Celebs who died young

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

#42 John F. Kennedy

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Credit: Cecil Stoughton, White House / Wikimedia Commons

Born: May 29th, 1917

Died: November 22nd, 1963

Age at death: 46

Cause of death: Assassination

John F. Kennedy, the 35th president of the U.S., was assassinated in Dallas, Texas while on a political trip to smooth over frictions in the Democratic Party between liberals Ralph Yarborough and Don Yarborough and conservative John Connally. Traveling in a presidential motorcade through downtown Dallas, he was shot once in the back and once in the head.

Marxist and former U.S. Marine Lee Harvey Oswald was arrested for the state crime, but he was shot and killed by Jack Ruby two days later. Though the FBI and the Warren Commission both concluded Oswald had acted alone in the assassination, several groups contested the Warren Report and believed that Kennedy was the victim of a conspiracy.

Despite his truncated presidency, Kennedy ranks highly in polls of U.S. presidents with historians and the general public. The majority of his work as president concerned relations with the Soviet Union and Cuba, as he served at the height of the Cold War.

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