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The death of Robin Williams shocked fans the world this week, but sadly, he is but one of many stars to have passed away many years too soon.

For all the joy he brought to millions of lives, the actor battled substance abuse and severe depression at various points in a life cut short by his own choice.

He is far from alone. Be it from severe illness, addiction or other tragic circumstances, some of the stars who shone the brightest also met untimely ends.

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

From Robin Williams' suicide to Philip Seymour Hoffman's overdose, Paul Walker's car crash and others that remain cloaked in mystery, it's not a short list.

Their respective careers, however, remain etched in history. They may be gone from the world we inhabit, but their legacies live on, each and every day.

Robin, Philip and so many others who tragically passed on have left their marks on this world, and having touched us all, will always have a place in our hearts.

Scroll through our list of 23 shocking celebrity deaths above as we look back on some of the famous and talented individuals who we lost far too early.

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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:

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

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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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