Celebrities live most of their lives in the public eye and often remain in the spotlight long after their deaths. Over the past few decades, some of the world’s most glamorous and famous stars have notoriously passed away from natural causes and illnesses, drug overdoses, car crashes, suicides and even murders.
Thanks to the media, the public is usually privy to the intimate details surrounding the passing of a celebrity. Often a deceased star’s most devoted fans struggle to deal with the fact that their idol is gone. The high profile deaths of some – and the abundance of details that often flood the media after they pass away – can lead to the rise of rampant public speculation and even conspiracy theories about the circumstances of the celebrity’s death.
That’s not to say there isn’t good reason for conspiracy theories to flourish: time and time again, the circumstances surrounding a celebrity’s death have indeed been mysterious (or at least not made completely transparent to the public). For instance, rap star Tupac’s apparent 1996 murder has gone unsolved, and the artist has released 6 albums posthumously. Such stories give hope to some fans that perhaps their favorite celebrity is – as many like to believe is the case with Elvis – actually alive and well, and just lying low somewhere out in the world.
Let’s take a look at 10 mysterious celebrity deaths and why some of those stars’ family members, friends or fans believe the circumstances surrounding the deaths are still unsolved.
10. Biggie Smalls “Notorious B.I.G.” - Died: March 9, 1997
Biggie Smalls was part of an emerging hip-hop scene in the 1990s and had many hits. He was also a part of a tense “East Coast” versus “West Coast” hip-hop rivalry, which some speculate might have played a part in his death. B.I.G. was shot after leaving a party in Los Angeles in 1997 and pronounced dead soon after. His murder remains unsolved.