Famous people who died too soon 80 Photos (Clockwise from top left) Bruce Lee in 1972, Cory Monteith, Maria de Villota & James Gandolfini (Courtesy Everett Collection/Rex Features; © Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic/Getty Images; ZUMA/Rex Features; Action Press/Rex Features) 1 of 80 To full screen share tweet email Famous people who died too soon Notable people who passed away too soon, leaving behind a legacy that continues to influence people today. See gallery News of Maria de Villota's sudden passing has stunned the motor racing world. And this week the TV series "Glee" bid farewell to Cory Monteith. They are two of many notable people who passed away too soon.___Join MSN News on socialShare your point of view with us on FacebookGet the latest news and updates on TwitterSee photos and videos on Tumblr Maria de Villota (Reuters) 2 of 80 To full screen share tweet email Maria de Villota Maria de Villota (see photos) was a Marussia Formula One test driver from Spain. She was found dead (where?). De Villota had a horrific accident during a testing session in England last July in which she lost her right eye. She no longer competed and had instead become an inspirational figure for aspiring female drivers.More:Latest news on her cause of death Who was her famous father? Cory Monteith (© Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic/Getty Images) 3 of 80 To full screen share tweet email Cory Monteith "Glee" star Cory Monteith (see photos) gained instant fame as the good-looking jock-singer Finn on the hit show. He was found dead in his hotel room (where?) at the age of 31. Before his death, he opened up to fans about his troubled past growing up and even did a short stint in rehab in March. What is the latest news about his death?More:His tribute on 'Glee'He was dating his co-starSee how other stars reacted to his death Alan Myers circa 1979 (© by Richard Creamer/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images) 4 of 80 To full screen share tweet email Alan Myers Myers (see photos) was the drummer for Devo when the new wave band broke out with the big hit "Whip It" in the 1980s. The video (watch it here) and song featured Myers, who continued playing music after Devo's success. He was 58 when he died on June 24, 2013.More:What caused his death ?He was one of SPIN's 100 greatest drummers of alternative music What was his job after Devo? James Gandolfini (© Action Press/Rex Features) 5 of 80 To full screen share tweet email James Gandolfini Gandolfini (see photos) was best known for his lead role on the HBO hit drama "The Sopranos" (watch clips). He won three Emmy awards, three Screen Actors Guild awards and much critical acclaim for his role as mob boss Tony Soprano, whom he played from 1999 to 2007.What caused his death?More:His will is being called a tax "disaster"He played a monster in "Where the Wild Things Are" Vince Flynn in 2005 (© Jim Mone/AP) 6 of 80 To full screen share tweet email Vince Flynn Flynn (see photos) was a bestselling author best known for his series of books that feature his character Mitch Rapp, a counterterrorism operative. CBS Films bought the rights to the character with plans of creating a movie franchise (who may play the lead?). He was 47 when he died on June 19, 2013. What caused his death? More:He had dyslexia as a childRush Limbaugh was a fan Michael Hastings, date unknown (© Blue Rider Press/Penguin/AP) 7 of 80 To full screen share tweet email Michael Hastings Hastings (see photos) was an award-winning journalist best known for his interview with General Stanley McChrystal that led to McChrystal being relieved of his command of NATO forces in Afghanistan (read the story). His reporting took him to war zones in the Middle East, and he wrote two books about his experiences: "The Operators" and "I Lost My Love in Baghdad." He was just 33 when he died on June 18, 2013. What caused his death? More:He won a George Polk AwardRead about his death conspiracy Jiah Khan in 2007 (© Raj K Raj/Hindustan Times via Getty Images) 8 of 80 To full screen share tweet email Jiah Khan Khan (see photos) was a Bollywood actress, model and singer who was born in America and grew up in London before starting her short career in entertainment. Khan started out as a trained opera singer and started recording songs before she was 18. She made her film debut in the romantic thriller "Nishabd." She was just 25 when she died on June 3, 2013. What caused her death? More:Her boyfriend is suspected of playing a role in her deathSee photos of her boyfriend Zach Sobiech (© Tony Nelson/Retna Ltd./Corbis) 9 of 80 To full screen share tweet email Zach Sobiech Minnesota teen Sobiech (see photos), who wrote the viral hit and farewell song "Clouds," was just 18 when he died on May 20, 2013. He is credited for giving people with fatal diseases hope. What caused his death? More:Watch him perform