Gifted with big talents and promising future, these artists, actors, athletes and social media personalities met their demise when they barely reached the age of 30.
- Dec 31, 2019
While death is inevitable, no one expects it to come sooner than later. Especially for those who are at their prime ages and at the peak of their careers, like some successful celebrities under 30 years old, they must be looking ahead at more great things to come rather than counting their final days. Yet, tragically for some stars who have shone since their young ages, the grim reaper still can come without invitation nor permission.
As devastated as their closed family and friends were, fans alike were immediately sent into shock and deep grief over the losses of those beloved stars. So before moving on to a new chapter in 2020 and without diminishing other lives lost this year, AceShowbiz dedicates this article to highlight some notable deaths of celebrities under 30 in 2019 which left profound impact to the related industry in particular and the world in general.
1. Fatima Ali (August 8, 1989 – January 25, 2019)
It may not be nice to know when someone is going to die, but “Top Chef” alum Fatima Ali managed to keep positive attitude in her remaining time after she got diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma. After undergoing surgery and chemotherapy in 2018, she was initially declared cancer-free. But later in the same year, her cancer returned and became terminal. The doctors told her she had a year to live. Revealing her bucket list which included touring and “eating all this absolutely delicious food,” she sadly didn’t have enough time to fulfill her wish. Her battle with the disease eventually ended in early of this year, with “Top Chef” host Padma Lakshmi and “Top Chef” season 15 winner Joseph Flamm paying tribute to her.
2. Eric Patterson (February 5, 1993 – June 8, 2019)
Eric Patterson‘s death was exceptionally hard to accept by his family. The 26-year-old football cornerback was gunned down by an intruder inside his Florida home and found lying on his back in the living room by his roommate, before being pronounced dead at the hospital. As no suspect was arrested within the first 24 hours, his father demanded someone be held accountable for the “senseless” shooting. The former NFL player was remembered as a popular and standout player at Plant High School with “a very gregarious personality.” He was signed by the New England Patriots in 2015 and by the Cleveland Browns in 2016. He left behind two young daughters, a 6-year-old and a 7-month-old.
3. Etika (May 2, 1990 – June 19, 2019)
Mental health issue has been a big concern that is highlighted by many celebrities who try to raise awareness of it in recent years. Yet, another young person met his demise due to this inner demon. YouTube personality and model Etika, whose real name was Desmond Daniel Amofah, posted an alarming video in which he admitted to being mentally ill and suicidal, before he disappeared on that fateful evening. His body was discovered in the East River six days later, on June 25, by the New York City Police Department. The manner of death was ruled as suicide and it was believed he jumped from the Manhattan Bridge.
4. Tyler Skaggs (July 13, 1991 – July 1, 2019)
Tyler Skaggs‘ death shocked his teammates and other fellow baseball players. The Los Angeles Angels pitcher was unresponsive in his hotel room at a Hilton hotel in Southlake, a Dallas-Fort Worth suburb, hours before his team was supposed to face the Texas Rangers. The 27-year-old MLB star was pronounced deceased at the scene with no sign of foul play. An autopsy concluded that Tyler had aspirated on his own vomit and died of asphyxia while under the influence of fentanyl, oxycodone and alcohol. His death was ruled an accident.
5. Cameron Boyce (May 28, 1999 – July 6, 2019)
Cameron Boyce‘s growing list of acting credits was cut short when he was just 20 years old. The actor, who portrayed Luke Ross on Disney Channel’s comedy series “Jessie” in addition to starring in Disney Channel’s “Descendants“, died in his sleep at his home in North Hollywood. Following autopsy, his family confirmed that his “tragic passing was due to a seizure as a result of an ongoing medical condition, and that condition was epilepsy.” Sabrina Carpenter, Dove Cameron, Sofia Carson and his “Grown Ups” co-star Adam Sandler were some of his celebrity friends who mourned his death, as his grandmother Jo Ann Boyce, called him “a shining star” and remembered his “loving nature.”
6. Patrick Day (August 9, 1992 – October 16, 2019)
Patrick Day died doing what he loved the most, boxing. The professional boxer suffered a traumatic brain injury after he was knocked out by Charles Conwell during a match. He suffered a seizure on the way to the hospital and underwent emergency surgery to treat the brain injury, but he lapsed into a coma and never regained his consciousness. He died four days later at 27 years old. While his family and friends were in grief, his opponent in the ring, Charles, expressed his regret after he knocked out Patrick. “Dear Patrick Day, I never meant for this to happen to you. All I ever wanted to do was win. If I could take it all back I would no one deserves for this to happen to them,” he posted on Twitter and Instagram.
7. Laurel Griggs (June 28, 2006 – November 5, 2019)
At six years old, Laurel Griggs already made her Broadway debut, starring opposite Scarlett Johansson, Ciaran Hinds and Benjamin Walker in “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof”. Seven years later, her extensive acting career was reported to have encompassed over a thousand performances, including her record-setting seventeen-month stint in the musical “Once” between 2013 and 2015. “Acting was just a childhood dream come true and she had big plans for the future,” said her grandfather David B. Rivlin. Sadly, she could never reach her best potential. The teenager passed away of a massive asthma attack at 13 years old. “The world lost a real princess who only wanted to make the future happy for all,” her grandfather added in a statement posted on Facebook.
8. Jack Burns (2005 – December 1, 2019)
A promising young ballet star who was once described as “the next Billy Elliot,” Jack Burns passed away at the age of 14. The cause of death was not immediately revealed, but he was reportedly found dead at his home in Greenock, Inverclyde and police did not treat the death as suspicious. A friend who paid tribute to him wrote, “He did not deserve the stuff he went through.” His friend’s rage was understandable as it seemed unfair for the talented dancer, model and actor, who also appeared on Starz’s popular series “Outlander“, to meet the end of his life while he’s still a teen.
9. George Atkinson III (November 29, 1992 – December 2, 2019)
George Atkinson III‘s love for his family was so deep that the pain apparently became unbearable when his twin brother Josh Atkinson died of suicide on Christmas Day in 2018, two months after their mother passed away due to complications from Crohn’s disease. He died around a year later, three days after his 27th birthday. The cause of death was not immediately revealed, but the former NFL player suffered from depression and was at one point involuntarily committed to a psychiatric hospital after trying to harm himself due to the pain of Josh’s death. In October, he opened up about his mental health struggles in an open letter and credited his daughter for giving him “that second wind of motivation.” But like many others dealing with mental health issue, George’s struggle was never really over until his sudden passing.
10. Juice WRLD (December 2, 1998 – December 8, 2019)
Another death that rocked hip-hop community this year, Juice WRLD‘s sudden passing gained much attention due to the circumstances surrounding it. While early reports said that he had seizure at Midway International Airport in Chicago, later words ran rampant that he swallowed a bunch of Percocet pills to hide them from the police who searched the luggage after a pilot reported that someone on the plane carried contraband. He briefly woke up after being administered two doses of Narcan, an emergency treatment when opioid overdose is suspected, but later was pronounced dead at the hospital. It was only six days after he turned 21 on December 2. While the cause of death has not been announced pending the results of toxicology tests, the “Lucid Dreams” hitmaker had opened up about his history of drug abuse.