You may be jealous of how some of these celebrities lived and what they achieved, but you aren’t going to be jealous of how they died.
Several of the stories we’re going to talk about are not for the faint of heart, as some celebrities had their life ended in absolutely horrific ways. Such as the famed actress and model, Sharon Tate, who despite being 8.5 months pregnant was murdered on the orders of Charles Manson. Or the talented actor Phil Hartman whose wife killed him on a drug binge, and in the process forever altered The Simpsons universe.
Other celebrity deaths that we talk about may be all the more heart-wrenching because they were completely accidental. Such as Anton Yelchin who at the age of 27 looked like he had a promising career ahead of him, at least until he was crushed by his own vehicle in a freak accident. Or David Carradine who died while engaging in some self-love.
As well as including all the details necessary to get a complete picture of these tragic stories, we’ve also gone through the effort of tracking down some of the last images of these celebrities; such as Chester Bennington, Michael Jackson, and Heath Ledger.
15. Phil Hartman Was Murdered By His Wife
You aren’t going to be able to watch earlier seasons of The Simpsons and not appreciate Phil Hartman. He helped voice several legendary characters such as Troy McClure and Lionel Hutz. Outside of the animated world, Hartman also appeared on Saturday Night Live for several years as well as the series NewsRadio.
But Hartman was murdered in 1998 following a domestic argument with his wife Brynn Omdahl. The argument allegedly was around Hartman saying if she used drugs again, he’d leave her.
While he was sleeping, Brynn got high on cocaine and shot him twice in the head. She committed suicide later that night after confessing to the murder to two of her friends. They had two children together.
14. Robin Williams Died After Suffering From Lewy Body Dementia
Robin Williams is responsible for making millions of people laugh and has inspired countless comics. His inspirational life came to an end in 2014 when Williams elected to commit suicide.
As devastating as the news was, even harder was hearing that Williams was struggling heavily after being diagnosed with Lewy body dementia.
“Depression was one of let’s call it 50 symptoms, and it was a small one,” said Williams widow, Susan Williams.
Susan also revealed how Robin’s condition was continuing to increase at a dramatic rate until as she described it, the dam broke, and it became too much to handle. Susan also disclosed how if Robin was lucky, he would have lived maybe 3 more years.
13. Ryan Dunn Died After Drinking And Driving
Ryan Dunn made a career by putting himself in harm’s way. Whether it was for Jackass or other stunts with the CKY Crew there wasn’t much Dunn wouldn’t try out.
But nothing he did, as he tragically learned, is as dangerous as drinking and driving. Dunn was over twice the legal limit when his car crashed and burst into flames after hitting a tree. As well as this, it was reported that his car was going at least 132 miles per hour. His friend, and production assistant on Jackass Number Two, Zachary Hartwell was also killed in the crash.
12. Sharon Tate Was Murdered On Order Of Charles Manson And Was 8.5 Months Pregnant
Sharon Tate was a successful actress, model and was also married to famed director Roman Polanski.
Sharon Tate and several of her friends were slaughtered by the Manson family. Making the incident all the more horrific, Tate was 8 and a half months pregnant. It was found that she was stabbed 16 times and her blood was used to spell out the word PIG.
While Charles Manson himself was not present for the murdered, he gave the direct orders that were followed by Tex Watson, Susan Atkins, Linda Kassabian and Patricia Krenwinkel.
11. Heath Ledger Died Of Prescription Drug Overdose
One of the greatest performances by an on-screen villain is Heath Ledger and his rendition of the Joker in The Dark Knight. While Ledger won an Academy Award for his performance, he wasn’t around to receive it as he passed away from a prescription drug overdose while the film was in post-production.
“It was tremendously emotional, right when he passed, having to go back in and look at him every day [during editing],” said director Christopher Nolan.
Many people blamed the intense preparation that Ledger went through for the role, including locking himself in a motel room for 43 days and keeping a journal where he chronicled the thoughts of the Joker.
10. David Carradine Died After Getting Busy With Himself
David Carradine had a successful acting career with various projects such as the television series Kung Fu and big screen pictures like the role of Bill in the Kill Bill series.
Carradine was found dead, naked and hanging by a rope in his hotel room back in 2009. And while your mind may immediately go to suicide, Carridine was actually engaging in auto-erotic asphyxiation. We’ll let you paint the mental picture, but in other words, he was busy getting busy with himself and choked himself out.
9. Chester Bennington Died Partially Due To Friend’s Suicide
There is no shortage of musicians who have been taken from this world too soon, including several who earned a spot on this list. But for many people who grew up in the 90s and early 2000s, they may have felt a special connection to the band Linkin Park and in particular, their singer Chester Bennington.
