Smith, 39, died Feb. 8, 2007, after collapsing at a Florida hotel. Her mysterious death came five months after the death of her beloved son, Daniel. The 21-year-old collapsed and died in his mother's hospital room in the Bahamas days after the former pinup gave birth to a baby girl. Since her untimely death, there's a battle over who gets to bury her and who is the father of her young daughter.
Credit: AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee
The California-born actress was shot to death on Feb. 3, 2003, at age 40, in the foyer of record producer Phil Spector's hilltop home in Alhambra, Calif. He was convicted of het murder after two trials. Clarkson was best known as the star of Roger Corman's cult film "Barbarian Queen" and had roles in "Scarface," "Fast Times at Ridgemont High" and on many popular TV shows of the 1970s and '80s.
Actress Sharon Tate is shown in the arms of her husband, director Roman Polanski, in the 1960s. Tate was murdered, along with four others, by followers of Charles Manson, at her Benedict Canyon home on Aug. 9, 1969. The 26-year-old was 8 1/2 months pregnant at the time.
Credit: AFP/AFP/Getty Images
Actress Jayne Mansfield, born Vera Jayne Palmer, is shown May 17, 1964. The platinum blonde actress and one of the leading sex symbols of the 1950s was one of three people killed on June 19, 1967, when the car she was in crashed into the back of a tractor-trailer. Mansfield, her boyfriend, a driver and three of her five children were headed from Biloxi, Miss., to an engagement in New Orleans. She was 34.
Actress Marilyn Monroe is shown just a few weeks before she died on Aug. 5, 1962, at the age of 36. Monroe, whose real name was Norma Jean Mortensen, was found dead in her Brentwood home of a drug overdose. The circumstances of her death have been the subject of much speculation over the years.
Credit: STR/AFP/Getty Images
The fairytale life of Oscar-winning actress turned princess Grace Kelly also came to a tragic end. On Sept. 13, 1982, at the age of 52, the princess suffered a stroke while driving with her daughter, Princess Stephanie, in Monaco. She died the following day.
Born Harlean Harlow Carpenter on March 3, 1911, in Kansas City, Mo., the MGM star oozed sex appeal and was known as the "Platinum Blonde" for her famous hair. While filming "Saratoga" with Clark Gable in 1937, Harlow collapsed on set and was rushed to the hospital, diagnosed with uremic poisoning. She died just days later, at the age of 26. In her short career, she made 36 films.