Celebs who died young

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

#39 John Belushi

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Born: January 24th, 1949

Died: March 5th, 1982

Age at death: 33

Cause of death: Combined drug intoxication

John Belushi, one of the seven original cast members of the NBC sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live, died from combined drug intoxication after drug dealer Cathy Smith injected him a fatal mixture of heroin and cocaine known as speedball. Smith was charged with involuntary manslaughter and served fifteen months in prison.

Belushi’s heavy drug use threatened his comedy career multiple times. In fact, he was dismissed and rehired on SNL on several occasions due to this. In addition to SNL, his other acting credits include comedy movies 1941, National Lampoon’s Animal House, and The Blues Brothers. Belushi was posthumously honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2004.

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.”