Gone Too Soon: Celebs Who Died Young

The news of singer Charmayne "Maxee" Maxwell's unexpected death is a shock. The 46-year-old former member of Brownstone died after an apparent fall at her Los Angeles home on February 28. "Words can not express how devastated we are at the sudden and tragic loss of our dear Maxee," said her husband Carsten Schack. Maxwell joins a long list of famous figures we've had to bid adieu to at a young age. Here's a look at other well known faces who left us too soon.

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The Brownstone singer died February 28 in her home after reportedly falling and cutting her neck on a wine glass. Her husband found her bleeding from the injury and called 911 but she died on the way to the hospital. Maxwell was 46 years old. "Words can not express how devastated we are at the sudden and tragic loss of our dear Maxee," her husband Carsten Schack. "She was the center of our world as a devoted mother and wife. We miss her so much. We would like to thank everyone who has been there for us and expressed your condolences. They have given us comfort over these incredibly difficult days."

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The former New York Knicks basketball player died February 28, 2015 two weeks after suffering a heart attack. A 13-year NBA vet, Mason was diagnosed with congestive failure a few weeks before his death. He was 48.

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Former Wilhelmina model Joanne Borgella rose to fame after winning Mo’Nique’s Fat Chance pageant in 2005 and appearing on American Idol’s seventh season in 2008. In 2014, Borgella died from endometrial cancer at 32.

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Singer Simone Battle of G.R.L. died of an apparent suicide on September 5, 2014. She was 25 years old.

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Actress, dancer and former star of VH1’s Hit the Floor, Stephanie Moseley tragically lost her life at age 30. Her husband and rapper Earl Hayes allegedly killed her in a murder-suicide.


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Titi Branch, half of the sister duo founders of Miss Jessie's hair care products, passed away on December 4, 2014. She was 45.

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Pop diva Whitney Houston passed away suddenly on February 11, 2012 at age 48.

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Rap legend Heavy D died suddenly after he collapsed in the hallway of his Los Angeles condo building on November 8, 2011. He was 44. 

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Winehouse's sudden death at the young in 2011 was a shock to her family and fans around the world. She was 27.

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A fatal plane crash killed this talented singer, actress, and model at the young age of 22.

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A tragic car crash ended the life of Left Eye who was one third of the hit girl group TLC.

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Tupac was only 25 when he was shot and killed. His untimely death was devastating to the hip-hop community.

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Biggie’s murder case remains one of the greatest mysteries of hip-hop. He died at the peak of his career when he was 24 years old.

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Olympic gold-medalist Florence Griffith Joyner died in her sleep after suffering a severe epileptic seizure. She was only 38.

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Eazy-E, who recorded 9 studio albums during his rap career, succumbed to AIDS at the young age of 31.

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Although Cooke was killed at the young age of 33, his classic R&B and soul hits will live on forever. With such a short life, there's much to be seen on the screen.

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Otis left this life after a fatal plane crash when he was only 26 years old.

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An accidental drug overdose took the life Ol’ Dirty Bastard two days before his 36th birthday.

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Minnie will always be known for her unique vocal range of five-and-a-half octaves. She battled breast cancer up until her death at 31 years old.

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The mysterious death of Jimi Hendrix when he was only 27 shocked his fans around the world.

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As one of the founding members of The Supremes, Florence Ballard was a singing sensation in the Motown music era and sang on ten number one songs with the successful group. At age 32, Ballard passed away due to a heart attack

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This notable soul musician took his own life when he was only 33 years old.

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Bob Marley is widely credited for popularizing reggae music across the world. He died of cancer when he was 36 years old.

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M-Bone, the talented Cali Swag Rapper, was fatally shot during a drive-by shooting when he was only 22.

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Best known for his role as Stanley on “The Cosby Show” and Romeo on the “Steve Harvey Show.” He was sitting in a parked car when he was fatally shot at only 22 years old.

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Nearly 30,000 mourners attended the funeral of Malcolm X when he was shot and killed at the age of 39.

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This talented producer made hits for A Tribe Called Quest, Busta Rhymes, and Common before a rare blood disease claimed his life at age 32.

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Dr. King was infamously assassinated during the height of the Civil Rights Movement. He was only 39.