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
9 Tupac - Died: September 13, 1996
8 Natalie Wood- Died November 29, 1981
7 Marilyn Monroe - Died: August 5, 1962
6 Bruce Lee - Died: July 20, 1973
5 Elvis Presley - Died: August 16, 1977
4 4 Elizabeth Short - Died: January 15, 1947
The 1947 murder of an aspiring actress was both chilling and is one of Los Angeles’ oldest unsolved mysteries. The body of the beautiful 22 year old Short was found in a vacant lot in Los Angeles, horrifyingly mutilated. The terrifying details of her death generated a sensational story in the media.
3 Jimi Hendrix - Died: September 18, 1970
2 Kurt Cobain - Died: April 1994
1 Brittany Murphy - Died: December 20, 2009
The 2009 death of the 32 year old movie star was declared a result of pneumonia, iron deficiency and drug overdose. However, her father and friends have publicly spoken up about concerns that there was something stranger about her death. Her father commissioned an independent lab to do tests on a strand of hair, which revealed that the presence of heavy metals in her body at the time of death were up to nine times higher than what is deemed "high" by the World Health Organization. Furthermore, her husband also tragically died only 5 months after her death from similar causes.
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