Top 10 most notorious celebrity deaths

Top 10 most notorious celebrity deaths


10. River Phoenix

The young actor’s drug-induced death outside of Johnny Depp’s nightclub came as a bit of a shock to say the least. On October 31, 1993, the ‘squeaky-clean’ young star, who often spoke of his dislike of drugs, collapsed from a heroin and cocaine overdose outside The Viper Room in Hollywood.

People questioned the ‘official story’ due to his public-hatred for drug abuse and the fact that there was not a single needle mark on him.


9. Jack Daniel

Not quite a celebrity, but a public figure none the less. The legendary distiller, Jack Daniel, came to his unlikely death on October 10, 1911- and not through anything alcohol related like you might inspect.

Sadly for Mr Daniel, his odd death occurred when he arrived early to work one morning. He attempted to open his safe, but had forgotten the code and in his frustration he kicked the safe and broke his toe. His toe soon became infected and he died of blood poisoning some time later. So came about the distillery’s motto: “never go to work early.”


8. Sid & Nancy

Romeo and Juliet with a twisted understory. The Sid I refer to is Sid Vicious of revolutionary punk rock band, The Sex Pistols, and the Nancy, his girlfriend Nancy Spungen.

On October 12, 1978, Vicious claimed that he awoke from a drug stupor to find Nancy dead on the floor of their hotel bathroom in New York. She had a stab wound in her abdomen and appeared to have bled to death. It was discovered that the knife belonged to Vicious.

Vicious gave many different versions of what had happened, saying: “I stabbed her, but I didn’t mean to kill her”, and then saying that she fell onto the knife. Shortly after Nancy’s death, Vicious attempted suicide by slitting his wrists, but failed and was arrested and sent to prison for 55 days.

He was released on bail in February 1979 and at a party to celebrate his bail he died of a heroin overdose. A few days after his cremation, this note was found in his jacket pocket: “We had a death pact, and I have to keep my half of the bargain. Please bury me next to my baby in my leather jacket, jeans and motorcycle boots. Goodbye.”


7. Kurt Cobain

The lead singer of legendary, grunge group Nirvana was found dead at his Seattle home on April 8, 1994. Cobain had earlier disappeared from a drug rehabilitation clinic and according to his wife, Courtney Love, was suicidal. Makes sense right, seen as they found a suicide note?

The initial police report said that Cobain was found with a shotgun across his chest and that he had died of a single gunshot wound to the head- and that he had taken a large amount of heroin.

However, the plot thickens, Love hired private investigator Tom Grant, to find Cobain after he had disappeared from the clinic as she thought he had been murdered. Grant found that the amount of heroin in Cobain’s bloodstream would have meant that he would have been too out of it to shoot himself. Grant concluded that someone dosed and then shot him.


6. Vic Morrow

Poor Vic suffered without a doubt the most gruesome death on this Top 10. The long-time Hollywood star was killed when pyrotechnics set off during the filming of a scene for Twilight Zone: The Movie disabled one of the circling helicopters, which then decapitated the actor and killed the two child actors that he was carrying.


5. John Lennon

The ex-Beatle was shot dead in New York outside the building he lived in by Mark David Chapman on December 8, 1980 (who is still in prison). Many suggest that he was killed by remote control, claiming that Chapman was programmed by the US government to kill the Liverpudlian pop sensation and that the novel Catcher In The Rye was the signer to go forward with the operation

All I can say on this is: “Why on Earth would the US government want to assassinate Lennon?” Yes he had some radical views on the newly appointed President Reagan, but that is hardly ground for murder…or is it?


4. Michael Jackson

Few deaths have rocked the world like that of music legend, Michael Jackson. The surprising death of the 50-year-old singer occurred June 25 and it was reported that he had died of a heart attack following a lethal combination of prescription drugs.

In a matter of hours, fans and the media suggested that he had faked his death by means to escape the media spotlight and his ever-impending bankruptcy.


3. James Dean

The Rebel Without A Cause actor, James Dean, died on September 30, 1955, when his Porsche 550 Spyder was hit head-on by another car. Dean’s car was hit on Route 466 near Cholame California when the driver of the other car, Donald Turnupseed, crossed into Dean’s lane and hit the Porsche almost head-on.

Dean was pronounced dead upon arrival to the hospital, but conspiracy theorists seized evidence from a reconstruction of the accident and suggested that the damage caused had been too light for a high-speed crash and would not have killer the driver. Another ‘fake your own death’ situation…really now?


2. Elvis Presley

The news of The King’s death sent the world into a state of panic, and that is no overstatement. I remember my mother telling me of her journey into work the morning after news broke that Elvis had died, apparently hundreds of people (mostly teenage girls) were lining the street with candles, crying and praying.

Apparently, Presley was found dead on the floor of his bathroom in Graceland, Memphis on August 16, 1977. The investigation and autopsy found that he had dragged himself several feet from the toilet before he died (hence the hamburger/toilet jokes). The two autopsies carried out (one in 1994) showed that drugs were not to blame for his death, but a heart attack.

There are thousands of conspiracies circulating the death of the king of rock ‘n’ roll, but most argue that he faked his own death to boost his flagging record sale. Since his death, thousands of sighting of the King has been claimed.


1. Marilyn Monroe

Probably the most notorious celebrity death of them all, the original ‘blonde bombshell’ and sex symbol, Marilyn Monroe, came to an untimely death when she was discovered dead in her bedroom at just 36 years old. Since her premature death in 1962, her death has become one of the most debated conspiracy theory.

Reports tell that an officer found the actress naked, facedown on her bed, with her left hand reaching across the bed and touching the telephone on her nightstand. It was also reported that there were several prescription bottles littered on said nightstand, but there was no drinking glass in the room.

Some say it was a pill-induced suicide, others say she was murdered due to her connection with President Kennedy, but guess we will never know.

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9 thoughts on “Top 10 most notorious celebrity deaths

  1. It was interesting but not enlightening, whoever posted that response to this needs some life experience. I think the world is fascinated with celebrity deaths (especially good looking celebrities) because we spend the bulk of our time in fantasy land…secretly wanting to become them. Looking at their premature deaths speaks to us in this very real way: they’re human just like us that’s all they are and that’s all we are. This was fun to take a look at, thank you. Also, MM was born in 26 and died in 62, just thought you might wanted to be updaed with that info!

    1. Thank you for your comment, Jared. I’m glad you enjoyed the post.

      Yes, enlightening isn’t quite the word I would use, but you’re very right- today’s society has a sometimes bordering on sick obsession with the ‘cult of celebrity’, and even more so their deaths, untimely or otherwise. Sometimes it takes something shocking, like any of the aforementioned deaths for people to realise that, just like us, these are people simply doing their jobs.

  2. Nice. It’s very informative. Thanks to the conscientious mind who posted this. Keep up the good work!

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