Celebs who died young

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

#41 Anne Frank

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Born: June 12th, 1929

Died: February 1945

Age at death: 15

Cause of death: Typhus

Anne Frank, one of the most discussed Jewish victims of the Holocaust, was spared immediate death in the Auschwitz gas chambers, and instead sent to Bergen-Belsen, a concentration camp in northern Germany, with her sister, Margot. There, they died of typhus a few months after. Anne and Margot were originally estimated by the Red Cross to have died in March of 1945, but research by the Anne Frank House in 2015 suggests the sisters more likely died in February.

Anne gained fame posthumously with the publication of The Diary of a Young Girl, in which she documented her life in hiding from 1942 to 1944, during the German occupation of the Netherlands in World War II. It’s one of the world’s best-known books and has been the basis for several plays and films.

Interesting facts about BTS
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  • 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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