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American singer Whitney Houston (1963 - 2012) watches a World Cup soccer match, 1994. (Photo by Archive Photos/Getty Images)

22 Popular Celebrities Whose Death Shocked The World

Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson

Michael Joseph Jackson was born on August 29, 1958 and died on June 25, 2009. He was a music legend dubbed the ‘King of Pop.’ An American singer, songwriter, and incredible dancer, Jackson is widely regarded as one of the most significant cultural figures of the 20th century and one of the greatest entertainers of all time.

He died in 2009, while preparing for a series of comeback concerts, This Is It, after overdosing on propofol and benzodiazepine given to him by his personal physician, Conrad Murray. His death which shattered the music world came less than three weeks before the first show was due to begin in London, with all concerts sold out.

Whitney Houston

American singer Whitney Houston (1963 – 2012) watches a World Cup soccer match, 1994. (Photo by Archive Photos/Getty Images)

Whitney Elizabeth Houston was a multi-talented, award-winning American singer and actress. Whitney won the Grammy in 2012. She was born on August 9, 1963, and died on February 11, 2012 after selling about 200 million records worldwide.

A voice for the African-Americans, she died after accidentally drowning in the bathtub, with heart disease and cocaine all considered to have contributed to her demise.

On the day she died, Whitney Houston complained of a sore throat, so she decided to take a bath at her hotel room at the Beverly Hilton before getting ready for Clive’s party. That proved to be the last time she would have a bath.

Paul Walker

Paul Walker
Premiere of Flags of Our Father held at Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences – Arrivals
Beverly Hills, California – 09.10.06
Credit: Nikki Nelson / WENN

Paul William Walker IV, born on September 12, 1973, died on November 30, 2013.

Walker was a popular American actor best known for his role as Brian O’Conner in The Fast and the Furious franchise.

He died tragically on November 30, 2013, at the age of 40 in a fatal crash as a passenger alongside friend and driver Roger Rodas. He appeared on the three films at the time of his death which were released posthumously.

Princess Diana

Princess Diana

Diana, Princess of Wales was born on the 1st of July 1961 as a member of the British royal family. She was the first wife of Charles, Prince of Wales, and the mother of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex.

Her marriage to Charles ended in divorce on 28 August 1996 following well-publicised extramarital affairs by both parties.

She died tragically in a car crash in the Pont de l’Alma tunnel in Paris while the driver was fleeing the paparazzi on 31st August 1997.

Diana’s companion Dodi Fayed and the driver, Henri Paul, who was the acting security manager of the Hôtel Ritz Paris also died in the crash. Diana’s bodyguard, Trevor Rees-Jones, survived the crash.

Steve Irwin

Steve Irwin

Stephen Robert Irwin was a popular Australian zookeeper, conservationist and television personality. He was born on 22nd February 1962 and nicknamed “The Crocodile Hunter” for his achievement in the television series The Crocodile Hunter (1996–2007).

His tragic death came on the 4th of September 2006 at the age of 44, after being pierced in the heart by a stingray barb while filming an underwater documentary film titled Ocean’s Deadliest.

Heath Ledger

Heath Ledger

Born on 4th April 1979, Heath Andrew Ledger was an Australian actor and music video director who won numerous awards. The actor died tragically on the 22nd of January 2008 after overdosing on prescribed medication.

Aaliyah

Aaliyah MTV20: Live and Almost Legal – Arrivals during Aaliyah File Photos at Life Tribute Gala in Bal Harbour, Florida, United States. (Photo by KMazur/WireImage)

Aaliyah Dana Haughton before her untimely death was a multi-talented American singer, actress, and model. She was born on January 16, 1979 and died on August 25, 2001.

