Celebrities who died too young

Published On: Apr 04 2012 09:16:54 AM CDT   Updated On: Mar 23 2016 12:46:57 PM CDT

With the death of former A Tribe Called Quest rapper Phife Dawg at age 45 on Wednesday, take a look at him and other stars who died too young, some at the height of their careers.

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New York rapper Chris Wallace, also known as Biggie Smalls or Notorious B.I.G., was 24 years old when he was gunned down by an unknown assailant in a Los Angeles drive-by shooting on March 9, 1997. Two of his albums were released after his death, and the rapper was ranked No. 3 on MTV's "Greatest MC's of All Time" list.

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