Top Ten Most Tragic Deaths

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The Top Ten

1 John Lennon John Lennon John Winston Ono Lennon, MBE was an English singer and songwriter who rose to worldwide fame as a co-founder of the Beatles, the most commercially successful band in the history of popular music. He was assassinated by Mark David Chapman on December 8, 1980 at age 40.

This is definitely the most tragic death, we lost the biggest musician that walked on this earth. If it wasn't for him the Beatles would have never existed and we would never have other great musicians that John and the Beatles have inspired. I saw an interview with Chapman and he said that he killed John so he can take his fame. WHAT AN IDIOT! I hope a policeman shoots him 5 times in the back, so that he sees what it's like to die. Son of a bitch...

Mark Chapman, GO TO HELL. - rockerchic18

He was always reinventing himself because he had to do so. When listening to new music or some of his peers I wonder what his comments would have been. What would John do? - mgenet

I almost died myself!

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2 Michael Jackson Michael Jackson Michael Joseph Jackson was an American singer, dancer, and songwriter born on August 29, 1958 in Gary, Indiana and passed away on June 25, 2009. He donated (at least) a remarkable 500,000,000 dollars to charity. Michael is also known as The King of Pop (a title given to him by Elizabeth Taylor) or under ...read more.

Definitely the best thing in music... Ever! He inspired, cared, and had a general love for all mankind. He truly lived to make the world a better place. There was nobody like him before, and there will be nobody as influential to come after.

When Michael died a little of me died with him. This literally was the sweetest man I knew, and my biggest inspiration

he was the true entertainer and energetice creator of all dance moves... he to me could have lived into his 100 birthday...

I miss him. - PatrickStar3

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3 Kurt Cobain Kurt Cobain Kurt Cobain was born February 20, 1967, in Aberdeen, Washington. In 1987, he started the grunge band Nirvana. He was a talented yet troubled grunge performer. Kurt Cobain became a rock legend in the 1990s with his band. He committed suicide at his Seattle home in 1994.

RIP Kurt Cobain. My favorite Nirvana songs are
Smells like Teen Spirit, and Lithium - Trivium

R.I. P Kurt. I wish almost more than anything that I was alive when he was. His fame will never die out - Danielsun182

It's so hard to think that he really did it. How could nobody see or feel what he killed himself for? I bet if I were there, I could tell what he was going to do:(

Even though he died before I was born I am still sad.
I am listening to Nirvana right now - PanthersFTWpatriotsFTL

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4 Tupac Shakur Tupac Shakur Tupac Amaru Shakur, also known as 2Pac, was an American rapper and actor born on June 16, 1971 in East Harlem, New York. Tupac sold over 75 million records worldwide and has been referred to in multiple major publications such as Rolling Stone as one of the greatest music artists of all time. 2Pac was ...read more.

I think Tupac is the most tragic because he was just getting popular everyone loved him and then he died it was not like John Lennon or Michael Jackson he was great his songs were really great I think he's also better than notorious big this is my opinion don't be mad

Nothing needs to be said about this man, truly the world didn't deserve his sacrifices

His songs are masterpieces

Great personality,but a outlaw...he passed a message through his lyrics. Even though he expressed about the racial issue in his days, his own people disliked and had a big challenge to survive in the hood. His own friends became bitter rivals and basically became a west coast east coast hip hop war, end of the day all these music inspires violence etc

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5 John F. Kennedy John F. Kennedy John Fitzgerald "Jack" Kennedy, commonly referred to by his initials JFK, was an American politician who served as the 35th President of the United States from January 1961 until his assassination in November 1963. The Cuban Missile Crisis, The Bay of Pigs Invasion, the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, the ...read more.