Aaliyah was already famous at the age of 10, when she appeared on the television show Star Search and performed in concert alongside Gladys Knight. At the age of 12, Aaliyah signed sold 3 million copies of her debut album, Age Ain’t Nothing but a Number in the United States and was certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

She died tragically alongside her crew members in a plane crash after they had completed filming the music video for “Rock the Boat”

2Pac

2Pac

Tupac Amaru Shakur, an American rapper, writer and actor was born Lesane Parish Crooks on June 16, 1971. He died at the age of 25.

Before his death on September 13, 1996, he was considered by many to be one of the greatest rappers of all time as he sold over 75 million records worldwide.

On the night of September 7, 1996, Shakur was in Las Vegas, Nevada to celebrate his business partner Tracy Danielle Robinson’s birthday and attended the Bruce Seldon vs. Mike Tyson boxing match with Suge Knight at the MGM Grand.

He was murdered after leaving the event when they were at a stop light, a white, four-door, late-model Cadillac with unknown occupants pulled up to the right side of Shakur’s sedan before an occupant of the sedan rapidly fired gunshots at Shakur and others in the car.

He died on September 13, 1996 from internal bleeding.

Biggie

Biggie

Christopher George Latore Wallace aka The Notorious B.I.G., Biggie Smalls, or Biggie was a popular American rapper before his death on March 9, 1997 at the age of 24.

He was born on May 21, 1972 and is considered by many to be one of the greatest rappers of all time.

He was killed by a man in a black Chevy Impala car who fired four shots from a 9 mm blue-steel pistol after Biggie’s truck had stopped at a redlight.

Marvin Gaye

Marvin Gaye

Marvin Gaye before his unfortunate death was an American singer, songwriter, and record producer. He was dubbed the “Prince of Motown” and “Prince of Soul” for his amazing voice.

Born in April 2, 1939, Gaye died after being shot in the heart by his own father Marvin Gay Sr on April 1, 1984.

His death came after he was involved in a physical confrontation with his father while intervening in a fight between his parents.

Bob Marley

Bob Marley

Robert Nesta Marley, better known as Bob Marley was born 6 February 1945. He was a multi-award winning Jamaican singer & songwriter.

He is believed to be among the pioneers of reggae music.

His great contribution to the music industry made him a global figure. He died tragically on the 11th of May 1981, after his health deteriorated as cancer had spread to his lungs and brain.

His final words to his son Ziggy were “Money can’t buy life.”

Lucky Dube

Lucky Dube

Lucky Philip Dube was a South African reggae musician and Rastafarian born on 3rd August 1964. He was a global icon that went on to become South Africa’s biggest-selling reggae artist.

Sadly, Dube was murdered in the Johannesburg suburb of Rosettenville on the evening of 18 October 2007 by two carjackers who had believed he was a Nigerian because they didn’t recognize the musician.

His killers were sentenced to life in prison.

Cory Monteith

Cory Monteith

Cory Allan Michael Monteith was a talented actor and musician. He was born on May 11, 1982. He died on July 13, 2013, after overdosing on a toxic combination of heroin and alcohol in a Vancouver hotel room.

Monteith had a troubled adolescence involving substance abuse from age 13; he left school at age 16. After an intervention by family and friends he entered drug rehabilitation at age 19. In a 2011 interview with Parade magazine, he discussed his history of substance abuse as a teen, and in March 2013, he again sought treatment for addiction before his tragic death.

Robin Williams

Robin Williams

Robin Williams was born on July 21, 1951 and tragically ended his own life on August 11, 2014. Before his tragic death, Robin was an accomplished actor and comedian.

He died tragically on August 11, 2014 in his Paradise Cay, California home at the age of 68 after hanging himself with a belt.

His wife attributed his suicide to his struggle with Lewy body disease.

James Dean

James Dean

James Byron Dean, was a popular American actor before his death on September 30, 1955 at the age of 24.

He was born on February 8, 1931 and is remembered as a cultural icon of teenage disillusionment and social estrangement, as expressed in the title of his most celebrated film, Rebel Without a Cause (1955), in which he starred as troubled teenager Jim Stark.

