21 Celebrities Who Predicted Their Own Deaths
The list of celebrities who predicted their deaths is unfortunately long. Many of these deaths shocked the world into a state of disbelief, while others were met with more of an unsurprised sadness. Either way, one thing is clear: All these actors, musicians, athletes and other public figures saw their end coming long before everyone else. That is perhaps the saddest part of all.
Some of these celebrity death predictions are eerily intricate and precise, while others are slightly vague but immensely foreboding. Musicians appear on this list the most by far. Rappers, rockers, and more appear to be especially talented at predicting their own demise. It may have to do with the unique knowledge they have, or it could be simply the situations they frequently find themselves in. It's not all musicians, though. Athletes, writers, and famous composers have also been successful in predicting their own deaths. Perhaps the most surprising, though, is the famous mathematician who was obsessed with death.
Many of the people on this list were far too young when they passed. There are multiple members of the infamous "27 Club" on the list, as well as a few who were even younger than that when they perished. These famous predicted deaths might have been foreseen by some, but they are tragic, nonetheless.
The Prediction: Tupac Shakur's demise is shrouded in mystery. In the lyrics of one song, he raps, "I been shot and murdered, can tell you how it happened word for word." When asked where he saw himself in a few years, he was quoted as saying, "Best case, in a cemetery. Not in a cemetery, sprinkled in ashes smoked up by my homies. I mean, that’s the worst case.”
What Happened: Tupac was the target of a drive-by in Las Vegas, though many speculate that he actually faked his own death.
The Prediction: John Lennon's passing shocked the world, but Lennon himself may have seen it coming. Not long before he passed, he recorded a song called 'Borrowed Time," in which he sings, "Living on borrowed time, without a thought for tomorrow."
What Happened: Lennon was shot down before the song even came out. It was later released posthumously.
The Prediction: While giving a speech upon being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame, The Ultimate Warrior said, "Every man's heart one day beats its final beat, his lungs breathe their final breath.”
What Happened: Not even a full day later, Hellwig's heart beat its own final beat.
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The Prediction: When he was only 14, Kurt Cobain told a classmate that he would become a superstar musician, get rich and famous, and that he would take his own life, going out in a blaze of glory.
What Happened: Cobain nailed all of it. He became wildly successful, rich, and famous. He also took his own life inside his Seattle home.
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The Prediction: Jimi Hendrix recorded a new song in 1965 with the lyrics:
Many things he would try
For he knew soon he’d die
Now Jimi’s gone, he’s not alone
His memory still lives on
Five years, this he said
He’s not gone, he’s just dead
What Happened: Hendrix passed five years to the month after recording the song.
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The Prediction: After Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix became two of the first members of the notorious "27 Club," Jim Morrison, while drinking with friends, said, "You’re drinking with number three."
What Happened: Jim Morrison joined the 27 Club when he was found lifeless in a Paris apartment bathtub.