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Gone Too Soon: 10 Iconic Black Stars Who Passed Away Before the Age of 30

Otis Redding

Otis Redding

A tragic plane crash in 1967 took the life of the 26-year-old R&B crooner. Many people recognize Redding as the iconic voice behind classic tunes like “Try a Little Tenderness” and “Respect.”
Frankie Lymon

Frankie Lymon

Lymon was best known as the lead singer of the New York City-based early rock ‘n’ roll group, The Teenagers. Their biggest hit was the 1956 tune “Why Do Fools Fall in Love,” which was also their first single. He went solo with his music career, but it never seemed to take off. At the age of 25, he was found dead in his grandmother’s bathroom from a heroin overdose in 1968.

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