People have many reactions to the unexpected announcement of a celebrity’s death. Everything from “I don’t believe it!” to “I knew it was going to come to this.” Some celebrities seem destined to die at their own hands and bad choices. Others die suddenly from natural causes or accidents and, perhaps, those are the most shocking of all. The point, though, is that whether a celebrity is a known substance abuser or a seemingly healthy person, we all battle demons and sometimes the demons win.
Here is our top 14 most shocking celebrity deaths of the millennium (so far). We have deemed these deaths “shocking” because they were completely unexpected (unlike some other celebrity deaths – like Patrick Swayze or Steve Jobs – whose deaths were equally as sad but we had time to prepare for their inevitable fate):
14. Anna Nicole Smith
Anna Nicole Smith died on February 8, 2007 at the age of 39. This blonde bombshell was Playmate of the Year in 1993 and starred in television and movies. Smith died of an accidental overdose.