The lives of celebrities are often followed very closely, because fans (and the general public) love to know intimate details about famous people. Those who are obsessed with celebrity culture also want to know “fun facts” about their favorite celebrities, such as where they like to shop, their favorite cocktails, and what they like in a man/woman. Sure, this information doesn’t help most people in their daily lives, however, some individuals like to feel like they are just a little closer to their favorite stars. Of course, the media also loves to share private details about celebrities that should be kept private in most cases. A number of famous people have had their careers ruined or significantly tainted due to excessive information being leaked to the public.
People also love to obsess about celebrity deaths. When a famous person passes away, this news makes the headlines almost as fast as news about a celebrity marriage or birth announcement. There are also some interesting things stars said before they took their last breaths that are strangely scary. It seems that some celebrities had a sense that their time on earth was coming to an end, which provokes a number of questions from those close to the celebrities, as well as the fans of these famous people. Here are 12 creepy things celebs did or said before they died.
12. Walt Disney
Walt Disney is credited as being the man behind many of the fairytales and children’s movies we’ve come to know and love. Disney passed away from lung cancer in 1966, but his legacy will likely never die. When Walt Disney died, he’d left behind a number of theme parks, as well as an animation studio that is now the California Institute of the Arts. There has long been a rumor that Disney’s body had been cryogenically frozen so that he can be revived later, but there’s also another mystery surrounding this animation mastermind. Walt Disney left a message on a piece of paper that was found in his office after he died. The paper simply read “Kurt Russell.” Kurt was still a child actor at the time of Disney’s death, and Walt Disney had recently signed Russell to a long-term contract. In 2009, Kurt Russell stated in an interview that lawyers brought him to Disney’s office shortly after the mogul’s death. The lawyers asked Russell why Disney wrote his name down, but he stated that he had no idea.
Maybe Disney had bigger plans for Russell, but no one really knows.
11. Charlie Chaplin
Silent film actor Charlie Chaplin said the words “why not? After all, it belongs to him”, before he died. Chaplin did speak in some of his films, but he is best known for silent movies like The Gold Rush and Modern Times. It is also reported that Charlie Chaplin had conversations with loved ones and family members before passing away as well. A priest came to visit him and said the words: “May the Lord have mercy on your soul,” and that’s when Chaplin uttered what would be his last words. Early Christmas morning in 1977, Charlie Chaplin had a stroke and passed away in his sleep.
10. Steve Jobs
Steve Jobs is known for his monumental work with Apple and has been called the modern-day Leonardo da Vinci. Jobs will always be credited for transforming computers from large, bulky machines to sleek, small devices that are easy to use and transport. Through his work with Apple, Steve Jobs changed the way people watch movies, listen to music and search the Web. He was such an innovator, and spent so much time impressing and shocking the world with his genius, that it’s hard to believe that anything came as a surprise to him. Jobs passed away from pancreatic cancer in 2011, and it is reported that before he died, he said: “Oh wow. Oh wow. Oh wow.” Perhaps he sadly realized that he had come to the end of his life. Jobs fans also like to believe that he’d figured out another Apple innovation that we’ll never be privy to.
9. Oscar Wilde
Famed author Oscar Wilde is known for works like Dorian Gray and The Picture of Dorian Gray, and is also credited for being one of the first gay celebrities. He passed away in 1900, and it seemed that Wilde was never at a loss for words, even when he was near death. It is believed that Oscar Wilde said several things before passing away, including: “I am dying as I have lived: beyond my means.” Wilde passed away in a hotel room in Paris from cerebral meningitis, and is also credited with saying: “this wallpaper and I are fighting a duel to the death. One of us has to go.” Some believe that Wilde actually said “either it goes, or I do.” One thing is clear, Oscar Wilde wanted to be remembered as witty and thought-provoking.
8. Marie Antoinette
Marie Antoinette was a ruthless woman who had several people murdered during her reign as queen. So, it’s quite ironic that on the way to her execution, she “pardonnez-moi, Monsieur,” to the man who was leading her to her death. Antoinette is also credited with saying the famous phrase “let them eat cake,” when she learned that many of the citizens of France were so poor that they could not even afford to buy bread. However, Maria Theresa of Spain actually said this 100 years before. Marie Antoinette was so out of touch with the poor and needy in the country that she ruled, she likely didn’t care enough to give the citizens anything to eat.