Cynthia Brown, date unknown (© Human Rights Watch/AP) 10 of 80 To full screen share tweet email Cynthia Brown Brown (see photos) was an activist and a key leader of the international advocacy group Human Rights Watch. She is credited for helping extend the human rights movement to women’s rights. She died May 12, 2013, at 60 years old. What caused her death? More:She fought against child marriageShe pushed for war crime investigations Jeff Hanneman in 2001 (© Stacy Kranitz/Corbis) 11 of 80 To full screen share tweet email Jeff Hanneman Hanneman (see photos) was a guitarist and founding member of iconic thrash metal band Slayer. The guitarist had recently begun writing songs with the band while slowly recovering from what was believed to be a spider bite that nearly cost him his arm after he failed to seek immediate treatment. He died May 2, 2012, at just 49 years old. What caused his death? More:Watch Slayer performHe won two Grammys Chris Kelly (right) in 1992 (© Michael Benabib/Retna Ltd./Corbis) 12 of 80 To full screen share tweet email Chris Kelly Kelly was just 13 when he and fellow Kris Kross member Chris Smith debuted their multiplatinum album "Totally Krossed Out" (with this famous single) in 1992 after being discovered at an Atlanta mall. He died May 1, 2013. What caused his death? More:With whom did Kelly and Smith tour?Their video game Roger Ebert in 2000 (© Fred Jewell/AP) 13 of 80 To full screen share tweet email Roger Ebert Ebert (see photos) was a legendary film critic who became a household name after winning the Pulitzer Prize in 1975. He also hosted movie-review TV shows with the late Tribune film critic Gene Siskel (watch a clip from the show) and Richard Roeper. Cancer took Ebert's ability to talk, eat or drink, but he continued to work and granted interviews to discuss his new life and synthetic voice. He died April 4, 2013, at 70 years old. What caused his death? More:He won a Pulitzer for distinguished criticism Watch an interview with Oprah Shain Gandee (© Amy Sussman/Invision/AP) 14 of 80 To full screen share tweet email Shain Gandee MTV reality show "Buckwild" star Gandee (see photos) was just 21 when he died on April 1, 2013. The show followed nine young adults in a rural area of West Virginia, and Gandee was known as the former high school prom king. What caused his death? More:Watch a clip of "Buckwild"Two others died with Gandee Mindy McCready in 2005 (© ZUMA/Rex Features) 15 of 80 To full screen share tweet email Mindy McCready McCready was a country music singer known for her strong voice (watch her perform) and turbulent personal life (she was featured on "Celebrity Rehab" with Dr. Drew). She was just 37 when she died on Feb. 17, 2013. What caused her death? More:Listen to her hit "Guys Do It All the Time" She was engaged to actor Dean Cain Jenni Rivera in 2010 (© Michael Caulfield/WireImage) 16 of 80 To full screen share tweet email Jenni Rivera Mexican-American singer Jenni Rivera (watch her music videos) died on Dec. 9, 2012. The Latin Grammy nominee (what did her fans call her?) was just 43 years old. What caused her death? More:Who died with her?What style of Mexican music did she especially enjoy? | Listen to it Hector Camacho in 2005 (© Clay Patrick McBride/Sports Illustrated/Getty Images) 17 of 80 To full screen share tweet email Hector Camacho Puerto Rican boxer Héctor Camacho (see photos) was known for his success in a number of different weight classes and, as a result, was the first boxer to be called a septuple champion (what’s that?) of minor and major championship titles. He died on Nov. 24, 2012, at age 50. What caused his death? More:Who else died following the incident?What was his nickname?Watch clips of him in the ring Search: Hector Camacho Mitch Lucker in 2010 (© Sipa USA/Rex Features) 18 of 80 To full screen share tweet email Mitch Lucker Mitch Lucker, the lead vocalist for Suicide Silence (what type of music do they play?) died on Nov. 1, 2012, at age 28. Lucker (see photos) and his friends formed the band in 2002. What caused his death? More:What did his wife say after his death?Watch Suicide Silence’s music videos Search: Mitch Lucker Natina Reed in 2000 (© Rose Prouser/Newscom/Reuters) 19 of 80 To full screen share tweet email Natina Reed Blaque (what does it stand for?) member Natina Reed was known for her rapping skills and was a protégée of this late female rapper. Reed (see photos) was just 32 years old when she unexpectedly died on Oct. 26, 2012. What caused her death? More:Watch Blaque’s “Bring It All to Me” videoWhat cheerleading film did she have a role in? | Watch clips of the movie Search: Natina Reed Sammi Kane Kraft in 2005 (© Startraks Photo/Rex Features) 20 of 80 To full screen share tweet email Sammi Kane Kraft Sammi Kane Kraft (see photos) was a multitalented youngster, known for her acting and athletic ability (what major sports event did she