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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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Tupac may be gone but he is not forgotten, and many celebrities took to Twitter to remember the rapper on the 17th anniversary of his death Friday.

Pac‘s life was cut short at the peak of his fame when the legendary star was killed in a still-unsolved drive-by shooting in Las Vegas in 1996.

On September 13, many fans paused to remember the life and his legacy of 2Pac.

The acclaimed rapper and actor was only 25 at the time of his death, but he remains one of the most influential artists in hip-hop if not music history.

Tupac legacy lives on in his friends, family and fans, which include fellow stars:

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Tupac Shakur will receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame along with various others, the Walk of Fame Committee confirmed over the weekend.

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Shakur, also known to the world as 2Pac, is the fourth representative of the rap genre to be given the honor, nearly 17 years after his death.

2Pac proved himself an accomplished hip-hop artist, poet, activist and actor, and his short but illustrious career earned him this prestigious honor.

The beloved rapper has become something of a legend, or even a martyr, in death. Statues in Georgia and Germany have been erected in his honor.

A Tupac hologram even performed at Coachella in 2012.

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Suge Knight has NOT been arrested for the unsolved 1996 murder of Tupac Shakur, despite what recent Twitter rumors would have you believe.

The ex-Death Row honcho's crime record includes prison stints for drug possession, assault and probation violations over the last quarter century.

It does not, however, include a recent murder accusation.

Suge Knight Mug Shot Photo

Tupac was signed to Knight's label when he was gunned down in a Las Vegas drive-by in 1996, a murder that has never led to an arrest ... possibly because Shakur is not really dead, at least according to conspiracy theorists.

Spokeswoman Laura Meltzer of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, which allegedly arrested Knight, spoke to E! about the rumor:

"I don't have any information that [Suge Knight was arrested]. We picked him up on traffic warrants in February ... that is the last arrest I show for him."

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Conspiracy theorists? Take notice. This is the day you've been waiting for.

There is a very good chance Tupac Shakur is alive and well, and in hiding, according to the man who was with him during the (allegedly) fatal shooting.

Former Death Row Records kingpin Suge Knight came on 93.5 KDay in L.A. and threw gasoline on the fire of the urban legend that simply will not die.

Maybe we weren't so far off after all when we posited that the Tupac hologram was the real deal. According to Suge, the rapper FAKED his own death.

Knight's theory on why the killer was never caught? There was no murder: "Maybe the question is ... Pac's not really dead ... Pac's somewhere else."

Asked if he ever saw Tupac's body following the 1996 drive-by shooting, he adds, "Nobody seen Tupac dead." Well, that's one way of putting it.

Suge Knight explains, "The person who supposedly cremated Tupac ... this guy got about 3 million dollars .. personally from me. Cash ... and next thing I know I never heard from the guy or seen him again ... he retired and left."

Oookay then. You tell us: Is he really dead?

 

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According to reports, Tupac's hologram performance at Coachella has Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre thinking of taking the late rapper's CGI likeness with them on tour.

Tupac died back in 1996 (well, according to some people), but he was introduced to a whole new generation of fans thanks to the wizards at Digital Domain.

The Hollywood firm created a CGI version of the rapper performing on "Hail Mary" and "2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted" at the Coachella Festival this weekend:

Using angled reflectors to create the illusion that he was actually alive and on stage, video of the stunt hit the Internet and became a viral sensation Monday.

It also looked like Tupac's been busy at the gym in the afterlife.

Anyway, old 2Pac friends and collaborators Dre and Snoop told the Wall Street Journal that the two are considering mounting an arena tour - with digi-Pac.

"This is just the beginning," Digital Domain's chief creative officer, Ed Ulbrich, told the paper. "Dre has a massive vision for this." That got us thinking ...

Talk to THG: If the Tupac Shakur hologram performed at a venue in your hometown, would you pay to go see that crazy mofo?

 

And more importantly, is Tupac even dead?

 

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THG Asks!

Welcome to THG Asks, a feature in which two of THG's celebrity gossip experts debate topical issues in the entertainment world and you decide who wrote the winning argument!

Today, THG Asks: Is Tupac Shakur really dead?

