It’s always difficult for the public to deal with the death of a celebrity. Regardless of how or why that celebrity died, the fact they are no longer with us causes fans to think about the great gifts they left us in their life. This causes us to forget whatever controversy inevitably came with their fame, and focus on the work they left behind. On rare occasions, there’s no controversy attached to the performer, and that only makes it harder to think back and remember how great they were once they’re gone. In even more seldom instances, the performer left behind that great work only a few months, weeks, or even days before passing on.
Nobody knows exactly when they’re going to die, although sometimes science is able to give people an approximate guess. Some entertainers were able to prepare for their departure from Earth by offering a final statement of artistic glory, and these stand as some of the most poetic musings on life and death the world has been offered. Others were taken away suddenly and far too soon, but in hindsight their death still managed to make the work they completed seem more powerful somehow, knowing that it was the final statement of a great artist. Read on to learn about 15 entertainers who died immediately after finishing a masterpiece.
15 Aaliyah Recorded 'Aaliyah'
14 David Bowie Recorded 'Blackstar'
13 Heath Ledger Starred in 'The Dark Knight'
12 Bruce Lee Starred in 'Enter The Dragon'
11 Janis Joplin Recorded 'Pearl'
10 James Dean Starred in 'Rebel Without a Cause' and 'Giant'
9 Ian Curtis Recorded 'Closer'
8 Jean Harlow Starred in 'Saratoga'
7 Hank Williams Recorded "Your Cheatin' Heart"
6 Peter Finch Starred in 'Network'
5 Bill Hicks Performed Shows That Became 'Rant in E-Minor'
4 John Coltrane Recorded 'Olatunji'
3 Peter Sellers Starred in 'Being There'
2 Warren Zevon Recorded 'The Wind'
1 Massimo Troisi Starred in 'Il Postino'
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