Celebrities who died too young

POSTED: 07:16 AM PDT Apr 04, 2012    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PDT May 12, 2016 

Friday marks what would have been Ritchie Valens' 75th birthday had the rock icon not died at age 17 in the same 1959 plane crash that claimed Buddy Holly and The Big Bopper. In his honor, take a look at Valens and other stars who died too young.

celebs died too young - Philip Seymour Hoffman
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Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead in his Manhattan apartment on Feb. 2, 2014, of a drug overdose. Authorities said Hoffman, 46, was found on the bathroom floor and that heroin and prescription medications were also discovered at the scene. The New York City medical examiner's office later ruled Hoffman's death an accident caused by "acute mixed drug intoxication, including heroin, cocaine, benzodiazepines and amphetamine." Hoffman won an Academy Award for Best Actor for the 2005 biopic "Capote" and also earned Oscar nominations for his roles in "Charlie Wilson's War," "Doubt" and "The Master." He also starred in movies such as "Twister," "Boogie Nights," "The Big Lebowski," "Almost Famous," "Mission: Impossible III," "Moneyball" and "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire."

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