7 Actors Who Died At The Peak Of Their Careers

  
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It’s never good seeing someone cut down in their prime. It’s particularly painful to hear of someone dying from causes that could have, and oftentimes, should have been avoided. Sadly, it’s something we expect as fans of TV, movies, sports, and music… some of the best, young talent will inevitably die before anyone is ready to say goodbye. The following list features fellas who made us laugh, cry, gasp, swoon and reminded us compassion can run deep, even for people we don’t know. Here are six actors who died at the peak of their careers.

7. Cory Monteith

Who would have thought the clean-cut, Finn Hudson from Glee would be someone who struggled with drug addiction and abuse? It’s tough to learn that someone’s best acting job was covering up their demons, but that’s what so many people do best. Cory endured substance abuse, and addiction issues years prior to his death, and in 2013, admitted himself to a treatment facility in an effort to kick the habit. Unfortunately, he didn’t always have the accountability he so desperately needed, and on a night of relaxation, he opted to drink champagne and shoot heroin. It resulted in a toxic soup from which is body could not recover. He was 31 years old. Cory had enjoyed success in the acting realm before Glee, but the musical dramedy was set to thrust him to the next left of career projects.

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6. Chris Farley

Chris Farley was one of the most beloved comedians of his time. Rising to fame in the early to mid-1990s, he burned fast and bright, and also lost a battle to drugs at the young age of 33-years-old. Chris had struggles with his weight, alcohol abuse, cocaine and nearly anything else he could get his hands on. He had a heart for everyone else, but took terrible care of himself. At the time of his death, he was riding wave after wave of success. The biggest stink of losing Chris Farley so young–beyond the personal tragedy for family, friends and fans–was losing the opportunity to see him stretch his wings. He was a killer comedian, but it was obvious he had a lot of depth, and some serious darkness to pull from. He was in the process of developing Shrek when he died; what else might he have done if he stuck around longer?

AP / Richard Drew

AP / Richard Drew

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