participate in?). She died on Oct. 9, 2012, at just 20 years of age. What caused her death? More:What sport did she play?What 2005 film did she star in? | Watch clips Search: Sammi Kane Kraft Sahara Davenport (© Startraks Photo/Rex Features) 21 of 80 To full screen share tweet email Sahara Davenport In addition to being a well-known drag queen and reality television contestant (on what show?), Sahara Davenport was also a classically trained dancer. He had recently released a remix of his second single, which peaked at number 35 on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs chart. Davenport (see photos) died on Oct. 1, 2012, at age 27. What caused his death? More:Watch clips of Davenport on TVCheck out Davenport’s single “Go Off” Search: Sahara Davenport Michael Clarke Duncan in 2003 (© Peter Brooker/Rex Features) 22 of 80 To full screen share tweet email Michael Clarke Duncan Actor Michael Clarke Duncan (see photos) was gentle giant John Coffey in this 1999 film. The role earned him multiple award nominations and future film and television roles. He died on Sept. 3, 2012, at age 54. What caused his death? More:Who tried to save Duncan? | What was their relationship?How tall was Duncan? | And how much did he weigh? Search: Michael Clarke Duncan Joey Kovar in 2008 (© Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic) 23 of 80 To full screen share tweet email Joey Kovar Joey Kovar, who starred on "The Real World" (what season?), died on Aug. 17, 2012. The former personal trainer also appeared on this VH1 reality show in 2009. He was just 29 at the time of his death. What caused his death? More:What did the autopsy reveal?Watch clips of Kovar on "The Real World" Search: Joey Kovar Yvette Wilson in 2003 (© Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images) 24 of 80 To full screen share tweet email Yvette Wilson "Moesha" star Yvette Wilson (see photos) died on June 14, 2012, at age 48. The comedic actress also had a role on this spinoff popular in the early 2000s. Watch clips of the show. What caused her death? More:What other illness did Wilson suffer from?What did co-star Shar Jackson tweet following Wilson’s death? Search: Yvette Wilson Sage Stallone in 2006 (© Jim Smeal/BEI/Rex Features) 25 of 80 To full screen share tweet email Sage Stallone Sylvester Stallone’s son Sage (see pics of the two) was a director, producer, screenwriter and actor (what film did he debut in?). He was found dead at his home on July 13, 2012, at age 36. What caused his death? More:What other film did he star in with his father?What film won him the “Best New Filmmaker” award at the 2006 Boston Film Festival? Search: Sage Stallone Rodney King in 2012 (© Matt Sayles/AP) 26 of 80 To full screen share tweet email Rodney King Rodney King was the victim of a brutal police beating that sparked the 1992 Los Angeles riots (watch videos of what happened). King, 47, was found dead at his home on June 17, 2012. What were the results of his autopsy? More:More details of his deathWhat was his inspiring plea for peace?What reality show was he on? | Watch clips Search: Rodney King Adam Yauch in 2009 (© Evan Agostini/AP) 27 of 80 To full screen share tweet email Adam Yauch Adam Yauch, also known as MCA, was one of the founding members of the Beastie Boys. The group is considered by many to be pioneers in hip hop music. Yauch passed away on May 4, 2012, at age 47, shortly after the group was given this major honor. What caused his death? More:What does MCA stand for?Watch Beastie Boys music videos Search: Adam Yauch Junior Seau in 2008 (© Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images) 28 of 80 To full screen share tweet email Junior Seau A longtime linebacker for this professional football team, Junior Seau is remembered by many as a sports icon (watch his highlights). The 43-year-old (see photos) was found dead on May 2, 2012 (where?). What caused his death? More:What happened the week he died? | What else happened following his death?Watch videos of his memorial Search: Junior Seau Thomas Kinkade in 2007 (© Bennett Raglin/WireImage) 29 of 80 To full screen share tweet email Thomas Kinkade Thomas Kinkade’s artwork (check it out) is so popular, it is estimated that one in every 20 American homes has a copy of one of his paintings. The artist (where was he born?) died on April 6, 2012, at age 54. What caused his death? More:What did Kinkade call himself?What were his daughters named after? Search: Thomas Kinkade Whitney Houston in 2007 (© Mario Anzuoni/Reuters) 30 of 80 To full screen share tweet email Whitney Houston Internationally known for her phenomenal voice, Whitney Houston (see photos) was often referred to as one of the best female pop singers of all time (watch one of her most famous performances). She died on Feb. 11, 2012, at age 48 (where?). What caused her death? More:What was her final film? | Watch the trailerWatch