Top 10 Saddest Celebrity Deaths of All Time

It's always hard when people we've come to know through TV, movies, or music pass away. It's indeed a difficult thing to swallow. Here is a list of some of the most shockingly sad celebrity deaths in history...
The Top Ten
1 Michael Jackson Michael Jackson (Michael Joseph Jackson; August 29, 1958 – June 25, 2009) was an American singer, dancer, and songwriter. He passed away from cardiac arrest caused by a propofol and benzodiazepine overdose on June 25, 2009. He donated (at least) a remarkable 500,000,000 dollars to charity. Michael... read more

Michael Jackson was the best artist there was. I was shocked when he died. I didn't eat when he died. I cried so hard until I remembered, "He is in a better place now." To this day, I still listen to his songs. My favorite was "Heaven Can Wait," but heaven should've waited longer. But when the Father calls, it's time to go. You'll be remembered always, King of Pop. R.I.P.

This may sound obsessive, even crazy. But for nine years, I have been depressed. Even when three of my family members died, I felt empty and didn't feel any remorse or sadness at all. It's as if all the sadness I should feel for their deaths is all on Michael instead. I don't know if it has something to do with my trauma from when I was an infant.

What I do know, however, is that I'll do whatever it takes to keep his memory and his legacy alive. He may be a celebrity, but to me, he's more than that. Everyone deserves to be treated with respect no matter what they're going through. Despite what the media threw at him, he remained humble and kind, even after losing his only true home, Neverland Ranch, where children could play and Michael could catch up on all the childhood years he missed.

You'll be dearly missed, Michael. R.I.P.

2 John Lennon John Winston Ono Lennon, MBE (9 October 1940 - 8 December 1980) 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... read more

His death was the saddest. I feel for Kurt and Heath, but they died because of themselves, drugs, and stupidity. For music, what part of "Imagine all the people living life in peace" don't people understand? He was a real musician, a member of the most successful band, and a peacemaker.

He was a great man. He was also a peacemaker and an amazing lead singer of The Beatles, one of the greatest bands of all time, following Queen. Rest in peace, John Lennon.

John Lennon's death deprived us of one of the greatest human beings who ever lived!

3 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.

Such a loss of such an inspirational human being cannot be described. He was definitely, as Jimmy Fallon so beautifully puts it, "I am never gonna see anyone like this human ever."

He has been such an inspiration for someone like me, who just wants to make other people feel happy about the world and themselves. O Captain, My Captain, you will be missed dearly.

I just hope you have a great day, to whoever reads this. Remember, you are such a good, lovable human and you matter.

When a celebrity dies, most people just ignore it and go on with their lives. But when Robin Williams died, people took notice. He was an amazing person with a wonderful personality who suffered from crippling depression, as well as the beginnings of dementia and Parkinson's. But anyone who grew up in the '90s can tell you Robin Williams held a special place in our hearts.

4 Kurt Cobain Kurt Cobain was born February 20, 1967, in Aberdeen, Washington. In 1987, he started the grunge band Nirvana, which became one of the most successful bands ever. 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... read more

Kurt Cobain spoke for those who couldn't, and he still does today. His lyrics were simple yet deep, and so many people, including myself, can still relate to his music. He was not a god. He was a good guy who loved to make music and share his ideas. His death only immortalized his work.

Contrary to the official police report, Kurt didn't commit suicide. Check it out for yourself in the documentary Soaked in Bleach. No matter what you make of his death, think about his life, his achievements, and his positive contributions. It makes me happy that someone like him actually lived. We need more people like him. Rest in peace, Kurt.

5 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. Before he was known for Linkin Park, Bennington was the lead singer of post-grunge act Grey Daze who was heavily inspired by Stone... read more

Linkin Park gave my childhood a depth I can't express in words. In the past 12 years, it's those memories associated with Linkin Park that I cherish the most. Chester's voice, whether soft or a scream, was always beautiful, energetic, passionate, and revolutionary.

I care, Chester. We all care.

Chester was such an amazing singer and screamer in Linkin Park. When I heard about his death in July via a Clevver News video, I was sad about it, and I've been on a Linkin Park binge for quite a while. Personally, I think his death was one of the saddest celeb deaths of 2017.

Rest in peace, Chester. You may have died, but you'll always be remembered as a legend. We all miss you so much.

6 Heath Ledger Heath 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 think it bothers me more that we'll never get to see him do more. The Joker was arguably the best performance of all time. I hate to see that his legacy has to live on through that role when he could have easily become the most famous actor in history if he were still alive.

Definitely the saddest. He had such a bright future. He never lived to see himself win an Academy Award, and the saddest thing is he died thinking everyone would hate his portrayal as The Joker when in reality, it was one of the greatest.

7 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 .

