With [Furious 7](movie:264263) only a week away from its release, audiences everywhere are already gearing up for the chills that are almost guaranteed to accompany seeing Paul Walker on camera for the first time during his long-awaited final performance. The entire cast has obviously had heavy hearts over the past few months. This installment is supposed to be the best yet, and it's clear that the cast and production crew will dedicate it to Walker and his family.
He's not the only member of a a film or TV production who passed away, though. Here is a list of some notable people who passed away in the middle of filming a TV or Film production and may they all rest in peace.
1. Heath Ledger
Australian actor Heath Ledger had just wrapped filming Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight and was in the middle of production for Terry Gilliam's The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus when he was found dead in his Manhattan apartment from a drug overdose. Gilliam brought on Ledger's close friends Jude Law, Johnny Depp, and Colin Farrell to step in for Ledger in his remaining scenes.
2. Marilyn Monroe
During the middle of filming comedy Something's Got to Give, one of Hollywood's brightest stars ever was found dead at her Brentwood, CA home on August 5, 1962. Marilyn's death was probably suicide, as she passed from an overdose of barbiturates.
3. Paul Walker
Of course, the aforementioned Paul Walker is almost synonymous with the long-running Fast and Furious franchise. He went from young handsome guy to older but still relatively young handsome guy who can act. It was sadly on November 30, 2013 that Walker died in a car accident after leaving a charity event with Roger Rodas, one of his former racing friends. The two were killed almost instantly when Rodas' Porsche lost control and slammed into a tree. Furious 7 was put on hold, briefly, but comes out next week.
4. Philip Seymour Hoffman
On February 2, 2014, Philip Seymour Hoffman's body was found in a hotel room in Manhattan after a heroin overdose. He had 25 years of sobriety under his belt at the time, when the Oscar-winning actor (for Capote in 2006) had relapsed into addiction 8 months before his death. At the time, the second Hunger Games film was in production, and there was a week left of filming. Hoffman was 46 years old.
5. Natalie Wood
Natalie Wood's death remains mysterious, but what we do know is that November 29, 1981 was the date when she drowned off the coast of California's Catalina Island during a weekend boat trip with her husband Robert Wagner, the boat's captain Dennis Davern, and Brainstorm co-star Christopher Walken. At the time, she was in the middle of filming the movie Brainstorm.
6. Cory Monteith
One of the breakout stars of Fox's musical comedy [Glee](movie:718630) was round dead in Vancouver, Canada, in a hotel room on July 13, 2013. During that time the show was on a hiatus between the 4th and 5th seasons. Authorities put out a statement that said the actor had died from a lethal combination of heroin and alcohol, but they ruled out any foul play. Making it especially tragic, Monteith was only 31 years old.
7. John Ritter
On September 11, 2003, whilst filming the sitcom 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter on ABC, Ritter suffered an arotic dissection caused by a previously undiagnosed congenital heart defect. That actor was rushed to a hospital across the street and died later that evening.
8. Christopher Evan Welch
Christopher Evan Welch absolutely killed it as the out-of-touch but extremely-intelligent venture capitalist in HBO's new hit comedy [Silicon Valley](series:844456). I mean, check out this video that I think was one of the funniest parts of the super hilarious first season.
Sadly, Welch passed away four months before the show appeared from cancer. Fellow SV star Thomas Middleditch was aptly quoted saying...
"If I were to ever glean a silver lining from such a tragedy," Middleditch ended his email, "it's that everyone goes at some point, that's unavoidable, but Chris got to leave us on a high note — doing very well at a thing he's very good at doing, praising his loved ones and in return being loved. We all just wish he could've done it longer."
9. Carol Ann Susi
Mrs. Wolowitz from The Big Bang Theory, Carol Ann Susi was hilarious and on point as Howard Wolowitz's off-camera obnoxious but caring mother. She also acted as a mother to the cast members on the show, and her fierce battle with cancer led to her untimely and devastating death this past season. I wrote an article about the tribute they did for her, and it was clear she was missed by the cast and fans of the show alike. She passed away of cancer at the age of 62. There had been no plan to write her off the show, so the production team kind of had to improvise to make her real-life passing coincide with the show's.
10. Andy Whitfield
Spartacus: Blood and Sand was an underrated extremely bad-ass show with the coolest lead character. Of course that was Andy Whitfield, who sadly died of non-Hodgkins Lymphoma in his home country of Australia. He passed away at 39 years old, leaving behind a wife and two children.