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Bizarre deaths of famous people

Tennessee Williams choked on a bottle cap; Sonny Bono skied into a tree... which ones stuck in your mind?

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by Anonymousreply 213November 20, 2023 5:18 AM

Michael Lemoyne Kennedy, 39, skiing at Aspen while tossing a football around with fellow skiers as they headed down the slopes, also died from unexpected contact with a tree. Allegedly his last words on catching the ball were, "Hey, that was great" right before he hit the tree. New Years Day, 1998. He was pretty fucked up anyway, having just concluded an affair with the family babysitter, being shitfaced a lot, being pulled over for operating under the influence, and once reported by the local Saab dealer for bringing his car in for service filled with pretty raunchy porn. He was married to Frank Gifford's daughter but they'd separated before his death.

by Anonymousreply 1November 4, 2023 8:37 PM

Anne Hehe destroys a house with her MINI.

by Anonymousreply 2November 4, 2023 8:41 PM

Not bizarre just awful, Jack Cassidy and Butterfly McQueen burning to death. Awful

by Anonymousreply 3November 4, 2023 8:46 PM

Jon Eric Hexum.

by Anonymousreply 4November 4, 2023 8:53 PM

Anton Yelchin

by Anonymousreply 5November 4, 2023 8:54 PM


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by Anonymousreply 6November 4, 2023 8:56 PM

Judy died on the shitter.

by Anonymousreply 7November 4, 2023 8:58 PM

Brandon Lee. Same way as Jon Eric Hexum.

by Anonymousreply 8November 4, 2023 9:00 PM

Vic Morrow. One fell swoop.

by Anonymousreply 9November 4, 2023 9:01 PM

Also, the guy from the Twilight Zone movie which also killed two child actors.

by Anonymousreply 10November 4, 2023 9:01 PM

R9 beat me.

by Anonymousreply 11November 4, 2023 9:02 PM

I'm still bitter that my daddy Vic didn't leave me much in his will.

by Anonymousreply 12November 4, 2023 9:03 PM

Prince Philip

by Anonymousreply 13November 4, 2023 9:03 PM

Sal Mineo. Not bizarre, but unusual and tragic.

by Anonymousreply 14November 4, 2023 9:05 PM

David Carradine - auto-erotic asphyxiation

by Anonymousreply 15November 4, 2023 9:06 PM

Katey Sagal's father, actor Boris Sagal:

[quote] Sagal was killed in an accident during production of the miniseries World War III, when he was partially decapitated by walking into the tail rotor blades of a helicopter in the parking lot of the Timberline Lodge in Oregon.[3] An investigation revealed that he turned the wrong way after exiting the helicopter. He died five hours later in a Portland hospital.[8]

He survived for five hours after being partially decapitated?

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by Anonymousreply 16November 4, 2023 9:08 PM

The OG weird celebrity death - Aeschylus:

[quote] Valerius Maximus wrote that he was killed outside the city by a tortoise dropped by an eagle which had mistaken his head for a rock suitable for shattering the shell, and killed him.

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by Anonymousreply 17November 4, 2023 9:10 PM

Peg Entwistle

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by Anonymousreply 18November 4, 2023 9:11 PM

[quote]He survived for five hours after being partially decapitated?

Some people just won't shut up.

by Anonymousreply 19November 4, 2023 9:16 PM

Gian-Carlo Coppola, son of Francis Ford Coppola and brother of Sofia Coppola, was decapitated (?) by a tow line while water skiing. Griffin O’Neal was held responsible as pilot of the boat.

by Anonymousreply 20November 4, 2023 9:18 PM

Director Alan Pakula was killed when another driver struck a pipe in the road, causing it to fly through Pakula's windshield. Pakula then crashed the car and died.

by Anonymousreply 21November 4, 2023 9:19 PM

Jane Mansfield

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by Anonymousreply 22November 4, 2023 9:24 PM

[quote]Jane Mansfield

Turn in your gay card.

by Anonymousreply 23November 4, 2023 9:32 PM

Albert Dekker

On May 5, 1968, Dekker was found dead in his Hollywood home by his fiancée, fashion model and future Love Boat creator Jeraldine Saunders. He was naked, kneeling in the bathtub, with a noose tightly wrapped around his neck and looped around the shower curtain rod. He was blindfolded, his wrists were handcuffed, there was a ball gag in his mouth, and two hypodermic needles were inserted in one arm. His body was covered in explicit words and drawings in red lipstick.[9]

Money and camera equipment were missing, but there was no sign of forced entry.

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by Anonymousreply 24November 4, 2023 9:34 PM

r24 - I can see how an experience like that would be so horrific that it would cause you to create The Love Boat.

by Anonymousreply 25November 4, 2023 9:38 PM

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by Anonymousreply 26November 4, 2023 9:41 PM

^^^ Not a celebrity but director Carlos Carvalho was filming a TV show in South Africa when he was killed. He was looking through the camera lens, filming a close-up of a bull giraffe called Gerald, when the animal swung its neck, headbutted him and killed him. I assume the problem was he didn't understand the behaviour and didn't have a proper respect for the power of giraffes.

by Anonymousreply 27November 4, 2023 9:45 PM

They should have blown Gerald's head clean off. That'll teach the dumb beast to mess with humans.

by Anonymousreply 28November 4, 2023 9:46 PM

Clara Bandick (she played Auntie Em in Wizard Of Oz)

