Though he passed on in 1977, "The King" endures as a
music and pop culture icon. The musician and actor is
widely believed to have died of a drug overdose when he
was 42, though some say it was simply a heart attack.
If he were alive today, he would be 79.
3. She retired from acting at the age of 26 to marry
Prince Rainier. She retained her American roots,
maintaining dual U.S. and Monégasque citizenship.
She died on September 14, 1982, after suffering a
stroke which caused her to lose control of her
automobile and crash. Her daughter, Princess
Stéphanie, was in the car with her and survived the
accident. Today she would be 82.
Born Natalia Zacharenko, she appeared in movies
such as "Miracle on 34th Street," "Splendor in the
Grass" and "Rebel Without a Cause" alongside
Natalie Wood drowned off the coast of California
after falling overboard from yacht named "Spendour"
at age 43. If alive today, she would be 75.
5. John F.
The 37th president of the United States was
assassinated in 1963 in Dallas, Texas.
He was just 46 years old. If alive today, he
would be 96.
Born Norma Jeane Mortenson, Marilyn Monroe
began her career as a model before making it to the
big screen and starring in "Gentlemen Prefer
Blondes," "Some Like It Hot" and "The Seven
Monroe, who died at age 36 from an overdose of
barbiturates. She'd be 87 years old if alive today.
John Winston Lennon was one of the founding
members of The Beatles. Alongside Paul
McCartney, they formed one of the most
influential and successful songwriting partnerships
in music history.
Lennon was later fatally shot by Mark David
Chapman in New York in 1980.
If alive today, he would be 73 years old.
Forever known as "Superman," Reeve passed away
in 2004 from an adverse reaction to an antibiotic.
The wheel-chair bound star, who would be 61
today if he were still alive, was being treated for a
pressure wound that was causing an infection. In
1995, Reeve was paralyzed after a horse riding
Hiram King "Hank" Williams became a country music
icon with 11 No. 1 hits throughout his short career.
The honky-tonk pioneer, who died at age 29 due to
• heart failure, would be 90 if alive today.
The Canadian actor and comedian would be 63 today.
Candy was 43 when he seccumbed to a weight -
related heart attack while filming the movie "Wagons
East" in Mexico.
The star, known for movies like "Spaceballs" and
"Uncle Buck" had battled obesity throughout his life.
Joplin was a pioneer in the male-dominated rock music
scene of the late 1960's.
The blues/rock singer-songwriter is ranked 46 on
Rolling Stone's list of 100 greatest artists of all time.
She would be 71 if she hadn't died at 27 of a heroin
Charles Hardin Holley was a rock and roll pioneer and
singer-songwriter whose mainstream success lasted just
18 months before his death, at the age of 22, in an
airplane crash that also killed singers Ritchie Valens
and J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson.
He would be 77 if alive today.
James Byron Dean is best-known for his depiction
of a troubled Loas Angeles teenager in 1955's
"Rebel Without a Cause".
His status as a Hollywood legend was finalized in
1955 when he died in a head-on car crash in
California when he was 24. Dean would have been
83 if alive today.
Soul music pioneer Samuel Cooke notched 29 top
40 hits in the U.S. from 1957 to 1964, including
smashes like "You Send Me".
He also founded a record label and a publishing
company before being fatally shot by a manager
when he was 34, at a Los Angeles hotel in what
was later ruled a justifiable homicide. Cooke
would be 81 today.
Born Lee Jun Fan in San Francisco and later raised
in Hong Kong, Bruce Lee was considered to be the
most influential martial artist of the 20th century,
as well as an actor, screenwriter and film director.
Lee, who would have been 73 if alive today, is
thought to have died from hypersensitivity to a
muscle relaxant when he was 32.
Otis Ray Redding was an American soul icon
whose career was cut short by a plane crash.
Redding's most well-known hit, "Sittin' On the
Dock of the Bay," was recorded just three days
prior to his death in 1967 and eventually became
the first posthumous no. 1 single in US chart
history. He'd be 72 today.
The late comedian is known for his work on
"Saturday Night Live." "Animal House" and "The
Blues Brothers." He would be 64 years old today.
He died in 1982 at the age of 33, found dead in his
room in Los Angeles. The cause of death was a
speedbal - a combined injection of cocaine and
His music spanned several decades and genres,
including rhythm and blues, doo-wop and soul. His solo
hits included "How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)"
and "I Heard it Through the Grapevine" - - good enough
to be dubbed "The Prince of Soul."
Gaye was posthumouly inducted into the Rock and Roll
Hall of Fame in 1987, three years after being fatally shot
by his father. He would be 75 if alive today.
Richard Steven Valenzuela's recording career
lasted less than a month before his untimely death
at the age of 17 when he was killed in a small
plane crash with fellow musician Buddy Holly.
Valens had a big hit called "La Bamba", the name
of a Mexican folk song in 1958. If alive today, he
would be 72.
"The Doors" legendary front man, considered to be
one of the most charismatic singers in rock history.
He would be 72 today. Morrison passed away in
Paris in 1971. He was found in a bathtub, dead of a
The first Jimi Hendrix Experience album was
released in 1967 and reached number one on the
Three years later, at age 27, he died after taking
sleeping pills and apparently suffocating from his
own vomit in his sleep. If he were alive today, he'd