Sadly, Bennington committed suicide earlier this year. It was clear that Bennington was struggling with several issues, including the loss of a personal friend Chris Cornell who committed suicide 2 months earlier.
8. Jimi Hendrix Choked On His Own Vomit
Jimi Hendrix may very well be the greatest guitarist of all-time. Now just imagine how amazing his legacy would be if he didn’t pass away at the age of 27?
Hendrix then choked to death on his own vomit after allegedly taking 9 sleeping tablets and engaging in some light drinking prior to going to sleep. Yikes. Talk about a gnarly way for one of the best musicians of all-time to go out.
“It was horrific. He was covered in vomit. There was tons of it all over the pillow—black and brown it was. His airway was completely blocked all the way down … We felt his pulse … showed a light in his eyes. But there was no response at all,” said one of the ambulance workers at the scene.
7. Paul Walker Died In Horrible Car Crash
Paul Walker had several great films, but when it came to his biggest it was without question his role in the Fast and the Furious franchise. Which made it perhaps all the more devastating when Walker passed away in a horrific car accident.
Walker was the passenger, but it was his Porsche Carrera GT that was driven by friend Roger Rodas that crashed into a concrete lamp post and two trees. The photo that we have for you above was taken the night of the accident.
6. Michael Jackson Died After Improper Medical Intervention
There is no argument that Michael Jackson didn’t receive his fair share of unwanted press and controversies while he was alive. But there is also no denying that his death sent shockwaves around the world.
Jackson was 50 years old when he passed away after ingesting lorazepam and midazolam, two anti-anxiety benzodiazepines, prior to going to sleep.
The physician who found Jackson and was the one who administered the medication was later charged with involuntary manslaughter and spent two years in prison. The responsibility was also placed on the physician due to his improper use of CPR techniques after finding Jackson that included not using his hands properly and attempting it on the bed and not on a hard surface.
5. Anton Yelchin Died After Being Pinned By His Own Car
Anton Yelchin was one of the worlds most promising young actors. He was phenomenal in the Star Trek franchise in the role of Pavol Chekov, as well as in other films like Green Room.
But Yelchin’s life came to a tragic end at the age of 27. After exiting his Jeep Grand Cherokee at his home, the car began to roll backward on his driveway which had an incline. The car then pinned Yelchin to the concrete pillar that was nearby as well as the to the security fence. The cause of death was blunt traumatic asphyxia.
4. Owen Hart Fell 75+ Feet To His Death
There are several amazing wrestling families, but perhaps the most notable and talented are the members of the Hart family. Yet their legacy will always be affiliated with tragedy after the passing of Owen Hart.
Hart was 34 years old when an equipment malfunction, while he was being lowered on a harness, led to him falling 78 feet and landing on the top rope.
The incident happened during a WWF Pay-Per-View and despite the horrific site that the crowd had just witnessed, Vince McMahon kept the show going. It was revealed that the crowd was not informed of the fate of Owen Hart until after the event had concluded.
3. John Lennon Was Murdered By A “Fan”
There aren’t many bands who had a bigger impact on the world than The Beatles. The band definitely wouldn’t have been the same without John Lennon whose talented life came to an unexpected end at the age of 40.
Lennon was shot and killed by Mark David Chapman on December 8th, 1980. Chapman had met Lennon earlier that night and received his autograph.
Chapman had plans to murder Lennon earlier that year in October but backed out at the last minute. He received 20 years to life in jail and has been denied parole 9 times, with the most recent attempt coming in 2016. Something tells us he probably isn’t getting out of jail anytime soon.
2. Brandon Lee Died During On-Set Accident
Being an actor has several risks, but you definitely shouldn’t expect that the film you’re appearing in is going to lead to you dying. Sadly, that’s exactly what happened to Brandon Lee during the filming of the film The Crow.
Lee was struck in the chest after a dummy cartridge of a .44 magnum bullet was left in the barrel of the gun unintentionally. He was only 28 years old at the time. The film was finished using a re-written script, stunt doubles, and other special effects.
Lee was the son of famed martial artist Bruce Lee, who tragically also had a short life and passed away at the age of 32.
1. Steve Irwin Died Trying To Get Footage For Daughter’s Show
Steve Irwin absolutely loved animals and through his series, The Crocodile Hunter helped share that love and passion with the world. He’s responsible for helping change the planet in countless ways. But his love of animals may make it all the more tragic that Irwin died after a stingray barb pierced him in the chest.
To make the story even more heartbreaking, Irwin was filming an underwater documentary titled Ocean’s Deadliest but at the time of the accident, was trying to get footage for his daughter’s show Bindi the Jungle Girl.
Steve was 44 years old when he passed away and along with Bindi, also had a son named Robert.
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