her music videosHow many consecutive number 1 hits did she have? Search: Whitney Houston Heavy D in 2011 (© David Goldman/AP) 31 of 80 To full screen share tweet email Heavy D Heavy D was a popular rapper in the '90s and was just starting to make a slow comeback. He died on Nov. 8, 2011, at age 44 (where did he collapse?) – one month after performing in a tribute concert for another fallen singer (who?). What caused his death? More:Watch his final performanceWhat’s his given name?Which TV show was he on just before his death? Search: Heavy D Amy Winehouse in 2010 (© Samir Hussein/Getty Images) 32 of 80 To full screen share tweet email Amy Winehouse Blue-eyed soul (what’s that?) hits such as "Rehab" and "Back to Black" propelled Amy Winehouse to international fame. The troubled (what was her arrest record?) British songstress died on July 23, 2011, at age 27. What caused her death? More:Check out the album released after her deathWatch her perform liveHow can you do her famous hair? Search: Amy Winehouse Nate Dogg in 2006 (© Todd Williamson/FilmMagic) 33 of 80 To full screen share tweet email Nate Dogg Nate Dogg was widely recognized as the singer in several huge rap hits, including this collaboration with Warren G. He was the cousin of rapper Snoop Dogg, with whom he also performed. Nate Dogg was 41 when he died in Long Beach, Calif., on March 15, 2011. What caused his death? More:What’s his given name?Watch his music videosWhat other famous musicians were Nate’s cousins? Search: Nate Dogg Corey Haim in 2009 (© Joey Foley/FilmMagic) 34 of 80 To full screen share tweet email Corey Haim Corey Haim became a Hollywood teen idol in the '80s after starring in movies like "Silver Bullet" and "License to Drive." He also became good friends with and made several movies with another '80s heartthrob (who?). Haim (see photos) died on March 10, 2010, at age 38. What caused his death? More:What’s his most popular film?Watch clips of the reality show he was on Search: Corey Haim Brittany Murphy in 2009 (© Gregg DeGuire/FilmMagic) 35 of 80 To full screen share tweet email Brittany Murphy Actress Brittany Murphy is probably best known for her roles in the films "Clueless," "8 Mile," and this psychological thriller. She was 32 years old when she collapsed and died on Dec. 20, 2009 (where?). What caused her death? More:Brittany’s husband (who?) died five months later | From what?Her final film role was in this psychological thriller | Watch a clip Search: Brittany Murphy Patrick Swayze in 2006 (© Profile Press/Rex Features) 36 of 80 To full screen share tweet email Patrick Swayze Patrick Swayze (see photos) had an acting career that spanned 30 years, with roles in popular films like "Dirty Dancing" and "Ghost" (watch clips). He also penned a number of hits, such as this popular power ballad. Swayze died on Sept. 14, 2009, at age 57. What caused his death? More:Who was his actress wife? | See pics of the twoWhat was his final role? Search: Patrick Swayze Steve McNair in 2007 (© Steve Ruark/AP) 37 of 80 To full screen share tweet email Steve McNair Star NFL quarterback (for what team?) Steve McNair (what was his nickname?) was believed to have been sleeping when he died on July 4, 2009, at age 36. McNair (see photos) was also an award-winning player for his college team, Alcorn State. What caused his death? More:Who was with him?What professional team did he play for first?Watch his highlights Search: Steve McNair Michael Jackson in 2005 (© Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) 38 of 80 To full screen share tweet email Michael Jackson Fans all over the world mourned after music icon Michael Jackson (see photos), also known as the "King of Pop,” died on June 25, 2009 (where?). The 50-year-old died weeks before kicking off his "This Is It" tour in London. What caused his death? More:What’s his final film?When did his famous pet die? | What was the cause?His doctor's convictionWatch his music videos Search: Michael Jackson Heath Ledger in 2007 (© Sylvain Gaboury/FilmMagic) 39 of 80 To full screen share tweet email Heath Ledger This foreign-born (where was his birth place?) star of a controversial hit film left behind a young daughter (who’s her famous mother?) when he died on Jan. 22, 2008, at age 28. Ledger directed music videos (including this one with Ben Harper) in addition to his acting roles. What caused his death? More:Read about the investigation into his deathWhat award did Ledger win following his death? | For what film?What was his final film? Search: Heath Ledger Sean Taylor in 2007 (© Evan Vucci/AP) 40 of 80 To full screen share tweet email Sean Taylor The NFL safety (for what team?) from Miami died in his hometown on Nov. 27, 2007, at age 24. He had around 300 tackles and this many interceptions during his professional career. What caused his death? More:How was he remembered?How did his team honor him? Search: Sean