10 Child Actors Who Died Tragically Young
8. Carl Switzer
Carl Switzer – who played Alfalfa in “Our Gang” – was fatally shot in 1959 when he and a friend went to collect $50 from a man by the name of Bud Stiltz. They reportedly pounded on Stiltz’s door and then forced their way into his house. A fight broke out and Stiltz fired his gun, which shot 34-year-old Switzer in the stomach. A jury ruled the incident a justifiable homicide.
7. Dana Hill
Dana Hill – who played Audrey Griswold in “National Lampoon’s European Vacation” alongside Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo – was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at a young age. She reportedly hadn’t been taking very good care of herself when she slipped into a diabetic coma in May 1996. The following month she suffered a massive paralytic stroke and forty days later she died at the age of 32.