How Famous People Died

By Tiara

The chances of your becoming famous are slim, but it is possible! If you’re willing to put in the effort into developing your artistic talent and sharing it with the world, then there are many ways you can work towards being recognized as talented or even “famous.”

It’s great to admire celebrities for their success, but unfortunately, they’ve made that journey a little more difficult by passing away at a much younger age.

The death of a celebrity typically gets lots of media coverage due to the speculation surrounding the cause of death and interest in whether or not the individual had committed suicide. Some people feel inspired while others are left feeling saddened.

Many fans feel guilty about enjoying the person’s fame when they died, thinking that something was lost along with them. Others believe that their tragic death has helped them find inspiration to pursue similar dreams.

In this article, we will look at some examples of how well known individuals passed away. We will also take a look at theories related to their deaths and what may have influenced theirs or someone else’s decision to commit suicide.

Hopefully you’ll emerge from reading these articles with an improved understanding of suicidal thoughts and how to help if you ever encounter one of those days.

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Understanding the Psychological Effects of Celebrity Deaths

In a world so interconnected by social media and instant news, the passing of a renowned individual often feels like a personal loss to many, even if they've never met the deceased. Why is that?

  1. Parasocial Relationships: We often feel like we 'know' celebrities. Watching their movies, listening to their songs, or following their personal life stories, gives us a sense of connection. This one-sided relationship, where one party knows a lot about the other, but the celebrity doesn't know the individual personally, is termed as a parasocial relationship. When a celebrity we admire passes away, it feels like losing a distant friend.
  2. Shared Grief: The collective mourning, especially on platforms like Twitter or Facebook, creates a bond among strangers. There’s a shared sense of understanding and empathy, and the outpouring of grief can be overwhelming, intensifying personal feelings of loss.
  3. Reflection of Mortality: A celebrity's passing, especially if unexpected or at a young age, confronts us with the reality of our own mortality. It reminds us of the impermanence of life, which can be distressing and lead to introspection about how we are leading our own lives.
  4. Impact on Culture: Celebrities often contribute significantly to shaping cultures, trends, and societal values. Their passing might make us wonder about the future direction of the cultural or artistic domain they were a part of.

It's essential to recognize these feelings and find ways to cope healthily. Engaging in memorial activities, celebrating the work of the deceased, or even seeking professional counseling can help in processing these emotions.

John Lennon

The iconic musician passed away in 1980 after he was shot by twenty-year old Mark David Chapman outside of his apartment building in New York City. He was hit twice, once in the back and again in the chest.

After being taken to the hospital for treatment, Chapman was arrested for second degree murder. During his arrest, he stated that he intended to kill himself but not John Lennon.

He received a life sentence at Rikers Island where he will be eligible for parole in fifty years. Since his incarceration, he has maintained his innocence. Many believe that he killed Lennon because he wanted credit for writing the song “God” which mentions killing yourself.

Many people have debated whether or not Lennon’s death was necessary. Some say that his passing inspired positive changes in people while others argue that it created an atmosphere of fear in which violence is allowed to flourish.

John Lennon's legacy will live on forever, even if he isn't quite dead yet.

Tupac Shakur

In 2004, just over two years after his death, not even six months past his 25th birthday, word began to spread about how he died. Some say it was due to him being shot by an unknown assailant in Las Vegas while driving away from a party. Others allege that he took his own life because of his struggles with depression and drug addiction.

Either way, what makes this story so tragic is that there were many people who could have saved his life. His family members, friends, and colleagues tried desperately to help him address his mental health issues and get into rehab before it was too late.

But unfortunately, they all failed. And now we will never know the true cause of his death.

It’s important to note that suicide cannot be prevented unless someone is present at the time of death. This means if you are aware of someone's potential risk for suicide, you must speak up and do your best to prevent them from acting.

Michael Jackson

As mentioned earlier, his death was ruled as suicide due to hanging. However, there were rumors of him being murdered for several months before he took his own life. Many people believe that he died because he was poisoned with sedatives and alcohol.

He had been in a very stressful state since at least April 2016 when his doctor warned him about potential addiction issues involving pain relievers. At this time, he made an appointment to see another doctor who prescribed him a strong anti-anxiety drug called Xanax.

It is possible that someone else gave him these drugs and it was found in his system. If this happened, then they would be guilty of murder because they caused him to hurt himself by giving him too much medication.

There have also been reports of finding blood stains in the bathroom which could indicate that he injured himself while taking his own life.