Taylor Anna Nicole Smith in 2006 (© Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP) 41 of 80 To full screen share tweet email Anna Nicole Smith Former Playboy playmate Anna Nicole Smith (see photos?) died on Feb. 8, 2007, at age 39. Her death came nearly five months after her son Daniel's sudden passing (what happened to him?). What caused Anna's death? More:What’s her given name?See photos of her young daughter | Who’s her father?Her partner's conspiracy conviction? Search: Anna Nicole Smith Pat Tillman in 2003 (© Photography Plus via Williamson Stealth Media Solutions/AP) 42 of 80 To full screen share tweet email Pat Tillman Tillman was an NFL safety (for which team?) who enlisted in the US Army after the September 11 terrorist attacks and served missions in both Iraq and Afghanistan. He was just 27 when he died on April 22, 2004 (where?). What caused his death? More:Who received his final letter?Check out the film that tells his storyWhat has been started in his honor? Search: Pat Tillman Jam Master Jay in 2002 (© Peter Brooker/Rex Features) 43 of 80 To full screen share tweet email Jam Master Jay Known as the DJ for the iconic 1980s group Run-D.M.C., Jam Master Jay (what's his given name?) was 37 when he died on Oct. 30, 2002 (where?). What caused his death? More:Who was said to have been involved in his death? | Who else was named?Watch Run-D.M.C. music videos Search: Jam Master Jay Lisa 'Left Eye' Lopes in 2000 (© Chris Pizzello/AP) 44 of 80 To full screen share tweet email Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes One-third of a chart-topping '90s R&B group (who?), Lopes rapped through such hits as "No Scrubs" and "Waterfalls" (watch the music video). She died on April 25, 2002, at age 30 (where?). What caused her death? More:How could Lopes be included in the group’s future tour?Check out a documentary on her final days | Watch clips Search: Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes Aaliyah in 2001 (© Jim Cooper/AP) 45 of 80 To full screen share tweet email Aaliyah 22-year-old R&B singer-actress (what was her final film?) Aaliyah (see photos) released a self-titled album a month before she died on Aug. 25, 2001. She passed away shortly after finishing filming the music video for this Billboard hit. What caused her death? More:What was the result of the pilot’s autopsy?What could be another factor contributing to the incident?Watch her final video Search: Aaliyah Derrick Thomas in 1991 (© Bob Galbraith/AP) 46 of 80 To full screen share tweet email Derrick Thomas Derrick Thomas (see photos) was a linebacker in the NFL (for which team?) known for his signature move (what was it?). He died on Feb. 8, 2000, at age 33. What caused his death? More:What was his nickname?What was he honored with posthumously?What educational legacy did he leave? Search: Derrick Thomas John F. Kennedy Jr. in 1999 (© Mike Segar/Getty Images) 47 of 80 To full screen share tweet email John F. Kennedy Jr. John F. Kennedy Jr., the son of the late President John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Kennedy, (see photos of the two), was 38 when he died on July 16, 1999, along with his wife, Carolyn Bessette Kennedy, 33, and her sister. What caused his death? More:Is there a Kennedy curse?What did JFK Jr.'s former assistant say about the incident?How soon after his father was elected president was JFK Jr. born? Search: John F. Kennedy Jr. Chris Farley in 1997 (© Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage) 48 of 80 To full screen share tweet email Chris Farley "Saturday Night Live" funnyman Chris Farley (see photos) was known for his style of physical comedy (watch a clip of him on SNL). He was found dead on Dec. 18, 1997, (where?) at age 33. Eight years later, this posthumous honor was given. What caused his death? More:Who found him?What comedian was said to be Farley’s idol? Search: Chris Farley Princess Diana in 1989 (© Jayne Fincher/Princess Diana Archive/Getty Images) 49 of 80 To full screen share tweet email Princess Diana The glamorous princess (what was her full name?) became a style icon (see photos) while married to Great Britain's heir to the throne (who?). Her life was cut short on Aug. 31, 1997, (where?), when she was just 36. What caused her death? More:See the site where it happenedWho perished with her?Who was blamed for her death? Search: Princess Diana Notorious B.I.G. in 1995 (© Mark Lennihan/AP) 50 of 80 To full screen share tweet email The Notorious B.I.G. Brooklyn-based rapper (what’s his given name?) The Notorious B.I.G. was hailed as one of the genre’s greats (watch his music videos). He died at the age of 24 on March 9, 1997 (where?). What caused his death? More:Was blame assigned? | Who else died in a similar fashion?When was his autopsy results released?What were his other nicknames? Search: The Notorious B.I.G. Tupac Shakur in 1993 (© AP) 51 of 80 To full screen