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5 Unsolved Celebrity Deaths That Still Have People Searching for Answers

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Almost on a daily basis, celebrities find themselves tangled up in bizarre situations that have people questioning their validity. But aside from these wacky events, there are also several painfully unfortunate ones. We’re talking about heartbreaking celebrity deaths. While most have had simple explanations, some of them are still unsolved to this day. Here are 5 unsolved celebrity deaths that still have people searching for answers – for the truth.

 

The Death of Natalie Wood

Actress Natalie Wood was born on July 20, 1938, and had already received three Academy Award nominations before she turned 25. She is best known for her roles in West Side Story, Gypsy, and Rebel Without a Cause. On the weekend of November 28, 1981, Natalie was on a boating trip with actor Robert Wagner, whom she had married for a second time. Along with them on the boat was actor Christopher Walken. According to Wagner, he and Wood had gotten into a drunken argument. After the argument, she walked away. When Wagner went to bed, Wood was nowhere to be found. At 8:00 am on November 29, Wood’s body was recovered one mile away from the boat with a small inflatable dinghy found nearby. The autopsy revealed Wood had bruises on her body and arms in addition to an abrasion on her left cheek. The autopsy also revealed that, in addition to alcohol, there were also two types of medication in her bloodstream: a painkiller and a motion sickness pill. To this day, at age 89, Robert Wagner maintains his innocence. He believes she fell off the boat into the water and drowned. By February of 2018, the case had been reopened and Wagner was named of Person of Interest, but no other details have been given on the case. But what really happened? Did Robert Wagner push Natalie? What about those bruises? Does Christopher Walken really know what happened? Will we ever find out?

 

The Death of Brittany Murphy

Brittany Murphy was a rising and promising star in Hollywood. Aside from her roles in Uptown Girls and Drop Dead Gorgeous, she gained widespread critical praise with her role as Alex Latourno in 8 Mile, starring alongside Eminem. But her life was tragically cut short on December 20, 2009, at just 32 years of age, reportedly due to pneumonia. But was it as simple as that? In February of 2010, autopsy reports revealed that Murphy had iron-deficiency anemia as well as multiple drug intoxication. Just 5 months later, her husband Simon Monjack was also found dead in the same home, also with acute pneumonia and severe anemia. In addition, it was also reported that there was toxic mold in the home that could have played a role in the deaths of both Murphy and Monjack. In November 2013, Murphy’s father, Angelo Bertolotti claimed that a new toxicology report showed that Brittany was deliberately poisoned with heavy metals, including antimony and barium, which was a possible cause of death. So what really happened to Brittany Murphy and her husband Simon Monjack? Were their cause of deaths as simple as what was reported? Or is there more to the story that we just haven’t been made aware of?

 

The Death of Kurt Cobain

Kurt Cobain, best known as the guitarist and frontman of the rock band Nirvana, is considered to be one of the most influential and brightest young rock musicians. But on April 5, 1994, his life was cut short at just 27 years of age, due to what was reported as a suicide by gunshot. Kurt Cobain is infamously a member of the “27 Club”, a group of musicians that have all tragically passed at the young age of 27. This group also includes Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Brian Jones, and Jim Morrison. Cobain suffered from a number of health issues, including drug addiction, depression, suicidal thoughts, and alcoholism, all of which were public knowledge. It wasn’t until April 8th that his body was finally found in his Seattle Home. According to the Seattle Police Department, Cobain was found with a shotgun across his body, had a visible head wound, and a suicide note that was discovered nearby. However, since then, several individuals have come forward, including self-declared independent journalist Richard Lee, as well as private investigator Tom Grant (who was employed by Courtney Love, Cobain’s wife), both of whom have said there’s more to the story than what was reported. Both have said that Cobain may have been murdered, and there are many people in the public who agree with these theories. Did Kurt Cobain commit suicide? Was he murdered? If so, by whom? Will we ever know?

 

The Death of Princess Diana

As a member of the Royal Family of Great Britain, Princess Diana of Wales was one of the most beloved and cherished public figures in the world. On August 31, 1997, Princess Diana’s life came to a tragic end at age 36, when her two sons, Prince Harry and Prince William were still young boys. She sustained injuries from a car crash that occurred in the Pont de l’Alma road tunnel in Paris, France. Her romantic partner during this time, Dodi Fayed, was also killed in the accident. After an investigation, blame was placed on the driver, Henri Paul, who lost control of the Mercedes while intoxicated with prescription drugs. Paul was also killed. However, despite all of this information, Fayed’s father, Mohamed Al-Fayed has publicly claimed that the crash was not an accident, but instead, was a result of a conspiracy. He added that crash was orchestrated by MI6, the foreign intelligence service of the government of the United Kingdom, on the instructions of the Royal Family. His claims were later dismissed by a French judicial investigation. However, many people do believe there is more to the story than what was reported. It was also known that while on their way to the hospital, the ambulance that was carrying Diana apparently stopped short of the hospital, even though the entrance of the hospital was in sight. So what is the real deal? Was it truly an accident? Or were the deaths of Diana and Fayed orchestrated by bigger and more powerful forces? Will we ever know the truth? Interesting to note is that Diana famously said that she felt the Royals viewed her as “a threat of some kind.”

