9 Actors And Musicians Who Died Onstage Or Were Shot And Killed Mid-Performance

Action, camera, lights out.

Matt Branhamby Matt Branham
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When I go, I hope it’s someplace quiet that smells of honeysuckle and lavender where beautiful, shiny women scratch my back and tell me everything is going to be alright. That’s a lot more than I can say for these actors and musicians who either collapsed and died onstage or were shot and killed mid-performance. But what a way to go!

While most people never get a chance to do what they love for a living and show everyone their talents, these beloved celebrities and talented artists got to go out doing what they love. Many hit the floor onstage or during a show due to heart attacks, but there are a couple wild ones that involve guns and helicopter propellers (don’t ask, just read).

From lovable actors like John Candy and John Ritter to heavy rockers like Dimebag Darrell and Nick Menza, we’ve got all the live deaths of some of the most popular artists. May their awesome exits never be lost in the history books. Now go ahead and take a read at all of these.

9 Actors And Musicians Who Died Onstage Or Were Shot And Killed Mid-Performance

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