When someone famous dies it’s usually impossible not to hear about it. All of a sudden it’s on every news outlet, TV station, and it’s what everyone is talking about. Not only does everyone hear about it, but it can also be very shocking and saddening for many fans. After all, these are people that we often feel like we know personally after spending our time watching their movies and TV shows, listening to them on the radio, and reading their interviews.
With some celebrities, it feels like we’ve only just begun to get to know them and their work before they pass away, and with others, we might not even hear about their passing till much later.
Here’s a list of celebs that have passed away that you might not have known heard about or known very well.
I honestly didn’t realize that #5 on this list had died.
#12 Leonard Nimoy
Leonard Nimoy most famously starred as Spock in Star Trek, and through that role and his personality he became beloved by many Trekkers around the world. Besides acting, he also wrote poetry, music, and was an activist. He passed away in February 2015 at 83. His death was said to be due to a smoking-related condition. Fortunately, he leaves behind a long legacy and huge body of work for his many fans to reflect on.
#11 Michael Clarke Duncan
Not only was Michael Clarke Duncan a physically huge man, he also had a larger than life personality. He was known for his size and deep voice which were on full display in films like Armageddon, Daredevil, and The Green Mile. He passed away in 2012 at the age of 54. His cause of death was a heart attack.
#10 Chris Penn
Chris Penn might’ve been a little less famous than his brother Sean, but it still came as a huge shock when he died from heart disease in 2006 at 40-years-old. Penn’s most notable role was in the Quentin Tarantino film Reservoir Dogs where he played Nice Guy Eddie. It rattled many of his fans when he passed away so young.
#9 Jean Stapleton
If you ever watched All In The Family then you likely remember Jean Stapleton who starred as Edith, Archie Bunker’s wife. Although Jean died of natural causes at the ripe old age of 90 in 2013, it was still very sad for many as the show, character, and actress had a tender spot in their heart for years.
#8 John Spencer
There’s never a good time for someone to pass away, but John Spencer had literally just received a lead role on The West Wing when he suffered a heart attack and passed away in 2005 at 58-years-old. The show continued to include his name in the credits for the remainder of the series in his memory.