died in their 40s

by carpet_crawler | created - 19 Mar 2018 | updated - 6 months ago | Public

1. John Lennon

Actor | A Hard Day's Night

John Winston (later Ono) Lennon was born on October 9, 1940, in Liverpool, England, to Julia Lennon (née Stanley) and Alfred Lennon, a merchant seaman. He was raised by his mother's older sister Mimi Smith. In the mid-1950s, he formed his first band, The Quarrymen (after Quarry Bank High School, ...

October 9, 1940 - December 8, 1980 40 years old

2. Freddie Mercury

Soundtrack | Metropolis

Freddie Mercury was born on the Tanzanian island of Zanzibar. His parents, Bomi and Jer Bulsara, sent him off to a private school in India, from 1955 til 1963. In 1964, he and his family flew to England. In 1966 he started his education at the Ealing College of Art, where he graduated in 1969. He ...

September 5, 1946 - November 24, 1991 45 years old

3. John Candy

Actor | Planes, Trains & Automobiles

Candy was one of Canada's greatest and funniest character actors. His well-known role as the big hearted buffoon earned him classics in Uncle Buck (1989) and Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987). His career has handed him some dry spells but Candy always rebounded.

Born in Newmarket, Ontario, in ...

October 31, 1950 - March 4, 1994 43 years old

4. Graham Chapman

Writer | Monty Python and the Holy Grail

Graham Chapman was born on January 8, 1941 in Leicester, England while a German air raid was in progress. Graham's father was a chief police inspector and probably inspired the constables Graham often portrayed later in comedy sketches. Graham studied medicine in college and earned an M.D., but he ...

January 8, 1941 - October 4, 1989 48 years old

5. Phil Hartman

Actor | NewsRadio

Phil Hartman was born Philip Edward Hartmann on September 24, 1948, in Brantford, Ontario, Canada. His surname was originally "Hartmann", but he later dropped the second "n". He was one of eight children of Doris Marguerite (Wardell) and Rupert Loebig Hartmann, a salesman. He was of German, Irish, ...

September 24, 1948 - May 28, 1998 49 years old

6. Chris Penn

Actor | Reservoir Dogs

Christopher Shannon Penn was born on October 10, 1965 in Los Angeles, California, the third son of actress Eileen Ryan (née Annucci) and director, actor, and writer Leo Penn. His siblings are musician Michael Penn and actor Sean Penn. His father was from a Lithuanian Jewish/Russian Jewish family, ...

October 10, 1965 - January 24, 2006 40 years old

7. Whitney Houston

Soundtrack | The Bodyguard

Whitney Elizabeth Houston was born into a musical family on 9 August 1963, in Newark, New Jersey, the daughter of gospel star Cissy Houston, cousin of singing star Dionne Warwick and goddaughter of soul legend Aretha Franklin.

She began singing in the choir at her church, The New Hope Baptist ...

August 9, 1963 - February 11, 2012 48 years old

8. Philip Seymour Hoffman

Actor | The Master

Film and stage actor and theater director Philip Seymour Hoffman was born in the Rochester, New York, suburb of Fairport on July 23, 1967. He was the son of Marilyn (Loucks), a lawyer and judge, and Gordon Stowell Hoffman, a Xerox employee, and was mostly of German, Irish, English and Dutch ...

July 23, 1967 - February 2, 2014 46 years old

9. John Cazale

Actor | Dog Day Afternoon

John Cazale was born in Boston, Massachusetts, to an Irish-American mother, Cecilia (Holland), and an Italian-American father, John Cazale. Cazale only made five feature films in his career, all which many fans and critics alike call classics. But before his film debut, the short The American Way (...

August 12, 1935 - March 12, 1978 42 years old

10. Elvis Presley

Soundtrack | Girls! Girls! Girls!

Elvis Aaron Presley was born on January 8, 1935 in East Tupelo, Mississippi, to Gladys Presley (née Gladys Love Smith) and Vernon Presley (Vernon Elvis Presley). He had a twin brother who was stillborn. In 1948, Elvis and his parents moved to Memphis, Tennessee where he attended Humes High School. ...

January 8, 1935 - August 16, 1977 42 years old

11. Robert Pastorelli

Actor | Eraser

Beefy, roughhewn actor Robert Pastorelli was a former boxer and an admitted drug addict before he cleaned up his act and pursued theater work in New York in such 1970s productions as "Rebel Without a Cause," "The Rainmaker," and "Death of a Salesman," he headed west and turned to film and TV in ...

