after years of battling drug and alcohol addictions, he achieved sobriety in the last years of his life. His influence on blues music continues to this day.
8. David Bowie
The legendary singer, songwriter, and actor had a following that spanned the globe and decades of fandom. Whether he was the alien rockstar Ziggy Stardust, or the elegant Thin White Duke, David Bowie was a master of reinvention.
Blackstar’s last album was thought to be another rebirth, but sadly “it was created as a going-away album,” says a commenter in the thread. “It was a poetic ending to his life,” they continue. The singer died of cancer in early 2016.
An R&B superstar in the making and a budding actress, Aaliyah was on the cusp of being a dual talent threat. The soprano with the ethereal voice had many hits, including “Back & Forth,” “Try Again,” and “Are You That Somebody?”
Sadly, all of the promises she showed didn’t come to fruition. After filming her final music video for her single “Rock the Boat,” Aaliyah was among nine people who died in a small plane crash in the Bahamas.
10. Michael Jackson
Generations of fans grew up listening to Michael Jackson, first when he was a child member of the Jackson 5, then as an adult when he branched out to a solo career. He was a global icon who revolutionized the worlds of music and dance. When he unexpectedly passed away in 2009, the world seemed to be mourning. The King of Pop may be gone, but he left an unmatched musical legacy behind.
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