Dean died tragically in a fatal accident when his car, a Porsche 550 Spyder, nicknamed, the Little Bastard collided with a Ford.

Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe

American actress, model and singer, Marilyn Monroe was born on June 1, 1926 and died on August 4, 1962 at the age of 36 from an overdose of barbiturates at her home in Los Angeles.

The actress lived a troubled life as she struggled with substance abuse, depression, and anxiety. Her second and third marriages, to retired baseball star Joe DiMaggio and playwright Arthur Miller, ended in divorce and were highly publicized by the media.

Anna Nicole Smith

Anna Nicole

Anna Nicole Smith was an American model, actress and television personality that gained popularity after appearing on Playboy magazine and winning the 1993 Playmate of the Year title. She modeled for fashion companies, including Guess, H&M, Heatherette and Lane Bryant.

She was born on November 28, 1967 and died on February 8, 2007 in a Hollywood, Florida, hotel room after overdosing on prescription drugs.

Lee Thompson Young

Lee Thompson Young

Lee Thompson Young, born on February 1, 1984 was an American actor. The young actor died after he tragically killed himself on August 19, 2013 at his Los Angeles apartment.

Young had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, for which he had been taking medication, and had been suffering from depression before his death.

Amy Winehouse

Amy Winehouse

Amy Jade Winehouse, born on the 14th September 1983, was an English singer and songwriter with extraordinary talent. She became the first British woman to win five Grammy Awards in 2008 for her successful album – Back to Black.

Amy’s life ended tragically at the age of 27 after suffering from alcohol poisoning at her home in Camden, London on 23 July 2011.

River Phoenix

River Phoenix

River Jude Phoenix was an American actor, musician, and activist who began acting at the age of 10. His transition from a teen idol to a superstar was remarkable as he showed immense talent in most of the films to earn him nominations and awards.

He was the older brother of Rain Phoenix, Joaquin Phoenix, Liberty Phoenix, and Summer Phoenix.

Born on August 23, 1970, Phoenix collapsed and died of combined drug intoxication following a drug overdose on the sidewalk outside the West Hollywood nightclub The Viper Room at the age of 23 on October 31, 1993.

Kurt Cobain

Kurt Cobain

Kurt Donald Cobain was an openly bisexual American singer, songwriter, and musician, best known as the guitarist and frontman of the rock band Nirvana. He was born on February 20, 1967 and is remembered as one of the most iconic and influential rock musicians in the history of alternative music.

Before he died of apparent suicide on April 5, 1994 at the age of 27, Cobain had earlier attempted to take his own life. Throughout most of his life, Cobain suffered from chronic bronchitis and intense physical pain due to an undiagnosed chronic stomach condition.

Virginia Woolf

Virginia Woolf

Adeline Virginia Woolf was born to a rich family in South Kensington, London on the 25th of January, 1882.

She was an acclaimed English writer, considered one of the most important modernist 20th-century authors and also a pioneer in the use of stream of consciousness as a narrative device.

She died on the 28th March 1941, by drowning after filling her overcoat pockets with stones and walking into the River Ouse near her home. In her suicide note, addressed to her husband, she wrote:

Dearest,

I feel certain that I am going mad again. I feel we can’t go through another of those terrible times. And I shan’t recover this time. I begin to hear voices, and I can’t concentrate. So I am doing what seems the best thing to do. You have given me the greatest possible happiness. You have been in every way all that anyone could be. I don’t think two people could have been happier till this terrible disease came. I can’t fight it any longer. I know that I am spoiling your life, that without me you could work. And you will I know. You see I can’t even write this properly. I can’t read. What I want to say is I owe all the happiness of my life to you. You have been entirely patient with me and incredibly good. I want to say that—everybody knows it. If anybody could have saved me it would have been you. Everything has gone from me but the certainty of your goodness. I can’t go on spoiling your life any longer. I don’t think two people could have been happier than we have been. V.

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Reference material: Wikipedia.

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