 

The Death of Marilyn Monroe


Marilyn Monroe is one of the most recognizable names and faces in the entertainment world. Famous for portraying comic “blonde bombshell” characters, she is best known for her roles in Niagara, How To Marry a Millionaire and The Seven Year Itch. On August 6, 1962, at 3:00 am, her housekeeper Eunice Murray, who was staying overnight, went to check on Marilyn. She was troubled to find that although she saw light from underneath Marilyn’s bedroom door, there was no response when she called out to her. In addition, the door was locked. Because of this, Murray called Marilyn’s psychiatrist, Dr. Ralph Greenson, who broke into Marilyn’s bedroom via a window and found her dead in her bed. She was only 36 years old. The toxicology report revealed that the cause of death was acute barbiturate poisoning. Also, empty medicine bottles were found next to her bed. Due to a lack of evidence of foul play and because the dosages of prescription drugs found in her body were several times over the lethal limit, the popular opinion is that Marilyn committed suicide. However, there are a select few, such as Irish author and Pulitzer Prize finalist, Anthony Summers, who believe that Marilyn’s death was actually a cover-up. According to Summers, Marilyn threatened to reveal her romantic involvement with the Kennedys. Because of this, the Kennedy’s orchestrated a plot to enable Monroe’s drug addiction. She apparently accidentally overdosed and died in the ambulance on the way to the hospital. Her body was then returned back to her home and set the scene to make it look like a suicide. So what really happen? Did she intentionally overdose? Accidentally overdose? Did her blackmail of revealing her involvement with the Kennedy’s play a role in her death? We may never know.

 

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Remembering Aretha Franklin, The Queen of Soul

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On August 16th, Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul passed away at 76. Franklin was born in Memphis, Tennessee on March 25, 1942. We can thank her father, Rev. C. L. Franklin, for exposing Aretha to the world of gospel music. She began singing in her father’s Detroit Baptist church, undoubtedly where she began to polish her soulful singing style.

I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You

Columbia Records was the first to sign the singer in 1960. However, it was not until her contract with Atlantic and the release of her 1967 album, I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You, that Franklin became a household name with a gold album under her belt. Franklin’s single, “I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You),” was her first pop hit, scoring a spot in the Top 10 list and number one spot for R&B.

It was neither my intention nor my plan, but some were saying that in my voice they heard the sound of confidence and self-assurance.

Aretha Franklin

Following Aretha Franklin’s Passing, Her Music Sales Have Soared

Aretha Franklin, The Queen of Soul

Aretha Franklin, 1961. Photo Credit: Metronome, Getty Images

The Queen of Soul’s passing is a loss of a music legend. Countless artists who followed in Soul, R&B, and Pop were influenced by the songstress. In her lifetime, Franklin had 73 songs on Billboard’s Hot 100 and 100 songs on Billboard’s R&B singles list. She released 17 songs that placed on the Top 10 chart, as well as 21 songs that landed the number one spot for R&B singles.

On the day of her death, Aretha’s album sales skyrocketed to an astounding 19,000 copies in a single day. The day prior, her album sales were around 1,000 copies. According to Nielsen Music and The Hollywood Reporter, combined with digital song downloads, August 16th saw 134,000 copies of Franklin’s albums and tracks sold.

“Respect” and Women’s Empowerment

Aretha Franklin, The Queen of Soul

1967 Aretha Franklin studio portrait. Photo Credit: Gilles Petard/Redferns

One of the best ways to honor the music legend is to continue to share her music. Franklin left an indelible mark on the music industry with her talents, as well as on the world with her strong presence and influence in racial issues and women’s rights. Much of her music was geared toward the empowerment of women, most notably her rendition of Otis Redding’s song, “Respect.” Redding’s version from a male perspective was a representation of a man’s world. But when Franklin reimagined the song, she had something else in mind. She took “Respect” and utterly transformed the entire meaning. It was—and continues to be—a woman’s anthem and a reminder that as women, we need to demand respect.

Music Stars’ React to Franklin’s Death: Crafting “the Soundtrack to the Lives of Many”

Many musicians took to Twitter yesterday to express their love and the loss of Aretha. Singers like Elton John, Patti LaBelle, and Diana Ross have truly embodied the impact that Franklin made on the world.