June 21, 1954 - March 8, 2004 49 years old

12. Greg Giraldo

Actor | Common Law

Greg Giraldo was born on December 10, 1965 in Bronx, New York City, New York, USA as Gregory C. Giraldo. He was a writer and actor, known for Common Law (1996), Z Rock (2008) and Greg Giraldo: Midlife Vices (2009). He was married to MaryAnne McAlpin-Giraldo. He died on September 29, 2010 in New ...

December 10, 1965 - September 29, 2010 44 years old

13. Lenny Bruce

Writer | Dance Hall Racket

Lenny Bruce was born Leonard Alfred Schneider on October 13, 1925, in Mineola, Long Island, New York. His British-born father, Myron, was a shoe clerk, his mother, Sadie, was a dancer. Lenny's parents were divorced when he was a child. To support herself and her son, Sadie Schneider pursued a ...

October 13, 1925 - August 3, 1966 40 years old

14. Patrice O'Neal

Actor | 25th Hour

O'Neal was born in New York in 1969, but moved to Boston when he was just 1 year old. He was educated at West Roxbury High School and went on to attend Northeastern University, both in Boston. After this, various jobs followed including a sausage cart vendor at a train station, flower seller and ...

December 7, 1969 - November 29, 2011 41 years old

15. Gary Coleman

Actor | Diff'rent Strokes

Without a doubt Gary Coleman was THE child TV star of the late 1970s and early 1980s. A refreshingly confident little tyke with sparkling dark, saucer-like eyes and an ingratiating, take-on-anyone burst of personality, the boy charmed the pants right off of TV viewers the minute he was glimpsed in ...

February 8, 1968 - May 28, 2010 42 years old

16. Lisa Robin Kelly

Actress | That '70s Show

She first made her acting debut, at age 21, in a 1992 episode of Married... with Children (1987), and went on to guest-star in many popular television shows, such as Murphy Brown (1988), The X-Files (1993), Sisters (1991) and Silk Stalkings (1991) and appeared in many obscure, straight-to-video/TV ...

March 5, 1970 - August 15, 2013 43 years old

17. Steve Irwin

Actor | Dr. Dolittle 2

Steve Irwin was born in 1962 to parents Lyn and Bob Irwin, who were animal naturalists. He shared the love for animals all his life, stemming from being raised at the Queensland Reptile and Fauna Park. There, he partook in daily duties of animal feeding and care. He quickly established himself with...

February 22, 1962 - September 4, 2006 44 years old

18. Nate Dogg

Soundtrack | I Spy

Nate Dogg was born on August 19, 1969 in Long Beach, California, USA as Nathaniel Dwayne Hale. He was married to La Toya. He died on March 15, 2011 in Long Beach.

August 19, 1969 - March 15, 2011 41 years old

19. Dana Reeve

Actress | Everyone's Hero

Dana Reeve was born on March 17, 1961 in Teaneck, New Jersey, USA as Dana Charles Morosini. She was an actress, known for Everyone's Hero (2006), Law & Order (1990) and Above Suspicion (1995). She was married to Christopher Reeve. She died on March 6, 2006 in Manhattan, New York City, New York,...

March 17, 1961 - March 6, 2006 44 years old

20. Ofra Haza

Soundtrack | The Prince of Egypt

Ofra Haza was born on November 19, 1957 in Tel Aviv, Israel as Bat-Sheva Ofra Haza. She was married to Doron Ashkenazi. She died on February 23, 2000 in Ramat Gan, Israel.

November 19, 1957 - February 23, 2000 42 years old

21. Gene Anthony Ray

Actor | Fame

Born on May 24, 1962, in Harlem. Attended Julia Richmond High School, where he performed in a dance class, and later auditioned for Louis Falco, the choreographer for the film, Fame (1980). Actually attended New York's "High School of the Performing Arts" for a year, before being kicked out. He was...

May 24, 1962 - November 14, 2003 41 years old

22. Scott Kalvert

Director | The Basketball Diaries

He died at his home in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles.

August 15, 1964 - March 5, 2014 49 years old

23. Mike DeStefano

Actor | Cul de sac of Shattered Hopes... the Movie

Mike DeStefano was born in 1966 in The Bronx, New York City, New York, USA. He was an actor and writer, known for Cul de sac of Shattered Hopes... the Movie (2008), Rescue Me (2004) and Even Steven (2006). He died on March 6, 2011 in New York City.

