Being famous has its perks: the money, the attention, the lifestyle. However, it also has its downsides, namely how easily recognizable you are, and if people don’t like you, they can easily figure out where to find you...
On December 8th, 1980, the world was forced into mourning, as former Beatles singer John Lennon was assassinated. After stepping out of his limousine in front of his home in the Dakota, the 40-year old was shot to death while his wife, Yoko Ono, helplessly looked on. He was rushed to Roosevelt Hospital but was pronounced dead on arrival in the ER. Police quickly apprehended a “smirking” young man by the name of Mark David Chapman, who was seen near the Dakota for several hours before the crime.
Of course, this may all be information you already know, as many people are aware of the story of John Lennon’s death. But what about other artists and entertainers? You would be surprised as to which famous entertainers you did not know were murdered in cold blood.
10 Reeva Steenkamp
9 Sal Mineo
Full name Salvator Mineo Jr., this entertainer was born in Sicily but immigrated to the US when he was still a small child. After getting into serious trouble with street gangs in the Bronx, his mother gave him an ultimatum: juvenile confinement or professional acting school. Needless to say, he chose acting school and began his journey to stardom. He starred in Six Bridges To Cross, Rebel Without a Cause, and Escape From The Planet of The Apes. He was even nominated for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Exodus.
8 Sharon Tate
7 Bob Crane
6 Selena Quintanilla-Perez
5 Robert Johnson
4 Dorothy Stratten
3 Biggie Smalls
2 Phil Hartman
1 Sam Cooke
Sam Cooke was a famous singer, songwriter, producer and music publisher during the 1950s and 1960s. Among his most famous songs were “You Send Me” (1957), “Chain Gang” (1960), “Twistin’ the Night Away (1962) and “A Change is Gonna Come” (1964). Cooke was different than many other pop singers of his time as he personally wrote all of his hits himself (which is quite an impressive and unusual feat). His career was cut short as he was murdered on December 10th, 1964, under suspicious circumstances. According to the testimony of Bertha Franklin, the Hacienda Motel’s manager, Cooke was threatening to kill her after he had attempted to rape a young woman who accompanied him to the hotel. Mrs. Franklin claims that she shot Cooke three times in the chest as self-defence.
Sources: imdb.com, biography.com, time.com, history.com, cnn.com
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