Talented children have never been in short in the movies. These play their vital role in the success of many of the stories. The child stars have dazzled audiences with their innocence and brought a sense of wonder in the entertainment world. Some of the child stars died young due to one reason or another. Today, we are going to talk about the top 10 child stars who tragically died young.
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10. Gary Coleman
The quintessential child star, Gary Coleman began career from the television in 1978 on the hit show, “Diff’rent Strokes”. Gary used to be a good performer. The series was broadcast from 1978-1986 and Gary earned USD100,000 per episode. According to report, he attempted suicide two times. Due to so many problems in life and financial crisis, Cary used to remain tense. He developed a congenital autoimmune kidney disease, and died in May, 2010, at the age of 42.
9. Sammi Kane Kraft
Sammi Kane Kraft used to be a baseball player, who started acting in the 2005 remake of the Bad New Bears. She was only of 13 when she amazed the audience. In 2012, Sammi became a victim of a severe road accident. She was brought o a nearby hospital but she died.
8. Judith Barsi
The adorable Judith Barsi started career from the Jaws: The Revenge, playing Thea Brody. She is a versatile television performer who did more than seventy commercials. Judith also voiced the role of Ducky in The Land Before Time. She became a victim of abuse. Her father, Jozsef, used to torture her physically and emotionally. On the evening of July 25, 1988 Jozsef Barsi shot Judith and her mother Maria. He burnt their bodies and shot himself.
7. Merlin Santana
Merlin Santana is remembered for his great performance in The Steve Harvey Show. His good looks and stellar acting made him land many big roles. He was admired for The Cosby Show. He also played the role of Ohagi on Moesha from 1996 to 1999. In November, 2002, Damien Andre Gates shot into the back of a car that Santana was riding. Merlin was shot in his head.
6. River Phoenix
Born in 1970, River Phoenix used to be a wonderful child artist. He was mainly a musician who performed in various talent shows and tv programs. In October, 1993, River was waiting for his turn to play at Johnny Depp’s Viper Room in Los Angeles. He had taken drugs, so his health got serious all of a sudden. River was brought to hospital, but nothing could save his life. He was only 23 years old.
5. Brittany Murphy
The Atlanta, Georgia born actress Brittany Murphy started her career when she was only of 14. She appeared in Drexell’s Class. She played great roles in movies like Clueless, soon after which she appeared in Girl, Interrupted, 8 Miles, and Sin City. At the age of 32, Brittany collapsed in her bathroom and died. People say she had used drugs.
4. Michelle Thomas
Michelle Thomas is another celebrity who died young. He was the star of the soap opera The Young and the Restless. His life ended when he was only of 30. In 1993, Thomas went on to play Myra Monkhouse in Family Matters until the series could end in 1998. During 1997, Michelle Thomas was diagnosed with intra-abdominal desmoplastic small-round-cell tumor.
3. Jonathan Brandis
Jonathan Brandis began acting when he was only of 6. He played a role on the soap One Life to Live. He appeared in shows such as L.A. Law, Who’s the Boss?, and Murder She Wrote. He soon became a teen idol. On November 11, 2003, Brandis was found dead in his apartment. His friend brought him to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. He was only of 27 when he died.
2. Lee Thompson Young
The young Disney star, Lee Thompson Young has played the wonderful character on tv series named The Famous Jett Jackson. He had appeared in the movie Friday Night Lights in 2004, and the 2007 film The Hills Have Eyes 2. Lee was a victim of bipolar disorder. At the young age of 29, he was diagnosed, and he left this world on the morning of August 19, 2013.
1. Heather O’Rourke
Heather was both a movie and television celebrity. She played different roles in movie likes Webster, The New Leave It to Beaver, and Happy Days. She was only of 12 when Heather suffered from stomach pain and vomiting. She was brought to Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego. She was also suffering from cardiac arrest, and died in the same day.
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