Celebrity deaths have always sparked a curiosity in the public. Living life under the scrutiny of the tabloid's limelight often pushes celebrities to the brink of self-destruction. While many Hollywood starlets pass well into old age with grace, there are plenty of peculiar cases in which the famous demise under violent, mysterious, or bizarre circumstances. Despite our best judgment, celebrity deaths captivate audiences just as much as the performer did when they were alive - sometimes even more so. However, weird celebrity deaths seem to inspire a unique sort of fascination, one deeply rooted in the creepy and conspiratorial. Dead celebrities often remain a household name well past their passing, some more infamous for their death than their life's best work.
Aside from the cases you likely already know of - the Michael Jacksons and Whitney Houstons of the celebrity underworld - there are a lot of stories you may have never heard of. Before grisly celebrity death photos became immediately accessible to the online world, many of these mysterious cases were shrouded in mystery. While some have been solved since the initial incident, many still remain just as baffling as the day they occurred. If you have an insatiable curiosity for the creepy, here are some of the strange and weird celebrity deaths you've probably never heard of. You can also head over to the Celebrity Death Pool 2018 to take your bet on the next celebrity to befall a bizarre fate.
Tennessee Williams is considered one of the greatest American playwrights in history, yet he often struggled with depression. Found dead in an New York hotel suite, many suspected the cause to be drug and alcohol abuse related, and while both played a role, the main contributor to his death was asphyxiation.According to medical professionals, Williams died from choking on a bottle cap that was lodged in his throat. (The cap was from a bottle for eye drops that he often used.) Examiners believed the drugs and alcohol in his system subdued his gag reflex, preventing him from releasing the cap from his throat.
Age: Dec. at 72 (1911-1983)
Birthplace: Columbus, Mississippi, United States of America
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Known as one half of the infamous duo Sonny & Cher, Bono later got involved in politics. His aspirations were cut short when he died in a freak skiing accident at Nevada's Heavenly Ski Resort. While on the slopes, Bono collided with a tree, sustaining fatal injuries.The most bizarre aspects of Bono's death were the eerie similarities to Michael Kennedy's (son of Robert F. Kennedy) death, which occurred less than a week prior. Kennedy also died in a skiing accident.
Age: Dec. at 63 (1935-1998)
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States of America
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While on set, filming of the CBS television show Cover Up, muscle stud Jon-Erik Hexum became restless throughout takes. Hexum began fiddling with a prop gun and then spun a blank cartridge, held the barrel to his head in a mock game of Russian Roulette, and pulled the trigger.The wadding from the empty barrel shot out of the trigger and impacted Hexum's temple. He was rushed to the hospital, where he underwent five hours of surgery. Six days later, he was pronounced brain dead. Hexum donated many of his organs, before being cremated.
Age: Dec. at 27 (1957-1984)
Birthplace: Englewood, New Jersey, United States of Americasee more on Jon-Erik Hexum
Best known for her roles in The Handmaid's Tale and The Parent Trap reboot, Richardson was a prominent English actress and charmer. While taking a skiing class on vacation in Canada, Richardson fell and sustained injuries. In a state of lucid confusion, she reportedly refused medical help, stating she felt fine and returned to her hotel room.
She later complained of a headache and was rushed to a hospital where she died from epidural hematoma.
Age: Dec. at 46 (1963-2009)
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