James Gandolfini is a veteran actor of movies and television, but everyone knows him for one major role at this point: Tony Soprano. The...

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Billy Joel once memorably sang that "Only the Good Die Young."

While his point was that you should live your life, not be consumed by preconceived inhibitions, the phrase certainly still rings true in modern day Hollywood.

Be it from substance abuse or other tragic circumstances, some of the world's most beloved stars have met an untimely end long before they should have.

From Philip Seymour Hoffman's heroin overdose and Paul Walker's fatal car crash to some whose deaths remained shrouded in mystery, it's a long list.

Scroll through The Hollywood Gossip's gallery of 21 shocking celebrity deaths below as we look back on some of the brightest stars who we lost too soon.

They may be gone from this world, but they are not forgotten:

21 Shocking Celebrity Deaths
Philip Seymour Hoffman passed away at the age of 46. He was found with a needle in his arm and had a history of drug abuse.
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Philip Seymour Hoffman

1. Philip Seymour Hoffman

Philip Seymour Hoffman passed away at the age of 46. He was found with a needle in his arm and had a history of drug abuse.


Cory Monteith

2. Cory Monteith

Cory Monteith was 27 years old when he passed away. He overdosed on drugs during a night of partying in Vancouver.


Heath Ledger

3. Heath Ledger

Heath Ledger left us with one final, amazing performance. He earned an Oscar for his work as The Joker.


Paul Walker

4. Paul Walker

Paul Walker died in a car accident on November 30, 2013. He left behind a daughter and a burgeoning film career.


Gia Allemand

5. Gia Allemand

Gia Allemand was only 29 when she died. The former Bachelor contestant took her own life.


James Gandolfini

6. James Gandolfini

James Gandolfini will always be remembered as Tony Soprano. He died of a heart attack at the age of 51.


Amy Winehouse

7. Amy Winehouse

Amy Winehouse lived a hard life. She died of a drug overdose on July 23, 2011.


Gary Coleman

8. Gary Coleman

Rest in peace, Gary Coleman. The sitcom star left this world at the age from an intercranial hemorrhage.


Corey Haim

9. Corey Haim

We lost Corey Haim to a reported drug overdose in March 2010. He is remembered for a number of roles, such as Lost Boys.


Brittany Murphy

10. Brittany Murphy

Brittany Murphy poses here at the 2009 Video Music Awards. She passed away at the age of 32.


Michael Jackson

11. Michael Jackson

Celebrity death don't hit the world harder than that of Michael Jackson. He was 50 years old when he passed away.


Tupac Shakur

12. Tupac Shakur

Tupac Shakur poses here with his mother. The rapper was gunned down at the age of 25.


Aaliyah

13. Aaliyah

The music world lost Aaliyah in 2001. She died in a plane crash.


Tim Russert

14. Tim Russert

Tim Russert was as respected as it gets in the world of journalism. He died in 2008.


Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes

15. Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes

Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes was a key part of TLC. She was killed in a car accident.


Whitney Houston

16. Whitney Houston

Whitney Houston passed away the night before the Grammys. She overdosed in a hotel bathtub.


Princess Diana

17. Princess Diana

Princess Diana was taken from us in 1997. The iconic figure died in a car crash.


Kurt Cobain

18. Kurt Cobain

Rest in peace, Kurt Cobain. The rocker committed suicide in 1997.


Anna Nicole Smith

19. Anna Nicole Smith

Anna Nicole Smith died at the young age of 39. She lived a very troubled life.


Biggie Smalls

20. Biggie Smalls

Biggie Smalls got caught up in the East Coast/West Coast rap war. He was killed in 1997.


Natasha Richardson

21. Natasha Richardson

Natasha Richardson was married to Liam Neeson at the time of her death. She passed away from a skiing accident.


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James Gandolfini's death this year sent shock waves throughout Hollywood. Last night, his former co-star Edie Falco paid tribute to him at the Emmys.

As with the Cory Monteith Emmy tribute, there was not a dry eye in the house.

Edie fought back tears as she remembered her dear friend and co-worker, speaking of him kindly and remembering his big heart during an emotional speech.

