25 TV Stars Who Shockingly Died During Production

Many TV stars start out as working actors with dreams of getting their own show one day. Once that day comes, it’s a tragedy when their dreams fall apart. From young up-and-comers to solid veterans in the industry, many TV actors have unfortunately passed away during production. Who are these tragic performers of the small screen? Here are 25 TV Stars Who Shockingly Died During Production.

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Jon-Erik Hexum

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Back in the early 80’s, Jon-Erik Hexum was considered the “next big thing” to hit television. However, while he was on the set of Cover Up, Hexum grew bored and jokingly put a prop .44 Magnum revolver to his head. The prop fired and the blank round hit his skull and shattered it. The injuries were too serious, and he was taken off life support and passed away at the age of 26.


Joseph Kearns

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Joseph Kearns played the famous role of “Mr. Wilson” on the television show Dennis the Menace. He died unexpectedly of a cerebral hemorrhage due to his excessive dieting. His last episode was titled, “The Man Next Door.”


Nana Bryant

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Nana Bryant played the character Mrs. Wynona Nestor on the 1950’s show Our Miss Brooks. She died at the age of 67 during its production.


Dan Blocker

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Dan Blocker played Hoss Cartwright on the hit television show Bonanza. He died unexpectedly of a pulmonary embolism. They paid tribute to him in the episode titled “Forever.”


John Hamilton

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John Hamilton became famous for playing the role of Perry White on the television show The Adventures of Superman. He died of a heart attack in 1957.

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