I was stuck between jfk and 2pac. I chose jfk because even though tupac could change things through songs, jfk wanted to make real changes with laws. - jdsoaresfamily2

The last real president of the United States of America - Edric313

JFK was awesome and Steve Irwin was too. - moose4life19

His death was more meaning ful

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6 Freddie Mercury Freddie Mercury Freddie Mercury (born Farrokh Bulsara, 5th September 1946 - 24th November 1991) was a Zanzibari-born British singer of Indian descent, songwriter and record producer, known as the lead vocalist and songwriter of the British rock band Queen. He also became known for his flamboyant stage persona and four-octave ...read more.

A selfless and wonderful man, missed not only by those closest to him, but also fans of his music and generation of listeners. May he rest in peace.

I would trade all these guys to have Freddie back.
Nobody could ever replace King Mercury.
He was the greatest showman the world has ever witnessed.

I was never alive when he was but this guy has a huge effect on me. I would do anything for him to still be alive.

I would trade any other singer for him.
I want him back! Marvellous guy with a huge talent and a loveable personality!

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7 Martin Luther King Jr. Martin Luther King Jr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was an American Baptist minister, activist, humanitarian, and leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement.

Truely one who changed the word. A very important and remembered person who will never be forgotten. I just wish that all his work was not in vain, because America today is reverting back- not to say that a many chose to change in the first place- to ignorance. However, we are doing better and thanks to him and his courage, we are definitely better off in one way or another. Definitely an amazing person that I look up to. There's still some hope for the world.

It is only a shame that people choose movie stars, and rock-stars over people that would have truly changed the world had they not died when they did. John Wilkes Booth was an idiot to shoot Lincoln, because Lincoln was the only voice of reason in reconstructing America. However, If MLK was alive today, Racism would have been discarded completely, a long time ago.

He was awesome and he would be be proud of a lot of people because of the way things turned out not with his death but with Americans how they new what he wanted

He deserves number one

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8 George Harrison George Harrison George Harrison was an English guitarist, singer, songwriter, and music and film producer who achieved international fame as the lead guitarist of the Beatles.

He was the nicest beatle, he wanted a peaceful life and he died too early

His death was just as tragic as John, he died being overshadowed by the other Beatles

Best Beatle ever!

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9 Princess Diana Princess Diana Diana, Princess of Wales, was the first wife of Charles, Prince of Wales, who is the eldest child and heir apparent of Queen Elizabeth II.

She was a real inspiration

May her memory live on forever in our hearts.��� -

10 Dimebag Darrell Dimebag Darrell Darrell Lance Abbott, also known as Diamond Darrell and Dimebag Darrell, was an American guitarist and songwriter best known as a founding member of two bands, Pantera and Damageplan, alongside his brother, Vinnie Paul. Abbott died in 2004 after he was shot by a mentally unstable fan.

He was killed by a "Mentally deranged" fan named Nathan Gale. He was shot because Gale thought Dimebag stolen songs from him. He was at the Alrosa Villa nightclub in Ohio. So I say he should be in the top 10! RIP Dime.

Getting 3 shots performing live is the worst thing may ever happens :( - nooreldeen

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11 Heath Ledger Heath Ledger Heathcliff Andrew Ledger was an Australian actor and director. After performing roles in Australian television and film during the 1990s, Ledger left for the United States in 1998 to develop his film career.

I wish this man was still alive. He had a bright future in front of him. If he was still alive we would've DEFINITELY seen him in the Dark Knight Rises. He would've been in so many great roles and would easily grow up to become one of the greatest actors of all time. Wish he was alive...

He had the potential to be one of the greatest actors ever, and managed to deliver one of the best performances ever before his death as the Joker. And while that my be his most memorable part, the rest of his work was no less impressive. It's so tragic that he had to leave this world just has he was hitting his stride.

I wish he could come back - Razor79

He was to young I didn't like how his last role was the joker it freaked me out a little

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12 Anne Frank Anne Frank

Anne should be in the Top 10. Think about it: she was only 15 years old when she died. She wanted to grow up to become a writer, along with so many other things, yet she never got the chance, just because she was Jewish (she grew up under Nazi occupation)! The Nazis indirectly took her ambitions away and she ended up dying of typhus in Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. No child deserves to die and 15 is TOO YOUNG!