[quote] On April 15, 1962, she returned home from Palm Sunday services at her church. She began rearranging her room, placing her favorite photos and memorabilia in prominent places. She laid out her resume and a collection of press clippings from her lengthy career. She dressed immaculately in an elegant royal blue dressing gown, and with her hair properly styled, she took an overdose of sleeping pills. She lay down on a couch, covered herself with a gold blanket over her shoulders, and tied a plastic bag over her head. She left the following note: “I am now about to make the great adventure. I cannot endure this agonizing pain any longer. It is all over my body. Neither can I face the impending blindness. I pray the Lord my soul to take. Amen

by Anonymousreply 29November 4, 2023 9:49 PM

R29 that's certainly sad but would you call it bizarre?

by Anonymousreply 30November 4, 2023 9:54 PM

John Denver. Died when the plane he was flying ran out of fuel from the tank feeding the engine and crashed into Monterey Bay. The bizarre angle is poor design of the aircraft's fuel tank switch valve, which was behind the pilot and out of reach without having to turn his/her body 90 degrees while strapped in to reach it. If Denver could have reached the valve, he could have switched fuel tanks and landed safely.

by Anonymousreply 31November 4, 2023 10:12 PM

Steve Irwin and the fatal stingray

by Anonymousreply 32November 4, 2023 10:23 PM

Will - the slap. Jada- her book

by Anonymousreply 33November 4, 2023 10:36 PM

Linda Darnell (center, with Ann Sothern and Jeanne Crain) in "A Letter to Three Wives," 1949 [italic]All of them wondered, one of them wandered[/italic]

Died in a fire in Chicago in 1965.

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by Anonymousreply 34November 4, 2023 10:51 PM

Howard Holt, Australian PM. They never found Holt's body, learned how he died, or found a definitive reason for his death. Rumors ranged from drowning to suicide to being captured and held as a prisoner on a Chinese mini-sub.

The day Holt vanished was hot and humid Sunday, perfect for a swim. Before lunch on December 17, 1967, Holt decided to head to the local beach, close to the holiday house he owned at Portsea on the Victorian coast. “There was an around-the-world sailor who was sailing into (Melbourne’s) Port Philip Bay, and they went to see him. He (Holt) was there with a lady friend and couple of younger house guests.” "Holt was in many ways the quintessential Australian man – gregarious, sporty, a man with an appetite for life. He enjoyed diving and spearfishing although he wasn’t a terribly strong swimmer."

Witnesses on the beach told police the tide was unusually high with a strong undercurrent that day. Some said it was the highest they’d ever seen it. Despite that, Holt began to swim farther from the beach, into deeper water, a 1968 police report said. One of the last things Holt had said to the group before he went into the water was, “I know this beach like the back of my hand.” “(One witness said) she had watched Mr Holt continuously from the time he entered the surf and she saw the water become very turbulent around him very suddenly and appeared to boil and these conditions seemed to ‘swamp on him’,” the report described. “He was not seen again.” Ever.

Years later, Australians would honor their missing Prime Minister in a fashion befitting the country’s famous laconic sense of humor. They named a swimming pool after him.

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by Anonymousreply 35November 4, 2023 11:19 PM

In November 1961, Michael Rockefeller, only 23 years old and scion of one of the world's richest families, was collecting native art in New Guinea. His flimsy catamaran capsized off the coast of southwestern New Guinea. He swam to shore and was never seen again. The mystery of his disappearance has never been solved. He may have been killed by native tribes.

by Anonymousreply 36November 4, 2023 11:29 PM

Holt was probably taken out by a Great White.

by Anonymousreply 37November 4, 2023 11:31 PM

Ashli Babbitt

by Anonymousreply 38November 4, 2023 11:38 PM

[QUOTE]I assume the problem was he didn't understand the behaviour and didn't have a proper respect for the power of giraffes.

He didn't have guides or locals explain giraffe behavior? Even at our local zoo, it's apparent how strong they are. People can feed them branches of eucalyptus for $5. They are aggressive with each other bumping to get to the extended food. Some of their playthings are large plastic industrial barrels that are pretty heavy. They move them around with their heads like their light soccer balls.

by Anonymousreply 39November 4, 2023 11:42 PM

R39, it mentions in the article that they had been filming the TV series for a while and had become less wary of the animals. The giraffe just seemed inquisitive, not aggressive. I don't know if the director hadn't been distracted looking through the eyepiece of the camera and had been carefully watching the animal itself, if he would have had time to jump out of the way. Maybe it happened so fast, he would have been killed anyway.

by Anonymousreply 40November 5, 2023 12:48 AM

Kirsty MacColl, struck by a speedboat while diving in Mexico.

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by Anonymousreply 41November 5, 2023 1:07 AM

Ramon Novarro, death by dildo

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by Anonymousreply 42November 5, 2023 1:59 AM

Karyn Kupcinet choked to death giving a blowjob.

by Anonymousreply 43November 5, 2023 2:08 AM

Don't forget The King of dying on the toilet-Elvis!

by Anonymousreply 44November 5, 2023 2:11 AM

Didn’t Judy Garland also die on the toilet?

by Anonymousreply 45November 5, 2023 2:18 AM

Mommy aborted me

by Anonymousreply 46November 5, 2023 2:39 AM

What's bizarre about dying on the toilet/bathroom?

by Anonymousreply 47November 5, 2023 2:59 AM

Taylor Kitsch appeared in John Carter.

by Anonymousreply 48November 5, 2023 3:04 AM

When we comment in a thread such as this, we must always - always - include a link.

by Anonymousreply 49November 5, 2023 3:06 AM

Not really famous in these Britney Spears/Madonna loving parts of the web, but the Drummer Michael Dahlquist from the cult '90s/early 00s indie rock band Silkworm was killed when his car was rammed from behind by a Jeanette Sliwinski, a model who tried to commit suicide. She survived.

