14 stars who were taken from us at age 28

14 stars who were taken from us at age 28

The world-renowned DJ Avicii was reported to have been found dead at 28, and here's a list of other stars who left us too soon.

EDM fans around the world were devastated when they heard of the passing of Swedish record producer, musician, and DJ Tim Bergling, who went by the stage name Avicii. He had been responsible for some of the biggest crossover EDM hits of the decade, 'Levels' and 'Wake Me Up,' and had at one point been one of the highest-paid DJs in the world.

Avicii was found dead in Muscat, Oman, at just 28 years of age, with rumors that his anxiety and alcoholism had caught up to him despite his retirement from touring two years ago. The circumstances of his death have been withheld from the public, and his family has asked for privacy during this tragic time.

If you think that's a young age to go, it certainly isn't the first time someone has thought that. There's a long list of rising stars and celebrities who were taken from us at the young age of 28. Read on to find out more about these tragic deaths.

1. Heath Ledger

Heath Ledger died in 2008 after accidentally overdosing on prescription drugs. He had finished filming his role as the Joker in Christopher Nolan's 'The Dark Knight.' He posthumously won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in the film.

2. Brandon Lee

Bruce Lee's son, Brandon Lee, was tragically killed while filming his final movie 'The Crow' when a prop gun containing a live round was fired at him, mortally wounding him. He lost his own father when he was just 8-years-old.

3. The Big Bopper

Disc jockey The Big Bopper was most famously known for his 1958 recording 'Chantilly Lace,' but his life was cut short in the plane crash that killed Ritchie Valens and Buddy Holly in a tragedy that came to be billed 'The Day the Music Died.'

4. Avicii

The Swedish DJ passed away in Muscat, Oman, on April 20, 2018.

5. Steve Gaines

Guitarist Steve Gaines was the victim of a plane crash that killed his fellow Lynyrd Skynyrd members Ronnie Van Zant and his older sister Cassie Gaines.

6. John Glascock

John Glascock was a bass player for both Jethro Tull and Carmen, but in 1979 he passed away when his heart valve defect was aggravated by an infection.

7. Harry Womack

Harry Womack was a member of The Valentinos, a sibling gospel, and R&B vocal group. He was stabbed to death by his girlfriend who had wrongly suspected him of being unfaithful to her.

8. Viktor Tsoi

Viktor Tsoi was a Russian singer and songwriter who was one of the founders of Kino, a band that turned out to be one of the biggest pop sensations in the history of Russian music. Unfortunately, he was killed at 28 in a car crash.

9. Tim Buckley

Jeff Buckley's father, Tim Buckley, was a renowned musician who never found commercial success in his lifetime, though he came to be admired by the generations after him for his experimental style. He died of a heroin overdose at 28.

10. Shannon Hoon

Shannon Hoon, the lead singer of Blind Melon, died of a cocaine overdose just before he was due to perform on tour at a gig in New Orleans.

11. Bobby Bloom

One-hit wonder Bobby Bloom rose to fame with his 1970 single 'Montego Bay.' Unfortunately, he accidentally shot himself while cleaning his gun at home, having suffered from depression in the final years of his life.

12. Beverly Kenney

Beverly Kenney was an American jazz singer whose albums gained cult status in Japan, where they are regularly reissued. She attempted suicide twice before succeeding on her third try when she mixed alcohol and Seconal.

13. Bradley Nowell

Bradley Nowell founded the Californian band Sublime, for which he served as its lead singer and guitarist until his death of a heroin overdose in San Francisco while on tour with Sublime in 1996.

14. Jason Thirsk

Jason Thirsk was a bassist for California-based punk rock band Pennywise until he tragically passed away from a self-inflicted gunshot wound in 1996.

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