It is much easier for society from every corner of the world to listen to over and over again the numbers of murdered Holocaust victims, the are just that, numbers, which is far to impersonal. Miss Frank puts a face to the millions of victims the were subjected to the attrocities of these crimes against humanity. Anne Frank wanted to make a difference. Little did she know at the time what a differce she would make, and what it would cost her.

Hide and Seek can be dangerous - DoroExploro13

Doroexploro13 that is so funny. And my last name is Frank. - PanthersFTWpatriotsFTL

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13 Walt Disney Walt Disney Walter Elias "Walt" Disney was an American entrepreneur, animator, voice actor and film producer. A pioneer of the American animation industry, he introduced several developments in the production of cartoons.

This world would not be the same without him. He truly amazing and still an inspiration worldwide.

I love Walt Disney, but were you people even alive when he died?

Because of Walt Disney my younger years of my child hood were wonderful
And now, I've just become a teenager and his movies still give me great joy.
May he rest in peace and may his memory live on! ��� -

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14 Cliff Burton Cliff Burton Clifford Lee "Cliff" Burton (February 10th 1962 - September 27th 1986) was an American musician, best known as the second bass guitarist for the American thrash metal band Metallica, recording three studio albums. He died in 1986 after getting crushed by a tour bus in Copenhagen whilst promoting Metallica's ...read more.

Died so young and wasn't with Metallica for long only did 3 albums with the band and never got to play songs such as One, Enter Sandman, Nothing Else Matters, The Day That Never Come and Unforgiven but he is famous for his bass playing without a pick. today he is regarded as the number 1 best bass player of all time behind Flea and Geddy Lea - mneilan

15 Steve Irwin Steve Irwin Stephen Robert "Steve" Irwin, nicknamed "The Crocodile Hunter", was an Australian wildlife expert, television personality, and conservationist.

I remember my brother and I loved watching his show. That was the only thing we did together that was super fun. He died a sad death.

Steve Irwin was a great man, I wish the best for the Irwin family.

CRICKEY! KING OF CROCIDILES, INFACT KING OF THE ANIMALS, AND WORST AUSSIE DEATH. - Thomas245

Miss you mate xx you were an absolute bloody legend

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16 Harambe Harambe "Harambe" (27th May 1999 - 28th May 2016) was the name of a male western lowland gorilla in the Cincinatti Zoo who was shot and killed by a staff member in 2016 due to child negligence, sparking public outrage and later a revered internet meme .

I was looking for this

17 Sharon Tate Sharon Tate Sharon Marie Tate Polanski (January 24, 1943 – August 9, 1969) was an American actress and model. ...read more.
18 Jesus Christ Jesus Christ Jesus Christ was born in Bethlehem, Palestine. He was born to Mary, as the bible says "she was found with child of the Holy Ghost" (Matthew 1:18). He was both man and God (John 20:28). According to the bible He is God alone (Deuteronomy 6:4). ...read more.

Jesus is our savior we all love him he is full of love he is the king of kings and the son of god he died for our sins I love him more than anything I see touch hear smell feel taste

Don't get mad but we don't even know if he was real, he could symbolize something that never happened. He symbolized a perfect man, and faith. So not really sad.

Jesus Christ came to earth for only one thing, to die for us at the cross so that we (the sinners) can be saved. He is a true savior. Hope I will home with him soon.

Don't yous think He should have first?

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19 Steve Jobs Steve Jobs

Steve has touched everyone in so many ways that most people don't even know. He died way to young with so much more to offer.

He was more snobby than me and that says something but still loved his products but how low can you go by stealing credit from others - michaeldivine

HE DESERVES TO BE IN THE TOP TEN!

GET THE KING UP THIS LIST!

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20 Buddy Holly Buddy Holly Buddy Holly, born Charles Hardin Holley (September 7, 1936 – February 3, 1959) was an American musician and singer-songwriter who was a central figure of mid-1950s rock and roll. He was a rising star when a tragic plane crash struck him down at age 22. ...read more.

