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10 Stars Who Died During the Filming of a Movie


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John Candy
Candy's father died of heart disease when he was just 35 and John was 4, leaving John with a lifelong struggle between self-discipline and fatalism about his health.
Candy's father died of heart disease when he was just 35 and John was 4, leaving John with a lifelong struggle between self-discipline and fatalism about his health.
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Funnyman John Candy, known for portraying portly, lovable underdogs in such movies as "Stripes," "Uncle Buck" and "Planes, Trains & Automobiles," died of a massive heart attack on March 4, 1994 -- the same night that he filmed his final scene in "Wagons East." Candy left the set, cooked a celebratory spaghetti dinner for his assistants, called his co-stars to congratulate them and went to bed. By the next morning, he was dead.

The film -- a comedy set in the Wild West -- was released later that summer. Candy played the inebriated leader of a wagon train bent on getting a job from two successful businessmen. Although some believed that Candy offered the performance of a lifetime, the movie was widely panned by critics as an unworthy farewell to Candy, who had starred in nearly 40 films and was just 43 years old when he died [source: Schneider].