Published 2017-10-24
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9 Actors who became famous as children but died too young...

Fame sometimes costs too much. Many actors who experienced their popularity at very young age, amazed us with their talent and potential but ended up in the spiral of death. With a large amount of money to their disposal and illegal substances, many of them lost their lives in tragic circumstances. Others perished by genetic diseases, by depression or were even killed. In this article, we will try to remind you of 9 young amazing artists who gone too soon...

1. Rob Knox

1. Rob Knox

Knox was an English actor who seemed to be at the beginning of a promising career after playing the role of Marcus Belby in the movie "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince." Although this performance was his most popular one, Knox had multiple experiences in various television shows in England. Unfortunately, Knox was murdered after trying to defend his brother from an attack in 2008. At the age of only 18, he was gone forever...

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2. Heather O'Rourke

O'Rourke played little Carol Anne in the iconic 1982 horror movie "Poltergeist." She was selected by Steven Spielberg himself for this part and pronounce the phrase that would remain for posterity: "They are already here." Shortly after the recording of this feature film she was diagnosed with intestinal stenosis and died due to complications of an operation at the age of 12 years. Do you remember her?

3. Judith Barsi

Barsi gave her voice to Ducky in "The Land Before Time" and appeared in "Jaws: The Revenge ". Unfortunately, she was raised in an extremely abusive domestic environment where at the end the tragic happened. Her father could not bear the sudden success of his little daughter, and since her income was quite greater, he began to feel frustration and depression. Judith Barsi was murdered with her mother by her father in 1988, who then shot himself to death. She was only 10 years old.

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4. River Phoenix

Definitely one of the most famous children's stars of all time. Phoenix was destined to be one of Hollywood's most acclaimed actors, after playing in such movies like "Stand by Me " or "My Own Private Idaho". On Halloween night 1993, the 23-year-old took too many illegal substances and died at the entrance to a well-known California club, in front of the eyes of his brother Joaquin and sister Rain.

5. J. Madison Wright Morris

The young actress, known for the science fiction series "Earth 2" and "The Burning Zone" fought for her health throughout her childhood. After experiencing multiple outbreaks of pneumonia, she was diagnosed with restrictive cardiomyopathy and had a heart transplant at age 15. This only allowed her to reach the age of 21 until she suffered a myocardial infarction and died one day after the return of her honeymoon...

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6. Josh Ryan Evans

Evans appeared in "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" and many TV series like "7th Heaven" or "Ally McBeal". He often played characters much younger than him because he was born with achondroplasia, a kind of dwarfism (people with this pathology may have a short life expectancy). He was 17 years old when he got his best role in the American soap opera "Passions". He died at age of 20 during an operation due to a congenital heart condition.

7. Bridgette Andersen

This adorable child star was starring in the sitcom "Family Ties", and in the horror feature "Nightmares." Nevertheless, she did not escape from being a typical case of perdition by the illegal substances and the popularity. With an unstable family that did not support her, she died tragically at age 21 in 1997. Another example of a case that is often repeated and generates irreparable trauma and conflicts leading to a terrible depression...

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8. Brad Renfro

You may remember Renfro from his debut role in Joel Schumacher's "The Client," thanks to which he gained a big fame and got another 21 projects in his short but illustrious career. He fought his problems with the illegal substances, but he could never temperated himself and the appearances in the courts and the detentions began to be too common. He finally lost his life at age 25. His daughter, Yamato, was only 5 years old at that time...

9. Jonathan Brandis

Jonathan Brandis was a model before he appeared in movies like "The NeverEnding Story II: The Next Chapter " or in Spielberg's series "SeaQuest 2032 ", which made him able to work later as a writer and producer. Unfortunately and after a long depression, Brandis took his own life at the age of 27...

Thus we reach the end of our list. Did you remember any of these stars? It's a shame that they have gone so soon, while many have had a promising future.

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