7. James Dean
James Dean was a famed American actor who will always be an icon. Dean is still known as the actor who brought attention to teen angst and being a loner, long before the young adult movies of the 1980s, and his most notable film is the movie Rebel Without a Cause. When Dean passed away in a car crash in 1955, and he became the first actor to posthumously receive an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor. James Dean is also the only actor to have had two Oscar nominations after his death. Right before that fateful car crash, James Dean said to his friend Rolf Wulterich: “that guy’s gotta stop…he’ll see us,” in reference to the driver in the other car. It was clear that Dean didn’t anticipate his death, and thought for sure that the driver in the other vehicle would be more cautious.
6. James Brown
James Brown, the Godfather of Soul and founding father of funk, will always be remembered for his eye-catching dance moves, throaty voice and one-of-a-kind stage presence. Brown is also known for bringing attention to social issues, and was active in the Civil Rights movement. He spoke out about poverty and injustice in the community, and was constantly giving back to those in need. On December 23, 2006, Brown was several hours late to a dentist appointment in Atlanta, Georgia. The dentist observed that Brown looked very weak and dazed, so the dentist told Brown to go to the doctor right away. Brown’s assistant confirmed that the singer had a bad cough since returning from Europe, and two days later, on Christmas Day, James Brown passed away from pneumonia and congestive heart failure. Before he died, Brown is quoted as saying: “I’m going away tonight.” Brown’s assistant said that the singer had never complained about being sick, and some believe that he kept his illness a secret.
5. Michael Jackson
The King of Pop passed away in June of 2009, after a long battle with drug addiction. Jackson is still known as one of the best entertainers who ever lived, and his die-hard fans are still mourning his untimely death. It is said that Jackson’s last words were “more milk.” “Milk” was the name that Jackson had given to the drug propofol anesthetic he’d become addicted to. There has been considerable controversy surrounding the King of Pop’s death, and Jackson also made headlines for several scandals while he was alive. However, his legacy as a wonderful dancer and entertainer can’t be disputed.
4. Elvis Presley
Most Elvis fans (and even those who are not ‘stans’) know that singer Elvis Presley died in the bathroom from a drug overdose. Presley’s last words were: “I’m going to the bathroom to read,” and unfortunately, we know what happened after that. It is even said that Elvis Presley died on the toilet, which is a terrible way to go. Presley achieved impressive fame as an actor and singer, and was well on his way to becoming an even bigger star before his life was cut short. Tourists and devoted fans still visit his home in Graceland to learn more about the entertainer and his family.
3. Marvin Gaye
Soul singer Marvin Gaye was tragically shot to death by his father. Gaye said just before his death, “Mother, I’m going to get my things and get out of this house. Father hates me and I’m never coming back.” It is especially creepy that he said the words “I’m never coming back”, before he was shot. The Gaye family has been riddled with conflict, which apparently was going on before the singer’s death. Recently, the Gaye family won a lawsuit against singers Pharrell and Robin Thicke for the song “Blurred Lines,” which is believed to be similar to Marvin Gaye’s hit, “Got to Give It Up.”
2. Malcolm X
Malcolm X was a key figure in the Civil Rights movement and the Nation of Islam. Due to his beliefs and the messages he conveyed, some individuals in the Nation of Islam and the federal government sought to destroy him. During one of his speeches, he was shot to death while on the podium in Washington Heights, NY, in 1965. He was survived by his wife, Betty Shabazz, and his six children. X, born Malcolm Little, was also good friends with late comedian Red Foxx, who shared his passion for civil rights and racial equality. Right before Malcolm X was shot, he said: “let’s cool it, brothers…” He sensed that he was in danger, and it is said that he told his wife that he may be killed.
1. Barry White
R&B crooner Barry White is known for his songs “You’re My First, My Last, My Everything” and “Can’t Get Enough of Your Love, Babe”, among other popular hits. His deep voice and speaking intros for his songs will be remembered forever. White was overweight for much of his life, and suffered from high blood pressure and diabetes. There were also times when Barry White was forced to cancel performances due to his poor health. While undergoing dialysis in May 2003, White had a stroke and was forced to retire from public performances. By July 4th of that year, Barry White had passed away. It was his 29th wedding anniversary. Right before his death, White said: “leave me alone. I’m fine.” Some say that he said this because he didn’t want any more medical procedures, while others believe that he was tired of being sick and was ready to die.