by Anonymousreply 50November 5, 2023 3:08 AM

The bathtub is the modern toilet.

by Anonymousreply 51November 5, 2023 3:09 AM

R47 It's bizarre cause he overdosed on banana sandwiches.

by Anonymousreply 52November 5, 2023 3:09 AM

Novarro wasn't killed by a dildo, that was made-up shit from Hollywood Babylon. He was beaten to death by two hustlers

by Anonymousreply 53November 5, 2023 3:10 AM

r42 Learn to read

by Anonymousreply 54November 5, 2023 3:12 AM

John Lennon, shot by someone clearly blind, who did it to impress Jodie Foster.

by Anonymousreply 55November 5, 2023 4:23 AM

R55 I think that was John Hinckley who shot Reagan but didn't finish the job, not Lennon

by Anonymousreply 56November 5, 2023 4:37 AM

r55 You've got your stories mixed up, dear.

by Anonymousreply 57November 5, 2023 4:46 AM

There's actually some books about how famous people died.

Here's one. Interestingly enough, it was written by Malcolm Forbes

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by Anonymousreply 58November 5, 2023 4:51 AM

R55 You think Jodie Foster was a star in 1963???

by Anonymousreply 59November 5, 2023 4:55 AM

Crashed into the World Trade Center.

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by Anonymousreply 60November 5, 2023 2:25 PM

Jed Johnson, famous designer and Andy Warhol’s boyfriend, died in the crash of TWA flight 800 off Long Island in 1996. If you’re gonna die in a crash, go like Jed with your ass strapped into a First Class seat.

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by Anonymousreply 61November 5, 2023 2:32 PM

Just saw this in Wikipedia on the 1999 death of cowboy singer Rex Allen - "He had collapsed in his driveway after suffering a heart attack and was then accidentally run over by his caregiver."

by Anonymousreply 62November 5, 2023 8:35 PM

Mama Cass choked on a ham sandwich.

by Anonymousreply 63November 5, 2023 9:12 PM

Scottish guitarist Leslie Harvey from Stone the Crows was electrocuted while performing on stage at Swansea Top Rank in 1972. He touched a microphone that was not earthed, while the fingers of his other hand were holding the strings of his guitar. He was 27.

by Anonymousreply 64November 5, 2023 9:27 PM

Bob Crane - Crane had been bludgeoned to death with a weapon that was never identified, though investigators believed it to be a camera tripod. An electrical cord had been tied around his neck.

by Anonymousreply 65November 5, 2023 9:35 PM

R65. I guess he didn’t present hole.

by Anonymousreply 66November 5, 2023 9:38 PM

Weren't David and Lynn Angell of Frasier killed on Flight 11 too? I don't consider that a freak accident though.

by Anonymousreply 67November 5, 2023 9:39 PM

William Holden bled to death after slipping on a rug and hitting his head on a nightstand.

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by Anonymousreply 68November 5, 2023 9:44 PM

Bizarre future deaths: Lens Dunham like Mr Creosote.

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by Anonymousreply 69November 5, 2023 9:46 PM

The planes crashing into buildings wasn't an accident, but certainly freakish. Not a celebrity, but Barbara Olson who was the wife of Ted Olson, then Solicitor General in GWB's administration was on one the crashed into the WTC. He went on to argue Perry v. Schwarzenegger.

by Anonymousreply 70November 5, 2023 9:56 PM

R45 - why don’t you ask R7?

by Anonymousreply 71November 5, 2023 10:04 PM

R1 He wasn’t famous.

by Anonymousreply 72November 5, 2023 10:05 PM

Aaliyah, Marvin Gaye

by Anonymousreply 73November 6, 2023 1:36 AM

Charles Levin (CoCo from the Golden Girls) dying in a ditch in Southern Oregon after his car got stuck on an abandoned road. .

by Anonymousreply 74November 6, 2023 2:01 AM

r63 She did not

by Anonymousreply 75November 6, 2023 2:05 AM

R62 Great link

by Anonymousreply 76November 6, 2023 2:05 AM

Brittany Murphy. She was severely anemic, had pneumonia, and had taken a cocktail of prescription drugs. Her husband later died in a similar manner, leading some to suggest they were being poisoned.

by Anonymousreply 77November 6, 2023 2:08 AM

Julian Sands - going on that hike and disappearing. His remains found months later. It's not like he went to the wilds of Alaska, he was in California.

by Anonymousreply 78November 6, 2023 2:11 AM

The deaths of Brittany Murphy and her husband are definitely bizarre

by Anonymousreply 79November 6, 2023 2:23 AM

R62 that's the life of a cowboy

by Anonymousreply 80November 6, 2023 2:25 AM

R70, Barbara Olson was on the plane that crashed into the Pentagon.

by Anonymousreply 81November 6, 2023 2:58 AM

ELO cellist killed by a rolling bale of hay.

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by Anonymousreply 82November 6, 2023 3:08 AM

Broken cake, broken shoulder, broken life….

Broken Record.

by Anonymousreply 83November 6, 2023 3:56 AM

^^ I wrote that for another thread I had just read, somehow my phone posted it here on the thread I read before they one. Please ignore.

by Anonymousreply 84November 6, 2023 3:58 AM

R43, no, she didn't. Where did you even come up with that?

by Anonymousreply 85November 6, 2023 4:08 AM

R41, Kirsty MacColl was struck by the boat as she pushed her 15 year old son out of the path of the boat. Kirsty MacColl died a hero.