YES. By Hilton Hater

Tupac Shakur once wondered, "I Wonder If Heaven's Got a Ghetto."

And the truth, no matter how badly you want to believe otherwise, is that the iconic rapper now knows for certain. He's gone. Deceased. Deader than Lindsay Lohan's movie career.

I know, I know: eight albums have been released since Tupac was shot in 1996. And that Tupac hologram at Coachella really did seem life-like.

But no credible source has ever reported a Tupac sighting. University Medical Center, one of the most respected hospitals in the country, pronounced him dead six days after he was gunned down in Las Vegas. Why would those doctors lie?

It can be hard to let go. But Life Goes On, Tupac once rapped to his fans. He'd want you to accept his fate, keep ya head up and be real to your women.

NO. By Free Britney

The Notorious B.I.G.'s posthumous album was titled Life After Death.

Many at Coachella feel they saw Biggie's arch rival, Tupac Shakur, experience this over the weekend. It's a great story ... except 2Pac is not really dead.

First off, Tupac's "death" in 1996 was too perfectly orchestrated and replete with too many biblical and numerological references to be simply coincidental.

The motives behind the fake murder are unclear - to avoid going to jail, or drum up sales for Death Row, or be reincarnated as Makaveli? - but the killing was staged.

It also remains unsolved. How convenient.

Second of all, the "hologram" of Tupac performing was 100 times more realistic than any hologram known to man. There's no way that wasn't a human being.

Think about it. If you could make holograms that cool, why wouldn't we see them in our daily lives, walking around left and right? It doesn't make any sense.

It does make for a media conspiracy. That "hologram" is just media telling us that it's fake because he's still the most wanted motherf--ker in America.

THG Asks you ... is Pac really dead?

 

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Break out the champagne glasses and the motherf--kin' condoms.

This weekend's Coachella festival was the place to be. Everyone was there. Nina Dobrev, Ian Somerhalder, Vanessa Hudgens, Lindsay Lohan ... even Tupac!!

Say what now? The late rapper appeared as a hologram (seriously).

Check out the video below of a startlingly real-looking 2Pac "performing" two of his hits, including "2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted" with Snoop Dogg (seriously):

Somewhere, conspiracy theorists are salivating over this and insisting it's actually 'Pac, and the media is just telling us that it's a hologram because he's still the most wanted motherf--ker in America. West side 'til we die b!tchez.

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The absurd Tupac sex tape unearthed earlier this year has been sold, but only to a private collector who has no plans to make the 1991 footage public.

According to reports, the former owner of the tape decided not to sell to any corporate sex companies, describing them as "parasites." How virtuous.

It is unknown how much the 2Pac video sold for, but it was reported that two rival porn agencies were ready to pay $150,000 or more for the Tupac sex tape.

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Tupac's family have made it clear they do not want the X-rated flick to be distributed and have insisted that they "will sue anyone who tries to sell a Tupac tape."

According to an official spokesman for Tupac's estate, only his family can authorize the use of Tupac's image for commercial use and they would not permit this.

The rapper's mother Afeni Shakur has also reportedly told her representatives: "Get the legal team ready because we will not allow someone to put it out."

Looks like a moot point now. The footage of Tupac getting serviced orally by some girl at a house party while smoking, drinking and dancing to his own music will be enjoyed by a private collector for personal use only. Which is sort of odd.

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A HUGE offer just surfaced for the Tupac sex tape ... but it has nothing to do with Shakur receiving oral relief. Peeps just want the song playing in the background!

A million-dollar offer has been made by the CEO of NOHO, which is seeking to acquire all rights to the unreleased Tupac track playing in the background of the tape.

That's right. One million for an unreleased Tupac track.

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It's not even clear who owns the rights to that Tupac song, but the company (which makes an anti-hangover drink), has flat-out offered to buy them straight up.

The track would then be the official theme song for the beverage. Obvi. This is absurd for any number of reasons, but let's just list a few of them below ...

  1. So far, no one's offered more than $150,000 for the 2Pac tape.
  2. Tupac's estate, led by mom Afeni Shakur, will never consent.
  3. The aforementioned CEO has not even heard the track yet.
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