Wow, nobody here mentioned this?

21 Christina Grimmie Christina Grimmie Christina Victoria Grimmie (March 12th 1994 - June 10th 2016), known on YouTube as zeldaxlove64, was an American singer-songwriter known for participating in The Voice and for her covers of hit songs by contemporary pop musicians . She was shot dead during a meet-and-greet in Orlando, Florida, by fan ...read more.

Such a waste of potential. Girl with a beautiful voice and such talent

It's very sad because no one deserves to die early at a ripe young age and she sounded like an angel and I admit she's very beautiful R.I.P :-( - BlazinWraith

She was a good person and I had seen her concerts and I saw her on the voice and and I pretty myh know her and this is so unexpected

She died young... :(
Will always love you Christina. You will always stay alive in our hearts
#RIPChristinaGrimmie

22 Satoru Iwata Satoru Iwata Satoru Iwata was a Japanese game programmer and businessman who served as the fourth president and chief executive officer of Nintendo.
23 Selena Quintanilla Selena Quintanilla Selena Quintanilla-Pérez was an American singer, songwriter, spokesperson, actress, and fashion designer.

She never deserved to die. She was talented, sweet and very inspirational. Her music was wonderful. What really makes her death really tragic is the fact that some stupid jealous fan killed her to try to get all her money. R.I.P. SELENA!

24 Chris Wallace (Notorious B.I.G.)

Best rapper in the east coast ever.

25 Whitney Houston Whitney Houston Whitney Elizabeth Houston (August 9, 1963 – February 11, 2012) was an American singer, actress, producer, and model. In 2009, Guinness World Records cited her as the most awarded female act of all time. Houston is one of pop music's best-selling music artists of all-time, with an estimated 170–200 ...read more.

Best female voice ever

26 Abraham Lincoln Abraham Lincoln Abraham Lincoln was the 16th President of the United States, serving from March 1861 until his assassination in April 1865 . Lincoln led the United States through its Civil War - its bloodiest war and its greatest moral, constitutional, and political crisis .

thats so sad he was flippen awesome :(

Was president Lincoln okay

He was fine Ralph go home - simpsons

He free'd the slaves, fought vampire's, and zombie's, and had something to do with the civil war, laugh out loud.

His buttocks were talking about you looking for a few drinks outside the bars

27 Chuck Schuldiner Chuck Schuldiner Charles Michael "Chuck" Schuldiner (1967-2001) was an American singer, songwriter, and guitarist, best known as the founder and vocalist, guitarist and bassist of the American heavy metal band Death. He is considered the most influential figure in Death Metal, with some publications referring to Chuck ...read more.
28 Jimi Hendrix Jimi Hendrix Jimi Hendrix (born November 27, 1942 - September 18, 1970) was an American rock guitarist, singer, and songwriter . Although his mainstream career spanned only four years, he is widely regarded as one of the most influential electric guitarists in the history of popular music, and one of the most celebrated ...read more.
29 Robin Williams Robin Williams Robin McLaurin Williams was an American actor and comedian. Starting as a stand-up comedian in San Francisco and Los Angeles in the mid-1970s, he is credited with leading San Francisco's comedy renaissance. He died in 2014.

His death was terrible. His death went worldwide and people were so sad and depressed without him. Robin Williams was a very great influence to children. Comedy will never be the same without him...

Was a great, funny guy. Nobody can belive he's gone.

This man had played in Many movies including Jumanji, and Aladdin!

And we all loved him..

Reality, what a concept-Robin Williams

30 Nick Drake Nick Drake Nicholas Rodney "Nick" Drake (19 June 1948 – 25 November 1974) was an English singer-songwriter and musician, known for his acoustic guitar-based songs. A singular talent who passed almost unnoticed during his brief lifetime, his work has posthumously achieved wider notice and recognition.
31 Aaliyah Aaliyah Aaliyah Dana Haughton was born on January 16th 1979 and died August 25th 2001. She was a dancer, an actress and an R&B singer. She was born in Brooklyn, New York, raised in Detroit, Michigan and died at Marsh Harbour, Bahamas. ...read more.

