Celebs who died young

These actors, musicians, and public figures passed away before their time

#30 Otis Redding

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Born: September 9th, 1941

Died: December 10th, 1967

Age at death: 26

Cause of death: Airplane crash

Singer-songwriter Otis Redding, along with six others died, after his Beechcraft H18 airplane crashed into Lake Monona while on their way to Truax Field in Madison, Wisconsin. The cause of the crash was never determined. The other victims of the crash were four members of the band Bar-Kays — guitarist Jimmy King, tenor saxophonist Phalon Jones, organist Ronnie Caldwell, and drummer Carl Cunningham; their valet, Matthew Kelly; and the pilot Richard Fraser. Bar-Kays member Ben Cauley was the accident’s lone survivor.

A seminal artist in soul music and rhythm and blues, Redding is considered as one of the greatest singers in the history of American popular music. His gospel music-inspired style of singing influenced many other soul artists of the 1960s. Redding’s most popular songs include The Dock of the Bay, Try a Little Tenderness, Cigarettes and Coffee, and Hard to Handle.