Celebs who died young

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

#29 Brandon Lee

Celebs who died young 1

Born: February 1st, 1965

Died: March 31st, 1993

Age at death: 28

Cause of death: Gunshot wound

Brandon Lee, the only son of Bruce Lee, died of a gunshot wound he got while filming for the 2004 superhero movie The Crow. Early in the morning of March 31st, the cast and crew were shooting a scene at Carolco Studios in Wilmington, North Carolina, where Lee’s character was shot and killed by thugs. As Lee entered a room, another actor shot him from a distance of 15-20 feet.

The gun was supposed to have been loaded with blanks, but police later found that a .44 bullet entered Lee’s abdomen and lodged in his spine, fatally wounding him. He died in the hospital hours later of internal injuries, blood loss, and heart failure. A month after, North Carolina District Attorney Jerry Spivey announced that Lee’s death was due to negligence on the part of the film’s crew, not foul play.

Lee made his screen debut opposite David Carradine in the TV film Kung Fu: The Movie in 1986. In the same year, he starred in his first leading role in the Hong Kong action film Legacy of Rage. Lee’s first American theatrical release was the 1991 Warner Bros. buddy cop action film Showdown in Little Tokyo, which was followed by a leading role in the 1992 20th Century Fox-produced action film Rapid Fire.

Interesting facts about BTS
  • The group name, “BTS” stands for the Korean expression Bangtan Sonyeondan which translates to “Bulletproof Boy Scouts”. Band member J-Hope said that they chose this name because it represents BTS’s desire “to block out stereotypes, criticisms, and expectations that aim on adolescents like bullets.” But that isn’t the only meaning behind the name. In 2017, BTS said, as part of their new brand identity, that their name would also stand for Beyond the Scene” which extended their name to mean “growing youth BTS who is going beyond the realities they are facing, and going forward.”
  • BTS was originally intended to be a hip-hop group, similar to YG Entertainment’s 1TYM. This was because Big Hit Entertainment CEO Bang Si-hyuk met with RM and was very impressed by his rapping talents. However, Bang Si-hyuk changed his mind and decided that today’s youth needed “a hero who can lend them a shoulder to lean on, even without speaking a single word.”
  • BTS has said that all of the following musicians have inspired their music; Post Malone, Eminem, Seo Taiji and Boys, Nas, Kanye West, Drake, Charlie Puth, Danger, and Queen.
  • The band’s first English-language single, “Dynamite”, was released on August 21st. Its video broke the YouTube record for the most viewed music video premiere, grabbing the attention of three million viewers, and it set a new record for the most viewed video on the first day of release. “Dynamite” is also the first music video on YouTube to surpass 100 million views in less than one day.
  • BTS has been often labeled as “easily the biggest and most successful name in K-pop in the world” that can “do things no other name in their genre can.” Time magazine has gone as far as calling them the “Princes of Pop.”