Celebrities who left the spotlight due to tragedy – With so many people chomping at the bit to find notoriety, it seems almost unfathomable that the people who are fortunate enough to find fame would give it up easily. Sometimes it takes something awful to happen for someone who has reached a certain level of acclaim to step away from the warmth of the spotlight they call home.
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For this list, we’ll be taking a look at some of the most famous people who had stardom ripped away from them, or made the choice to remove themselves from fame for tragic reasons.
The rules for inclusion into the list were extremely simple. The person in question needs to have acquired a level of fame, so that a large amount of people were aware of them, no matter the country. Then, they need to have given up or lost their hallowed place in society as a result of something gone horribly wrong. Whether the tragedy came upon them personally, or was a more public matter, was of no concern. All that matters is that we could look at their situation and see that it was an extremely unfortunate incident that changed their lives forever.
15. Amanda Bynes, DUI
A sought after star of television and movies throughout the 2000s, it seemed like Amanda’s infectious personality and good looks were going to carry her to success in Hollywood as an adult. The track to continued fame and fortune she was traveling upon has unfortunately completely gone off the rails. The star of two television series, The Amanda Show and What I Like About You, she became popular enough to graduate to movies. Going on to star in popular films like Hairspray, Sydney White and She’s the Man, her most respected film work came as a part of the fantastic high school drama Easy A.
Announcing that she intended to retire from acting on her Twitter page, she said: “I don’t love acting anymore, so I’ve stopped doing it” and we could embrace her choice if her life didn’t seem to fall apart. Acting erratically and regularly spewing venom through social media, things came to a head when she was charged with DUI after side-swiping a cop car, reckless driving, and a bunch of other charges. Placed under a mental health evaluation hold and forced to live under her parent’s control because of a conservatorship, Amanda seems to have serious mental health issues. The conclusion that her issues had a sizeable effect on her early retirement seems impossible enough to avoid that we’ve included her here and if she’d confirmed that suspicion she would have placed even higher.