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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.

Paul Walker
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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Someone over at the Central Intelligence Agency is having way too much fun with the official CIA Twitter account, which turned one month old Monday.

The government agency posted responses to "five burning questions" that have been lobbed its way since it joined Twitter and started being bombarded.

Namely ... where is Tupac Shakur?!


The fate of the rapper, who was gunned down in September 1996 (or not, according to Suge Knight), has long been a lightning rod for conspiracy theorists.

It's been the subject of a fascinatingly unsolved FBI investigation, several documentaries, endless hip hop fan speculation and even jokes by President Obama.

Sadly, the CIA's got nothing.

"No, we don't know where Tupac is. #twitterversary," the agency tweeted to cap off its five-question session, which also included some other gems:

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Fans took to Twitter on June 16 to celebrate what would have been the 43rd birthday of Tupac Shakur, who was shot and killed in Las Vegas in 1996.

To this day, his murder remains unsolved - for good reason, according to Suge Knight and others who claim Tupac is alive - but his legacy lives on.

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

Tupac's music and life continue to inspire the masses and he has become something of a legend in spite of - or perhaps because of - his premature death.

Born June 16, 1971, in East Harlem, 2Pac was also a poet and an actor, a man of surprising depth and talent who transcended popular culture.

He's gone but not forgotten ... save for the occasional Tupac hologram performing at Coachella or Broadway show (Holler If Ya Hear Me) based on him.

A biopic by filmmaker John Singleton is also in the works, which should be awesome for the West Coast hip hop pioneer (of East Coast origins).

Music lovers are paying tribute to Tupac on Twitter today with the hashtag #HappyBirthdayTupac. We wish his family and friends the very best.

Here's a look at other rappers who rank among the smartest in the game:

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In what often seems like a genre focused on getting cars, cash, and girls, rap often gets a bad rap. Some of the genre's most talented voices use their powers for good.

Or they try. Instead of playing to the lowest common denominator, their politically charged and often personal song lyrics are an attempt to alter the course of pop culture.

It's easy to sell records when songs are about Miley Cyrus Twerking. Making people listen to your song about class struggles, religion, and racism is a different story.

Drake was 2013's most Tweeted about rapper. He definitely knows a thing or two about social media, and the personal stories behind his songs have made him immensely popular.

Fortunately, some rappers have made this their mission. They're the voices of political discourse for their generation. And they know the meaning of one simple word: diversify.

Instead of focusing solely on their careers as musical artists, they've branched out into the world of music production, acting, apparel, and public speaking.

Drake may not know the square root of 69, but he does know a thing or two about rap and joins a list of our 17 most intelligent rappers ever, a group of most definitely smart men.

Bottom line: There's more than one way to bank the Benjamins while spreading your message than merely rapping about being all about the Benjamins.

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Despite Suge Knight's claims that Tupac is still alive, the iconic rapper was actually murdered in 1996.

When he was still with us Shakur, of course, was famously devoted to the "thug life" and his newly revealed final words show that he stuck his ideals until the very end.

What were those ideals? Never snitch; never give in to authority figures; and - perhaps most importantly - f--k the police!

Yes, TMZ reports that Tupac's last words - spoken to a police officer - were "F--k you!"

This, according to Las Vegas Police Department officer Chris Carroll who says he pulled Pac from the car and tried to pump him for information about his shooter's identity before the rapper slipped out of consciousness forever.

Carroll recounts the events of that fateful night thusly:

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Wyclef Jean's "April Showers" video has been banned from YouTube, and Tupac Shakur is to blame. As in the image of a dead Tupac's corpse that haunts the video!

The track, featuring Mobb Deep, features what sure looks like a shot of the rapper's autopsy at one point, resulting in its removal from the video sharing website.

An infamous photo of Tupac's corpse, partially cut open during his autopsy back in 1996, was published in Cathy Scott's book, The Killing of Tupac Shakur.

Scott was convinced the image was the real deal and had Wyclef's video yanked from YouTube as a result; she's the one who lodged the complaint.

However, 2Pac impersonator Richard Garcia says it's him!

Garcia says he was hired to re-create the autopsy for the video - which actually has an anti-gun violence theme, despite its grisly imagery - and obliged.

Makeup artist Autumn McHugh also confirms personally to THG that she was behind the (incredible) makeup work you see in "April Showers." It's not 'Pac.

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Hip hop mogul Suge Knight gave a memorable speech to some TMZ cameras last night and while there many highlights to his awesome rant, the part that's getting the most notice today is Suge's casual claim that Tupac is still alive.

The legendary rapper is widely agreed to have been shot to death in 1996. His music remains popular and influential, and dozens of celebs recently paid tribute on Twitter for the 17th anniversary of Tupac's death

But Suge says all the memorials are for naught, as the supposedly slain icon is alive and well and "smoking a Cuban cigar somewhere."

Knight offers little evidence to support his claim, but does make the valid point that it's a bit suspicious that no arrests have been made in connection with Tupac's murder in the 17 years since it happened.

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Rappers are the new rockstars when it comes to having their pick of models, actresses and pop signers who are itching to hook up with a guy who can sell out an arena tour.

Kanye West and Kim Kardashian
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West stroll around here in Paris. Word is, they are scouting wedding locations.

Maybe Kim Kardashian is more of a trend-setter than we realize, but it seems like ever since she dropped the athlete in favor of the rap icon, hip-hop hook-ups have been all the rage.

To help you keep track of this growing trend, we've assembled a list of the most memorable rapper/non-rap-celebrity couples, past and present.

Yes, in order to narrow things down, we disqualified couples in which both parties first made their name in the world of hip-hop and R&B. (Sorry, Jay and Bey, Nas and Kelis).

But don't worry, that rule didn't shorten the list by much. It seems when rappers are choosing boo thangs to settle down with they prefer to look outside of the hip-hop community.

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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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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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