Life isn’t usually as interesting as it’s portrayed in the movies. But sometimes, it can definitely be stranger. These following nine celebrities died in what seemed like open and shut cases. But once you scratch back the surface, you’ll see that each case has many more unusual layers and unanswered questions, which has led many to speculate that the circumstances behind their deaths weren’t as they were portrayed at all.
9. Bruce Lee
When Kung Fu legend, Bruce Lee died from what was said to be an allergic reaction to a painkiller called Equagesic, it was no surprise that some people couldn’t accept the news as reality. After all, this was the man that even Chuck Norris couldn’t stop. And that’s when rumors of his murder began. Some said that it was due to a curse that was put on his family. Others said it was a delayed reaction from the Dim Mak strike, otherwise known as the Touch of Death. But, most notably, there are some who argue that Bruce Lee’s death was part of a conspiracy led by the Triad, an ancient Chinese organized crime organization. It’s a theory that is easy enough to blow off as conspiracy tripe, until you factor in the next two deaths.
8. Brandon Lee
When Bruce Lee’s son was killed on the set of his film, The Crow on March 31, 1993, it rejuvenated talks of the family curse. Although his death was ruled accidental, the circumstances that led to the tragedy remain strangely suspicious. Lee died of a gunshot wound to the abdomen, from a gun that was improperly rigged with poorly constructed dummy rounds. Not only was it put together incorrectly, but the gun was used without approval from the film’s professional weapons coordinator, who just so happened to be dismissed earlier that day. We can certainly agree that this is all just a little strange.
7. David Carradine
David Carradine, star of the show Kung Fu, was found dead, hanging naked in a Bangkok hotel room. Many reports chalked his death up to suffocation due to autoerotic asphyxiation. But his family and people who knew him best have come forward to say that they knew Carradine was close to exposing the secrets of a martial arts secret society – the same organization who was rumored to have been involved with the deaths of Bruce and Brandon Lee. Fox News actually found the story to be credible enough to air a segment on it during daytime news coverage.
6. Paul Walker
News of Paul Walker’s death spread around the web in mere minutes. Shocked fans were stunned to hear about the Fast And Furious star’s death, experienced as the passenger in his friend’s Porsche which was reportedly speeding. But not everyone bought the story. Images from the scene, including the remains of the car and video footage of an explosion, didn’t quite match up or make sense with the story that was given. Within hours, rumors were rampant on the internet that Walker’s death was due to a drone missile and that he was targeted as part of a ritual sacrifice by the world-domination secret society, The Illuminati.
5. Brittany Murphy
When Brittany Murphy’s autopsy and toxicology reports came in, her 2009 death was deemed an accident due to intoxication of multiple drugs, while suffering from pneumonia and iron deficiency anemia. But when her husband died months later under virtually the same circumstances, the story became a little fishy. Testing of Murphy’s hair revealed abnormally high levels of 10 different heavy metals in Murphy’s system, pointing to potential poisoning.
4. Michael Jackson
Fans of the “King of Pop” didn’t want to believe the news of his death when it was reported in 2009. And some flat out refused to believe that it was an accident, as it was reported including his own sister. Even though Jackson’s doctor, Conrad Murray, was charged in Jackson’s death with involuntary manslaughter, sister La Toya has believed all along that something much more sinister was responsible.
She said in a statement, “I believe Michael was murdered. I felt that from the start. Not just one person was involved, rather it was a conspiracy of people.” She continued with details stating, “He had needle marks on his neck and on his arms and more about those will emerge in the next few weeks,” she said. ” I cannot discuss that any further as I may jeopardize the investigation. I can, however, say that I have not changed my mind about my feeling that Michael was murdered.” She ended her statement by saying, “I am going to get down to the bottom of this… I won’t rest until I find out what — and who — killed my brother.” Nearly five years later, no other criminal charges have been filed.
3. Kurt Cobain
The lead singer of the groundbreaking 90s alternative band Nirvana, Kurt Cobain, is well known to have committed suicide in his Seattle home, by taking a lethal dose of heroin and putting a shotgun to his head. But did he? Rumors have circulated for years that the pieces of this puzzle don’t quite match up. Some of the most notable pieces of evidence skeptics point to is that, the so-called suicide note found at the scene only mentions suicide in the last couple of lines, which are written in distinctly different handwriting than the rest. Also, he couldn’t have logically been able to successfully pull off shooting himself with such a large shotgun, with the ridiculously high levels of heroin in his system. And there was no gunpowder residue found on his hands or fingers. Many have pointed the finger at his widow, Courtney Love, as the person responsible for Kurt’s death. The documentary Kurt and Courtney all but accuses her of being directly involved in his death.
2. Natalie Wood
The headlines had all but forgotten about Natalie Woods’ strange and unsolved death, up until recently, when cops re-opened the case saying that they received some credible information. On November 29, 1981, Woods (who was said to be terrified of water) took a boat ride with husband, Robert Wagner and their friend, Christopher Walken. Yes, that Christopher Walken. Wagner and Walken came back to land, Woods didn’t. The two friends told cops that Woods had slipped and fallen overboard, and that her heavy wool coat pulled her under. Her body was found floating off the coast of Catalina Island and the death was ruled an accident. Rumors have circulated that Woods was flirting with Walken, which sparked a heated argument between the two men, leading either to some sort of accident that they tried to cover up, or worse. Walken and Wagner have refused to talk about her death to this day and the case remains open.
1. John Lennon
It’s no secret that legendary singer/songwriter and Beatle, John Lennon was murdered in front of The Dakota apartment building in New York City, on December 8, 1980. His killer, Mark David Chapman, fired at least five shots, four of which struck the Beatle in his back. He then sat down on the ground and patiently waited for the cops to come arrest him, while reading J.D. Salinger’s novel, The Catcher In The Rye. He plead guilty to Lennon’s murder, citing the book as his statement. He later said that Lennon’s statement of being “more popular than God” was blasphemy and angered him, causing him to kill the singer. But even the smallest amount of research into Lennon’s final years uncovers a multitude of strange events leading up to his death. Lennon and his wife, Yoko Ono, were adamant about the fact that they were being watched and followed by the FBI, saying it was because of their strong anti-war, anti-government, and overtly liberal stances. The documentary, John Lennon Vs. The People goes into great detail of just how obsessed the government was with Lennon and trying to get him deported. Many people have since speculated that Chapman was a government assassin who was brainwashed and made to kill Lennon by orders of President Ronald Reagan himself. No concrete proof has ever surfaced to support those claims.