Philip Seymour Hoffman's sudden death has caused shock and distress in Hollywood, where his career was celebrated with an Oscar, on the East Coast where he was a giant of theatre, and across the world where fans soaked up his talent in films from 'The Talented Mr Ripley' to his defining turn as Truman Capote.
Sadly, he's not the first shining light to be extinguished before his time, as can be seen in this gallery of stars who, tragically, left us wanting much, much more...
Died in 1994, aged 23. Drug overdose.
John Belushi (centre)
Died 1982, aged 33. Cocaine and heroin overdose.
Died 1955, aged 24. Car accident.
Spartacus star, died 2011, aged 39. Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma.
Died 2010, aged 38. Had struggled with drug addictions.
Died in 1994, aged 43. Heart attack.
Died 2008, aged 28. Accidental prescription drug overdose.
Died in 1998, aged 28. Gun accident on film set.
Died 2013, aged 40. Car accident.
Died 2013, aged 51. Heart attack.
Died 2013, aged 31. Heroin and alcohol overdose.
Philip Seymour Hoffman
Died 2014, aged 46. Suspected drug overdose.