Stars From Popular Teen Films You Didn’t Know Had Passed Away

  
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Celebrity deaths always make the headlines and often it seems are over-publicized for such a sensitive time, but that makes it all the more surprising when audiences and fans find out a star has passed away years before and they didn’t know. Looking back on some of the most popular teen films from the ’80s, ’90s and 2000’s, audiences often wonder what happened to the stars, and while some simply slip off the radar and out of the spotlight, it is shocking to learn that some have actually passed away. Here are 13 stars from former popular teen films you didn’t know had died:

13. Thuy Trang

Thuy Trang was one of the most recognizable young stars of the ’90s, thanks mostly due to her role as Trini Kwan otherwise known as the Yellow Ranger in the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers series. She additionally starred in the popular 1996 film The Crow: City of Angels but that would be her final role before she passed away on September 3, 2001 following a car accident. She was only 27. Trang and her friend Angela Rockwood were traveling in a car driven by a third friend when that person lost control of the vehicle. All three suffered severe injuries however Trang died en route to the hospital due to internal injuries she sustained from the accident.

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12. Jonathan Brandis

Although Jonathan Brandis got his start in the ’80s, he catapulted into one of the biggest teen icons of the ’90s with roles in Ladybugs and Sidekicks and then with big roles as Bill Denbrough in Stephen King’s supernatural horror miniseries It and as Bastian Bux in The NeverEnding Story II: The Next Chapter. He later went on to star in the series SeaQuest 2032, which became his most memorable TV role, but on November 12, 2003 he passed away at only 27 after suicide by hanging. While the star did not leave a note, friends quickly speculated that Brandis had become depressed over his waning career and had also begun drinking quite heavily.

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