1951 — Johnny Cash, letter to Vivian Cash dated 3 November 1951, reprinted in Vivian Cash (with Ann Sharpsteen), I Walked the Line: My Life with Johnny, Scribner (2007), ISBN 9781416532927, page 38:
Oh yes, and tell her to take care of herself too, and not get herself all banged up again, or she will look old before her time.
2005 — Jill Briscoe, The New Normal: Living a Fear-Free Life in a Fear-Driven World, Multomah Publishers (2005), ISBN 159052473X, page 35:
I had been around long enough to know a few people who had died before their time. The two-year-old down the street who died of leukemia, the teenage anorexic, the eighteen-year-olds in various wars and military forays around the globe, […]
"I don't think so. Your mother, I am sure, was taken before her time, but she was a grown woman. She had made a life, she had grown children in you and your sister. Sophia died so young — all of her potential was wasted."