Celebrities Who Died Young

There’s an increasing spurt of celebrities committing suicide and passing away young nowadays. Unfortunately, every now and then, we hear of some celeb succumbing to the pressure and temptation of giving up on life. It’s rather ironic then that the very cinema we adore teaches us about hope and overcoming struggles. In our films, the "hero" just cannot die; even after jumping from a 50-ft building or getting stabbed times cannot kill him. However, when reel comes to terms with the reality, the truth is horrid. Maybe it’s the showbiz that gets to these celebrities, maybe their lifestyle or health problems or maybe simply it’s death itself knocking on the door as death does not discriminate, and spares no one. We have lost a lot of good artists and here we give you a list of celebrities who were widely loved but died young, leaving behind a legacy, a trail of memories and making us realize the harsh reality of life.

Taruni Sachdev:
Remember this cutie from the 50+ ads she did on television or when she starred in the movie Paa, alongside Amitabh Bachchan as the girl who Auro ran away from? Taruni died on her 14th birthday in an airplane crash in Nepal along with her mother. She was not the kind of person who didn’t express her love much, she actually hugged her friends before leaving for the flight to Nepal.

Jiah Khan:
This British-American actress who made her debut in Bollywood with the controversial film Nishabd, alongside Amitabh Bachchan, was found dead in her apartment, hanging from a ceiling fan. Although suspected as a suicide case, her mother suspected her boyfriend Sooraj Pancholi’s involvement with her death. Jiah’s case is still under CBI investigation.

Divya Bharti:
This beautiful actress, who started her career at the age of 16 in the Telugu film industry and progressed to mainstream Bollywood with the action thriller Vishwatma in 1992, died at the age of 19, with an unbroken record of completing 14 Hindi films between 1992 and 1993 as a newcomer. The cause of her death was declared accidental. She fell down from her 5th floor apartment and sustained major internal injuries. She had married Sajid Nadiadwala in 1992 and had converted to Islam for him. Ever since, there have been speculations about the cause of her death.

Regarded as the Marilyn Monroe of Bollywood, Madhubala was one of the most iconic and breathtakingly beautiful actresses of the yesteryear. She wowed us with her performances each time she came up on the silver screen. She, however, had a ventricular septal defect (a hole in her heart) and also suffered from pulmonary pressure of the lungs, both of which caused her to spew out blood and cough severely. She was confined to bed for 9 whole years and this ailment reduced this magnificent actress known for her beauty to just skin and bones. She passed away shortly after her 36th birthday.

Meena Kumari:
This talented actress and poetess started her career at the age of 6 as a child artist in many films. She gave us classics like Sahib, Biwi Aur Ghulam (1962), Dil Ek Mandir (1963), Kaajal (1965), and Phool Aur Patthar (1966). However, she was an alcoholic and fell ill quite often. The shooting of her movie Pakeezah was stalled due to her separation with her husband and took 14 years to reach the silver screen. Meena Kumari completed the film in spite of being gravely ill. She died two months after its release and is considered as one of the most iconic films in Indian cinema.

Smita Patil:
One of the most accomplished actresses of Bollywood, Smita Patil is known to have appeared in over 80 Hindi and Marathi films, with her career spanning just over a decade. An active feminist, she was a member of the Women’s Centre in Mumbai and was deeply committed to women’s issues. Married to Raj Babbar, she died at the mere age of 31 due to childbirth complications, barely two weeks after giving birth to her son, Prateik Babbar.

Sanjeev Kumar:
This National Award-winning "Thakur" was well-known for all of his performances. He started off his career in theatre and then moved onto doing films. He was however born with a congenital heart condition. Many members of his family hadn’t lived past 50. He underwent a bypass surgery in the US, but died from a massive heart attack at the age of 47.

Vinod Mehra:
Actor-producer-director, Vinod Mehra played all three roles successfully. He completed over 100 films in his two-decade long career. He died at the age of 41 from a severe heart attack.


Sanjit Bedi:
Mostly remembered as Dr. Omi from Sanjeevani, he had us girls drooling over him. He passed away in 2015, in his mid-forties, after failing to emerge from a coma, induced by a brain ailment. 

Though these celebs are no more, they will always be cherished in our minds and hearts forever.

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