Celebrities who died too young

POSTED: 07:16 AM PDT Apr 04, 2012    UPDATED: 10:46 AM PDT Mar 23, 2016 

With the death of former A Tribe Called Quest rapper Phife Dawg at age 45 on Wednesday, take a look at him and other stars who died too young, some at the height of their careers.

River Phoenix
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Photo by Alan Light via Wikimedia Commons

River Phoenix, the older brother of actor Joaquin Phoenix, collapsed and died of drug-induced heart failure on the sidewalk outside the West Hollywood nightclub The Viper Room at age 23 on Oct. 31, 1993. He began acting at age 10, and was nominated for an Academy Award for his role as Danny in "Running on Empty" in 1988.

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