Movie Stars Who Died Undone

When the unexpected happens in Hollywood, the results can be disastrous if the star holding the lead role in a movie dies before it can be finished or released. Some of these deaths are natural occurrences due to medical conditions. Others were obviously the result of the toll their celebrity status took upon their health and their personal lives. But all of them were shocking tragedies.



Aaliyah Dana Haughton was an R&B and pop singer who successfully crossed over into acting. She was awaiting the release of her second motion picture, Queen of the Damned when she died on August 25, 2001. The twin engine Cessna 402B in which she was a passenger crashed after wrapping up filming on a music video in the Bahamas. When the accident was investigated, it was discovered that the plane was overloaded, exceeding the standard weight tolerance specifications outlined by Cessna.

River Phoenix


River died on October 30, 1993 as a result of an accidental narcotic overdose before the release of the movie Silent Tongue, and while still filming Dark Blood. There is still a lot of controversy concerning the exact circumstances of his death due to his father’s prior involvement with a cult called the Children of God. In a 1991 interview with Details magazine, River recalled his childhood in the cult and disclosed that he had been a victim of sexual abuse. Rumors circulated that his death was an act of retaliation for revealing the cult’s secrets. However, no evidence could be found to substantiate the suspicion.

Tupac Shakur


Rapper Tupac Shakur was murdered on September 7, 1996 before the release of his two movies, Gang Related and Gridlock’d. He was shot and killed in a drive-by shooting while in Las Vegas after attending a boxing match between Mike Tyson and Bruce Seldon. His remarkable performances in the two movies indicated the depth of his talent and the tragic and violent death left the world stunned in disbelief. Not only will his multitude of fans continue to mourn his death deeply, but it will also serve as a stark reminder of how vulnerable all of us are to such random violence. It has been suggested on numerous occasions that his death was a result of the escalating feud between himself and rapper Notorious B.I.G., which also involved their respective production companies. No evidence has ever surfaced that could help find his killer.

Bruce Lee


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