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  Dead Before Their Time   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 25 Qns
This quiz is on actors, singers, musicians, artists, and sports personalities who have met with an early demise. Good luck and have fun.
Average, 25 Qns, diamondjim68, Jun 07 19
Jun 07 19
15922 plays
  Gone Before Their Time #2   best quiz  
Match Quiz
 10 Qns
Many of the people we've known as celebrities over the years have died seemingly before their time. See if you can match up these male celebrities with their age at time of death and their cause of death. Good luck!
Easier, 10 Qns, shuehorn, May 22 17
shuehorn gold member
2246 plays
  Famous Celeb Deaths   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Many celebrities have left this world much too early. Most of these stories go down in history. See if you can guess who each celebrity is.
Easier, 10 Qns, tori, Mar 13 18
Mar 13 18
18992 plays
  The Tragic Ending of Various Celebrities   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Can you name that celebrity?
Easier, 10 Qns, JBCizzle, Oct 20 10
7605 plays
  Gone Before Their Time #3   top quiz  
Match Quiz
 10 Qns
This quiz is about female celebrities who died before their time. See how many you can match up with their age at death and the manner in which they died. Good luck!
Easier, 10 Qns, shuehorn, Aug 14 17
shuehorn gold member
Aug 14 17
1562 plays
  Why Did They Die So Young?   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Many celebrities did not live long enough to reach their retirement. Here are some people who made it to the stars very quickly, but then left this earthly vale of tears.
Average, 10 Qns, JanIQ, Nov 13 14
JanIQ gold member
1989 plays
  Gone Before 30    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Thirty always seemed old ... until I reached that age myself! See how many famous people you know that died before this watershed age.
Tough, 10 Qns, nic6987, Nov 10 13
6381 plays
  Gone Too Soon    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This is a quiz about well-known people who were taken from us too soon.
Average, 10 Qns, DaMoopies, May 31 15
DaMoopies gold member
1079 plays
  Dead Too Young!    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Some of our favorite actors and actresses died much too young. Do you know how old they were when they passed away? Try your luck at this quiz.
Difficult, 10 Qns, jesseg, Dec 20 18
Dec 20 18
4907 plays
trivia question Quick Question
Steve Irwin, "The Crocodile Hunter", was killed while filming a documentary in Australia. What animal did him in?

From Quiz "Gone Too Soon"

Died Too Soon Trivia Questions

1. A pop culture icon and one of the greatest martial artists on film, Bruce Lee passed away at the age of 32. What unfortunate event resulted in his death?

From Quiz
Gone Too Soon

Answer: A reaction to a painkiller

Lee died in 1973 after taking some Equagesic. The coroner's official verdict was "death by misadventure". Source:

2. Naming his movies would probably make this a give-away. So which actor died in 1955 in a car crash, at the wheel of a Porsche Spyder?

From Quiz Why Did They Die So Young?

Answer: James Dean

James Dean was born in Marion, Indiana in 1931. He did not finish his university studies, and picked up an acting career in 1951. He appeared in some episodes of several TV shows, and played on stage in five theatre productions. But neither his TV work, his stage roles or the few movies in which he appeared as an extra, can compare to his three big roles on the silver screen: Cal Trask, the protagonist in "East of Eden" (1954); Jim Stark, the protagonist in "Rebel Without a Cause" (1954); and Jett Rink, a supporting role in "Giant" (1955). For these three movies James was nominated twice for the Oscars and twice for the BAFTA Awards. A few months after completing "Giant", James Dean decided to drive his newest Porsche sports car to a racing event some 300 miles up north. A bit past halfway, he crashed at high speed into another car and died en route to the hospital. Neither of the red herrings died in a car crash. Brad Renfro (1982-2008) was credited for 21 movies, among which "Ghost World" (2001). Bobby Darin (1936-1973) acted in twenty-odd movies, but is best known for the soundtrack of over one hundred movies and TV series. He also composed the music for "Gunfight in Abilene" (1967). Joey Kovar (1983-2012) appeared in 14 episodes of the TV reality show "The Real World" and 9 episodes of the TV series "Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew".

3. This English actress passed away at the age of 45 due to a head injury from skiing in 2009. She was in films such as "The Parent Trap" (1998), "Maid in Manhattan" (2002), and "Asylum" (2005). Who was this actress?

From Quiz The Tragic Ending of Various Celebrities

Answer: Natasha Richardson

Natasha Richardson also appeared on television shows ("The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes" (1993) and "Tales From the Crypt" in 1996) and in theater productions ("A Midsummer Night's Dream" in 1985, and "A Streetcar Named Desire" in 2005) for example.

4. How old was James Dean when he died in 1955?

From Quiz Dead Too Young!

