Movie business is notoriously tough. Some people never get a chance to break into the big screen; some get stuck playing the same roles over and over again, and then there are the ones who shine bright too young and then fade into obscurity. The stars on this list had different career paths and died from different causes, but all of their fates are tragic reminders that fame takes its toll on young, impressionable celebrities.
30. Sawyer Sweeten
Sawyer Sweeten played Geoffrey Barone on Everybody Loves Raymond. He didn’t appear on TV at all since early 2000s and returned to the headlines in 2015 when it was reported that he died. The cause of death was a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. He was 19 and was survived by his twin brother Sullivan.
29. Jonathan Brandis
Jonathan Brandis was mostly known for the leading role in the TV adaptation of Stephen King’s clown-themed novel IT. His career was very horror-driven: he starred in Stepfather II and Pet Sematary. In 2003, at 27, he hanged himself in his LA apartment without leaving a suicide note.
28. Heather O’Rourke
Perhaps the most famous kid from any horror movie, Heather O’Rourke got her big break through the supernatural horror Poltergeist. But while her character managed to survive three entries of the franchise, the actress was misdiagnosed in real life and died from cardiac arrest at the age of 12.