“He has tremendous warmth and heart,” she said.

”He was far more interested in turning the light onto people he thought were more worthy,” she said, noting James Gandolfini's “fierce loyalty to his friends."

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When James Gandolfini died earlier this year, eyes almost immediately turned to what the actor most famous for The Sopranos was working on.

The one at the forefront for the time being is Enough Said with Julia Louis-Dreyfus an a whole host of other stars like Toni Collette and Catherine Keener. 

Check out the Enough Said trailer below!

Highlighting the part of James Gandolfini we didn't get see too often on HBO, Enough Said seems to capture that vulnerability that the big guy was capable of portraying so well. 

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Two weeks after the untimely death of James Gandolfini, the details of this actor's will have been released.

According to The New York Post, the document was filed yesterday in Manhattan's Surrogate Court and listed Gandolfini's wealth at around $70 million at the time of his passing.

James Gandolfini with a Beard

A majority of this estate will be passed on to the star's 13-year old son, Michael, and eight-month old daughter, Liliana.

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Kristen Stewart starred opposite James Gandolfini in the 2010 independent movie Welcome to the Rileys, portraying a stripper who grows close to the actor's misguided father.

And in light of Gandolfini's death last week, the actress has released a statement that expressed her shock and heartbreak over the unexpected passing.

Kristen Stewart and James Gandolfini

“When I heard of James’ passing I was in New Orleans, where we met shooting, and every memory flooded back and gutted me. I’ll hold that time near to me forever. He was immeasurably great. My heart goes out to his beloved family.”

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Four days after James Gandolfini died of a heart attack, the actor's body is on its way back to New York City from Rome.

A funeral has been scheduled Thursday for The Sopranos star in The Big Apple, as the entertainment industry continues to wrestle with the unexpected passing of this legend.

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Said family spokesman Michael Kobold in a statement today:

“On behalf of the Gandolfini family, I would like to thank the Italian authorities for all the assistance they have rendered in expediting the formalities necessary to repatriate James Gandolfini‘s remains to the United States.”

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Autopsy results confirm that star James Gandolfini's cause of death - he suffered a heart attack and died of natural causes - a family friend told the media.

RIP James Gandolfini

The 51-year-old's sudden death instantly shocked and saddened fans Wednesday. As previously reported, Gandolfini had been visiting Italy with family.

"Today we received the results of the autopsy, which stated he died of a heart attack, of natural causes," Michael Kobold said in Rome on Friday.

"The autopsy further states that nothing else was found in his system."

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James Gandolfini died of a heart attack earlier this week, and the doctor in charge of the ER where he was taken says there are no suspicious factors.

That statement is unofficial however, with respect to drugs or alcohol.

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Claudio Modini, the ER chief at the Italian hospital, says it looks like a heart attack, adding it was "probably a natural cause of death, myocardial infarction."

James Gandolfini had acknowledged he'd been addicted to cocaine and alcohol, and that substance abuse played a part in his 2002 divorce.

It's premature to say if drugs or alcohol were a factor, here, and it has not been established what, if any, toxicology tests will be performed on the actor.

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James Gandolfini died tragically Wednesday at the age of 51.

Not surprisingly, the star's abrupt passing stunned and saddened Hollywood, with those who worked with Gandolfini reflecting on his acting genius.

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"James is one of the greatest actors of this or any time," said The Sopranos creator David Chase. "A great deal of that genius resided in those sad eyes."

"I remember telling him many times, 'You don't get it. You're like Mozart.'"

"There would be silence at the other end of the phone."

Chase acknowledged, "He wasn't easy sometimes. But he was my partner, he was my brother in ways I can't explain and never will be able to explain."

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James Gandolfini died earlier today in Italy, according to reports. The Sopranos star is believed to have suffered a heart attack, and was just 51 years old.

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Deadline was the first source to report Gandolfini's death.

He was in Italy to attend the 59th Taormina Film Festival in Sicily, and was scheduled to appear in an event this weekend with director Gabriele Muccino.

"Everyone is in tears," a N.Y. Daily News source said.

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