I was out grabbing a drink with a friend at one of the many trendy bars in Williamsburg when I got a text from a close friend as to the death of Paul Walker two weekends ago. After my initial reaction (of nearly falling out of my stool), all I could feel was a combination of shock and complete sorrow.
Now I would not go as far as saying that I was a huge fan of the well-known actor per-say, but I could honestly say I enjoyed many of his on-screen work. The day before Thanksgiving I had just watched the movie Pleasantville from 1998, which he had a role in. I think it was the first movie I had seen him in actually (my very first date in seventh grade to be specific)!
And of course how could anyone forget his memorable role as officer Brian O’Conner in The Fast And The Furious?
Which honestly makes his death by a fiery car crash even MORE shockingly tragic I think (irony aside). The 40 year old actor and a close friend of his was said to have been driving at high speed in a Porsche GT when the vehicle flew off the road and smashed violently into a tree, shortly engulfing in flames.
Paul Walker is one of many celebrities who have died way too young, but I wanted to share my thoughts of 10 fallen stars we probably all agree that we lost too soon….
Cory Monteith, 31
For those who have a soft-spot for the American teen musical comedy/drama television series Glee, discovering the death of Cory Monteith was a truly tragic shock.
Autopsy has reveled that he had died from a mixed drug toxicity at a hotel room in Vancouver.
Especially with an exact cause of death still undetermined, the late Brittany Murphy’s death seems all that more tragic.
I always saw her as the kind of actress who always displayed creative levels of dysfunction and over-the-top emotion in her acting, much so to the point where you could actually appreciate it.
One of my favorite roles, Girl Interrupted… probably a lot to do with how much I loved the book but still a note-worthy performance on her part!
While others may have recognized (if at all) him from his roles in Friday Night Lights & Akeelah and the Bee, I must admit I was watching him as The Famous Jett Jackson (Disney Channel’s 1998 series).
The actor was reported to have suffered from bi-polar disorder and depression. Young died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.
The well-known singer/songwriter had an extensive history of binge drinking after she apparently “kicked” her drug habit. Post the supposed claim, after the next few years, she experienced different periods of relapse. One of these relapses proved fatal and resulted in her ultimate demise. We can all appreciate the fact that there was a lot of talent and poeticism to which we will all miss out on understanding.
I must say a very personal favorite of mine…. the beautiful Australian-born Heath Ledger was truthfully an actor meant for something HUGE. He was most-likely best known for his roles in “10 Things I Hate About You,” “The Patriot,” “Brokeback Mountain” and of course “The Dark Night.” Ultimately, it was determined that Heath Ledger died from an accidental drug overdose of prescription medication – AKA the “drug cocktail” mixture of certain drugs that should not be mixed. Such a shame….
Who could forget when the death of young singer Aaliyah was announced? Her crew and herself were flying back early from filming the video for “Bahamas” in the”Rock the Boat“. As a result of exceeding a weight limit, the plane crashed shortly after takeoff, killing her and the eight other passengers aboard the plane.
She was best known as part of the unforgettable TLC trio, Lisa Lopez was killed in a horrific car accident that tragically launched her out of her vehicle. She died from the injuries she sustained in the crash — a neck injury and severe head trauma. A haunting fact – the lyrics from TLC’s biggest hit “Waterfalls” were engraved on her casket.
A personal favorite as a kid, I remember how much I LOVED River! Phoenix passed away of a drug overdose outside West Hollywood’s Viper Room in 1993.
We all can love and remember his role in Stand By Me among many other memorable films.
Aside from the fact that I loved her role in the Lindsey Lohan version of the Parent Trap, the English actress was simply delightful onscreen.
Richardson sustained a severe head injury while on vacation (though refused medical attention) in Quebec, Canada. She eventually passed away due to an epidural hematoma caused by the blunt impact. Her husband the famous Liam Neeson (and their two children) were present at the time of her accident.
So to wrap up all the senseless tragedies, we’ve all noticed the lives in Hollywood lost way too soon.
My biggest thing is how these sad deaths have had a really hit-hard reaction… I can’t help but react with a desperate plea of “WHY??”
It’s hard to spin this whole thing positive, but I would like to recognize and appreciate these 10 amazing and talented actors, who’ve touched at least a great deal of us in their short and important lives.