The cast and crew of the show were devastated by Ritter’s sudden passing, and after a two-month hiatus, built his character’s death into the show in an incredibly moving, hour-long tribute episode called ‘Goodbye.’ Child actress Heather O’ Rourke, who was most famous for her role as the young Carole Anne Freeling in the ‘Poltergiest’ films, died at the tender age of 12 from cardiac arrest and septic shock due to a small-bowel obstruction.
Before his death in a blazing car crash over Thanksgiving weekend 2013, Walker had completed most of his scenes as Brian O’ Conner in ‘Fast and The Furious 7.’ Though production has been halted following the tragedy, director James Wan says that the film will be completed.
Heath Ledger had completed only one-third of the filming of ‘The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus’ when he of died of accidental drug overdose in 2008.
In 2001, pop star and actress Aaliyah died in a horrific plane crash while flying home from shooting a music video.
Before she died, Aaliyah had already completed filming for her starring role in ‘The Queen of the Damned,’ though her brother smoothed out some of her lines in post-production.
Strangely, in addition to O’ Rourke, three other ‘Poltergeist’ actors have died between the filming of the first and third film, leading many to believe there is a curse surrounding the trilogy — a rumor sparked by the fact that the first two movies allegedly used real skeletons as props. Krabappel, Bart’s sarcastic teacher on ‘The Simpsons’ — a role she played for 24 years.
When she died from pneumonia complications this in October 2013, Wallace had already recorded lines for several upcoming ‘Simpsons’ episodes for the season.
Irwin was filming footage for an upcoming documentary he was making with his young daughter, Bindi, when the ray stung him in the chest.
With the camera still rolling, Irwin managed to pull out the stingray’s barb but did not survive the attack, which was tragically caught on film.
In 1993, the year he died, Phoenix had already filmed the majority of ‘Dark Blood,’ which was set to be his next film.