20 Shocking & Unforgettable Hollywood Tragedies (PHOTOS)

Michele Marin | Sep 11, 2015 Celebrities
20 Shocking & Unforgettable Hollywood Tragedies (PHOTOS)

Car accidents. Murders. Mysterious deaths. When tragedy strikes Hollywood, we are glued to our screens and plastered to social media. It's hard to believe one of your favorite stars could be a victim of tragedy in real life, rather than in a movie or television show, but celebrities are human, too. 

These shocking Hollywood tragedies rocked the world of entertainment and beyond. Which one shocked you the most? 


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  • The Death of Bobbi Kristina Brown


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    In what seems to be a strikingly similar series of events to those surrounding her mother's death, Bobbi Kristina Brown was found unconscious in a bathtub on January 31, 2015, the result of a drug overdose. She passed away six months later, but her family is not convinced that her overdose was accidental. Speculation surrounding her tumultuous relationship with her boyfriend at the time, Nick Gordon, has him seeking an attorney against a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the Brown family.

  • The Murder of Jennifer Hudson's Mother, Brother, & Nephew


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    Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Hudson lost her mother, brother and 7-year-old nephew in a triple homicide in 2008. Taken by jealous rage, William Balfour was convicted of first-degree murder and is serving a sentence of life in prison for the horrendous crimes.

  • The Car Accident That Killed Paul Walker


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    On November 30, 2013, Furious 7 actor Paul Walker's car crashed into a concrete lamppost and two trees in Valencia, California. Both Walker, 40, and his driver friend, Roger Rodas, were killed. Speculation abounds about whether a drone was involved in the accident or the Illuminati. 



  • The Airplane Crash That Killed Aaliyah


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    Traveling out of the Marsh Harbour Airport in the Bahamas, R&B singer Aaliyah and her entourage boarded a Cesna bound for the U.S. The singer was on location in the Abacos filming her music video, "Rock the Boat." Sadly, the twin-engine planed crashed shortly after takeoff, instantly killing all on board.

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  • John Ritter's Fatal Heart Attack


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    This beloved actor had a slew of fans who watched him from his time on Three's Company to his role on 8 Simple Rules For Dating My Teenage Daughter. On September 11, 2003, Ritter became sick while on the set of 8 Simple Rules. He was taken to a nearby hospital, where he passed away from a torn aorta. It was also his daughter's fifth birthday. 

  • The Death of Toby Sheldon


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    This singer/songwriter and Justin Bieber superfan would stop at nothing to look like the pop star, undergoing several rounds of plastic surgery. He even appeared on Botched and The Doctors. But everyone was shocked to learn the 35-year old was found dead in a Los Angeles hotel room on August 21, 2015. The cause of death is still under investigation. 

  • The Drive-By Shooting of Tupac Shakur


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    The mystery surrounding the 1996 murder of rapper Tupac Shakur in Las Vegas, Nevada, has yet to be solved. With four platinum albums, Shakur died in a way that plays out in many of his lyrics — in a drive-by shooting. The entourage of witnesses in the cars following Shakur at the time has yet to come forward with details.

  • The Roadside Death of Bill Cosby's son, Ennis


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    Ennis Cosby, the son of Bill Cosby, was innocently changing a tire on the side of the road in Los Angeles when the 27-year-old graduate student was suddenly robbed, shot, and killed by 18-year-old Mikhail Markhasev. Cosby's friend, Stephanie Crane, arrived to help Ennis just in time to witness the terrifying scene. 

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  • The Death of Bernie Mac


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    It would be hard to tell from the outside, as he kept the audiences laughing, that Bernie Mac suffered from sarcoidosis. Ultimately it would be pneumonia that took the comedian's life. With his wife and daughter by his side, he was placed on a ventilator, but in the end Mac's body was too weak and the actor/comedian eventually succumbed to cardiac arrest.

  • The Murder of Nicole Brown Simpson


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    In a grisly series of events that could have come from a Hollywood script, the beautiful ex-wife of O.J. Simpson, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ronald Goldman, were brutally slain outside of Brown's Brentwood, California, home. O.J. Simpson was charged and eventually acquitted of the double murder, but not before a lengthy trial that captivated the nation.

  • River Phoenix's Drug Overdose


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    This talented young actor was in the middle of filming Dark Blood when on Halloween night in 1993, the 23-year-old heartthrob collapsed outside the West Hollywood nightclub known as the Viper Room, and died of a drug overdose.

  • The Death of Keanu Reeves' Daughter & Girlfriend


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    The Matrix actor has seen more than his share of tragedy in his life. In what is the most unnatural series of events, Reeves' daughter with girlfriend Jennifer Syme, was delivered stillborn. Just 18 months later, Syme was killed in a car accident.

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  • The Paralysis & Death of Christopher Reeve


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    This true-life Superman suffered a spinal cord injury in 1995 as a result of a horseback riding accident. The accident left Reeve a quadriplegic until the time of his death at the age of 52 from an infection caused by a bedsore.

  • The Murder of Selena Quintanilla


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    On March 31, 1995, the Mexican-American singing sensation was shot and killed by her fan club president, Yolanda Saldívar, in a Texas hotel room. Some 20 years later, fans still mourn the "Dreaming of You" singer's tragic ending.

  • The Mysterious Death of Marilyn Monroe


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    There are few times when a legand's life and death live on decades after a a tragedy. As was the case with Marilyn Monore. The sex symbol, actress, and singer was found dead of an apparent drug overdose in her Brentwood, California, home in 1962. Even today some speculate her death was a suicide brought on by years of depression and bipolar disorder,

  • The Boating Death of Steve Irwin


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    We watched him battle crocodiles and deadly snakes, yet the world wasn't expecting The Crocodile Hunter to come face to face with death in the open sea. Irwin was shooting a documentary in the Great Barrier Reef when he encountered a massive 8-foot stingray. The 44-year-old was stabbed hundreds of times in the chest, and died almost instantly

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  • The Mysterious Drowning of Natalie Wood


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    On the night of November 29, 1981, actress Natalie Wood, her husband, Robert Wagner, her friend Christopher Walken, and a boat captain set out on the couple's yacht near Catalina Island. Woods disappeared and was later found dead, presumably from an "accidental drowning" brought on by pills and alcohol, according to initial toxicology reports. But the bruises on her body and reported arguing between the celebrity couple prior to her death has led to much speculation over the years.

  • The Train Accident That Killed Model Greg Plitt


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    Greg Plitt was a Calvin Klein model actor who worked alongside Robert DeNiro in The Good Shepard. In January, 2015, the 37-year-old was hit by a train, with a camcorder in hand. He was said to have been filming an ad for a fitness shake when he stumbled and fell into the tracks of an oncoming train.

  • The Murder-Suicide of Phil & Brynn Hartman


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    Saturday Night Live star Phil Hartman went to bed the evening of May 27, 1998, feeling like everything was normal. But later that night his third wife, Brynn Omdahl, came home intoxicated, shot him as he slept, then crawled into bed alongside him and shot herself.

  • The Death of Pat Tillman


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    This NFL player left behind his career with the Arizona Cardinals to fight for his country after 9/11. Tillman was killed in the line of duty in Afghanistan in 2004. His death was originally ruled a result of enemy ambush, but it later became a question of friendly fire.

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