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Here are nine celebs who died in the middle of filming a movie or TV show. Their unexpected passings either occurred while on set, in the middle of filming or before production had ended. The legacies of these nine stars live on in the iconic films and television shows they completed before their shocking deaths.

1. Heath Ledger

The Australian actor was found dead in his Manhattan apartment on January 22, 2008. He reportedly suffered from an overdose of prescription pills. Ledger had just wrapped up 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 passed. Gilliam brought on Ledger’s close friends Johnny Depp, Jude Law, and Colin Farrell to step in for Ledger’s character in his remaining scenes. He won a posthumous Oscar for his role as The Joker.

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2. Paul Walker

The blue-eyed Fast and Furious heartthrob died in a car accident in November 2013. Walker was in the middle of filming of Fast and Furious 7 when he crashed and the production company contemplated putting the film on hold indefinitely. Universal Pictures eventually decided to move forward with the project using a combination of special effects, stunt doubles and Walker’s lookalike brother. Upon its release in April 2015, Furious 7 became the fourth highest grossing film of all time.

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