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.

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.
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