Answer: 24

James Dean was killed in a car accident on September 30, 1955. He was 24 years old.

5. This famous celebrity was a international martial arts sensation. His death was unexplained and blamed on a curse. Years later his son's death was untimely and accidental, it too was blamed on a curse.

From Quiz Famous Celeb Deaths

Answer: Bruce Lee & Lee

Bruce Lee died of a swollen brain, yet no blood vessels were broken or blocked. His son, Brandon Lee, was filming on the set of 'the Crow' when a bullet, which was supposed to be a blank, was shot at him and he died shortly thereafter.

6. This artist gave us songs such as "Peggy Sue" and "That'll Be the Day". In 1959, he was only 22 when he perished in a plane crash. Who was he?

From Quiz Gone Too Soon

Answer: Buddy Holly

The plane crash occurred near Clear Lake, Iowa, and took the lives of Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper as well. Don McLean immortalized the tragedy in the 1971 song "American Pie".

7. There is a very long list of musicians having died at age 27. Brian Jones (born 1942) was one of the 27 Club, as these people are now commonly called. Which band did Brian Jones co-found in 1962?

From Quiz Why Did They Die So Young?

Answer: The Rollin' Stones

Brian Jones formed The Rollin' Stones with Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ian Stewart and Dick Taylor. The band's name was later rewritten as The Rolling Stones. At first they played various cover songs, but soon Jagger and Richards started composing the band's own music. International success arrived with "Satisfaction" in 1965. Brian Jones became gradually involved in drug abuse, which finally led to a split with The Stones in June 1969. Less than a month after parting from The Stones, Brian Jones drowned in his swimming pool. The other bands I've mentioned also have at least one of their members who died at age 27. Jim Morrison (The Doors) was found dead in his bathtub in 1971. Ron McKernan (The Grateful Dead) died at home from an internal bleeding in 1973. And Gary Thain (Uriah Heep) died in 1975 of respiratory failure from a drug overdose.

8. How old was Natalie Wood when she died?

From Quiz Dead Too Young!

Answer: 43

Natalie was only 43 when she accidentally drowned on November 29, 1981.

9. This actress died August 5th, 1962 of a pill overdose in her own home. Some say the blonde bombshell was murdered. Her original name was Norma Jean Baker.

From Quiz Famous Celeb Deaths

Answer: Marilyn Monroe & Monroe

Marilyn was thirty-six when she was found dead in her home.

10. This former child star of "Miracle on 34th Street" (1947) was with her husband Robert Wagner and actor Christopher Walken when she reportedly drowned in November of 1981, when she was 43. What was the name of this celebrity?

From Quiz Dead Before Their Time

Answer: Natalie Wood

Ironically, Ms. Wood had a deathly fear of water.

11. River Phoenix was only 23 when he died of drug-induced heart failure on the sidewalk outside The Viper Room, a hip Hollywood night club. What acclaimed actor owned The Viper Room at the time?

From Quiz Gone Before 30

Answer: Johnny Depp & Depp

River Jude Bottom was born in a log cabin on August 23, 1970. A child of the counterculture and a lifetime vegetarian, he struggled with a drug problem for many years. I still miss him.

12. How old was John Denver when he was killed?

From Quiz Dead Too Young!

Answer: 53

John Denver was killed in a plane crash on October 12, 1997 at 53 years of age.

13. This musician was killed near his famous NYC apartment building on December 8th, 1980. He was shot by Mark David Chapman.

From Quiz Famous Celeb Deaths

Answer: John Lennon & Lennon

Chapman had 'The Catcher in the Rye' on his person when police arrested him. Written on the flyleaf was 'This Is My Statement.' No one knows the purpose of this statement and why Chapman was so adept at killing Lennon.

14. In just over a year, this actor made three films that cemented his place in American movie history. James Dean was only 24 when he died in a car crash. What kind of car was he driving?

From Quiz Gone Too Soon

Answer: Porsche Spyder

Dean was given a speeding ticket fewer than two hours before his fatal crash. The crash occurred on September 30, 1955.

15. This singer had several 50s and 60s hits, such as "You Send Me" and "Wonderful World." He was shot and clubbed to death in a Los Angeles motel in December 1964 at age 33. Who was this person?

From Quiz Dead Before Their Time

Answer: Sam Cooke

His biography, "You Send Me", claims many mysteries surrounding Cooke's murder.

16. When did Dana Plato die?

From Quiz Dead Too Young!

Answer: May 8, 1999

While there is some debate about her actual birthdate, Dana Plato of 'Diff'rent Strokes' died on May 8, 1999.

17. Which famous starlet was killed by 'followers' of Charles Manson in 1969?

From Quiz Famous Celeb Deaths

Answer: Sharon Tate & Tate

Sharon was pregnant at the time of her murder and she was married to director Roman Polanski.