My name is aaliyah, and I was born the year she died

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33 Billy Mays

HE SHOULD BE NUMBER ONE ON THE LIST! HI, BILLY MAYS HERE! SERIOUSLY, I WAS AT THE HEIGHT OF MY BILLY OBSESSION WHEN HE DIED! IT RUINED MY ENTIRE SUMMER! I WAS SO SAD! I STILL AM! AND I DON'T THINK COKE CAUSED HIS HEART ATTACK, THEY PROBABLY MISTOOK IT FOR OXI CLEAN! HE ACCIDENTALLY INHALED IT! - asdfalexia

All he wanted to do was sell Oxyclean and Burger Sliders, you guys. D:

34 Chester Bennington Chester Bennington Chester Charles Bennington (March 20th, 1976 - July 20th, 2017) was an American musician, singer, songwriter and actor, best known for being the lead singer of Linkin Park. He also has a few side projects like Julien K and Dead By Sunrise. He committed suicide in 2017 due to depression.

R.I.P Chester - PanthersFTWpatriotsFTL

35 Hideto Matsumoto Hideto Matsumoto

:'( so sad hide was so multitalented and the number 1# guitarist in aisa, he was from Japan! For you people who don't know about him I promise he is worth your time his music is gold! Whats more amazing is that he has PINK HAIR! And they call him pink spider because of his song pink spider and his pink hair, pink spider is the first song you should listen to! And the band he was in X Japan their the most successful forign band in the world! I promise all of it is worth your time!

Is pink hair the most amazing thing you can think about him? He was loved by tons of fans of J-rock/metal and X Japan. When he died, 3 other fans killed themselves the same way he did. But X Japan and hide's music were really good. More than 50,000 fans gathered together and made a tribute for him on his death. That's how much he was loved by his fans. And don't forget the band members. Yoshiki still misses hide deeply.

36 Bruce Lee Bruce Lee Bruce Lee was a Hong Kong American martial artist, action film actor, martial arts instructor, philosopher, filmmaker, and the founder of Jeet Kune Do.

Hey all the beautiful ladies and big bros. It seems like all of you are giving your focus in this list to mainly tupac, jackson and freddie mercury which I know were tragic deaths, but you shouldn't forget the KING OF MARTIAL ARTS, the one and only BRUCE LEE. Well he in his short life has accomplished the fury of fastness within his hands which no one can has ever beat. And how can one forget his invention of ' THE ONE INCH PUNCH'. I think you don't know lot about him so it's my humble request to every visitor to just get enough information about bruce before you vote anyone.

Oh Bruce. It's very sad that this talented young man had to die. He still had so many other things to do. in my opinion, his death and Heath Ledger's death should be in the top three.

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37 River Phoenix River Phoenix River Jude Phoenix, born River Jude Bottom (August 23, 1970 – October 31, 1993) was an American actor, musician, and activist. He was the older brother of Rain Phoenix, Joaquin Phoenix, Liberty Phoenix and Summer Phoenix.

His death was so tragic because he was so passionate about life. He fought so hard for animal, environmental and human rights. His music career was just taking off and he a very talented and sincere actor. I miss you River Jude Phoenix.

He had so much potential; not only as an actor, not only as a musician, but as an activist as well. He was so knowledgable when it came to the earth, environment, and animals. If he was given more time, he would have made wonderful and positive changes for the world.

He had the most beautiful, pure, and benevolent heart I have ever seen.

38 Paul Walker Paul Walker Paul William Walker IV was an American actor . Walker began his career guest-starring in several television shows such as The Young and the Restless and Touched by an Angel .

He will always be remembered. My favorite person in the fast and furious series. It such a tragedy what happened.

