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Gia Recio, Contributor
April 27, 2011

Too Fast to Live, Too Young to Die: 20 Stars Who Left Us Too Soon

James Dean, Rico Yan—these are just some of the young celebs who, like AJ Perez, had their lives cut short, many before they reached their full potential. By Gia Recio
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Star Magic talent AJ Perez passed away on April 17, shocking fans all over the country with his sudden demise. At 18, the Sabel actor could have had a promising career in the local entertainment industry had it not been for the vehicular accident that unexpectedly took his life. AJ was among ABS-CBN’s rising stars—he was even included in YES! Magazine’s “The Next Big” thing list after being personally chosen by his home network’s executives.

Like him, a considerable number of young celebrities have died over the years due to tragic accidents, suicides, and the like, and fans who have been touched by their talent and influence have felt the loss heavily. Scroll through the gallery below to see some of them. Which ones are your favorites? Did we miss any of your idols? Share them with us in a comment.

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  • quelinda Apr 27 2011 @ 08:26am Report Abuse
    James Dean was 24 when he died. I'm his fan. Please correct that. Thank you.
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  • The Female Network Editorial Team Apr 27 2011 @ 08:40am Report Abuse
    Hi, Quelinda!

    We've corrected the typo. Thanks for the catch!
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  • Bebegurl Apr 27 2011 @ 03:21pm Report Abuse
    is RITCHIE VALENS really 17 when he died? sorry but he doesn't look like 17, or maybe bcoz of the photo coz its old.
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  • The FN Editors Apr 27 2011 @ 04:43pm Report Abuse
    Hi, Bebegurl!

    Ritchie Valens was born on May 13, 1941 and he was killed in a plane crash on February 3, 1959. He really was just 17 when he died.

    Thanks for reading FN!
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  • XKx Apr 27 2011 @ 05:58pm Report Abuse
    My hubby and I were just talking about these people who died early. We can't remember what happened to Julie Vega?
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  • Meisacas Apr 27 2011 @ 06:08pm Report Abuse
    Rico Yan had so much promise in him. His death was such a surprise, especially to my cousins who were big fans of him.
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