13 Child Stars Who Tragically Died Young

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Growing up, we all dreamed of being TV or movie stars, but that was only because we didn't understand the pressure of being in the spotlight.

As a child star you miss the chance to grow up like a regular person, and that can really complicate your life.

There's lots of pressure to look and act a certain way, plus your schedule is totally hectic. These child stars learned that the hard way, because in many cases their grueling experiences in show business probably contributed to their early deaths.

1. Brittany Murphy

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This actress had roles on TV shows like Boy Meets World before starring in Clueless, but sadly she died from pneumonia at age 32.

2. Judith Barsi

Lighting Their Way Home

We've written before about the sad case of this voice actress for the Land Before Time series who was murdered by her father when she was only 10 years old.

3. Anton Yelchin

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This Star Trek actor died in a freak accident when his car's parking break malfunctioned, pinning him against a wall. He was only 27.

4. Sawyer Sweeten

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Sawyer played one of Ray Romano's twins on the sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond, alongside his twin brother Sullivan. He committed suicide when he was just 19.

5. Jonathan Brandis


This teen heartthrob from seaQuest committed suicide at age 27.

6. Matthew Garber

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Garber, who played one of the Banks children in the Disney classic Mary Poppins, died of pancreatitis when he was only 21.

Click the next page to learn about 7 more stars who left us too soon.

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