Eerie Final Films of Stars Who Died Young

Brittany Murphy's last movies follow a morbid trend
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 24, 2009 9:11 AM CST

(Newser) – In the wake of Brittany Murphy’s death, her latest film roles take on an especially creepy symbolism. The Frisky points to the just-released trailer for her upcoming movie Abandoned, in which she plays a woman under psychiatric care—and E! notes that the box art for another recent film, Deadline, shows Murphy’s character, lifeless, in a bathtub. The Frisky looks back at the final roles of others who died young:

  • Heath Ledger: The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus is about traveling performers who make deals with the devil—and let’s not forget his role as the Joker in The Dark Knight.
  • River Phoenix: He was 90% done filming a movie called Dark Blood before dying of an overdose on the sidewalk in front of the Viper Room nightclub.
  • Aaliyah: The singer died in a plane crash before her last movie, Queen of the Damned, was released.
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