share tweet email Tupac Shakur Tupac Shakur (see photos), a 25-year-old rapper turned actor (how did he start his career?), spent his last day attending this major sporting event. He died unexpectedly on Sept. 13, 1996. What caused his death? More:Check out his recent Coachella performanceWho was with him the night of his death?Who confessed to a role in Tupac’s death? | Another name that made headlines Search: Tupac Shakur Krissy Taylor in 1993 (© Mikel Roberts/Sygma/Corbis) 52 of 80 To full screen share tweet email Krissy Taylor Krissy Taylor (see photos), the little sister of a supermodel (who?), was starting to have a promising modeling career of her own when she died on July 2, 1995. She was just 17 year old. What caused her death? More:How tall was she?What was her last photo shoot for?Check out this organization formed in her honor Search: Krissy Taylor Selena in 1994 (© Pam Francis/Time Life Pictures/Getty Images) 53 of 80 To full screen share tweet email Selena Grammy-winning singer Selena (see photos) was often referred to as "The Queen of Tejano Music" or the Mexican equivalent of this American pop singer. She was just 23 years old when she died on March 31, 1995 (where?). What caused her death? More:Who was involved in her death? | What was her sentence?Watch her singHow many albums has she sold? Search: Selena Kurt Cobain in 1993 (© Frank Micelotta/Getty Images) 54 of 80 To full screen share tweet email Kurt Cobain The grunge rock front man (for what group?), best known for the '90s anthem "Smells Like Teen Spirit" (watch the video), died on April 5, 1994. Cobain, just 27 years old at the time of his death, left behind a singer spouse (who?) and their young daughter. What caused his death? More:Where was his body discovered? | By who?What legendary musical group had a big influence on Cobain? Search: Kurt Cobain River Phoenix in 1988 (© WENN) 55 of 80 To full screen share tweet email River Phoenix River Phoenix, fondly remembered for his role in this '80s film favorite, passed away on Oct. 31, 1993, at age 23. He was set to perform a Halloween gig with a rock-star friend (which one?) at this Hollywood venue when he collapsed outside. What caused his death? More:What recently released film has Phoenix in it? | When was it filmed?What non-profit organization was he a spokesman for? Search: River Phoenix Jean-Michel Basquiat in 1983 (© Lee Jaffe/Getty Images) 56 of 80 To full screen share tweet email Jean-Michel Basquiat Brooklyn artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, backed by a well-connected friend (who?), shook up New York’s elite art world throughout the '80s (check out his work), until his death on Aug. 12, 1988. He was just 27 years old. What caused his death? More:A Basquiat documentary | Watch clipsBasquiat’s art was classed as part of these two movementsWhat was dscovered on one of his paintings in 2012? Search: Jean-Michel Basquiat Gia Carangi, circa 1980 (© Andrea Blanch/Getty Images) 57 of 80 To full screen share tweet email Gia Carangi Gia Carangi was a sought-after cover girl through the mid-'70s and early '80s (see her famous shots) before her death at the age of 26 on Nov. 18, 1986. Some even consider her to be the very first supermodel (who has may have been the first?). What caused her death? More:What addiction did she struggle with?Who played her in an HBO biography? | Watch the trailer Search: Gia Carangi 58 of 80 To full screen share tweet email Len Bias Len Bias was an award-winning forward for the University of Maryland basketball team. He died on June 19, 1986, at age 22, just two days after being drafted into the NBA (by which team?). What caused his death? More:What drug played a role in his death?What major award did he receive just before his death?Since his death, this piece of legislation was made in his nameThis member of Len’s family, and promising basketball player, also died young Search: Len Bias Grace Kelly circa 1950 (© Everett Collection/Rex Features) 59 of 80 To full screen share tweet email Grace Kelly Grace Kelly, also known as the Princess consort of Monaco following her marriage to this man, was an actress known for her stunning good looks, with some calling her the most beautiful woman of all time (see photos). She died on Sept. 14, 1982, at age 52. What caused her death? More:Where was she when she died? | Who was with her?Her last role in a film came in this 1956 musical comedy Search: Grace Kelly John Belushi, date unknown (© Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images) 60 of 80 To full screen share tweet email John Belushi One of the original cast members of "Saturday Night Live" (watch his skits), John Belushi was known for his outrageous sense of humor. The Wheaton native (where’s that?) died at the age of 33 on March 5, 1982. What caused his death? More:What drugs were in his system?Who’s one of his most popular characters? | Watch