The cowardly multimillionaire that was piloting the boat paid an underling to take the fall. The underling was found guilty of culpable homicide. Mexican law allowed him to pay a fine of $90 dollars in lieu of jail time, and had to pay a bit over $2000 in restitution to Kirsty's family. This was based on his wages, and would have been much higher if the cowardly millionaire had taken responsibility for killing Kirsty.

by Anonymousreply 86November 6, 2023 4:09 AM

The one where her head came off in a car because her scarf got caught in something. Who was that?

by Anonymousreply 87November 6, 2023 4:12 AM

Susan Cabot, bludgeoned to death with a weightlifting bar by her dwarf son.

by Anonymousreply 88November 6, 2023 4:30 AM

Barbara Colby, supporting actress from "Phyllis," randomly shot on the streets of Los Angeles, apparently for no reason other than someone driving by was just playing with a gun.

by Anonymousreply 89November 6, 2023 4:31 AM

Trans musician Sophie Xeon fell of a rooftop in Athens trying to take a picture of the full moon.

by Anonymousreply 90November 6, 2023 4:37 AM

[quote] The one where her head came off in a car because her scarf got caught in something.

Now, there's an episode of "Friends" I don't ever want to see.

by Anonymousreply 91November 6, 2023 4:39 AM

Steve Cochran. Died from lung infection on a yacht in the middle of the sea, leaving three young poor Mexican girls who didn't know how to sail stuck with his rotting corpse for 10 days. When they were finally picked up by a passing fishing boat his remains apparently resembled a bloated black mass.

by Anonymousreply 92November 6, 2023 4:46 AM

Rasputin On the night of December 29, 1916, a group of nobles who feared the powerful holy man’s influence with Russia’s royal family summoned him to the home of conspirator Prince Felix Yusupov and began to execute their murderous scheme. First, they poisoned him with tea and cakes that had been laced with cyanide, but he showed no signs of distress. Then he drank three glasses of wine, which had also been poisoned, and yet he carried on unfazed. By 2:30 AM, his dumbfounded killers huddled up in astonishment to figure out a new plan. Yusupov then took out a revolver, told Rasputin to “say a prayer,” and shot him in the chest before leaving him for dead. When the assassins returned to the body later on, Rasputin suddenly sprang up and attacked Yusupov before chasing his entire band of attackers into the courtyard where they bludgeoned him and shot him several more times — but still he wasn’t dead. Finally, they had to wrap him up and toss him into a freezing river where he eventually succumbed to hypothermia. And that’s not even the whole story of how Rasputin died.

by Anonymousreply 93November 6, 2023 4:54 AM

Alan Pakula was likely murdered.

by Anonymousreply 94November 6, 2023 4:58 AM

Sharon Tate and her unborn child died horrific deaths at the hands of the Manson family.

by Anonymousreply 95November 6, 2023 5:10 AM

The young lady from Glee who drowned, leaving her young son alone on the rented boat for hours.

by Anonymousreply 96November 6, 2023 5:14 AM

Interesting and grim, R92. What an ordeal for the girls.

by Anonymousreply 97November 6, 2023 5:25 AM

r87 I think you're thinking of Isadora Duncan. But the scarf strangled her, it didn't decapitate her.

by Anonymousreply 98November 6, 2023 5:42 AM

Ramon Novarro comments: What happened, if memory serves, is that Novarro invited two hustlers back to his place, where they drank, especially (alcoholic) Novarro. At length, one of them beat him because he (the hustler) thought there was a lot of money around the place and got angry that Novarro didn't give it to him. After the beating, they left. While the beating was severe, what actually killed Novarro was his choking on his own vomit.

by Anonymousreply 99November 6, 2023 5:51 AM

Composer and choreographer Jean-Baptiste Lully died from the effects of infection from having pierced his foot with the walking stick with which he was beating time at a rehearsal. Since he was a dancer, he refused as gangrene set in to have his foot amputated to stop the infection, and so died from that. As it happens, I knew a Lully descendant, who very much had a family resemblance to composer Lully.

by Anonymousreply 100November 6, 2023 6:01 AM

[quote]R100 Jean-Baptiste Lully died from the effects of infection from having pierced his foot with the walking stick with which he was beating time at a rehearsal.

i guess that militant bitchiness got him in the end. Or foot.

by Anonymousreply 101November 6, 2023 6:33 AM

Who was that dumb TV actor whose car rolled forward and pinned him to a wall?

Learn what a parking brake is, bitch!

by Anonymousreply 102November 6, 2023 6:35 AM

Richey Edwards of the Manic Street Preachers disappeared 28 years ago and has never been found to this day - presumed dead but it's a bit unusual that a suicide never gets found, washes up somewhere or something.

Natasha Richardson also died from a skiing accident (a beginner's lesson).

by Anonymousreply 103November 6, 2023 6:58 AM

Anton Yelchin, R102. He may not have put his vehicle properly into park mode. The e-shift transmission is more confusing. One moment of carelessness can be very costly.

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by Anonymousreply 104November 6, 2023 7:09 AM

Rebecca Schaeffer shot and killed by a deranged fan after opening her door to him.

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by Anonymousreply 106November 6, 2023 7:14 AM

R106 Nothing bizarre about being gunned down.

by Anonymousreply 107November 6, 2023 8:25 AM

Incorrect and mean, r102. The model year of his Cherokee was found faulty for such accidents

by Anonymousreply 108November 6, 2023 8:58 AM

Thank you, r81. For some reason I thought she was out of Boston and tried to establish phone contact when the flight went astray.

by Anonymousreply 109November 6, 2023 9:08 AM

The plane crash that killed Buddy Holly, the Big Bopper, and Ritchie Valens was pretty bizarre. It crashed 5 minutes after takeoff. All young and at the height of success, gone in one fell swoop.

