Death and taxes are two constants of the universe that every human – even celebrities – must face at one time or another. A few celebrities and famous people become immortal through the legacy they leave behind, including creations of art, books, film, music, architecture, charitable foundations and other gifts to civilization. Until technological innovation develops a fountain of youth that prevents death and aging, humanity has few other options to achieve a semblance of perpetual life.
One of the more frustrating aspects of dying is the fact that no one has any idea when death will claim our existence in this world. The future is partly to blame for death’s inscrutable nature because of the fact that we exist constantly in the present, preventing people from predicting anything with complete certainty.
Just because people aren’t supposed to be able to predict their own death doesn’t mean that it hasn’t happened. Maybe by coincidence, perhaps through a mystical connection to psychic realms that defy science and reason, a few people have managed to accurately predict when they will pass away. While some use math and art to predict how they will die, others have simply made offhand comments that end up tragically becoming reality.
10. Mikey Welsh (Weezer)
The former bass guitarist for Weezer, Mikey Welsh, tweeted “dreamt I died in Chicago next weekend (heart attack in my sleep). need to write my will today” before tweeting “correction – the weekend after next”.
Those tweets occurred on September 26th, 2011. In Chicago, on October 8th, 2011, Mikey Welsh was found in his room by hotel staff after he didn’t check out of his suite at the Raffaello Hotel. A search of his room revealed prescription medication and a substance suspected to be heroin. The suspected cause of death was a heart attack brought on by an accidental drug overdose.
9. Jim Hellwig – Ultimate Warrior
The Ultimate Warrior, AKA Jim Hellwig, was one of the biggest, most beloved WWE stars during his ascension to becoming the World Heavyweight Champion, back when it was called the WWF. Despite some controversial statements later on in life that tarnished his legend, he remained popular among WWE fans.
After 18 years of feuding with the boss of the WWE, Jim and Vince McMahon finally put aside their differences, resulting in the Ultimate Warrior becoming inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. During his emotional speech, he said “every man’s heart beats its final beat. The spirit of the Ultimate Warrior will run forever.”
Less than a day later, he collapsed while with his wife, passing away shortly after of an apparent heart failure.
8. Jim Morrison
The “27 Club” is a notorious term that refers to the surprising deaths of famous musicians during their 27th year, including Janis Joplin, Brian Jones and Jimi Hendrix passing away between 1969 and 1971. The fourth to suddenly die during this era was Jim Morrison, who was well aware that his rockstar lifestyle was catching up to him.
After Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix died in 1970, Jim Morrison was hanging out with friends. He commented “you’re drinking with number three” in a sarcastic tone of voice. The rock legend passed away the next year due to causes unknown.
7. Jimi Hendrix
Jimi Hendrix was one of the best guitarists of the sixties, playing the instrument as if it was just another biological appendage and becoming famed for some of the most amazing live guitar performances ever recorded.
Just as his guitar skills transcended the boundaries of body and soul, Jimi was also a talented lyric writer. Two years before he released his first album, Ed Chaplin remembers Jimi showing up at two in the morning at the recording studio to lay down a new song that Hendrix wrote, which finished with the following lyrics:
Many things he would try /
For he knew soon he’d die /
Now Jimi’s gone, he’s not alone /
His memory still lives on /
Five years, this he said /
He’s not gone, he’s just dead
The song, called The Ballad of Jimi, was recorded in September during 1965. Incredibly, Hendrix passed away on September 18th five years later due to accidental asphyxiation while on barbiturates.
6. Frank Pastore
Former Major League pitcher Frank Pastore spent the 1980s suiting up for the Cincinnati Reds. After his baseball career ended, he eventually parleyed his status as a sports celebrity into a daily radio talk show about religious matters.
The last show he broadcasted featured a discussion about mortality, with Frank saying, “you guys know I ride a motorcycle, right? At any moment, especially with the idiot people who cross the diamond lane into my lane… at any minute, I could be spread all over the 210.”
After finishing the show, he hopped on his motorcycle and rode his usual route on the 210 Freeway. Sadly, another vehicle swerved into his motorcycle, resulting in critical injuries that he succumbed to a month later.
5. Abraham De Moivre
Abraham De Moivre grew up in a middle-class French during the turn of the 18th century, the son of a surgeon who operated out of Vitry-le-François. Due to his father’s steady income, he was able to attend a variety of schools, eventually becoming an excellent mathematician and scholar, responsible for developing innovations in probability theory and analytical geometry.
One of the most famous calculations he made involved predicting the date of his own death. After monitoring his sleeping patterns, he determined that he was sleeping an additional 15 minutes every evening, deducing that he would die when his sleep totalled 24 hours.
Somehow, his logic worked, and on the 27th of November in 1754 he passed away just as he predicted.
4. Pete Maravich
The NCAA Division I basketball record holder for points scored, “Pistol” Pete Maravich was one of the greatest college basketball players of all time, averaging 44.2 points per game and amassing a total of 3,667 points. He quickly became one of the best ballers in the NBA, earning his place in the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame and a spot on the list of the 50 greatest players in NBA history.
When Pete was young, he told a friend “I don’t want to play 10 years in the NBA and then die of a heart attack at 40.” After a terrific, decade-long career playing in the NBA, Pete Maravich passed away at the age of 40 in the middle of a pick-up basketball game after collapsing without warning due to a hidden heart defect.
3. Mark Twain
Mark Twain is one of the most famous American writers in the history of literature, tackling issues such as racism and poverty while maintaining a sharp sense of wit and humor. The Mark Twain Prize for American Humor is the most prestigious comedy award in the United States, a reflection of his status as a lion of letters.
Twain was alleged to have predicted his own death, stating,
“I came in with Halley’s Comet in 1835. It is coming again next year, and I expect to go out with it – the Almighty has said, no doubt: ‘Now here are these two unaccountable freaks; they came in together, they must go out together.'”
Sure enough, when Halley’s Comet returned, Mark Twain’s prediction became true and he passed away on April 21st, 1910.
2. Bob Marley
One of Bob Marley’s closest friends, Allan ‘Skill’ Cole, believes that the reggae icon possessed psychic abilities. He witnessed Marley read palms and foretell the future of friends and locals while growing up in St. Ann, Jamaica.
Later on in his life, Marley moved to Kingston and joined up with fellow Rastafarians, who strongly believed that Bob should avoid dabbling in the psychic realm.
Nonetheless, Bob Marley was considered a prophet by those close to him due to his sixth sense for the future. Rumors have it that Marley even disclosed the details of his death, accurately predicting his death at the age of 36. When a friend asked why Bob believed he would die at that age, he stated that Jesus also lived until his 36th year.
1. Notorious B.I.G.
Christopher Wallace, better known as Notorious B.I.G., was one of the biggest East Coast hip-hop icons and considered by some to be the greatest of all time, winning acclaim for his smooth, seemingly effortless flow and flawless delivery.
His hit debut album was titled Ready to Die and his second release was called Life After Death, which not only reflected urban violence but seemed to hint at foresight of his own demise.
The track Suicidal Thoughts takes place in the form of a desperate phone call to a friend as the rapper describes the dark thoughts running through his mind, eventually stating “I swear to God I fell like death is f*****’ calling me.” He would become a victim of a drive-by shooting in Los Angeles, passing away in 1997.
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