Brandon Lee lost his father, martial arts legend Bruce Lee, when he was just 8 years old. He went on to have a film career of his own, but died in a tragic accident on set of a movie he was starring in. What was the name of the movie?
Question image
Brandon Lee was accidentally shot on the set of The Crow and died from injuries shortly after. He was 28 years old.
What was the name of River Phoenix’s character in Stand by Me?
Question image
Phoenix played Chris Chambers in the film, who came from a troubled family. The movie propelled him to stardom, but he died outside of the Viper Room club in 1993 at the age of 23.
How did R&B singer Aaliyah die in 2001?
Question image
Aaliyah had finished working on the video for the song “Rock the Boat” in the Bahamas when she boarded the plane that would crash and take her life, along with eight others, in 2001. She was 22 years old.
Heath Ledger won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar posthumously for his role in what film?
Question image
Ledger was first nominated for a Best Actor Oscar for Brokeback Mountain, but the award ultimately went to another star who died too young, Philip Seymour Hoffman (for Capote). Ledger won his posthumous Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his work in The Dark Knight.
What is the name given to the group of artists and musicians who all happened to die at the age of 27?
Question image
The 27 Club is the name of the bizarre cultural phenomenon that appears to have touched the lives of not just musicians, but others as well, including actor Anton Yelchin, artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. In 2011, a medical journal published a study concluding that the 27 Club is more of a coincidental phenomenon than an actual statistical likelihood, so if you’re 27 and an artist, no worries.
What was the name of the powerful rock musician who sang hits like “Piece of My Heart” in the ‘60s?
Question image
oplin was the most successful female rock star of her era. She died in 1970 at—you guessed it—the age of 27.
Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love welcomed a daughter into the world in 1992. What is her name?
Question image
Frances Bean just a toddler when her father died in 1994, but she’s gone on to become a model and visual artist.
What hit film franchise was Anton Yelchin part of before his untimely death in 2016?
Question image
Yelchin appeared as Pavel Chekov in three Star Trek films, including Star Trek, Star Trek: Into Darkness, and Star Trek Beyond, which was released shortly after his death at the age of 27. That film played tribute to the actor, as well as to Leonard Nimoy, who originated the role of Spock.
Which Egyptian pharaoh, whose tomb was discovered by archaeologists in 1922, died at the age of 19?
Question image
Because of the discovery of Tutankhamun’s, or Tut’s tomb, he’s become one of the most well-know Egyptian pharaohs. The cause of his death at 19 years old was likely an infected leg.
Which ancient Greek kingdom was Alexander the Great the king of?
Question image
Alexander the Great ruled over Macedon, leading his army to multiple victories in battle. He was never defeated in battle in his lifetime, but he succumbed to malaria at the age of 32.
Which cruel Roman leader had himself declared a god before he was assassinated by a group of guards in 41AD?
Question image
Caligula was probably the most terrifying Roman emperor for myriad reasons, his complete disregard for his subjects and his tyrannical treatment of political rivals among them. He was assassinated just before his 29th birthday.
Joan of Arc helped lead the French to victory over the English at Orleans during the Hundred Years’ War. How did she die?
Question image
After Joan was captured by the English and convicted of heresy, she was burned at the stake. She was only 19 years old.
What contemporary of William Shakespeare was known for his play, The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus?
Question image
People know Shakepeare better today, but at the time, Christopher Marlowe was a hugely successful playwright. He died at the age of 29 during a fight at an inn.
What famous composer, known for works like “The Magic Flute,” died at the age of 35?
Question image
While Mozart was successful and prolific, he suffered from escalating physical and mental problems before dying at the age of 35. The exact cause of his death remains unknown.
Emily Bronte was made famous by which novel, considered to be one of the classic works of English literature?
Question image
Wuthering Heights was Emily’s only successful work before she died at the age of 30 from tuberculosis.
Which Old West icon was said to have killed 21 men, one for each of the years of his life, before he was killed by a sheriff in 1881?
Question image
Billy the Kid was actually born in New York City before he packed up and headed West at a young age, becoming an outlaw and gunfighter. He died the age of 21.
Everyone remembers famous gangster couple Bonnie & Clyde—but what were their last names?
Question image
Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow killed at least 13 people during their Great Depression-era crime spree before they were killed in a shootout with police in 1934.
Peter Finch is one of two actors who have won the Academy Award for Best Actor posthumously. Who is the other?
Question image
After his death at the age of 24 in a car crash, James Dean won two Best Oscars posthumously: one in 1955 for East of Eden and another in 1956 for Giant.
In 1959, three young musicians, including Buddy Holly, were killed in a plane crash. What nickname did that event come to be known as?
Question image
While Don McLean may have referenced the event in the song “American Pie,” the event itself is known as the Day the Music Died. Buddy Holly was just 22 when he died in the crash.
What was the name of the 17-year-old musician who died in the same plane crash as Buddy Holly?
Question image
Ritchie Valens had quit school at 16 years old to go on tour as a rock musician. Just one year later, he would perish in the same plane crash that took the lives of Buddy Holly and the Big Bopper.
Marilyn Monroe died at the age of 36 in 1962. What was the cause of her death?
Question image
According to the coroner’s report, Monroe died of an overdose, despite the fact that no pills were in her stomach—while it was reported that she’d likely quickly digested them, conspiracy theorists point to this fact and maintain that there was foul play.
What semi-autobiographical novel, about the protagonist’s descent into mental illness, was the only novel written by Sylvia Plath in her lifetime?
Question image
Both Plath’s novel The Bell Jar and poetry collections Ariel and The Colossus remain popular today. Plath struggled with depression and died by suicide in 1963 at the age of 30.
Many people were called “the fifth Beatle,” but Paul McCartney once said, “If anyone was the fifth Beatle, it was [him],” referring to the manager who steered them towards fame before dying in 1967.
Question image
Brian Epstein played a huge role in the meteoric success of the Beatles before dying of an overdose at the age of 32.
What singer, known as the King of Southern Soul, died in a plane crash in 1967?
Question image
Otis Redding may be best known for his song “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay,” which was recorded just days before his death at the age of 26.
What was the name of the Russian cosmonaut who was the first person to travel in space?
Question image
Yuri Gagarin performed a successful orbit of Earth on the Vostok 1 mission, making him the first person to travel in space. He died in a plane crash in 1968 at the age of 34.
Bruce Lee brought Chinese martial arts to Hollywood cinema. Which of the following titles is NOT a Bruce Lee film?
Question image
While Bruce Lee appeared in Enter the Dragon, Fists of Fury, and Way of the Dragon, The 36th Chamber of Shaolin actually starred Gordon Liu. Lee died five years before its release, in 1973, at the age of 32.
What is the name of the British artist who died in 1974, known for the song “Pink Moon?”
Question image
Sadly, Nick Drake never lived to see his music reach the wide audience it has today. He died from an overdose at the age of 26.
Which influential punk band was Sid Vicious the bassist of?
Question image
Vicious, bassist for the Sex Pistols, was found dead of an overdose at the age of 21, a few months after being released on bail following his arrest for the death of his girlfriend, Nancy Spungen.
Bob Marley died in 1981 at the age of 36. What musical genre was he primarily associated with?
Question image
Reggae originated in Jamaica in the ‘60s, and Marley started his musical career with the Wailers in 1963 when he was still just a teen. He made a huge mark of the world of music before his untimely death from cancer.
What famous Canadian hero created the “Marathon of Hope?”
Question image
Terry Fox was diagnosed with cancer when he was 18 years old, and had his leg amputated as a result. He undertook the “Marathon of Hope,” where he would run across Canada, to raise money for cancer research. Before he could complete it, the cancer returned, and he died at the age of 22. Every year, millions of dollars are raised for cancer research at events in his name—totaling $750 million as of January 2018.

