Rodney King was the victim of a brutal police beating in Los Angeles that sparked the LA riots in 1992. King, 47, was found dead at his home on June 17, 2012.
Adam Yauch, also known as MCA, and his group Beastie Boys are considered pioneers in hip hop music. At age 47, Yauch passed away on May 4, 2012 – shortly after the group was given a major honor.
A longtime linebacker for the San Diego Chargers, Seau is remembered by many as a sports icon. The 43-year-old was found dead on May 2, 2012
Internationally known for her phenomenal voice, Whitney Houston was often referred to as one of the best female pop singers of all time. She died at age 48 on Feb.11, 2012
Heavy D was a popular rapper in the '90s who was just starting to make a slow comeback. He died on Nov. 8, 2011, at the age of 44– one month after performing in a tribute concert for another fallen singer
Blue-eyed soul hits such as "Rehab" and "Back to Black" propelled this troubled British songstress to international fame. She died at age 27 on July 23, 2011
Nate Dogg was widely recognized as the singer in several huge rap hits. He's the cousin of rapper Snoop Dogg, with whom he also performed. Nate Dogg was 41 when he died in Long Beach, Calif., on March 15, 2011.
Corey Haim became a Hollywood teen idol in the '80s after starring in movies like "Silver Bullet" and "License to Drive." He also became good friends and made several movies with another '80s heartthrob. Haim died at age 38 on March 10, 2010
Actress Brittany Murphy is probably best known for her roles in the films "Clueless," "8 Mile," and "Don't Say a Word." She was 32 years old when she collapsed and died on December 20, 2009
Star NFL quarterback Steve McNair was believed to have been sleeping when he died on July 4, 2009 at age 36.
Fans all over the world mourned after music icon Michael Jackson, also known as the "King of Pop", died on June 25, 2009. The 50-year-old passed away weeks before kicking off his "This Is It" tour in London.
This foreign-born star of a controversial hit film left behind a young daughter when he died on Jan. 22, 2008, at age 28
The NFL safety from Miami died in his hometown on Nov. 27, 2007, at age 24.
Anna Nicole Smith
Former Playboy playmate Anna Nicole Smith died at age 39 on Feb. 8, 2007, nearly five months after her son Daniel's sudden passing at age 20
Tillman was an NFL defensive back who enlisted in the U.S. Army after September 11 and served in both Iraq and Afghanistan. He was 27 when he died on April 22, 2004
Jam Master Jay
Known as the DJ for the iconic rap group Run-D.M.C., Jam Master Jay was 37 when he died on October 30, 2002
Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes
One-third of a chart-topping '90s R&B group, Lopes rapped through such hits as "No Scrubs" and "Waterfalls". She died at age 30 on April 25, 2002
The 22-year-old R&B singer and actress released a self-titled album a month before she died on Aug. 25, 2001
Thomas was a linebacker in the NFL known for his signature move. He died at age 33 on Feb. 8, 2000
John F. Kennedy Jr.
JFK Jr., the son of the late President John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Kennedy, was 38 when died on July 16, 1999 along with his wife, Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy, 33, and her sister.
"Saturday Night Live" funnyman Chris Farley was known for his style of physical comedy. He was found dead on Dec. 18, 1997 at age 33. Eight years later, he received this posthumous honor.
The glamorous princess (her full name?) became a style icon while married to Great Britain's heir to the throne. Her life was cut short on Aug. 31, 1997, when she was 36.
The Notorious B.I.G.
The Brooklyn-based rapper, hailed as one of the genre’s greats, died at age 24 on March 9, 1997
This 25-year-old rapper turned actor spent his last day — Sept. 13, 1996 — attending a major sporting event
She was the little sister of a supermodel whose own star was on the rise when she died at age 17 on July 2, 1995
Grammy-winning singer Selena was often referred to as "The Queen of Tejano Music" or the Mexican equivalent of an American pop singer. She was 23 years old when she died on March 31, 1995
The grunge rock front man, best known for the '90s anthem "Smells Like Teen Spirit," died at age 27 on April 5, 1994, leaving behind a singer spouse and a young daughter.
Phoenix, fondly remembered for his role in an '80s film favorite, died at age 23 before he was to perform a Halloween gig with a rock-star friend at a Hollywood venue in 1993.
This Brooklyn artist — backed by a well-connected friend — shook up New York’s elite art world throughout the '80s, until his death at age 27 on Aug. 12, 1988
Carangi was a sought-after cover girl through the mid-'70s and early '80s before dying at age 26 on Nov. 18, 1986
This award-winningforward for the Terrapins died on June 19, 1986, at 22, two days after being drafted into the NBA
Known as one of the original cast members of "Saturday Night Live", John Belushi died at age 33 on March 5, 1982
Iconic Hollywood actress Natalie Wood landed her first big movie role at the age of eight. She was also nominated for three Academy Awards throughout her career. Wood died at the age of 43 on Nov. 29, 1981
The Jamaican music legend helped introduce reggae to the masses with such tracks as "Jamming" and BBC's "Song of the Millennium". He was 36 when he died on May 11, 1981
Still known as the "King of Rock 'n' Roll," Elvis is remembered as a music icon, as well as a Hollywood heartthrob. He died suddenly at the age of 42 on August 16, 1977
Prefontaine was a track and field runner who competed in the 1972 Olympics and was training for the 1976 games when he died at age 24 on May 30, 1975
The martial arts master-turned-Hollywood star was 32 when he died on July 20, 1973
This influential '60s rock lead singer was 27 when he died abroad on July 3, 1971.
Joplin became a rock icon on the San Francisco scene and is known for such hits as "Me and Bobby McGee." She was 27 when she died on Oct. 4, 1970
The virtuoso guitarist debuted a seminal album in 1967 and became a legend before dying at 27 on Sept.18, 1970
John Kennedy Toole
Toole didn't live to see his most celebrated novel achieve high literary honors. He died at 31 on March 26, 1969
The renowned soul singer — known for this signature song — died at 26 on Dec. 10, 1967
Davis achieved an African-American sports milestone in 1961 and was set to play in the NFL when he died at 23 on May 18, 1963
This writer, best known for the novel "The Bell Jar," died at age 30 on Feb. 11, 1963
Hollywood’s quintessential sex symbol — drooled over in such movies as "Some Like It Hot" and "The Seven Year Itch" — died at age 36 on Aug. 5, 1962
Holly was an early rock 'n' roll star whose death at age 22 on Feb. 3, 1959, is remembered as "The Day the Music Died."
Dean personified "cool" in "Rebel Without A Cause," released in 1955. He died at age 24, later that same year, on Sept. 30
Crane penned numerous short stories, poems and newspaper articles but gained the most recognition for his Civil War novel, "The Red Badge of Courage." He died at 28 on June 5, 1900
Brontë — one member of a trio of talented sisters — was a poet who penned the now-classic novel "Wuthering Heights." She died at age 30 on Dec. 19, 1848
The English Romantic poet made his mark with a series of odes shortly before dying at 25 on Feb. 23, 1821
Joan of Arc
The 19-year-old famously led the French army against the English, claiming to have direct orders from God. She accomplished heroic feats until her death on May 30, 1431