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by Anonymousreply 110November 6, 2023 9:16 AM

[Quote] Steve Cochran. Died from lung infection on a yacht in the middle of the sea, leaving three young poor Mexican girls who didn't know how to sail stuck with his rotting corpse for 10 days. When they were finally picked up by a passing fishing boat his remains apparently resembled a bloated black mass.

Why didn't they bury him at sea?

by Anonymousreply 111November 6, 2023 9:29 AM

More accurately about Tennessee Williams. Better to drift away on downers than to choke on a bottle cap, IMO.

Chief Medical Examiner of New York City Elliot M. Gross reported that Williams had choked to death from inhaling the plastic cap of a bottle of the type used on bottles of nasal spray or eye solution.[48] The report was later corrected on August 14, 1983, to state that Williams had been using the plastic cap found in his mouth to ingest barbiturates[49] and had actually died from a toxic level of Seconal.[50]

by Anonymousreply 112November 6, 2023 9:42 AM

R111 I thought that too but I guess the young girls were afraid they'd be accused of Mutiny On The Rogue or something. Awful situation, thanks R92 I'd never heard of him before.

R110 that was tragic but not bizarre, the pilot accidentally crashed. Has anyone been to the crash site btw? They have a big pair of glasses near a cornfield..

by Anonymousreply 113November 6, 2023 12:18 PM

[quote]When the assassins returned to the body later on, Rasputin suddenly sprang up and attacked Yusupov before chasing his entire band of attackers into the courtyard where they bludgeoned him and shot him several more times — but still he wasn’t dead. Finally, they had to wrap him up and toss him into a freezing river where he eventually succumbed to hypothermia. And that’s not even the whole story of how Rasputin died.

It turns out that none of that is true, r93. That account came solely from Yusupov, one of the assassins.

Rasputin died from 3 gunshots to the head at close range.

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by Anonymousreply 114November 6, 2023 1:07 PM

Bobbi Kristina Brown dying in a similar fashion as her mother, Whitney Houston. Even though Bobbi Kristina died several months later in hospice care, like mama, she was found face down in her bathtub, finally succumbing from "immersion associated with drug intoxication."

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by Anonymousreply 115November 6, 2023 1:10 PM

How about Anna Nicole's son ODing in her hospital room, followed shortly by her own untimely death (although that wasn't such a surprise in itself).

by Anonymousreply 116November 6, 2023 2:18 PM

That was sad R116. That poor kid. I do believe that shady lawyer was supplying drugs to both of them.

by Anonymousreply 117November 6, 2023 2:27 PM

Sam Cooke died under truly bizarre circumstances in 1964 at the age of 33. Sam Cooke was fatally shot by the manager of the Hacienda Motel in Los Angeles after running into the hotel’s front office stark naked, drunk out of his mind and screaming that his clothes had been stolen. Sam Cooke had apparently checked into the dive motel earlier that evening with a prostitute who stole Sam Cooke’s wallet once he was drunk, as well as most of his clothes, in the belief that it would prevent him from running after her. An inebriated Sam Cooke ran to the motel manager’s office wearing only a sports jacket and one shoe and nothing else. He confronted the manager, named Bertha Franklin, and demanded to know where the woman he was with was located. Bertha Franklin responded by shooting Sam Cooke in the heart. After several inquiries, the shooting was ruled “justifiable homicide.” The last words Sam Cooke uttered: “Lady, you shot me.”

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by Anonymousreply 118November 6, 2023 3:38 PM

Jimi Heselden inventor of the Segway accidentally rode one off a cliff.

by Anonymousreply 119November 6, 2023 3:57 PM

Elvis litterally fell off the toilet and died.

by Anonymousreply 120November 6, 2023 4:08 PM

Dying of a heart attack on the toilet isn't unusual.

by Anonymousreply 121November 6, 2023 4:11 PM

Sculptor Luis Jiminez, who made ugly oversized pieces, died when one of his giant monstrosities fell on him.

by Anonymousreply 122November 6, 2023 4:16 PM

Tupac Shakur claimed that the Notorious B.I.G. was involved in a failed attempt on his life two years before Shakur was shot and killed. The Notorious B.I.G. was considered a suspect by the police due to their feud. Then six months later the Notorious B.I.G. himself was shot to death.

Both murders are officially unsolved to this day.

by Anonymousreply 123November 6, 2023 4:18 PM

Artist Charles Schultz died the night his last "Peanuts" cartoon was published.

by Anonymousreply 124November 6, 2023 4:21 PM

I had no idea THAT's how Sam Cooke died! What a stupid death

by Anonymousreply 125November 6, 2023 4:54 PM

Jim Henson died of a staph infection, which blew up into toxic shock syndrome. He had had a sore throat and awoke coughing up blood. He waited a bit before going to the hospital, but finally went to the ER. Antibiotics took care of the infection, but too much damage had been done. He died the next day.

It's really bizarre that someone could die from a strep infection in a world with antibiotics.

by Anonymousreply 126November 6, 2023 5:00 PM

Legendary Toto drummer Jeff Pocaro died of anaphylactic shock after applying rose dust to his roses.

by Anonymousreply 127November 6, 2023 6:20 PM

Me choking on my nephew's cock.

Watch this space!

by Anonymousreply 128November 6, 2023 6:46 PM


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by Anonymousreply 129November 6, 2023 7:48 PM

R114 Ahhhh. So it was all bs. 😆🙄 Well, some might not like to hear that but I thank you! I always like the truth. I wondered how this could be.

