Celebrity Deaths that Impacted the World 

Robin Williams

Robin Williams was an American actor and comedian. Some of his most popular movies were “Jumanji”, “Mrs.Doubtfire,””Night at the Museum,” and “Aladdin”. He started stand-up comedy back in the mid-1970s. From there he kept performing and was eventually scouted by a TV show producer, for a comedy show. It was called the “Laugh-ins”, and although it ultimately failed, it launched his television career.

He had many showcases, but during that time, he started doing drugs and smoking. Williams got addicted to cocaine, but soon stopped when his son Zak was born, and when his friend John Belushi committed suicide. Although all that happened, he started drinking again and checked himself into a rehab center. He also had depression and anxiety. Stating himself that he would never lose himself to the burning desire to reach perfection, sadly that was not the case. He committed suicide, and near his death, his depression got worse, and he was wrongly diagnosed to be having Parkinson’s disease when, in reality, he had Lewy body dementia. 

 

Paul Walker

A man known for his looks and talent, Paul Walker was a successful actor best known for his role as Brian O’Connor in the “Fast and Furious” franchise. His first ever role in a feature film was in “Meet The Deedles,” where he played Phil Deedle. All throughout his life, he was very active in nonprofit organizations that helped people all around the world. According to his page on Biography, in 2010, he formed his own organization called Reach Out Worldwide, which is dedicated to bringing aid to regions devastated by natural disasters all over the world. “If one day speed kills me, don’t cry because I was smiling,” said Walker, which marked the end of an era when Paul Walker lost his life in a fiery car accident in November of 2013. 

 

Whitney Houston

Whitney Houston was an American actress and singer who was known worldwide. She started out singing background vocals for people like Lou Rawls. She met a lady named Robyn Crawford, and they became really good friends. They got so close that rumors started circulating that they were romantically involved with each other which they both denied. As Houston got more fame, she started landing roles too. She won very many awards throughout her short life from her singing and acting roles. One of those awards was a Guinness World Record for being the most celebrated female artist in the year 2006.

All throughout the 2000s, she struggled with drug and alcohol abuse. Along with all of that, she went through many setbacks in her career. Her father had died, her best friend Robyn Crawford resigned from her job working with Houston, and she had been fired from a job. Eventually, she became dependent on drugs and refused to get assistance for it, which is why Crawford had resigned. She repeatedly went in and out of rehab centers, in a “recovery process.” She filmed a few more movies after that, one of them being a remake of “Sparkle”, which was supposed to be filmed by Aaliyah before she, unfortunately, lost her life in a plane crash. In the few days before her death, she had looked to be in a horrible state. Two days before, she had one last performance with Kelly Price in Hollywood, singing “Jesus loves Me.” She was found submerged underwater in her bathtub. It was discovered that she had drowned after taking a lethal mix of drugs, including Benadryl, and cocaine.

 

Nipsey Hussle

Nipsey Hussle, born Ermias Joseph Asghedom on August 15, 1985, was an American activist and Grammy-winning rapper. Being one of the few rappers in the entertainment industry today who connected with his supporters and helped bring light to problems using his social media following. Getting his start off of social media, he realized the power it held and began using it to lead his community and motivate them. “The best thing you can do for a person is to inspire them,” said the rapper in a REVOLT article. Apart from his music, Nipsey Hussle was also a well-known entrepreneur. Creating a clothing brand, The Marathon Clothing worn by many celebrities like Lebron James and Snoop Dogg. With this, he used his fame to bring light to his community, The Crenshaw Community and help break them out of the stereotypes they fit into due to gang violence. At the 2020 Grammy’s, DJ Khaled, Meek Mill, John Legend, YG, Roddy Ricch, and Kirk Franklin set tribute to the rapper with a performance that will help his legacy live on.

 Steve Irwin

“Crikey Mate,” there’s only one voice to read that catchphrase in and that is in the late “Crocodile Hunter’s” voice, Steve Irwin. Born on February 22, 1962, in Australia, Irwin was obsessed with animals from the day he was born. Filming his own exploits, he shared them with a producer who soon enough created his homemade videos to a show called “The Crocodile Hunter.” After taking over his father’s reptile park, Beerwah Reptile Park, he met his wife Terri Raines who helped him rename the Beerwah Park to the Australia Zoo. The Irwin’s helped establish large wildlife refuges to help endangered species. With this, they launched an international organization, Wildlife Warriors Worldwide.  “I have no fear of losing my life – if I have to save a koala or a crocodile or a kangaroo or a snake, mate, I will save it,” said Irwin before tragically losing his life due to a stingray incident.

 

Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant was the Lakers Legends, and an NBA great. Having won five NBA Championships, his legacy impacted the sport and players everywhere. Apart from basketball, Kobe was the official ambassador for After-School All-Stars which is a national children’s charity that provides after-school programs to 72,000 inner-city kids. “I want to spread the message and have other people take notice, jump in and help out as much as they possibly can as well. In this position, I have a national platform and I intend to spread the message to a wide audience,” said Kobe in a 2008 B/R interview. His influence went farther than the court and he was a very genuine person. Not only having a huge influence on how people view basketball but also changing how critics view the players, Kobe did it all. 

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Apr 8, 2016; New Orleans, LA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward Kobe Bryant (24) reacts against the New Orleans Pelicans during the second half of a game at the Smoothie King Center. The Pelicans defeated the Lakers 110-102. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports