ByDaniel Pearson, writer at

This dazzling array of stars all have two things in common with each other: they all lived life in the fast lane, and they all died tragically young.

Yes, we can still trawl through their respective back-catalogues and re-watch their best movies, but what we'd really like to see is them back on stage performing, or parading down the red carpet at their latest premiere.

Well now, thanks to the guys at Sachs Media Group, we have the next best thing: pictures of what they'd look like if they were alive today! Here are nine of the best.

1. Bob Marley

The death of reggae music legend Bob Marley robbed Jamaican music of its number one ambassador. He was responsible for introducing reggae to international audiences and was loved the world over.

Despite surviving multiple assassination attempts, Marley past away in 1981 of malignant melanoma, a form of skin cancer.

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2. James Dean

America's rebel without cause, James Dean, set the blueprint and benchmark that all future onscreen bad-boys have since tried to emulate.

He had starred in just seven films before he died in a tragic car accident in 1955, aged just 24.

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3. Janis Joplin

The true queen of the '60s, Janis Joplin, took psychedelia, blues, soul, rock, and country and tore them into tiny pieces before gluing them back together to create something truly unique.

Her authority, confidence, and aura of a genius made her accidental overdose in October 1970 all the harder to take.

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4. Jim Morrison

Jim Morrison, lead singer of The Doors and one of the most iconic and vocally-recognizable frontmen in rock music history, died of an apparent heroin overdose in Paris in 1971.

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5. Jimi Hendrix

Jimi Hendrix was arguably the greatest guitar player the world has ever seen. The fabulous instrumentalist died in London, 1979, after an apparently drug-related incident caused him to choke on his own vomit.

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6. John Lennon

Though he was one half of the greatest song-writing partnership of all time and one quarter of the greatest band the world has ever seen, John Lennon was very much his own man. Witty, political, and incredibly talented - and a true working class hero to boot.

Lennon died of fatal gun shot wounds in 1980 after killer Mark Chapman, inspired by the novel 'The Catcher in the Rye,' shot him five times outside of his New York apartment.

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7. Marilyn Monroe

Perhaps the world's first sex symbol and an incredible hollywood actress, Marilyn Monroe was the face of the 1950s.

She died of a fatal overdose which was ruled as a 'probable suicide' in 1962.

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8. Kurt Cobain

Kurt Cobain and his band Nirvana's timing was impeccable - America's early 1990s generation of long haired slackers needed a soundtrack and Kurt's beautifully twisted lyrics paired with Nirvana's violent sound fitted the bill perfectly.

Cobain, who had a history of heroin and alcohol abuse, killed himself with a shotgun blast to the head at his home in 1994.

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9. Elvis Presley

The rockabilly boy from Tennessee captivated a generation with his style, songs, and shimmies.

With 18 number 1 hits and 38 top 10 hits, Elvis is undoubtedly one of the greatest and most successful artists of all time.

The circumstances surrounding his death remain unclear but the official coroner's report lists it as "cardiac arrhythmia," an irregular heartbeat.

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