And as for lovely Sharon Tate and all her friends, my heart bleeds for those poor people cut off in the prime of their lives. So wrong. So wrong.

by Anonymousreply 130November 6, 2023 9:46 PM

R119, he didn’t invent the Segway. The inventor Dean Kamen sold it to him in 2009. It was then sold to a Chinese robotics startup in 2015.

by Anonymousreply 131November 7, 2023 12:03 AM

The ties that bound Carradine, who was found hanging in the closet of his Bangkok hotel on June 4, helped Baden rule out suicide as well. “He didn’t die of natural causes, and he didn’t die of suicidal causes from the nature of the ligatures around the body, so that leaves some kind of accidental death,” he said.

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by Anonymousreply 132November 7, 2023 12:05 AM

Aaron Carter, pulling a Whitney.

by Anonymousreply 133November 7, 2023 12:15 AM

Matthew Perry pulling an Aaron

by Anonymousreply 134November 7, 2023 12:29 AM

R126, he was raised by Christian Scientist parents who believed in the healing power of prayer rather than medicine. He no longer practised that religion, but his estranged wife Jane felt that having grown up in that environment still influenced him to avoid doctors. However, I've heard others say that this wasn't the case, and that the reason he didn't seek help was that he simply didn't realise how ill he was until it was too late.

by Anonymousreply 135November 7, 2023 12:36 AM

Charmayne Maxwell, a member of American R&B group Brownstone, died after falling backward while holding a wine glass. During the fall, the glass shattered on the ground behind her head, and the shards pierced her neck, causing profuse bleeding

by Anonymousreply 136November 7, 2023 12:45 AM

Mark Fidrych, 54, a former Major League Baseball pitcher of the Detroit Tigers, died while working underneath his dump truck. His clothes had become entangled with the power take-off drive shaft, suffocating him.

by Anonymousreply 137November 7, 2023 12:46 AM

Kurt Gödel, the famous Austrian-American logician and mathematician, developed an obsessive fear of being poisoned and refused to eat food prepared by anyone but his wife. When she became ill and was hospitalized, he starved to death.

by Anonymousreply 138November 7, 2023 12:48 AM

Margaret Wise Brown, author of "Goodnight Moon," had been previously admitted to the hospital for an ovarian cyst. To prove how healthy she was after treatment, she kicked her foot in the air, dislodging a blood clot in her leg. The blood clot quickly traveled to her brain, and she died in emergency surgery.

by Anonymousreply 139November 7, 2023 12:49 AM

Sherwood Anderson, the author of "Winesburg, Ohio," died of peritonitis after accidentally swallowing a toothpick.

by Anonymousreply 140November 7, 2023 12:50 AM

[quote]Alan Pakula was likely murdered.

Why do you think that?

by Anonymousreply 141November 7, 2023 1:58 AM

R132 The Carradine’s death was stranger because he was on Celebrity ghost stories shortly before his death. The episode was narrated by Carradine and his story was he was experiencing strange things in the home and he felt that his wife’s deceased ex was trying to tell him something, sending him ‘messages’ but he did not understand what they meant. Something to do with a closet.

Starts about 36:21 or so. It’s pretty interesting because he died not long after.

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by Anonymousreply 142November 7, 2023 2:00 AM

Wrestler Junkyard Dog died when he fell asleep at the wheel of his car & crashed.

by Anonymousreply 143November 9, 2023 3:43 AM

R143. Likely drunk behind the wheel.

by Anonymousreply 144November 9, 2023 3:47 AM

R121 It is rather unusual, it’s just not bizarre.

by Anonymousreply 145November 9, 2023 2:07 PM

R126 So was it a staph infection or a strep infection?

by Anonymousreply 146November 9, 2023 2:10 PM

Or AIDS? A member of his Muppets/Sesame Street died of AIDS, can’t remember his name.

by Anonymousreply 147November 9, 2023 5:54 PM

R143 he was my favorite wrestler as a kid. I was sad he died. RIP Junkyard. That was such a cool wrestling name.

by Anonymousreply 148November 9, 2023 6:13 PM

Naya Rivera, just so strange how she passed

by Anonymousreply 149November 9, 2023 6:25 PM

It was Streptococcus pneumoniae.

by Anonymousreply 150November 9, 2023 6:59 PM

Shit happens Blanche

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by Anonymousreply 151November 9, 2023 6:59 PM

r135 - if Henson was estranged from his wife, I wonder if he was living alone. Some people, especially men, need to be pushed into seeking help. If Fetterman's wife hadn't pushed him into going to the ER he may very well be dead.

by Anonymousreply 152November 9, 2023 10:14 PM

Actress Cass Daley fell on a glass table, breaking it, and her throat was slashed by a piece of the broken glass.

by Anonymousreply 153November 13, 2023 6:04 AM

I remember seeing that.

by Anonymousreply 154November 13, 2023 6:08 AM

The actor Hart (?) from SNL murdered by his Coke crazed girlfriend who then killed herself. Why do these nutcases have rifles and guns?

That actor guy I forget his name who was believed to have walked into the ocean and never returned . I remember him as the narrator in Our Town

by Anonymousreply 155November 13, 2023 9:55 AM

^Spalding Gray

by Anonymousreply 156November 13, 2023 9:57 AM

John Ritter; he died when his aorta suddenly tore open. but was mis-diagnosed as having a heart attack.

by Anonymousreply 157November 13, 2023 10:12 AM

Phil Hartman, r155, and Spaulding Gray was believed to have jumped off the Staten Island ferry.

by Anonymousreply 158November 13, 2023 10:33 AM

Kenneth Anger, who chocked on a pill bottle and drowned in his own vomit after being beaten with a dildo and decapitated while having sex with the USC football team.

by Anonymousreply 159November 13, 2023 11:15 AM


by Anonymousreply 160November 13, 2023 11:15 AM

r159 you wish

by Anonymousreply 161November 13, 2023 12:31 PM

R159 - Please only refer to my beloved USC Trojans by their proper sexy-time title, “The Thundering Heard.”

