15 Celebs Who Died While Filming a Movie or Show (PHOTOS)

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15 Celebs Who Died While Filming a Movie or Show (PHOTOS)

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15 Celebs Who Died While Filming a Movie or Show (PHOTOS)

While in the midst of film or TV projects, these celebs’ lives were cut short before they could even finish them. From a drug overdose to an accidental shooting on set, these stars were taken far too soon.

Click the gallery above to see 15 stars who died while filming a movie or show.  

15 Celebs Who Died While Filming a Movie or Show (PHOTOS)
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Paul Walker

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In 2013, Paul was tragically killed when his friend Roger Rodas lost control of his Porsche and slammed into a tree. Ironically, Paul was in the middle of filming a movie based on fast cars, Fast & Furious 7


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Marilyn Monroe

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Marilyn Monroe

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In 1962, the blonde beauty died from a barbiturate overdose. She was in the midst of filming Something’s Got to Give. She was only 36 years old. 


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Heath Ledger

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While he was filming The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus, Heath tragically died from an overdose of prescription painkillers, anti-anxiety meds, and sleeping pills. He was only 28 at the time of his death. 


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River Phoenix

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While he was filming the movie Dark Blood, River died from a drug overdose at the age of 23. 

And it sounds crazy but the movie wasn’t released until 23 years later

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Philip Seymour Hoffman

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Following many years of sobriety, Philip relapsed in 2014 and died of combined drug intoxication. He was only one week away from completing filming on Hunger Games: Mockingjay


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Cory Monteith

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In between the fifth and sixth seasons of Glee, Cory infamously overdosed on heroin and alcohol in his Vancouver hotel room. 

Sadly, the star was only 31 years old. 

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John Ritter

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While he was rehearsing for his show 8 Simple Rules For Dating My Teenage Daughter, John fell ill and was immediately taken to the hospital. 

Ultimately, John passed away during surgery to repair an aortic dissection. The star was 54 years old. 

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John Candy

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When he was only 43 years of age, John died in his sleep of a myocardial infarction. He died just hours after filming wrapped on his movie, Wagons East.


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Steve Irwin

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Who could forget this? While he was filming for his documentary, Ocean’s Deadliest, Steve was killed after being pierced in the chest by a stingray barb.

At least his family can take comfort in the fact that he died doing what he loved.

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Aaliyah

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When the 22-year-old died in a plane crash in 2001, she was in the middle of filming Queen of the Damned. The film was released and dedicated to the singer just six months after her death.


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Bruce Lee

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In 1973, Bruce died in the middle of filming Game of Death. The cause of death was later revealed to be an allergic reaction to tranquilizer meprobamate. 

Bruce was only 32 years old. 

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Clark Gable

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In 1960, Clark died ten days after suffering a heart attack. The cause of death was ultimately due to an arterial blood clot. He was filming The Misfits when he passed.

In order to finish the movie, a body double was used for the remainder of Clark’s scenes. 

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James Dean

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Just before filming was supposed to end for his movie Giant, James was killed in a car accident. 

After his death, James earned a posthumous Oscar for his performance in the film

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Chris Farley

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Most people don’t realize Chris voiced Shrek when he died in 1997. Mike Myers took over that job following Chris’s passing at the age of 33. 

His cause of death was ruled an accidental drug overdose. 

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Brandon Lee

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When Brandon was only 28 years old, he died after being accidentally shot in the abdomen while filming The Crow. The prop gun was accidentally filled with a real bullet. 

Brandon was the son of the legendary Bruce Lee

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While in the midst of film or TV projects, these celebs’ lives were cut short before they could even finish them. From a drug overdose to an accidental shooting on set, these stars were taken far too soon.

Click the gallery above to see 15 stars who died while filming a movie or show.