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...


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  • River Phoenix

    Died in 1994, aged 23. Drug overdose.

  • John Belushi (centre)

    Died 1982, aged 33. Cocaine and heroin overdose.

  • James Dean

    Died 1955, aged 24. Car accident.

  • Andy Whitfield

    Spartacus star, died 2011, aged 39. Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma.

  • Corey Haim

    Died 2010, aged 38. Had struggled with drug addictions.

  • John Candy

    Died in 1994, aged 43. Heart attack.

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  • Heath Ledger

    Died 2008, aged 28. Accidental prescription drug overdose.

  • Brandon Lee

    Died in 1998, aged 28. Gun accident on film set.

  • Paul Walker

    Died 2013, aged 40. Car accident.

  • James Gandolfini

    Died 2013, aged 51. Heart attack.

  • Cory Monteith

    Died 2013, aged 31. Heroin and alcohol overdose.

  • Philip Seymour Hoffman

    Died 2014, aged 46. Suspected drug overdose.