Much obliged,

by Anonymousreply 162November 13, 2023 2:41 PM

Who’s the “wholesome” drunk comic who was found dead in his hotel room days later? Then his family got all up in arms about autopsy results or something being released?

by Anonymousreply 163November 13, 2023 5:13 PM

Bob Saget

by Anonymousreply 164November 13, 2023 5:18 PM

Bob Saget, R163, and he wasn’t wholesome. He was well-known for his dark side. Check him out in “The Aristocrats” if you dare.

by Anonymousreply 165November 13, 2023 5:19 PM

He had Covid when he died. But was out traveling and freely interacting with people.

by Anonymousreply 166November 13, 2023 5:21 PM

Joan Rivers - not technically as bizarre as a decapitation but strange to die during routine surgery . Fuck that horrible surgery center . Who decided on that

by Anonymousreply 167November 13, 2023 5:25 PM

Bruce Lee died from swelling of his brain partially from a reaction to a pain reliever, but more so to an electrolyte imbalance due to heat stroke/over exertion because of his missing armpit sweat glands he had removed. He thought sweating didn’t look good on camera.

by Anonymousreply 168November 13, 2023 5:27 PM


Oh Dear!

It’s not what you heard, it’s how you felt the next morning when you woke up on the front law.

I know it’s been years and years but still….

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by Anonymousreply 169November 13, 2023 5:46 PM

Natalie Wood feared water her entire life and drowned under mysterious circumstances, while yachting with her husband and Christopher Walken.

by Anonymousreply 170November 13, 2023 6:04 PM

Some of these deaths are tragic, but in no way bizarre.

by Anonymousreply 171November 13, 2023 6:16 PM

Bill Cosbys son

by Anonymousreply 172November 13, 2023 6:29 PM

Natalie Wood was probably pulled under by the chunky bracelets she always wore to disguise her deformed wrist.

Was it really worth it?

by Anonymousreply 173November 13, 2023 6:43 PM

Claude François. French superstar who died absurdly. While taking a shower, he noticed that the lamp on the wall was hanging unevenly. He reached over to straighten it - and was electrocuted on the spot.

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by Anonymousreply 174November 13, 2023 6:55 PM

R149 some say it was a ritualistic sacrifice.

by Anonymousreply 175November 13, 2023 7:29 PM

No R175. She thought it would be fun to swim in a restricted area of that nasty lake and probably got stuck on a branch or some other debris, or she didn’t realize that lake water is less buoyant than saltwater and overestimated her swimming ability.

by Anonymousreply 176November 13, 2023 7:35 PM

^^ Rather, Naya was less buoyant because of the lower degree of water density. My bad.

by Anonymousreply 177November 13, 2023 7:40 PM

What? She had a deformed wrist? I’ve never heard that before. Now I have to check it out.

by Anonymousreply 178November 13, 2023 7:52 PM

FWIW, Spalding Gray had been in an accident, suffering a head injury requiring surgery. Post-head-trauma depression is a serious problem for veterans and might have contributed to suicidal ideation.

by Anonymousreply 179November 13, 2023 8:35 PM

That is very likely, r179. Another odd fact about Gray is that he was in a porn film.

A really gross one.

by Anonymousreply 180November 13, 2023 8:41 PM

r180 link?

by Anonymousreply 181November 13, 2023 8:43 PM

Apparently he was in 3 of them. Farmer's Daughters was the one I saw. This isn't a link, but it has the titles so you can find them if you want to.

Honestly, though, I wouldn't recommend FD. I needed a shower after that one.

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by Anonymousreply 182November 13, 2023 8:58 PM

Michael Hutchinson

by Anonymousreply 183November 13, 2023 9:05 PM

[quote]That actor guy I forget his name who was believed to have walked into the ocean and never returned.

James Mason as Norman Maine?

by Anonymousreply 184November 13, 2023 11:37 PM

[quote]Joan Rivers - not technically as bizarre as a decapitation but strange to die during routine surgery.

A patient dying during routine surgery isn't all that rare. Things can suddenly go wrong even during minor surgery.

by Anonymousreply 185November 13, 2023 11:41 PM

There’s and actor I always confuse with Spalding Gray for some reason. He was tall, and wore a hat well—according to the host on Noir Alley on TCM. I want to say he liked to sail.

by Anonymousreply 186November 14, 2023 12:23 AM

Robert Wagner liked to sail, R186. Oh, wait. He liked to cruise. Sorry.

by Anonymousreply 187November 14, 2023 3:34 AM

R 173 I thought she was wearing a heavy mink coat . She was drunk

by Anonymousreply 188November 14, 2023 5:02 AM

[quote]R59: [R55] You think Jodie Foster was a star in 1963???

John Lennon was shot by Mark David Chapman in 1980, not 1963.

Bizarre claim: Mark David Chapman and Jodie Foster are said to be distant relatives, a tenth cousin two times removed. (see link)

But it was John Hinckley Jr., who attempted to assassinate Ronald Reagan in 1981, who was obsessed with Jodie Foster since seeing her in 'Taxi Driver' (1976), and hoped to impress her.