By far, my favorite actor ever. His death destroyed me and helped me realize that life isn't always that long. Paul taught us that family is the most important thing in our lives and that we should all live life a quarter mile at a time.


At first, I wasn't sad because I had never watched any of the Furious movies. Then, I watched them one by one and broke into tears at the end of Furious 7. His death was one of the saddest.

I cried when I heard he died. His movies were such a big part of me growing up.

When we saw the last ride with him and Vin in Fast 7, I cried more than I ever have.

8 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

Absolute legend. Listening to Queen makes me so happy, and he is such an inspiration when it comes to expressing yourself and being confident in who you are. He is the first person I think of when someone says the word legend. What an icon.

For me, he should be further up on the list. I think about him every day. He was just so full of happiness and joy, and he had a smile that could pull you out of the darkest of moods. When he died, the whole world lost a lot of light. We miss you, Freddie!

I genuinely think about Freddie every day. He deserved the world. Such a talented, beautiful, kind man, beloved and missed by millions of people. We love you, Freddie.

9 Stan Lee Stan Lee (December 28, 1922-November 12, 2018) was a comic-book writer, editor, publisher, media producer, television host, actor and former president and chairman of Marvel Comics. He is best regarded as an influential figure for the comic book industry and general entertainment.

I am so happy about all of his life's work, and I am sad he passed last night. I have always followed him in his footsteps and loved all the Marvel characters. RIP Stan Lee.

His passing is the only thing that can make me cry, and after he died, I went through a small depression.

This man deserves to be number one. I love you 3000, Stan Lee.

Definitely, Stan Lee's death was truly heartbreaking. He was a genius and probably one of the best entertainers, if not the best.

10 Selena Selena Quintanilla-Pérez was an American singer, songwriter, spokesperson, actress, and fashion designer.

A beautiful and talented soul, stolen away from the music world. She had an intoxicating light that attracted everyone and brought life into the music industry. She made me fall in love with music at the age of 7. Gone too soon.

She even had a child named after her. Selena Gomez was said to be named after her.

I wish she had lived to hear that. I'm sure it would have touched her heart.

The Queen of Tejano music will never be forgotten! We, her fans, love her and will do all that we can to ensure that her legacy lives for the generations to come! SELENA VIVE! #LaReinaDeLaMusicaTejana #VivaSelena

The Contenders
11 Elvis Presley Elvis Aaron Presley (January 8, 1935 – August 16, 1977) was an American singer and actor. Dubbed the "King of Rock and Roll", he is regarded as one of the most significant cultural icons of the 20th century. His energized interpretations of songs and sexually provocative performance style, combined... read more

I am so surprised that Elvis didn't make the top three. He was arguably the most influential music artist in history. The idea of Elvis being alone, battling addictions caused by depression, was unbelievably sad. Others that deserve more recognition include Phil Hartman, Princess Diana, and Whitney Houston.

So heartbreaking that he died at 42. I wish he was still here. He was so beautiful and had a voice of perfection. The greatest megastar who ever lived, still has a massive following in 2019.

Should be number 1, the greatest loss to the music industry ever. God bless him. He was only 42 and gave more to the world than anyone else on this list. Rest in peace, darling man.

12 Martin Luther King Jr. Martin Luther King Jr. (born Michael King Jr.; January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968) was an African American minister and activist who became the most visible spokesperson and leader in the civil rights movement from 1955 until his assassination in 1968. King is best known for advancing civil rights through... read more

Martin Luther King was an iconic role model to many people and will always be in our hearts. He was so inspiring, and I just wish that he could have had longer on this earth.

13 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.

The way he died is just heartbreaking and horrible. It makes you fear for anyone who performs on stage. You never know when some maniac is going to get up there and try to cause harm. R.I.P.

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

A man I truly respect, as his career is my life vocation. A man who enjoyed his job until the end. An amazing scientist, an incredible adventurer, a fearless man who went to the most remote places on earth to risk his life for the most genuine animal documentary of all time. His death was, in one way, violent, but I think what would make him happy is knowing he died doing what he loved, doing that one job that made him famous and that defined him.

To conclude, the most amazing thing about this man is that, at the very end, when he was bleeding to death, he remained calm and faded away peacefully. A truly amazing man who should be respected and remembered forever.

15 Sharon Tate Sharon Marie Tate Polanski (January 24, 1943 – August 9, 1969) was an American actress and model.

During the 1960s, she played small television roles before appearing in several movies. She also appeared regularly in fashion magazines as a model and cover girl.

Tate married Roman Polanski,... read more

Why, why was she murdered, a sweet and pregnant woman? That is a death that will surely be remembered as one of the saddest ever. Not only was she pregnant, but sweet on top of that. The murderer is just a disgusting and vile creature that should never be called human or even animal, because such murderers deserve nothing but the most painful punishment of hell.

