Stars Who Died Too Young: Celebrities Who Were Taken Too Soon

We all look up to our favorite stars, and when one of them sadly passes, it leaves us all with a heavy heart. There’s never truly a good time to say goodbye to a loved one, and the same is somehow true for people we only know from afar, whether they were actors, musicians, or sports legends. Many of these names you will recognize, some you may not, but each of these people left an undeniable mark on our lives and the world we know today. Some were cut short in their prime while others led long, fulfilled lives before leaving the mortal coil, and some stars may have faded in recent years, but they all have one thing in common: They will be missed. Join us as we take a look at these stars, how we lost them, and the accomplishments or feats we’ll always remember them for.

Michelle Thomas

Family Matters star Michelle Thomas died on Dec. 28th, 1998 after battling a rare form of stomach cancer. She was just 30 years old. Thomas played Steve Urkel’s perky girlfriend Myra Monkhouse on the series from 1993 until 1998. Following Family Matters, she joined the cast of the daytime soap opera The Young and the Restless in August 1998. She left the soap to go on medical leave in October of that year, according to her obituary in The New York Times.