10 Child Stars Who Died Way Too Young

When rising Broadway star Laurel Griggs passed away last week at the age of 13 from an asthma attack, it got us thinking about other talented kids who passed away before they had a chance to grow up.

Here are 10 young entertainers whose deaths shocked and saddened the world.

Judith Barsi, 10

This talented child actor voiced Ducky in The Land Before Time and Anne-Marie in All Dogs Go to Heaven.

But her bright future was tragically cut short when her abusive, alcoholic father murdered both Judith and her Mother in 1988.

Rob Knox, 18

This British actor had a role in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince as Marcus Belby. Shortly after filming ended, he was stabbed to death while protecting his younger brother during a bar fight.

Matthew Garber, 21

You might remember Matthew Garber as Michael Banks, the younger brother in the original Mary Poppins.

He fell ill from hepatitis in 1977 and passed away; his brother claims that Matthew contracted the disease from eating tainted meat, not from drug use.

Heather O’Rourke, 12

Heather was best known for portraying Carol Anne in the first three Poltergeist movies. Originally diagnosed with Crohn’s disease, doctors discovered that she was suffering from a bowel blockage instead.

She contracted sepsis during surgery and then passed away from a heart attack.

Cameron Boyce, 20

The talented, popular star of Disney’s Descendants series passed away this summer. Cameron suffered a seizure in his sleep.

Sammi Kane Kraft, 20

Best known for starring in the remake of the Bad News Bears, Sammi passed away in a car accident in 2012 at the age of 20.

Sawyer Sweeten, 19

If you watched Everybody Loves Raymond, then you saw Sawyer Sweeten and his twin brother grow up on TV. Tragically, Sawyer took his own life at the age of 19.

Anissa Jones, 18

Anissa Jones was a child star best known for her role on Family Affair. A sizable inheritance in her teenage years led to a lifestyle of hard drugs and partying, and Anissa passed away from an overdose at the age of 18.

J. Madison Wright, 21

This young actress, who starred in the movie Shiloh, received a heart transplant at the age of 15.

Sadly, she suffered a heart attack at 21–just two weeks after she was married.

Tara Correa-McMullen, 16

Ironically, Tara’s biggest role was playing a gang member on the TV show Judging Amy.

In real life, she became involved with a gang member and was killed in 2005 during a shootout. She was just 16 years old at the time.