10 Child Stars Who Died Too Soon (PHOTOS)

With the tragic news of Gary Coleman's death still fresh in our minds, it is hard to ignore how Gary's life took a turn that was similar to other doomed child stars.

It's no secret that Hollywood is a tough place, especially for children. The steady stream of pressures that are put on child celebrities (not to mention the free-flowing drugs and alcohol around Hollywood) are often citied as factors in the disastrous careers and tragic deaths of some young stars.

With this in our minds, we decided to take a look back at some of the most tragic deaths of some of Hollywood's most beloved stars.

Click through the gallery to see our top 10 list of the most tragic child star deaths.

 

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  • jada
    jada

    micheal jackson im sorry your sick and died we love you

  • nig
    nig

    These aren't children.. They died in their 30's.

  • corey j.r.
    corey j.r.

    damm right river phoenix was a complete one off force of nature that comes along once in a lifetime just like the late great legendery corey ian haim, especially with making his come bk & kicking his prescribed addiction to tranquillizers & painkillers. 2 of the greatest movie stars ever!!!!!!!!!!!!! gone but will never be forgotten

  • bblgumm13
    bblgumm13

    this is true but brandon lee wasn't a child star his first movie was at the age of 20

  • bblgumm13
    bblgumm13

    they didn't even put the most important part. he died because the years of doing drugs made his organs harden and 2 little boys found him in an abandoned building.

  • bblgumm13
    bblgumm13

    i think johnny depp would have gone further in his career too if river was still alive. that was heart breaking for him.

  • bblgumm13
    bblgumm13

    you do realize hes considered a child star because he started his career as a child right? child star doesnt mean they are still a child and around 50 is still really young he only lived half his life

  • elle
    elle

    I miss you mj soooooo much you were way tooo kind and good for this world people with dirty minds,greed,cruelty failed you i love you so much the best person.entertainer ever

  • asnsdcn
    asnsdcn

    im sorry WHAT? ACCIDENTAL OVERDOSE? how is a dose ever 'accidental'? she was gonna die sooner or later if she took drugs. ridiculous.

  • gen
    gen

    wow that was depressing

  • kym
    kym

    this whole list so sooo sad especialy that girl that dies at 18 like dam! is being a child star that bad that they hav to take drugs or is it being in the spotlight at such a young age that messes them up..... really sad :(

  • Nay
    Nay

    Technically Micheal didnt overdose he was murdered by his doctor smh rest in peace michel

  • neopotter
    neopotter

    Brandon Lee? River Phoenix? Heath Ledger? Jonathan Brandis? Hello?

  • *eve*
    *eve*

    I rekon..River Phoenix should of been on hea..he starred in Stand By Me and i love that movie! I have da DVD..

  • *eve*
    *eve*

    OMG i rememba hm..did he die..dats soooo sad..R.I.P Carl

  • Vay
    Vay

    MICHAEL JACKSON IS NOT A KID.

  • Steve
    Steve

    I can't understand why River Phoenix is not #1 either. Where is Heath Ledger or James Dean? I thought the definition for "Star" was an ACTOR who plays a principal role, Why is Jackson on this list? He wasn't an actor, In that case Diana, Princess of Wales should be on this list , way in front of jackson.

  • annabannana56
    annabannana56

    River Phoenix!?!?! Heather!?!? FAIL!!!

  • Craig Turner
    Craig Turner

    Hello, what about Heather O'Rourke from "Poltergeist"? She was only 12 or 13 when she died. And MICHAEL JACKSON in the number one spot? Seriously? I don't think former child stars are the only ones doing massive amounts of smack.

  • Donnia
    Donnia

    Where the f*ck is River Phoenix at? This list fails.

  • Me
    Me

    I wish someone who would make a list about child stars who died too late or that we're just waiting to make an exit.

  • Leyla
    Leyla

    No River Phoenix?!?! Are you mad? I though he would be at #1

  • elaine_214
    elaine_214

    Why was River Phoenix not on the list?

  • Ana
    Ana

    River Phoenix

  • Roxie
    Roxie

    Yeah exactly, where's River Phoenix?

  • Janette
    Janette

    Seriously, this list is just full of fail.

  • LOVE some bunny
    LOVE some bunny

    what about heath ledger

  • Courtney
    Courtney

    What about Jonathan Brandis? From Seaquest and the Neverending Story?

  • eM
    eM

    where's River Phoenix?!

  • ashytisdalefan
    ashytisdalefan

    21? too young to die..

  • flor
    flor

    this list is wrong. Where is RIVER PHOENIX??? GOD MAN!! RIVER WAS SO TALENTED AND IF HE WAS ALIVE HE WOULD BE EVEN BIGGER THAN JOHNNY DEPP AND BRAD F*CKING PITT!!!!!!

  • Heidi
    Heidi

    But they have been child stars. That was the point.

  • lynn davis
    lynn davis

    What about River Phoenix?

  • meka
    meka

    While these deaths are tragic, someone who dies in thier late 40's or early 50's is not a child star dying too soon. They are an adult star. Sorry..

  • LIDA
    LIDA

    Its hard to lose a parent or anyone at the age of 42 or 43... So those who lost Gary Coleman i lost my dad at 43

  • Mike
    Mike

    sad....suicide is never the answer!!!! M.T Roblin