clipsWhat was he posthumously honored with? Search: John Belushi Natalie Wood in an undated photo (© Reuters) 61 of 80 To full screen share tweet email Natalie Wood Iconic Hollywood actress Natalie Wood (see photos) landed her first big movie role at age 8 (in which film?). She was also nominated for three Academy Awards throughout her career (watch one of her famous roles). Wood died at age 43 on Nov. 29, 1981. What caused her death? More:What was the recent change to her death certificate?Whom was she married to?What famous actor was one of the last to see her alive? Search: Natalie Wood Bob Marley in 1980 (© AP) 62 of 80 To full screen share tweet email Bob Marley Bob Marley, a Jamaican music legend, helped introduce reggae to the masses with tracks such as "Jamming" and “One Love” (watch the video). He was 36 when he died on May 11, 1981. What was his given name? What caused his death? More:Check out the book his wife wrote about himWho directed a new Bob Marley documentary? | When did it come out? | Watch the trailer Search: Bob Marley Elvis Presley in 1970 (© Terry O'Neill/Getty Images) 63 of 80 To full screen share tweet email Elvis Presley Still known as the "King of Rock 'n' Roll," Elvis Presley is remembered as a music icon as well as a Hollywood heartthrob (watch him in his final film). He died suddenly on Aug. 16, 1977, at age 42 (where?). What caused his death? More:What contributed to his death?See photos of his Graceland mansion | How many people visit it each year? Search: Elvis Presley Steve Prefontaine in 1972 (© JK/AP) 64 of 80 To full screen share tweet email Steve Prefontaine Steve Prefontaine (see photos) was a track and field runner who competed in the 1972 Olympics and was training for the 1976 games when he died at age 24 on May 30, 1975 (where?). What caused his death? More:What did his home state do to honor his memory?What 1997 film chronicled his life? | Who starred in it?What was his nickname? Search: Steve Prefontaine Bruce Lee in 1972 (Courtesy Everett Collection/Rex Features) 65 of 80 To full screen share tweet email Bruce Lee Bruce Lee (see photos) was a martial arts master-turned-Hollywood star (watch clips of his films). He was 32 when he died on July 20, 1973 (where?). What caused his death? More:What was his TV debut? | What documentary about him was recently released?Which of Lee’s family members also died young? | What was their relation?Watch Bruce’s famous martial arts moves Search: Bruce Lee Jim Morrison, circa 1970 (© Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images) 66 of 80 To full screen share tweet email Jim Morrison Jim Morrison was an influential '60s rock lead singer (for what group?) also known for reciting poetry passages. He was just 27 when he died abroad (where?) on July 3, 1971. Watch the video for one of his major hits. What is believed to have caused his death? More:Why is his cause of death is still in dispute?Where’s his final resting place? | See photosWho directed a biopic about Morrison? | Who played the title role? Search: Jim Morrison Janis Joplin, circa 1969 (© Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images) 67 of 80 To full screen share tweet email Janis Joplin Janis Joplin (see photos) became a rock icon on the San Francisco scene (where, exactly?) and is known for a number of hit songs, such as this (watch the video). She was just 27 years old when she died on Oct. 4, 1970. What caused her death? More:Who found her?Watch her belt out another hit Search: Janis Joplin Jimi Hendrix in 1968 (© David Redfern/Getty Images) 68 of 80 To full screen share tweet email Jimi Hendrix Jimi Hendrix (what name was he given at birth?) was a virtuoso guitarist (see his unique skill) who became a music legend before his early death. The rock god died on Sept. 18, 1970, at age 27. What did he use as his first guitar?What reportedly caused his death? More:Watch him perform liveWhat honor was he awarded after his death?What’s his hometown landmark? | When did it open?Whose runway fashion did he influence in 2012? | See the looks Search: Jimi Hendrix John Kennedy Toole, date unknown (Courtesy of John Kennedy Toole papers, Louisiana Research Collection, Tulane University) 69 of 80 To full screen share tweet email John Kennedy Toole Renowned novelist John Kennedy Toole didn't live to see his most celebrated novel achieve high literary honors (what did it win?). He died on March 26, 1969, at age 31. When did he write his first novel? What caused his death? More:Which of his novels was made into a movie? | Watch clipsWhich college did he teach at? Search: John Kennedy Toole Otis Redding in 1967 (© AP) 70 of 80 To full screen share tweet email Otis Redding Otis Redding (see photos) was a renowned soul singer famous for this signature song (watch him sing it). The man known as “The King of Soul” died on Dec. 10, 1967, at age 26. What caused his