He wa slike the best

39 Carrie Fisher Carrie Fisher Carrie Frances Fisher was an American actress, screenwriter, author, producer, and humorist. She was the daughter of singer Eddie Fisher and actress Debbie Reynolds. Fisher was known for playing Princess Leia in the Star Wars film series.
40 Alan Rickman Alan Rickman Alan Sidney Patrick Rickman (February 21st 1946 - Janurary 14th 2016) was an English actor and director known for playing a variety of roles on stage and screen, most notably Severus Snape in the Harry Potter series and Hans Gruber in Die Hard. He passed away of pancreatic cancer in 2016

R.I.P Snape ;-; - HufflepuffGeekGirl

41 Jimmy "The Rev" Sullivan

Died of an accidental overdose of prescription drugs and alcohol. But his enlarge heart may have played a part in his tragic death.

09/02/1981-28/12/2009

RIP Jimmy and Dimebag. In our hearts foREVer.

What a tragic death. I heard about this on my bros b-day. And I just bursted out crying. Such a young man, having so much more time to live. Same things with dimebag darrel, paul gray, john lennon, kurt cobain, layne stayley, bob marley, jimmy Hendrix, and now Jimmy "the rev" Sullivan.R.I. P (rebirth in progress) foREVer! The rev lives on!

42 Mahatma Gandhi Mahatma Gandhi Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was the preeminent leader of the Indian independence movement in British-ruled India.

Even in death Gandhi was the most forgiving man on earth, besides Jesus of course, After getting shot several times, he begged everyone around him not to kill the man that shot him. The world will never know a more tragic, and depressing death.

He is the father of India country he will remain in our hearts he defined the word freedom perfectly rip

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43 Kristen French Kristen French Kristen French was a young Catholic girl growing up in the Niagara Region of Southern Ontario. In April 1992, she was abducted in broad day light, by Paul Bernardo & Karla Homolka, while she was walking home from school. By the time they had done this, the duo had already committed multiple rapes, as ...read more.

Abducted, held captive for about 3 days, before finally being murdered.

44 Chris Benoit Chris Benoit Christopher Michael "Chris" Benoit was a Canadian professional wrestler. During his 22-year career, he worked for numerous promotions including the WWE, WCW and ECW. Benoit is often cited as one of the greatest professional wrestlers of all time.

He killed himself after taking the life of his wife an son he was an awesome wrestler and his moves still rumble on in the rafters of the areana

45 Robert F. Kennedy Robert F. Kennedy Robert Francis "Bobby" Kennedy, commonly known by his initials RFK, was an American politician from Massachusetts.

I love the Kennedys. JFK is my favorite president.

46 Lisa Lopes Lisa Lopes Lisa Nicole Lopes better known by her stage name Left Eye, was an American rapper, singer, dancer, musician, actress, and songwriter.
47 Jim Morrison Jim Morrison James Douglas "Jim" Morrison was an American singer, songwriter, and poet best remembered as the lead singer of the Doors.
48 Gary Coleman Gary Coleman Gary Wayne Coleman was an American actor, best known for his role as Arnold Jackson in Diff'rent Strokes.
49 Ian Curtis Ian Curtis Ian Kevin Curtis (15 July 1956 – 18 May 1980) was an English musician and singer-songwriter. He is best known as the lead singer and lyricist of the post-punk band Joy Division. ...read more.

It was just sad, this. He was so great and shouldn't have had to go what he went through. - PositronWildhawk

50 Layne Staley Layne Staley Layne Thomas Staley was an American musician who served as the lead singer and co-songwriter of the rock band Alice in Chains, which he founded with guitarist Jerry Cantrell in Seattle, Washington in 1987. Alice in Chains rose to international fame as part of the grunge movement of the early 1990s. ...read more.

RIP Layne Staley. Alice In Chains and rock in general will never be the same.

I named my son after you grew up with your music hated seeing you fade rip layne never the same without you x

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