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by Anonymousreply 189November 14, 2023 5:16 AM

Joan Rivers died during an exam - laryngoscopy and endoscopy - not surgery.

by Anonymousreply 190November 15, 2023 3:02 AM

^R167 R185

by Anonymousreply 191November 15, 2023 3:05 AM

Donald Cammell co director with Nick Roeg of Performance

On the night of 24 April 1996, Cammell shot himself in the head in his Hollywood Hills home. He took 45 minutes to die, during which time he talked about his movie Performance (which features Mick Jagger's character being shot in the head in an assisted suicide) with his wife, China Kong, asking her to provide him with a mirror so he could witness his own death. Friends told the press he was suffering from severe chronic depression. Cammell's depression reportedly was exacerbated by the studio's recutting his recent movie Wild Side without his permission.

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by Anonymousreply 192November 15, 2023 4:04 AM

My family, including my wife, was killed in a plane crash.

by Anonymousreply 193November 15, 2023 5:52 AM

No matter what it is still incredulous that JFK Jr decided to fly that plane that night.

by Anonymousreply 194November 15, 2023 7:41 PM

You are incredulous; the flight was incredible.

by Anonymousreply 195November 15, 2023 8:14 PM

A bully I knew choked to death on a Bic pen cap before they put a hole in them.

by Anonymousreply 196November 15, 2023 8:31 PM

I imagine watching himself die was kind of a downer for him too.

by Anonymousreply 197November 15, 2023 8:33 PM

r184 I welcomed him underwater. He sends his love.

by Anonymousreply 198November 15, 2023 8:47 PM

[quote]R196 A bully I knew choked to death on a Bic pen cap before they put a hole in them.—He was only famous to me

I celebrate his anonymous death, alongside you!

Evil must be stamped out. As his life was.

by Anonymousreply 199November 15, 2023 9:27 PM

Julian Sands immediately comes to mind. Such a bizarre and tragic but completely preventable if he didn't go into the mountains alone. I always wondered how long g he survived in the those conditions and if he knew or heard people looking for him.

by Anonymousreply 200November 15, 2023 11:45 PM

^sorry for the typos

by Anonymousreply 201November 15, 2023 11:48 PM

Whenever Julian Sands is mentioned I always make the mistake of thinking it’s actor Paul Sand people are referring to.

by Anonymousreply 202November 16, 2023 6:45 AM

That's strange, because I've never even heard of Paul Sand.

by Anonymousreply 203November 16, 2023 3:40 PM

Russ Columbo. On Sunday, September 2, 1934, Columbo was shot under peculiar circumstances by his longtime friend, photographer Lansing Brown, while Columbo was visiting him at home. Brown had a collection of firearms, and the two men were examining various pieces. Quoting Brown's description of the accident:

I was absent-mindedly fooling around with one of the guns. It was of a dueling design and works with a cap and trigger. I was pulling back the trigger and clicking it time after time. I had a match in my hand and when I clicked, apparently the match caught in between the hammer and the firing pin. There was an explosion. Russ slid to the side of his chair.

The ball ricocheted off a nearby table and hit Columbo above the left eye. Surgeons at Good Samaritan Hospital made an unsuccessful attempt to remove the ball from Columbo's brain; he died less than six hours after the shooting. Columbo's death was ruled an accident and Brown was exonerated from blame. His funeral Mass was attended by numerous Hollywood actors, including Bing Crosby and Carole Lombard, who was to have had dinner with Columbo the evening of the accident and who was romantically involved with him.

Columbo's mother was hospitalized in serious condition from a heart attack at the time of the accident; the news was withheld from her by his brothers and sisters for the remaining 10 years of her life. Owing to her previous heart condition, it was feared that the news would prove fatal to her (she died in 1944). They used all manner of subterfuge to give the impression that Columbo was still alive, including faked letters from him and records used to simulate his radio program.

In 1958, singer Jerry Vale recorded a tribute album titled I Remember Russ. In 1995, 61 years after Columbo's death, singer Tiny Tim released an album, titled Prisoner of Love (A Tribute to Russ Columbo), which he recorded with the group Clang. Columbo is one of the historical figures named in the Neil Diamond composition "Done Too Soon". Columbo is one of the three famous crooners named in the 1932 Looney Tunes cartoon Crosby, Columbo, and Vallee. (Wikipedia)

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by Anonymousreply 204November 16, 2023 8:21 PM

That actor who was mashed to death by his own car.

by Anonymousreply 205November 16, 2023 9:05 PM

Another Bruce Willis mystery (who is unavailable for comment):

"Although he secured roles in "Outside Providence" and "Ride with the Devil," his role in the 2002 Bruce Willis film "Hart's War" was virtually trimmed out of existence in the film's final cut, and his 2003 pilot "111 Gramercy Park" failed to be picked up. Whether it was because of these turns of events, or for utterly unrelated reasons, Jonathan Brandis hanged himself on November 12, 2003, as per CBS."

by Anonymousreply 206November 16, 2023 10:46 PM

Wow, Brandis has been dead for 20 years.

by Anonymousreply 207November 17, 2023 1:01 AM

[quote]The ball ricocheted off a nearby table and hit Columbo above the left eye.

Guns are fun!

by Anonymousreply 208November 17, 2023 8:49 AM

Ivana Trump

and now ...

Maryanne Trump

... both as trials in which they could have/might have testified start to heat up.

by Anonymousreply 209November 17, 2023 10:06 AM

[quote]Artist Charles Schultz died the night his last "Peanuts" cartoon was published.

If he died, it was always going to be his last cartoon.

by Anonymousreply 210November 17, 2023 1:42 PM

^he was losing his sight and decided to retire. The last cartoon was made weeks before it was published.

by Anonymousreply 211November 17, 2023 2:37 PM

R203 It’s not strange, you just don’t know much.

by Anonymousreply 212November 20, 2023 5:11 AM

R203 Paul Sand is a Tony winning actor who has appeared on many TV shows and had his own series for one or two seasons.

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