 

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Anthony Bourdain Found Dead at 61

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Another rude awakening occurred this morning in the headline: Anthony Bourdain Found Dead at 61. It’s another sad morning for the world. Anthony Bourdain, famous chef, TV personality, and writer who was known by most of us for his successful Travel Channel program, “Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations,” has passed away at the age of 61. Filming in Paris for CNN’s show, “Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown,” Bourdain was discovered unresponsive in his hotel room. CNN confirmed his passing Friday morning—”It is with extraordinary sadness we can confirm the death of our friend and colleague, Anthony Bourdain.” Bourdain brought us all a behind-the-scenes view of extraordinary travel destinations, different cultures, and local cuisine.

This news is especially saddening following the death of Fashion icon Kate Spade. Like Spade, the death of Bourdain is an apparent suicide. President Obama posted his own memory of Bourdain on Twitter: “‘Low plastic stool, cheap but delicious noodles, cold Hanoi beer.’ This is how I’ll remember Tony. He taught us about food — but more importantly, about its ability to bring us together. To make us a little less afraid of the unknown. We’ll miss him.” Bourdain began his career as a dishwasher, then a sous chef, and eventually an award-winning chef, writer and host. He gave us a glimpse into places some of us will never see with our own eyes. The adventurous spirit of Bourdain is something that none of us will forget. And perhaps in honor of his passing, we may all try to incorporate some of that fearlessness in our daily lives.

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Dolores O’Riordan, A Legacy That Lingers

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On January 15th, news that The Cranberries frontwoman Dolores O’Riordan was found dead in a London hotel room shocked the world. While the cause of death is still unknown‒and likely will be until April, says a London coroner‒it is being described as sudden, but unsuspicious. The singer had been dealing with multiple health issues, including bipolar personality disorder and chronic back pain so intense that it led to the cancellation of the band’s 2017 reunion tour. Her death has left a silence in its wake‒one that lingers‒as fans, friends, and family alike struggle to find proper words to describe her monumental impact on alternative rock.

A feminist, fashion icon of the 1990s, O’Riordan’s influence is undeniable. When her Irish lilt first began cracking over the U.S. radio waves in the form of hit singles “Dreams” and “Linger,” it became clear that the zipper of popular culture had snagged on something unusual, but big. When they embarked on their first U.S. tour in 1993, O’Riordan was a 22-year-old firecracker with a pixie cut standing alongside her three ‘Cranboys,’ who L.A. Times called “unfailingly polite” at the time. Her life had not been easy up until that point‒with a younger brother who had died at birth, alleged sexual abuse, and strict rules that discouraged participation in an all-male rock band.

Yet, it was a classic adolescent heartbreak that inspired the band’s first big hit, “Linger,” the airy pop ballad that can still leave goosebumps on your arm over a decade after its initial release. This was the beauty of Dolores O’Riordan, especially in her earlier years. She was not afraid of honesty, even when it required putting her own emotions on the line. Even when other Irish acts were attempting to mask the accents in their voices (think Bono during the 80s.) The frontwoman, who bandmates described as initially shy, knew how important using her frenzied and fantastic voice was.

This is exactly what she did on “Zombie,” the croony and complicated breakout track that solidified The Cranberries in the alternative rock canon. The single, which came from sophomore album No Need To Argue, describes a terrorist attack that resulted in the death of multiple children in her native country. Perhaps one of the most groundbreaking moments of her career, the visceral tone that she takes in the chorus as she belts out the repetition of the word “zombie” is still being remembered and praised today; it was only recently that Eminem sampled the track on his newest album Revival.

Although the peak of The Cranberries’ commercial and critical success came to them early in their career, they recorded three more studio albums together before taking a break in 2003. While some of her more politically-charged lyrics failed to wow in the same way that “Zombie” did, her voice never wavered. She recorded two solo albums during the band’s break‒Are You Listening? and No Baggage, released in 2007 and 2009, respectively‒and had a brief stint as a judge on Ireland’s The Voice. She never stopped being the harsh, harrowing beauty queen that showed women they could be feminine and fatal in the same glance. Delicate and dangerous, in one breath. Throughout her career, O’Riordan fought for a woman’s right to express her anger‒at her government, at her partners, at herself.

When the band reunited in 2009, they tried to capture the same bolt of lightning that had ignited their career in 1993. O’Riordan’s vocals were still striking; this fact was inarguable, but life was still proving to not be so “lovey-dovey” for her. In 2014, she ended her 20 year marriage to former Duran Duran tour manager Don Burton. A year later, she was charged with “air rage,” for which she later apologized. It was only this year that she began publicly discussing her diagnosis of bipolar disorder, which she said she had been diagnosed with two years prior.

According to her bandmate and lifelong friend Noel Hogan, she was disappointed about canceling the reunion tour and was looking to record new music. He told Rolling Stone that when he had spoken to her the Friday before her death, she seemed “great” and excited about the future. That Sunday, she had emailed him new tracks she had been working on. Hogan wrote, “Dolores’ legacy will be her music. She was so passionate about it.” Anyone who has heard her sing even just a few bars would agree; her’s is the type of legacy the lingers in the air for long after she’s gone.

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