Sam Cooke (Aged 33)
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Taken Too Soon: Music Stars Who Died Young
2. Sam Cooke (Aged 33)
Cause: There are lots of conspiracy theories around the death of Sam Cooke. He was shot dead by the manager of a motel in LA in what she claims was self-defence. However some versions of the story claim the manager was in on an attempted robbery of the star by the prostitute he was with.