Some celebrities are so beloved we wished they’d never gone away. Their entertainment pulled us away from reality and gave us a restful escape. Providing a unique outlet, their talents helped us tap into something we didn’t know existed. Whether through laughter, song, or an incredible performance; these celebrities showed us not only what it is to be human, but also inspired us to be better. Here are 25 Celebrity Deaths We Still Can’t Believe Are True.
Winning five Grammys for her 2006 album Back to Black, Amy Winehouse broke into the pop music scene at age 16 and blew up into a pop sensation. Despite her enormous talent, she struggled with drug and alcohol abuse, and it eventually caught up with her. She died at the young age of 27 to alcohol poisoning.
Michael Clarke Duncan
Known for his massive and muscular size, Michael Clark Duncan was a 6ft 5in and 300-pound star who seemed to propel to greatness after his performance in The Green Mile. Unfortunately, he tragically died of a heart attack at the age of 54.
Anton Yelchin was a great actor and a rising star taken from us too early. While he starred in big blockbusters like Star Trek, he also played leading roles in smaller films like The Green Room. Yelchin had a charm and humor we’ll all miss. He died at the age of 27 when his Jeep rolled down a steep driveway and pinned him against a brick mailbox pillar.
Adam West charmed us with his campy portrayal as Batman, zipping down poles, fighting villains with zany and bizarre tools, and putting up with Robin’s nonsense. His career took a bit of a dive after that, but his resurgence was a welcome one, showing up as the Mayor in the Fox comedy Family Guy. West died peacefully at 88 surrounded by his family and friends.
An early star of the rock ‘n’roll era, charming us all with his rhythm and blues style, Fats Domino had dozens of hits over the course of his career. Though he just recently passed, we already miss him. With 23 gold singles, he sold 65 million singles during that time and was considered second only to Elvis Presley. He passed away at his home in Louisiana at the age of 89.
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