Taken away too soon, and she was pregnant. That idiotic Manson crook and his family had to take her away, along with her unborn child. Rest in peace.

She was extremely sweet and would have given them anything if they needed it. This makes me angry.

16 Steve Jobs Steven Paul Jobs (February 24, 1955 – October 5, 2011) was an American entrepreneur and business magnate. He was the chairman, chief executive officer (CEO), and a co-founder of Apple Inc., chairman and majority shareholder of Pixar, a member of The Walt Disney Company's board of directors following... read more

He wasn't done making stuff yet, and it's a shame we'll never see what was coming next.

If he were still alive, Apple's newer products would be much better.

17 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... read more

There was always a "what if Cliff didn't die" in the music industry. If he didn't die, what would Metallica have continued, and would "And Justice for All" and their self-titled album even have the same name?

Cliff gets my vote. Many on this list are gone because of their own stupid choices. Cliff got squished by his tour bus rolling over on him. So much promise and so much talent lost.

His death was so unlucky and unexpected.

18 Carrie Fisher Carrie Frances Fisher (1956-2016) 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.

My family aren't fans of the Star Wars movies, so I didn't even know until January 2, when I went back to school. All my friends are huge fans of the Star Wars movies, so it was all they wanted to talk about. I didn't believe them, so I looked it up online later, and I almost cried. May the Force be with her.

I LOVE Star Wars, like badly with every ounce of my heart. So when I heard she died, I was in my room crying for at least two hours. I'm really sad that the world had to take away an amazing light to the world.

I miss Carrie. She was strong, a beautiful princess, a great actress, and a wonderful woman.

May the Force be with her.

19 David Bowie David Robert Jones, known professionally as David Bowie (January 8, 1947 - January 10, 2016) was an English singer born in London, the son of a fundraiser and a waitress. He is credited for his experimental and creative musical discography which has won praise and accolades for many critics and fans... read more

This man shaped my whole world. I fell in love with him when I saw The Labyrinth as a child. I was just fascinated by him. I then sought out his music, and I'm still finding new things to listen to this day. What a library of recordings this man has!

He's brought so much to so many of us, and I feel blessed that he let us love him for the alien that he was for as long as he was here. Thank you, David Bowie. My Hero.

My sister cried for days and days when she found out. He was her biggest idol.

I felt so bad for her.

I can't listen to his music anymore without getting a little teary-eyed. His death was that bad.

20 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 should be in the top 3! She got shot by her dad at only age 10. Her dad was a drunkard and refused to let his wife work!

The thing that makes this death even sadder is that she was killed by her so-called father. She was 8 years old!

If I were Jozsef Barsi, I'd be proud of Judith Barsi. I would rather have allowed her to grow up to be an adult woman, a Maria, and work.

21 John Belushi John Adam Belushi was an American comedian, actor, and singer. Belushi is best known for his "intense energy and raucous attitude" which he displayed as one of the seven original cast members of the NBC sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live.
22 Ronnie James Dio Ronnie James Dio (born Ronald James Padavona; July 10, 1942 – May 16, 2010) was an American heavy metal singer, songwriter and musician. He fronted and/or founded numerous groups including Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Dio and Heaven & Hell. He is credited with popularizing the "metal horns" hand gesture... read more
23 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

Probably one of the most tragic and saddest celebrity deaths ever. The young woman had an amazing voice and was probably an even more beautiful person. It truly broke my heart. What is also really sad is that her brother, who tried to stop the murderer, had to watch his sister die before his very eyes.

I remember when I heard the news about her death. I was sitting on my couch and looked at the news on my phone. It was one of the top stories, and I was just thinking, "Oh my God, NO. Not her." What really shocked me was the way it happened and how easily it could have been prevented.

If it were somebody like Beyoncé, Mariah, or Taylor, the security would have immediately stopped them and checked them for any weapons before they could do anything else. This is a reason why we need to have gun control laws.

R.I.P. Christina

24 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

R.I.P. Tupac. I wish so badly Tupac hadn't been killed. Imagine how much more great music he could have made if he hadn't been killed! His music lives on, though, through all generations of rap lovers. Everybody knows about Tupac, his music, and his talent. The best thing about Tupac that I loved was that his music actually meant something.

He didn't just rap about guns, drugs, and killing people. His lyrics were meaningful, and he spoke up for the community, rapping about real-life problems. I always said Tupac was a good guy and his heart was in the right place. I pray he is in Heaven. R.I.P.

25 John F. Kennedy John Fitzgerald Kennedy (May 29th, 1917 - November 22, 1963) 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. The Cuban Missile Crisis, The Bay of Pigs Invasion, the Nuclear Test Ban... read more

Definitely the saddest. I still cry watching anything about it.

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