Celebs who died young

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

#40 Sid Vicious

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Born: May 10th, 1957

Died: February 2nd, 1979

Age at death: 21

Cause of death: Heroin overdose

After seven weeks of detention and detox in the Rikers Island jail, English rocker Sid Vicious made bail on February 1st, 1979. Late that same night, at a party, he would put heroin into his system that the medical examiner would later estimate to have been 80% pure. He died in the early morning of the following day.

Best known as the bassist of the punk rock band Sex Pistols, Vicious was the personification of punk aesthetic. He walked around London with a swastika on his chest, a padlocked chain around his neck, and a gigantic chip on his shoulder. In 2006, Vicious, along with the four original members of the Sex Pistols, were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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