Your Results


Whether or not you agree with the maxim that “It’s better to burn out than to fade away,” you have an impressive knowledge of trivia surrounding history, literature, art, music, and film.

Culturally Savvy

It’s pretty darn impressive that you know so much about the figures whose lives have touched the fields of music, film, literature, and history. Congrats on your excellent score!

Trivia Genius

Considering this quiz covered the worlds of history, philosophy, art, music, film, and literature, only a true trivia genius could’ve got this high of a score. Nice one—are you free to be on my trivia team next Tuesday?

Happy With Your Test Score? This video can help you do better on any quiz... even if you know ABSOLUTELY NOTHING about the topic.


“Only the good die young.” Billy Joel may have sung it, but the phrase goes back to ancient Greece—the historian Herodotus famously said “Whom the gods love dies young.” Whether or not you believe it to be true, history is littered with stories of people who made a huge mark in their short lives, only to die before their time. How much do you really know about those bright flames who were snuffed out too soon?

More from Factinate

Featured Article

My mom never told me how her best friend died. Years later, I was using her phone when I made an utterly chilling discovery.

Dark Family Secrets

Dark Family Secrets Exposed

Nothing stays hidden forever—and these dark family secrets are proof that when the truth comes out, it can range from devastating to utterly chilling.
April 8, 2020 Samantha Henman

Featured Article

Madame de Pompadour was the alluring chief mistress of King Louis XV, but few people know her dark history—or the chilling secret shared by her and Louis.

Madame de Pompadour Facts

Entrancing Facts About Madame de Pompadour, France's Most Powerful Mistress

Madame de Pompadour was the alluring chief mistress of King Louis XV, but few people know her dark history—or the chilling secret shared by her and Louis.
December 7, 2018 Kyle Climans

More from Factinate

Featured Article

I tried to get my ex-wife served with divorce papers. I knew that she was going to take it badly, but I had no idea about the insane lengths she would go to just to get revenge and mess with my life.

These People Got Genius Revenges

When someone really pushes our buttons, we'd like to think that we'd hold our head high and turn the other cheek, but revenge is so, so sweet.
April 22, 2020 Scott Mazza

Featured Article

Catherine of Aragon is now infamous as King Henry VIII’s rejected queen—but few people know her even darker history.

Catherine of Aragon Facts

Tragic Facts About Catherine of Aragon, Henry VIII’s First Wife

Catherine of Aragon is now infamous as King Henry VIII’s rejected queen—but very few people know her even darker history.
June 7, 2018 Christine Tran

Dear reader,

Want to tell us to write facts on a topic? We’re always looking for your input! Please reach out to us to let us know what you’re interested in reading. Your suggestions can be as general or specific as you like, from “Life” to “Compact Cars and Trucks” to “A Subspecies of Capybara Called Hydrochoerus Isthmius.” We’ll get our writers on it because we want to create articles on the topics you’re interested in. Please submit feedback to Thanks for your time!

Do you question the accuracy of a fact you just read? At Factinate, we’re dedicated to getting things right. Our credibility is the turbo-charged engine of our success. We want our readers to trust us. Our editors are instructed to fact check thoroughly, including finding at least three references for each fact. However, despite our best efforts, we sometimes miss the mark. When we do, we depend on our loyal, helpful readers to point out how we can do better. Please let us know if a fact we’ve published is inaccurate (or even if you just suspect it’s inaccurate) by reaching out to us at Thanks for your help!

Warmest regards,

The Factinate team

Want to learn something new every day?

Join thousands of others and start your morning with our Fact Of The Day newsletter.

Thank you!

Error, please try again.