From drug overdoses to mysterious circumstances, here’s a look at five celebrities from the 90’s who died way too soon!
Chris Farley was one of our favorite actors from the 90’s. From Saturday Night Live to movies like Tommy Boy, Farley was a comic genius! Tragically, he died on December 18, 1997 at the young age of 33 from an overdose of cocaine and morphine, with advanced atherosclerosis cited as a contributing factor to his death.
Here’s a look back at some of Farley’s funniest moments on camera:
Born January 16, 1979 in New York City, Aaliyah Dana Haughton was a beautiful and talented singer, model and actress who signed a record deal with Jive Records at 12 years old. Sadly, her career was cut short at the young age of 22 on August 25, 2001 when a private plane crashed in the Bahamas killing Aaliyah and eight others. During the 90’s and early 2000’s, she scored 12 top 40 songs on the Hot 100 charts including a number one in 2000 for Try Again.
Tupac (2Pac) Shakur
Tupac Amaru Shakur was born in New York City on June 16, 1971. Many consider him to be one of the greatest rappers of all time. He’s certainly one of the greatest, if not the greatest rapper of the 90’s. Sadly, Tupac’s career was violently cut short when he was shot four times on September 7, 1996 by an unknown assailant in a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas. He died six days later on September 13, 1996.
Shakur is one of the best-selling music artists of all time with over 75 million records sold worldwide. Here’s a look at his music video for California Love featuring Dr. Dre and Roger Troutman, his first number one song on the Hot 100 charts in 1996.
River Phoenix first major role was playing the character Chris Chambers in 1986’s Stand By Me. Later that same year, he won the Young Artist Award for Best Young Male Superstar in Motion Pictures for his role as Charlie Fox in the movie The Mosquito Coast. In 1988 he was nominated for an Oscar and a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor for his role of Danny Pope in Running on Empty.
During the 90’s, he starred in six motion pictures, and received a lot of accolades for his role of Mikey Waters in the independent film My Own Private Idaho. Sadly, drugs cut his life short when he collapsed outside of The Viper Room on the Sunset Strip from a drug overdose. He was only 23 years old.
Brittany Murphy appeared in numerous films and TV shows and music videos during her career. Her first break-through performance was in 1995 when she starred alongside Alicia Silverstone and Stacey Dash in Clueless. She went on to star in numerous other movies throughout the 90’s and the 2000’s. Sadly, Murphy’s life was cut short at the age of 32. Officially, the cause of death was attributed to pneumonia and severe anemia.