Celebs who died young

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

#24 John Lennon

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Born: October 9th, 1940

Died: December 8th, 1980

Age at death: 40

Cause of death: Gunshot wounds

As unbelievable as it may sound, some celebs who died young were killed by their very own fans. For instance, John Lennon was shot by a fan named Mark David Chapman while walking through the archway of his Manhattan apartment with Yoko Ono. Chapman shot Lennon twice in the back and twice in the shoulder at close range. Lennon was rushed in a police cruiser to the emergency room of Roosevelt Hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

Lennon rose to worldwide fame as the founder, co-lead vocalist, and rhythm guitarist of the English rock band Beatles. His songwriting partnership with his fellow Beatles member Paul McCartney remains the most successful in history. After the Beatles disbanded in 1970, Lennon started a career as a solo artist with Ono as a collaborator.