While most human beings enter and leave this planet with little notice there are those among us whose passing especially if untimely captures headlines.
Celebrity deaths are not only top news but can in some cases create entire cottage industries dedicated to keeping alive the memory of those we deem worthy of our affections I’ve included individuals whose deaths were unusual untimely or had a profound impact on their profession or society to this day. So now without further ado here is my list of the top 10 Most Mysterious Celebrity death.
- 10. Michael Jackson. Michael Jackson died on June 25, 2009 of propofol intoxication after suffering a cardiac arrest at his home on North Carolwood Drive in the Holmby Hills neighborhood in Los Angeles. His personal physician Conrad Murray said he had found Jackson in his room not breathing but with a faint pulse and that he administered CPR on his bed to no avail. After a call was placed to 9-1-1 at 12:20 pm, Jackson was treated by paramedics at the scene and was later pronounced dead at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center On August 28, 2009 one day before he would have been 51, the Los Angeles County Coroner ruled Jackson’s death a homicide. Shortly before his death Jackson had been administered propofol and two anti-anxiety benzodiazepines lorazepam and midazolam in his home. Murray was convicted in November 2011 of involuntary manslaughter and is currently serving a 4 year sentence in prison
- 9. Jimi Hendrix James. Marshall “Jimi” Hendrix (born Johnny Allen Hendrix; November 27, 1942 – September 18, 1970) was an American musician and singer-songwriter. Despite a limited mainstream exposure of four years, he is widely considered to have been the greatest electric guitarist in the history of popular music, and one of the most important musicians of the 20th century.Influenced musically by American rock and roll and electric blues, following initial success in Europe with his band the Jimi Hendrix Experience, he achieved fame in the US after his 1967 performance at the Monterey Pop Festival. Later, he headlined the Woodstock Festival in 1969, and the Isle of Wight Festival in 1970, before dying from drug-related asphyxia at the age of 27.
- 8. Richard James Edwards. Richard James Edwards (born 22 December 1967, disappeared c. 1 February 1995, officially presumed dead 23 November 2008) was a Welsh musician who was rhythm guitarist and lyricist of the alternative rock band Manic Street Preachers. He was known for his politicized and intellectual songwriting which, combined with an enigmatic and eloquent character, has assured him cult status. Edwards vanished on 1 February 1995. He was declared presumed deceased in November 2008. The ninth album by the Manic Street Preachers, Journal for Plague Lovers, which was released on 18 May 2009, is composed entirely of lyrics left behind by Edwards.
- 7. Diana Princess of Wales. On 31 August 1997 Diana Princess of Wales died as a result of injuries sustained in a car accident in the Pont de l’Alma road tunnel in Paris, France. Her companion Dodi Fayed and the driver of the Mercedes-Benz W140 Henri Paul were also pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. The bodyguard of Diana and Dodi, Trevor Rees-Jones was the only survivor. Although the media pinned the blame on the paparazzi the crash was ultimately found to be caused by the reckless actions of the chauffeur. who was the head of security at the Ritz and had earlier goaded the paparazzi waiting outside the hotel. An 18-month French judicial investigation concluded in 1999 that the crash was caused by Paul. who lost control of the car at high speed while drunk. His inebriation may have been made worse by the simultaneous presence of an anti-depressant and traces of a tranquilizing anti-psychotic in his body.
- 6. Marilyn Monroe she made her final major public appearance: singing “Happy Birthday Mr President” to President John F Kennedy. It was rumoured that the two had an affair. Marilyn Monroe was found dead in the bedroom of her Brentwood home by her psychiatrist Ralph Greenson after he was called by Monroe’s housekeeper Eunice Murray on August 5, 1962. She was 36 years old at the time of her death. Her death was ruled to be “acute barbiturate poisoning” by Dr. Thomas Noguchi of the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office and listed as “probable suicide”. Many detectives including Jack Clemmons the first Los Angeles Police Department officer to arrive at the death scene believe that she was murdered. No murder charges were ever filed. The death of Monroe has since become one of the most debated conspiracy theories of all time.
- 5. Elvis Presley.Elvis died on August 16, 1977 in the bathroom at Graceland. After being found on the bathroom floor. Elvis was rushed to the hospital where he was officially pronounced dead. The coroner recorded the cause of death as cardiac arrhythmia. While true in the strictest sense (cardiac arrhythmia basically means that the heart was beating irregularly and in this case finally stopped) the attending physicians deliberately omitted the fact that what had apparently caused Elvis’ heart to beat irregularly and then stop was an overdose of prescription drugs. These drugs included codeine, Valium, morphine, and Demorol, to name a few. After this information was revealed, Vernon Presley, Elvis’ father, had the complete autopsy report sealed. It will remain sealed until 2027 fifty years after The King’s death. Elvis’ body is buried at Graceland.
- 3. Nicole Brown Simpson. She was murdered at her home in Los Angeles, California along with her friend Ronald Goldman. O. J. was arrested but was found not guilty in a controversial criminal trial.June 12, 1994 (aged 35) He was later found liable for the deaths in a civil suit brought by the families of the two victims. This is a case of someone becoming famous only after their death and only because their alleged murderer in this case one-time football great O.J. Simpson was more famous still. The brutal stabbing death of Simpson’s ex-wife—along with her friend Ron Goldman (who apparently was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time) resulted in one of the most bizarre and racially charged trials of the century. Somehow after a media circus of unprecedented proportions, Simpson—packing one of the slickest defense teams on the planet—managed to walk away from this gruesome scene free as a bird (the glove didn’t fit it seems) though he was never able to regain his reputation. Later he lost a wrongful death civil suit that ordered him to cough up $33.5 million dollars in damages and in 2007 he was convicted of armed robbery and kidnapping. which some might surmise has further tarnished his once sterling reputation.
- 2. Buddy Holly. When up-and-coming singer and pioneer rock-and-roller Buddy Holly died in a plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa on February 2, 1959 it abruptly ended the career of someone who could arguably have become the most important voice in Rock and Roll. Holly who was touring with a group that included Dion and the Belmonts Ritchie Valens, and J.P. “Big Bopper” Richardson (the latter two of whom also died in the crash) had rented the charter at the last minute rather than spend another miserable night in their perennially broken down unheated bus. Unfortunately as soon as they got airborne their equally young pilot decided the near white-out conditions were not conducive to flying and tried to turn back, only to fly the plane right into the ground killing all of them instantly. In a note of irony future Country Western star Waylon Jennings, who had been playing bass guitar for Holly during the tour lost a coin-toss with Valens for the fourth seat on the plane. It was to be something that would haunt him the rest of his life.
- 1. John Lennon. John Lennon was an English musician who gained worldwide fame as one of the founders of the Beatles, for his subsequent solo career, and for his political activism and pacifism. Lennon was shot by Mark David Chapman at the entrance of the building where he lived. The Dakota in New York City on 8 December 1980. Lennon had just returned from Record Plant Studio with his wife Yoko Ono. Lennon was pronounced dead on arrival at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center, where it was stated that nobody could have lived for more than a few minutes after sustaining such injuries. Shortly after local news stations reported Lennon’s death, crowds gathered at Roosevelt Hospital and in front of the Dakota. Lennon was cremated on 10 December 1980 at the Ferncliff Cemetery in Hartsdale New York; the ashes were given to Ono, who chose not to hold a funeral for him.