From Heath Ledger to Irrfan Khan: 11 Actors We Lost Too Soon


The world of glamour and cinema continues to be shrouded in glitter and buzz despite many unfortunate events that have come and gone. We always talk about larger-than-life stars who continue to rule the world with their charm. However, today we are taking a different route and remembering the influential Hollywood and Bollywood actors who passed away too soon. In a short amount of time, they were active; they managed to leave a legacy for their fans to cherish forever. These stars definitely deserve to be remembered by the people for their contribution to the world of entertainment.

Bollywood Actors Who Passed Away Too Soon:

  • Sushant Singh Rajput


The actor was only 34 years old when he breathed for the last time. He died on 14th January 2020, and his death sent a shockwave across the country. Sushant Singh Rajput was a rising star who delivered phenomenal performances in films like MS Dhoni: The Untold Story, Kai Po Che, Chhichhore, Kedarnath and more. He started his career as a TV actor and used his talent to climb to the top of showbiz. Unfortunately, he was found dead at his apartment under mysterious circumstances, which even baffled law enforcement.

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  • Sridevi

The yesteryear actress was making a comeback in Bollywood with critically acclaimed films like English Vinglish and Mom before life altered its plans for her. Sridevi passed away at the age of 54 on 24th February 2018. She was found dead due to accidental drowning in her guest room in Dubai. Sridevi was referred to as India’s first female superstar. She earned many accolades and awards throughout her fabled career. The world is surely missing the kind-hearted Bollywood actress.


  • Divya Bharti

Perhaps the youngest actor that unfortunately features on this list. Divya Bharti passed away at the tender age of 19. She was a rising actress who was loved by the Indian youth. Bharti featured in hit Bollywood films like Deewana and Shola Aur Shabnam. Many Bollywood actors have declared her to be one of the finest actors we have seen in the film industry. Divya passed away due to an accidental fall from a building on 5th April 1993.


  • Soundarya

A beautiful actress who was taken from us at the young age of 32 years, Soundarya was known for her compassion and unparalleled beauty. She made her name through Telugu cinema and found success in other film industries as well. Her role in Suryavansham will always be immortal in the memory of her fans. She died in an air crash on 17th April 2004.


  • Madhubala

Termed by many as the most beautiful Bollywood actress ever, Madhubala was a sight to behold. Unfortunately, the celebrated actress passed away when she was only 36 years old. Madhubala was born with an incurable disease, ventricular septal defect. However, she did not experience any problems during her childhood, and it was only during the final years of her life that she started experiencing difficulties in her life. She passed away on 23rd February 1969. She was married to the legendary singer Kishore Kumar.


  • Guru Dutt

A legendary filmmaker and actor, Guru Dutt was way ahead of his time. He produced and acted in complex films that audiences and critics found hard to understand and relate to. However, with the passage of time, his greatness has been realised by the cinelovers. Even though Dutt was a disciplinarian when it came to work, he was completely disorganised in his personal life. His excessive drinking led to his liver damage and ultimately his death on 10th October 1964. He was 39 years old at that time.

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  • Irrfan Khan

Irrfan Khan is probably the only Bollywood actor who has left a big impression on both Indian and western cinema. His talent was recognised by everyone, which led him to great roles that we can’t imagine anyone else pulling off with the same excellence. Irrfan’s The Lunchbox, Paan Singh Tomar, Haasil, Puzzle and Jurassic World will always stay afresh in everyone’s memory. He died on 29th April 2022, aged 53, after fighting a long battle against a neuroendocrine tumour.


Hollywood Actors Who Passed Away Too Soon:

  • Heath Ledger

The Australian actor left a solid imprint on cinema despite passing away at the young age of 28. His portrayal of Joker in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight is considered one of the greatest displays of acting in the history of entertainment. The actor had a rough history with drugs and substance abuse which ultimately led to his demise. He was found dead on 22nd January 2008 due to an accidental death caused by the abuse of prescribed medicines.


  • Paul Walker

One of the most likeable and loved Hollywood actors of all time, Paul Walker, left this world on 30th November 2013. He was only 40 years old when he breathed for the last time. The actor is known for his fine performances in the Fast and Furious film franchise. He died in an unfortunate accident in which his body was burned beyond recognition. Walker’s car crashed into a concrete lamp and set fire to two trees which ultimately led to his demise as well.

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  • Chadwick Boseman

The American actor known for portraying Black Panther in Marvel movies was fighting a battle against cancer in his short life. He died on 28th August 2020 at the age of 43. He was suffering from colon cancer which ultimately took him away from us. Nonetheless, he will always be remembered as a fine actor, gentleman and most of all, as the superhero Black Panther.


  • Kelly Preston 

Kelly Preston was one of the finest Hollywood actors who we lost too soon. She passed away on 12th July 2020, aged 57, after being involved in a battle with breast cancer. Her passing away came as a piece of shocking news because the details about her being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2018 were kept private by her. She was married to the Hollywood filmmaker and actor John Travolta.

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