Top 10 Child Stars Who Tragically Died Under the Age of 30

The Top Ten
1 Cameron Boyce Cameron Boyce (May 28, 1999 - July 6, 2019) was an American teen actor best known for his roles in the feature films Mirrors, Eagle Eye, Descendants, Grown Ups, and Grown Ups 2, as well as for his starring roles as Luke Ross on the Disney Channel comedy series Jessie and as Conor on the Disney XD series... read more

Even though I don't personally like Descendants, Jessie, or the Disney Channel, I still feel bad for him.

I never liked the Disney Channel sitcom Jessie. It's so sad to see that Cameron Boyce is dead. Very sorry.

Very tragic and unexpected. He had a whole life ahead of him. Rest in peace.

2 Heather O'Rourke Heather Michele O'Rourke (December 27, 1975 – February 1, 1988) was an American child actress. She had her breakthrough starring as Carol Anne Freeling in the supernatural horror film Poltergeist (1982), which received critical acclaim and established her as an influential figure in the genre. She... read more

Known for playing Carol Anne Freeling, the little girl from Poltergeist. She was so young. She was 12 years old.

3 Judith Barsi Judith Eva Barsi (June 6, 1978 – July 25, 1988) was an American child actress. She began her career in television, making appearances in commercials and television series as well as in the film Jaws: The Revenge. She provided voices for animated characters in The Land Before Time and All Dogs Go to... read more

She was young and had a bright future ahead of her. The sad thing is, she died at the hands of her so-called father.

Known for The Land Before Time and All Dogs Go to Heaven. She was so young. She was 10 years old.

What monster would kill his daughter and wife?

4 Matthew Garber

Known for playing the boy from Mary Poppins.

5 Rob Knox

Known for playing Marcus Belby in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, which was posthumously released.

6 Justin Pierce

Known for playing Casper in Kids.

7 Christopher Pettiet
8 Billy Laughlin

Known for playing Froggy in Our Gang (The Little Rascals). He was so young. He almost made it to graduate from high school.

9 Dominique Dunne
10 Lee Thompson Young
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11 Kim Mi-soo

Known for starring in the Disney+ romantic drama series Snowdrop. Just like Cameron Boyce, another Disney star gone too soon, so suddenly. She lived almost a decade longer than him, though. She was contributing to growing big as she played her character in the series and was also a model for Korean culture.

Her loss has greatly impacted all of Korea, as well as the Disney community and their childhoods. Rest in Peace, Kim Mi-soo, almost in her 30s (1992-2022).

12 Norman Chaney
13 Raphaël Coleman

Also known as Iggy Fox, known for playing the boy with the glasses from Nanny McPhee and being a global activist fighting for the world to stop causing global warming. He collapsed while running and then passed away out of the blue. He was 25.

Rest in Peace, Iggy Fox.

14 Sawyer Sweeten
15 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.
16 Sammi Kane Kraft
17 Daniel Mickelson

The brother of supermodel Meredith Mickelson and actor of many beloved movies for its age groups just passed away so suddenly on July 4th, 2021. He was 23. His cause of death is currently unknown, but he will be remembered by Meredith, her family, and the world forever.

Rest in Peace, Daniel Mickelson (1997-2021).

18 Kent Rogers

Most of his career was in voice acting for Looney Tunes cartoons. He died at the age of 20 in a plane accident in 1944.

19 Tunisha Sharma

She battled depression for years until Christmas Eve 2022, when she committed suicide. Only 11 days before her 21st birthday. She was best known for her role in Ashoka.

Rest in Peace (2002-2022).

20 Anna Cardwell

She was the oldest sister of Honey Boo Boo and passed away on December 9th, 2023, from stage IV cancer just 10 months after diagnosis. She was born on the same day as Honey Boo Boo herself (August 28th) and would have turned 30 in 2024.

Rest in Peace (1994-2023).

21 Brad Renfro
22 Anton Yelchin Anton Viktorovich Yelchin (March 11th 1989 - June 19th 2016) was a Russian born American actor, known for playing Pavel Chekov in the Star Trek reboot series. He died in June 19th 2016 aged 27 from blunt trauma asphyxiation after being crushed by his own car outside his home.
23 Tara Correa-McMullen
24 Johnny Lewis
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