The film and television industry is a double-edged sword.
On one hand, this industry can give you everything you probably want out of life. Money, fame, and power are just a few of the things you can achieve if you become a star. On the other hand, all this money and fame and power doesn’t take away the fact that you live under a microscope.
Everything you do is seen and the smallest event can turn into tomorrow’s news. When pressure is on everyone in this industry, children are hit particularly hard.
Imagine going through all that stress at your age. Now, imagine it as you grow up in front of the camera. It’s rough. With this pressure, some child celebrities can’t take it. Some choose to end their own lives.
Others turn to drugs to cope with everything that’s happened to them. Some of the child celebrities that can escape the bright lights of Hollywood are ecstatic to have been able to escape.
As the years have gone on, though, these child stars vanish from your memory. If they don’t stay around in Hollywood, you’ve probably forgotten about them. Sadly, some of these child stars that you may have had crushes on may not be how you remember them. And, tragically, some of them have been taken from this world, and you didn’t even know it.
This list is composed of 15 childhood crushes that you didn’t know died. Prepare to have your memories shocked as you see how some of these people passed away. May they all RIP.
Skye McCole Bartusiak
In 2000, the film world was set on fire. Mel Gibson had been blazing the cinemas for years, but his work on one film catapulted him into the spotlight. The film in question is The Patriot. One of the standout performances in the film is that of Gibson’s daughter, played by Skye McCole Bartusiak. With blond hair and cute features, it’s easy to see why little boys everywhere would have a crush on the girl.
Her life outside the screen wasn’t so glamorous. Not starring in a lot of roles besides the critically acclaimed film, she didn’t know where her life was going. Sadly, that life full of hope was snuffed out in July of 2014. She passed away at the young age of 21 due to an accidental overdose.