Celebs who died young

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

#43 The Notorious B.I.G.

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Born: May 21st, 1972

Died: March 9th, 1997

Age at death: 24

Cause of death: Drive-by homicide (gunshot wounds)

After attending a Soul Train Music Awards after-party, the truck carrying The Notorious B.I.G. (real name Christopher George Latore Wallace) was fired at. When Wallace’s truck stopped at a red light 46 meters from the Petersen Automotive Museum, a black Chevy Impala pulled up alongside it. The Impala’s driver, an unidentified African-American man dressed in a blue suit and bow tie, rolled down his window, drew a 9 mm blue-steel pistol, and fired at Wallace’s car. Four bullets hit Wallace.

The rapper’s entourage rushed him to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where doctors performed an emergency thoracotomy, but he was pronounced dead shortly after. Released 15 years after his death, his autopsy showed that only the final shot was fatal. It entered through his right hip and struck his colon, liver, heart, and left lung before stopping in his left shoulder.

Considered as one of the greatest rappers of all time, Wallace became known for his distinctive laidback lyrical delivery, offsetting the lyrics’ often grim content. His songs were usually semi-autobiographical and were about hardship and criminality, with recurring themes of debauchery and celebration. Some of his most popular songs include Juicy, Hypnotize, Big Poppa, and Mo Money Mo Problems.