Stars you may not know passed away

Judith Barsi

Judith Barsi had a large body of work for someone who died, horribly, at age 10. Starting her career when she was 3 years old, Barsi appeared in shows as diverse as Twilight Zone, Punky Brewster, Remington Steele, and Cheers, along with films like Jaws: The Revenge and Eye of the Tiger. She was probably most known, however, for voicing Ducky the Dinosaur in The Land Before Time, along with Anne-Marie in All Dogs Go To Heaven. What most viewers hearing her voice in those films didn’t know is that she was already dead by the time they were released.

Barsi’s father, Jozsef, was an abusive alcoholic who would hit both Judith and her mother, resulting in severe depression and anxiety for the young girl. She would pluck out her own eyelashes and even her cat’s whiskers, according to the LA Times. During all this, Jozsef repeatedly claimed he would kill his wife and daughter, and on July 25, 1988, he did just that. He shot them both in their home, set the house ablaze, then shot himself to death.