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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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by Hilton Hater at

The music world lost an all-time great one year ago today.

Whitney Houston passed away from a drug overdose inside a hotel room on Grammy Awards Sunday in 2012, leaving behind her a troubled teenager and a legacy that may never be matched.

In the 365 days that have passed since Whitney left us, daughter Bobbi Kristina has battled her own personal demons, while Houston's family has signed in to star in a reality show.

Elsewhere, Cissy Houston just released a memoir about her child and contestants on singing shows such as The Voice and American Idol continue to honor the star by covering her best-known tracks.

There were an incredible number of them.

Rest in peace, Whitney Houston.

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by Hilton Hater at

Whitney Houston, one of the most successful female artists of all-time, died at the Beverly Hills Hilton Hotel today. She was 48.

The singer's rep confirmed the news this evening to The Associate Press, with insiders saying a member of Houston's entourage discovered her body late in the afternoon; a hotel employee called 911; and paramedics arrived to find Whitney unresponsive.

She was pronounced dead at 3:55 local time.

Beverly Hill Police Lt. Mark Rosen said there was "no obvious signs of criminal intent," though no cause of death has been determined and detectives have already started a full investigation.

R.I.P. Whitney Houston

Houston leaves behind a daughter, Bobbi Kristina.

The two-time Emmy and six-time Grammy Award winner sold over 200 million albums worldwide. She had battled alcohol and drug addiction - last seeking treatment in early 2011 - for many years prior to her death and was spotted out twice in Los Angeles over the last week, first with occasional boyfriend Ray J and then with a pal on Thursday night.

Whitney was staying at the hotel in anticipation of Clive Davis' annual pre-Grammy party, which was scheduled to take place there that night.

Our thoughts go out to her loved ones and, in her honor, we present the greatest national anthem performance in professional sports history:

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