death? More:Who was the only survivor?What hugely popular song was released after his death? | Watch videosWho’s backing band did he work for when he was young? Search: Otis Redding Ernie Davis in 1962 (© AP) 71 of 80 To full screen share tweet email Ernie Davis Ernie Davis (see photos) achieved an African-American sports milestone in 1961 (what was it?) and was set to play in the NFL (for which team?) when he died on May 18, 1963. He was just 23 years old. What caused his death? More:What university did he play for?What U.S. president was a big fan of Davis?Davis’ story was chronicled on this film | Who played Davis? | Watch clips Search: Ernie Davis Sylvia Plath, circa 1950s (© Bettmann/Corbis) 72 of 80 To full screen share tweet email Sylvia Plath Poet and writer Sylvia Plath (see photos) is best known for her collections of poetry (check them out) and her only novel "The Bell Jar" (shop for it here). She died on Feb. 11, 1963, at age 30. What caused her death? More:What mental illness did Plath reportedly suffer from?Which of her family members also died this way?Check out the biopic made of her life | Who played Sylvia? Search: Sylvia Plath Marilyn Monroe, circa 1953 (© Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images) 73 of 80 To full screen share tweet email Marilyn Monroe Marilyn Monroe (see photos) remains Hollywood’s quintessential sex symbol. She was drooled over in movies such as "Some Like It Hot" and "The Seven Year Itch." 2012 marked 50 years since her death on Aug. 5, 1962. She was just 36 years old. What reportedly caused her death? More:How do others think she died?What film about her was made recently? | Who played the title role?Her legacy in the world of beauty Search: Marilyn Monroe Buddy Holly, circa 1950 (© AP) 74 of 80 To full screen share tweet email Buddy Holly Buddy Holly (what’s his real name) was an early rock 'n' roll star whose death on Feb. 3, 1959, is remembered as "The Day the Music Died." Holly (watch one of his big hits) was just 22 years old. What caused his death? More:Who was with him?Where was his final gig? | The venue was given this honor in 2011This pop song was written in his honor | By who? | Watch it being performed Search: Buddy Holly James Dean in 1955 (© AP) 75 of 80 To full screen share tweet email James Dean James Dean (see photos) personified "cool" in "Rebel Without a Cause" (watch clips), released in 1955. He died on Sept. 30 that year (where?). He was just 22 years old. What caused his death? More:What happened two hours before he died?Who was with him when he died?What 1955 film earned him a posthumous Oscar nod? | Watch clips Search: James Dean Stephen Crane, circa 1897 (© Kean Collection/Getty Images) 76 of 80 To full screen share tweet email Stephen Crane Author Stephen Crane (see photos) penned numerous short stories, poems and newspaper articles but gained the most recognition for his Civil War novel, "The Red Badge of Courage." He died on June 5, 1900, at age 28 (where?). What caused his death? More:Whose trial was he a witness for?His famous work goes Hollywood | Watch clips Search: Stephen Crane Painting of Emily Bronte, date unknown (© Hulton Archive/Getty Images) 77 of 80 To full screen share tweet email Emily Bronte Emily Brontë, one member of this trio of talented sisters, was a poet who penned the now-classic novel "Wuthering Heights." She died on Dec. 19, 1848, at age 30. What was her pen name? What caused her death? More:What did she believe weakened her health? | How did she respond to remedies?Watch her novel's many film adaptationsHow much did her portrait sell for in 2012? | See what it looks like Search: Emily Bronte Drawing of John Keats, date unknown (© Hulton Archive/Getty Images) 78 of 80 To full screen share tweet email John Keats The English Romantic poet John Keats made his mark with a series of odes (including this well-regarded poem) shortly before dying on Feb. 23, 1821 (where?). He was just 26 years old. What caused his death? More:What’s it say on his tombstone? | Where is he buried? | What other famous poet is buried here?Shop for his collections of work Search: John Keats Illustration of Joan of Arc, date unknown (© Time Life Pictures/Mansell/Getty Images) 79 of 80 To full screen share tweet email Joan of Arc Joan of Arc famously led the French army against the English (in what war?) when she was just 19 years old (who did she claim she got her orders from?). She accomplished heroic feats (such as this) until her death on May 30, 1431. What caused her death? More:She lives on in sainthood and is the patron saint of thisCheck out how she's immortalized in Paris Search: Joan of Arc Clockwise from left 80 of 80 To full screen share tweet email Next slideshow: How tall is that celebrity? How tall is that celebrity? Also on MSN:Best celeb beach bodies of 2012Can snooping kill you?Become a fan of MSN on Facebook.Follow MSN on Twitter.