Celebrities who died too young

POSTED: 07:16 AM PDT Apr 04, 2012    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PST Feb 02, 2015 

Tuesday marks 56 years since "The Day the Music Died," with rockers Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson dying together in a plane crash. In honor of those fallen idols, join us in remembering them and other stars who died too young, some at the height of their careers.

Andy Kaufman - celebs died too young
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Andy Kaufman became a mainstream success thanks to his role of Latka on the sitcom "Taxi." Diagnosed in late 1983 with a rare form of lung cancer, Kaufman died at age 35 on May 16, 1984, in a Los Angeles hospital. The cause of death was kidney failure, caused by metastasized large cell carcinoma.


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