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Celebrities that have died.

Updated on June 13, 2012

The final celebrity show.

The death of a well known celebrity always strikes us with a morbid sense of fascination. It's not that we take pleasure or delight at the plight of these starlets and although they will be immortalized in their work, they are after all just mere mortals like the rest of us.

When we grieve over the death of a celebrity it's as much for the loss of all the things that they could have gone on to do, as it is about the absence of their being. If they die Young due to making a bad decision we ask ourselves why they would put their lives in danger in the first place. However we do have to bear in mind the nature of celebrity itself, you have to be a dare devil, a showman, (or woman) enjoy risks and trying new things, because to some degree that's all the attributes they used to get themselves there in the first place.

Celebrity death unites us, in a combined outpouring of grief or in some cases just a bemused sense that something is missing but you can't quite put your finger on exactly what it is. All you are aware of is that whatever it is, or was it is irreplaceable.

In our technological wonderland that is the modern world, we can now set up tributes for like minded individuals who admired the life of the idividual of which you are both fans of. To share the pain, to voice their memories and let their oppinions be known.

Here is the first part of my list of celebrities that have died, along with what they did, when they were born, when they died and by what means they met their fate.

Oldest to youngest.

Salvatore Phillip 'Sonny' Bono.

  • Producer, musician, politician and actor.
  • Born 16th February 1965.
  • Died 6th January 1997, aged 62.
  • Died in a skiing accident, when he hit a tree.

Chet Baker jr.

  • Jazz musician.
  • Born 23rd december 1929
  • Died 13th may 1988 aged 58.
  • Cause of death was defenestration, although there was no evidence of a struggle.

Jerome John 'Jerry' Garcia.

  • Guitarist for the band the grateful dead.
  • Born 1st August 1942.
  • Died 9th August 1995 aged 53.
  • Cause of death was a heroin overdose.

Victor Anthony Stanshall aka Vivian Stanshall

  • Singer Songwiter of The Bonzo dog doo dah Band.
  • Born 21st March 1943
  • Died 5 March 1995, aged 51.
  • Died in a fire.

Michael Joseph Jackson.

  • Singer and world wide mega star.
  • Born 29th August 1958.
  • Died 25th June 2009 aged 50.
  • Causes of death were propofol, cardiac arrest and homicide at the hands of his Doctor.

Whitney Elizabeth Houston.

  • Singer and actress.
  • Born 9th August 1963.
  • Died 11th February 2012, aged 48.
  • Drowned in the bath after having a heart attack.

Marvin Pentz Gay jr 'Marvin Gaye'.

  • Singer.
  • Born 2nd April 1939.
  • Died 1st April 1984, aged 44.
  • Was shot dead by his father.

Elvis Aeron Presley.

  • Original United States Rock 'n' Roll Icon and frequent film actor.
  • Born January 8th 1935.
  • Died 16th August 1977, aged 42.
  • Died of an overdose of prescription drugs.

'I don't know anything about music. In my line you don't have to.' - Elvis Presley talking on his first Television appearance on 28th January 1956.

Kirsty Anne MacColl.

  • Singer.
  • Born 10th October 1959.
  • Died 18th December 2000, aged 41.
  • Died in jet-ski collision.

John Winston Ono Lennon.

  • Singer, songwriter and member of super band the Beatles.
  • Born 9th October 1940.
  • Died 8th December 1980, aged 40.
  • Murdered as a result of being shot by Mark Chapmen.

Dennis Carl Wilson.

  • Founding member of the beach boys.
  • Born 4th December 1944.
  • Died 28th December 1983, aged 39.
  • He drowned.

Paul Dedrick Gray.

  • Bass guitarist for the band Slipknot.
  • Born 8th April 1972.
  • Died 24th May 2010, aged 38.
  • Cause of death is still a mystery although it was more then likely to be drug related.

Robert George 'Joe' Meek.

  • Song writer and producer.
  • Born 5th April 1929.
  • Died 3rd February 1967, aged 37.
  • Shot himself after shooting his landlady.

Michael Kelland John Hutchence

  • Musician, singer for INXS and actor.
  • Born 22nd January 1960.
  • Died 22nd November 1997, aged 37.
  • Accidental suicide, by means of erotic asphyxiation.

Vincen Eugene Craddock aka Gene Vincent.

  • Singer and musician.
  • Born 11th February 1935.
  • Died 12th October 1971, aged 36.
  • Died of a perferated ulcer.

Stephen Ray Vaugh aka Stevie Vaughn.

  • Singer and Song writer.
  • Born 3rd October 1954.
  • Died 27th August 1990, aged 35.
  • Helicopter crash, into a mountain.

Lowell Thomas george.

  • Singer and song writer.
  • Born 13th April 1945.
  • Died 29th June 1975, aged 34.
  • Died of heart failure.

Samuel Cook aka Sam Cooke.

  • Singer.
  • Born 22nd January 1931.
  • Died 11th December 1964, aged 33.
  • Shot dead by the owner of a motel.


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    • wrenfrost56 profile image

      wrenfrost56 5 years ago from U.K.

      Thank-you for your comment dinkan53. I echoe your thoughts.

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      dinkan53 5 years ago from India

      I was shocked and extremely saddened by hearing the death of Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston. May their souls rest in peace.

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      wrenfrost56 5 years ago from U.K.

      Thank-you myownlife :o)

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      myownlife 5 years ago from london

      yes, you are true, cheers