November 29, 1966 - March 6, 2011 44 years old

24. Scott Weiland

Soundtrack | Tank Girl

Scott Weiland was born on October 27, 1967 in Santa Cruz, California, USA as Scott Richard Kline. He was married to Jamie Wachtel, Mary Forsberg and Janina Castenada. He died on December 3, 2015 in Bloomington, Minnesota, USA.

October 27, 1967 - December 3, 2015 48 years old

25. Robert Miles

Music_department | The Bourne Identity

Robert Miles was born on November 3, 1969 in Fleurier, Neuchâtel, Switzerland as Roberto Concina. He died on May 9, 2017 in Ibiza, Spain.

November 3, 1969 - May 9, 2017 47 years old

26. Lisa Spoonauer

Actress | Clerks

Lisa Spoonauer was born on December 6, 1972 in New Jersey, USA as Lisa Ann Spoonhauer. She was an actress, known for Clerks (1994), Clerks (2000) and Bartender (1997). She was married to Tom Caron and Jeff Anderson. She died on May 21, 2017 in Jackson Township, New Jersey.

December 6, 1972 - May 21, 2017 44 years old

27. Ralphie May

Actor | For da Love of Money

Ralphie May was born on February 17, 1972 in Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA as Ralph Duren May. He was a writer and actor, known for For da Love of Money (2002), Whoopi (2003) and Cubed (2009). He was married to Lahna Turner. He died on October 6, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.

February 17, 1972 - October 6, 2017 45 years old

28. Dolores O'Riordan

Soundtrack | The Devil's Own

Dolores Mary Eileen O'Riordan was born in Ballybricken, a town 8 miles outside Limerick on Sept. 6, 1971. Her parents are Eileen and Terrance. Terrance was in a wheelchair due to a motorcycle accident. Dolores was the youngest of seven children, and one of two girls. In the late eighties, Dolores ...

September 6, 1971 - January 15, 2018 46 years old

29. Brad Davis

Actor | Midnight Express

Born in Florida in 1949, Brad Davis moved to Georgia after graduating from high school to pursue an acting career. From there, he moved to New York City, twice, to find work. By the early 1970s Davis was acting in off-Broadway plays while studying acting at the Academy of Dramatic Arts. His stage ...

November 6, 1949 - September 8, 1991 41 years old

30. Wendie Jo Sperber

Actress | Back to the Future

Though she was known best for drawing laughs as whiny, excitable characters throughout her raucous film and TV career, actress/comedienne Wendie Jo Sperber showed a brave, compassionate and humane side in the last years of her life. The Los Angeles-born performer developed a driving passion for ...

September 15, 1958 - November 29, 2005 47 years old

31. Marc Rocco

Producer | The Jacket

Marc Rocco was born on June 19, 1962 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Marc Daniel King. He was a producer and director, known for The Jacket (2005), Where the Day Takes You (1992) and Murder in the First (1995). He was married to Lisa Rocco. He died on May 1, 2009 in Northridge, California.

June 19, 1962 - May 1, 2009 46 years old

32. Yekaterina Golubeva

Actress | J'ai pas sommeil

Yekaterina Golubeva was born on October 9, 1966 in Leningrad, Russian SFSR, USSR. She was an actress and writer, known for I Can't Sleep (1994), Nauchis tantsevat (1985) and Mest shuta (1993). She was married to Sharunas Bartas. She died on August 14, 2011 in Paris, France.

October 9, 1966 - August 14, 2011 44 years old

33. Richard Jeni

Actor | The Mask

Richard Jeni was born on April 14, 1957 in Brooklyn, New York, USA as Richard John Colangelo. He was an actor and writer, known for The Mask (1994), Richard Jeni: Platypus Man (1992) and Platypus Man (1995). He died on March 10, 2007 in West Hollywood, California, USA.

April 14, 1957 - March 10, 2007 49 years old

34. Denis Forest

Actor | The Mask

An accomplished actor, painter/sculptor and writer, Denis Forest attended Ryerson Theatre School in Toronto, Canada. He was an associate artist with the Necessary Angel Theatre Company from 1982-1987, where he collaborated on a number of award-winning plays under the direction of Richard Rose ("...

September 5, 1960 - March 18, 2002 41 years old

35. Adrienne Shelly

Actress | Waitress

The late Adrienne Shelley was born in Queens, New York, to Sheldon Levine and Elaine Langbaum. After graduating Jericho High School, located in Jericho, New York, she enrolled at Boston University, and majored in film production. After her junior year, she dropped out and moved to Manhattan where ...