18. "There Ain't No Cure for the Summertime Blues!" was easily the biggest hit for Eddie Cochran. Eddie was just 21 when his untimely death occurred. How was he taken from us?

From Quiz Gone Too Soon

Answer: An accident in a taxi

Cochran died in the vehicular accident in 1960. He was eventually inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.

19. This singer had several hits, such as "I Heard It Through The Grapevine," "What's Going On," and "Sexual Healing." He was shot to death by his father in April 1984, the day before his 45th birthday. Who was this famous person?

From Quiz Dead Before Their Time

Answer: Marvin Gaye

The senior Gaye was committed to a mental hospital for life. He died in 1998.

20. Heather O'Rourke was only twelve when she died from an intestinal blockage. Known for playing Carol Ann in the "Poltergeist" films, she was also well-known for her role on what classic sitcom?

From Quiz Gone Before 30

Answer: Happy Days

Heather played Heather Pfister, the daughter of Fonzie's girlfriend, Ashley, in later seasons. Dominique Dunne, who played her sister, Dana, in "Poltergeist," also died young. She was murdered by her boyfriend, just days shy of her 22nd birthday.

21. How old was Michael Landon when he died in 1991?

From Quiz Dead Too Young!

Answer: 54

Michael was 54 years old when he died of cancer on July 1, 1991.

22. Which 'Saturday Night Live' star died at forty-three of ovarian cancer?

From Quiz Famous Celeb Deaths

Answer: Gilda Radner

Very funny lady.

23. Gilda: one word is all anyone needs to know who this original "Saturday Night Live" cast member was. What caused her premature death?

From Quiz Gone Too Soon

Answer: Ovarian cancer

Gilda Radner was married twice: once to "SNL" bandleader G.E. Smith and then to actor Gene Wilder. She was only 42 when she left us in 1989.

24. This next celebrity was commonly seen on TV selling random items on infomercials. He sold us "Mighty Putty", "OxyClean" and "Orange Clean". He died on June 28th, 2009 and many of his commercials aired after his death. Who was this powerful salesman?

From Quiz The Tragic Ending of Various Celebrities

Answer: Billy Mays

Billy Mays was referenced as a hero in an episode of "South Park" titled, "Dead Celebrities". He began a TV show titled, "PitchMen" and after his death, his son took over the show with Anthony Sullivan and Thom Beers.

25. How old was Jean Harlow when she passed away so young?

From Quiz Dead Too Young!

Answer: 26

Jean Harlow passed away at the tender age of 26 on June 7, 1937.

26. This famous singer died at the age of 27 on October 4th, 1970. She died of a heroin overdose and one of her famous songs was 'Me 'n Bobby McGee.'

From Quiz Famous Celeb Deaths

Answer: Janis Joplin

The name of one of Janis's band was Big Brother and the Holding Company.

27. Known as "The Queen of Tejano music", Selena was just 23 at the time of her death. How did it occur?

From Quiz Gone Too Soon

Answer: Murdered by her fan club president

Her full name was Selena Quintanilla-Pérez. Two weeks after her murder in 1995 the then-governor of Texas, George W. Bush, declared her birthday Selena Day in Texas. Yolanda Saldívar was charged with killing Selena.

28. The untimely death of which singer inspired the movie "The Rose" (1979)?

From Quiz Why Did They Die So Young?

Answer: Janis Joplin

"The Rose", starring Bette Midler, was first intended as a biopic of Janis Joplin. But since the family refused to cooperate to a biopic of this great singer, the story writer presented it as pure fiction. Bette Midler's character was renamed Mary Rose Foster, and the references to Joplin's musical career were supplanted by a fictional discography. Janis Joplin was born in 1943. In 1962 she started singing professionally. After a few years as a member of the group "Big Brother and the Holding Company" she continued as a solo artist. Her greatest hit was "Me and Bobby McGee", which earned her a posthumous number one hit on the US Billboards. Janis Joplin had tried a few times to cure her alcoholism and drug addiction, but each time she relapsed. In October 1970 she died of an overdose of heroin, possibly aggravated by excessive drinking. Mia Zapata (1965-1993) sang in the grunge band "The Gits". Kristen Pfaff (1967-1994) played various instruments in the alternative rock band "Hole". Linda Jones (1944-1972) was a soul singer. All these female musicians, and many more, died at age 27.

29. This former child star played Alfalfa on "The Little Rascals." His career waned when he grew up, and was shot to death in February 1959 when he was 31. Who was this famous person?

From Quiz Dead Before Their Time

Answer: Carl Switzer

Switzer's death was ruled justifiable homicide because he pulled a knife on his killer.

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