These are just some theories but they are serious accusations that need proof or evidence to back up.

Steve Jobs

The world lost one of its greatest leaders when Apple co-founder, designer, and CEO Steve Jobs died earlier this year. He was just 56 years old at the time of his passing in October 2011.

Jobs’s legacy will never be forgotten. He left us with an incredible company that has continued to grow under his son, former Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook. And he inspired countless others through his work as an entrepreneur and leader.

Many have written about how much Jobs changed the way we use computers and communicate, but what few realize is just how influential he was beyond technology. His creative genius extended into other areas such as music, literature, and fashion.

He designed some of the most iconic products ever made including the iPod, iPhone, and Macintosh computer. Many consider these gadgets to be classics today. What many may not know though is that Jobs came up with the concept for all three of them.

The same can also be said for the iPad, which now boasts over 100 million active users around the globe. Although it was originally intended as a tablet device like the Kindle, the success comes down to Jobs’s vision of creating a new kind of product.

David Bowie

In a statement issued by his manager, Anthony Bongino, he said that the “latest news is that he passed away early this morning in Switzerland after suffering from degenerative disease of the heart.”

Bowie was found unconscious at his home in Switzerland around 2:30 AM ET Sunday. He was taken to a hospital where he later died.

The singer had just turned 69 years old earlier this month. While it has not been confirmed yet, many sources claim that he suffered a heart attack while sleeping.

He lived an incredible life as one of the greatest singers of all time and influenced music and fashion for decades. He will be missed but his legacy will live on.

Elvis Presley

Born January 8, 1935 in Tupelo, Mississippi, Elvis Aaron Presley was known for his wild lifestyle and incredible talent as an singer. He died tragically at age 42 when he shot himself in his bedroom with a gun.

Elvis left a one-year old daughter who survived the shooting. His death sparked many theories about what may have contributed to his suicide including drug use, health issues and money troubles.

Many people believe that his struggles with depression and addiction played a role in him taking his own life. It is very common for people who are actively struggling with addictions or mental health conditions to feel hopelessness and despair. This can make it difficult to enjoy time with family and friends which can contribute to loneliness.

Depression and anxiety often cause poor sleep so someone who is sleeping poorly could mistake their lack of rest for symptoms they should be treating their condition with. Health problems such as diabetes and high blood pressure can also affect how well you wake up in the morning so this could help prolong the sleep cycle even more.

It is important to recognize that substance abuse and mental illness can coexist and exist independently of each other. If you know anyone who is suffering from either of these conditions, try to talk some sense into them.

Charlie Chaplin

In 1941, just before his 40th birthday, filmmaker Charles Spencer Chaplin suffered what many describe as a “freak” accident while filming The Kid. He was riding an escalator in a studio when it suddenly stopped working.

He fell several feet onto the ground and broke both of his ankles. Because he was already under contract with Universal Studios at that time, they arranged for him to have surgery immediately so he could start work soon after.

However, during recovery he developed peritonitis which left him very weak and suffering greatly. Although he would eventually recover fully, this took months and he never regained his strength completely.

After completing his final movie of the year, Modern Times, he returned home where he began feeling unwell. Just over two weeks later he died from cardiac arrest caused by septicemia (infection). It is thought that he may have been injured more seriously earlier and not realized how bad his ankle injury had become.

It took years for people to realize just how much of an influence Chaplin truly was but now that he has passed away, his legacy can be seen through his films and achievements. His funeral was one of the biggest ever held and he is still remembered today.

Abraham Lincoln

On April 15, 1865, President Abraham Lincoln made his last public appearance at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C. He had spent the past week in nearby rooms recovering from an infection he suffered earlier that month.

On that fateful night, actor John Wilkes Booth infiltrated the theatre with two guns and one bag of ammunition. Once inside, he waited for Lincoln to emerge from a performance before shooting him twice in the back. The first shot barely penetrated his clothing, but the second hit his body and fractured his skull.

Lincoln was taken to George Washington University Hospital where doctors performed surgery to try and save him. Although they succeeded in stabilizing his condition, he never recovered and died twenty-six hours later.

While historians still debate whether Booth acted alone or if he was helped along by other people, there is no question as to why he murdered Lincoln. It was because of a dispute over slavery.

Booth was obsessed with ending the practice of slavery and believed Lincoln would not be successful in this goal. Therefore, he decided to take control of the government and create a slave revolt in order to prove his point.

His actions clearly show that he did not care about anyone else except himself and what he wanted. —AKA sociopath.