June 24, 1966 - November 1, 2006 40 years old

36. Dennis Stewart

Actor | Grease

Dennis Stewart was born on July 29, 1947 in Los Angeles County, California, USA as Dennis Cleveland Stewart. He was an actor, known for Grease (1978), Grease 2 (1982) and Moonlighting (1985). He died on April 20, 1994 in Los Angeles County.

July 29, 1947 - April 20, 1994 46 years old

37. Christopher Evan Welch

Actor | Lincoln

Christopher Evan Welch was born on September 28, 1965 in Fort Belvoir, Virginia, USA. He was an actor, known for Lincoln (2012), The Master (2012) and Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008). He was married to Emma Welch. He died on December 2, 2013 in Santa Monica, California, USA.

September 28, 1965 - December 2, 2013 48 years old

38. Chester Bennington

Soundtrack | Transformers

Chester Charles Bennington was born in Phoenix, Arizona, to Susan Elaine (Johnson), a nurse, and Lee Russell Bennington, a police detective. His parents divorced when he was 11 years old. He has two half sisters and a half brother. He attended Centennial High School at the beginning of his freshman...

March 20, 1976 - July 20, 2017 41 years old

39. Paul Walker

Actor | The Fast and the Furious

Paul William Walker IV was born in Glendale, California. He grew up together with his brothers, Caleb and Cody, and sisters, Ashlie and Amie. Their parents, Paul William Walker III, a sewer contractor, and Cheryl (Crabtree) Walker, a model, separated around September 2004. His grandfather, William ...

September 12, 1973 - November 30, 2013 40 years old

40. Alexander Godunov

Actor | Die Hard

He was born on Sakhalin Island at the far eastern end of the former Soviet Union and began studying dance at age 9 in the Riga State Ballet School. He later said his mother put him there to prevent his becoming "a hooligan". One of his classmates and friends at the school was Mikhail Baryshnikov. ...

November 28, 1949 - May 13, 1995 45 years old

41. Marty Feldman

Actor | Young Frankenstein

"I am too old to die young, and too young to grow up," Marty Feldman told a reporter -- a week before he died.

This beloved comedian, who poked fun at himself, as well as others, was born Martin Alan Feldman on July 8, 1934, in London, England. His parents were of Ukrainian Jewish heritage (from ...

July 8, 1934 - December 2, 1982 48 years old

42. Paul Fuemana

Actor | If... Dog... Rabbit

Paul Fuemana was born on February 8, 1969 in Otara, New Zealand. He was married to Kirstine. He died on January 31, 2010 in North Shore City, Auckland, New Zealand.

February 8, 1969 - January 31, 2010 40 years old

43. Natalie Wood

Actress | West Side Story

Natalie Wood was born on July 20, 1938, in San Francisco, California, as Natalia Nikolaevna Zakharenko. Her parents, Maria Stepanovna (Zudilov) and Nikolai Stepanovich Zakharenko, were Russian-born émigrés, of Ukrainian and Russian descent, who spoke barely comprehensible English; they changed the ...

July 20, 1938 - November 29, 1981 43 years old

44. Judy Garland

Actress | The Wizard of Oz

One of the brightest, most tragic movie stars of Hollywood's Golden Era, Judy Garland was a much-loved character whose warmth and spirit, along with her rich and exuberant voice, kept theatre-goers entertained with an array of delightful musicals.

She was born Frances Ethel Gumm on 10 June 1922 in ...

June 10, 1922 - June 22, 1969 47 years old

45. Verne Troyer

Actor | The Love Guru

With a decades-long career as an actor and stuntman, Verne Troyer was best known for playing "Mini-Me," Dr. Evil's smaller and more concentrated pure evil protégé, in the hit comedies Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999) and Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002), and for his role in Harry ...

January 1, 1969 - April 21, 2018 49 years old

46. Brody Stevens

Actor | The Hangover

Brody Stevens was born on May 22, 1970 in San Fernando Valley, California, USA as Steven James Brody. He is known for his work on The Hangover (2009), Due Date (2010) and The Hangover Part II (2011). He died on February 22, 2019 in Los Angeles, California.

May 22, 1970 - February 22, 2019 48 years old

47. Keith Flint

Soundtrack | The Condemned

Keith Flint was born on September 17, 1969 in Chelmsford, Essex, England as Keith Charles Flint. He was married to Mayumi Kai. He died on March 4, 2019 in Brook Hill, North End, Dunmow, Essex.

September 17, 1969 - March 4, 2019 49 years old



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