Even if they might not realize it, most people are obsessed with famous people and dying. Think about it. I’ve decided to combine the two and blow everyone’s mind. In the spirit of Halloween, here is a list of my all-time favorite Hollywood deaths. Yes, I know this post reeks of insensitivity. Leave me alone.
10 – CHRISTINE CHUBBUCK
Chubbuck was a news reporter. She was depressed for a while before her death. This may have been caused by her personal life; she once complained that she was nearing 30 and was still a virgin. Still, she took her job quite seriously. Eventually, one of her news stories was cut in favor of a shoot-out. The station’s owner had tried to convince his staff to focus on ‘blood and guts’.
Three days later, she began her segment as usual, reporting various national stories. She moved onto a story about a shooting at a local restaurant. The film reel wouldn’t run, so Chubbuck said, “In keeping with Channel 40’s policy of bringing you the latest in blood and guts, and in living color, you are going to see another first – attempted suicide.” She then shot herself in the ear, live, on air.
The creepiest part is that afterwards, the news director found the script Chubbuck had been reading her newscast from. It included not only her suicide, but also a third-person account to be read by whatever staff member took over the broadcast after she’d shot herself. As she predicted in her script, she was taken to Sarasota Memorial Hospital and was pronounced dead 14 hours later.
9- LOU TELLEGEN
Tellegen was a silent film star who made his motion picture debut in 1910. Everything was going smoothly for him until he damaged his beautiful face in a fire. Job offers stopped coming in and he was going broke. So in 1934, he did what any celeb whose star was fading would do: he committed suicide by stabbing his heart seven times with a pair of sewing scissors. How the hell does a person stab themselves in the heart SEVEN times? Holy shit. Oh, and I forgot to mention this but before offing himself, Tellegen laid out a bunch of newspaper clippings spanning his career.
In the end, he finally got the press coverage he was looking for. Too bad he wasn’t around to enjoy it.
8- CHRIS FARLEY
Farley’s death isn’t as strange as it is sad. For me, anyway. I thought he was hilarious. I still skip class whenever Beverly Hills Ninja is on TV. His SNL skits were the best. Anyway, in the years before his death, Farley had sought treatment for obesity and drug abuse on seventeen separate occasions. In 1997, Chris’ lifeless body was found by his brother John. He’d died of a heart attack and had also overdosed on cocaine and morphine.
The weird factor is that he went out almost exactly like his hero, John Belushi – both died at 33 after overdosing on coke and opiates.
If you’re super morbid, you can see his death pics here. It’s OK, I looked too. Poor Chris is foaming at the mouth, bleeding and clenching a rosary.
7- JUDY GARLAND
The Wizard of Oz probably tops everyone’s favorite childhood movies list. Everything about it was awesome in a playful, innocent way. That’s why people absolutely hate hearing about how the woman who played Dorothy died. But I’m gonna tell you anyway: Judy Garland died of a self-overdosage of barbiturates. Yup, she OD’ed. Her husband found her dead in the bathroom.
As if that didn’t fuck your childhood memories up enough, Clara Blandick, who played Aunt Em in the film, committed suicide. Like Tellegen, she laid press clippings out all over her room, as well as her resume and her favorite photos and memorabilia. She styled her hair and put on a gown. She then swallowed a bunch of sleeping pills and and tied a plastic bag over her head.
6- ELIZABETH SHORT
You know her as the Black Dahlia. In 1947, Miss Short’s body was found severely mutilated – she was hacked in half and drained of blood; her face was slashed from her mouth to her ears; her body had been posed with her hands over her head and her elbows bent at right angles. Scary stuff. Police officers questioned thousands of potential suspects and cleared them all. Because the case was so hyped and captured the attention of so many, about 60 people actually confessed to the murder. To this day, however, the case remains unsolved.
5- ALBERT DEKKER
Dekker‘s death is one of the juiciest on here. His fiancee hadn’t heard from him in a while so she went to his place to see what was up. There were notes from concerned friends on his door. Of course, no one answered when she knocked. She got his manager to open up. She eventually found Dekker in the bathroom: he was naked, kneeling in the tub. He was gagged and blindfolded. A noose was tied around his neck, but not tight enough to choke him to death. He had leather belts around his neck, chest and waist. Handcuffs were placed around his wrists. The word ‘whip’ was written in red lipstick on his right ass cheek. Sun rays had been drawn around his nipples. “Make me suck” was written on his neck and “slave” and “cocksucker” on his chest. A vagina was drawn on his stomach.
His death was ruled accidental.
Several goods were missing from his apartment, however, prompting many to think that this was actually a robbery gone wrong. Others think he was way into autoerotic asphyxiation. If only David Carradine had learned from Dekker’s mistakes.
4- SHARON TATE
I’m sure you know about this one already, but for the sake of the post, here’s a recap. Tate was stabbed 16 times by members of Charles Manson’s Family. She was eight months pregnant. The murder was absolutely gruesome. The other victims were Wojciech Frykowski (shot twice, struck 13 times over the head with a blunt object, stabbed 51 times) and his girlfriend and coffee heiress Abigail Folger (stabbed 28 times), Tate’s friend and former lover Jay Sebring (shot once) and Steven Parent (shot four times), an 18-year old friend of the property’s caretaker.
Some disturbing crime scene pics here.
3- BRANDON LEE
Lee was killed while filming The Crow. He was shot by a gun that was supposed to be filled with blanks. His death was ruled accidental and no charges were filed, but that didn’t stop rumors of his being murdered, much like his pops Bruce Lee, from spreading. I gotta say, that makes sense. What the hell was a real, loaded gun doing on-set (or are all Hollywood movies made this way…)? Something seems fishy here.
2- JUDITH BARSI
Poor little girl, my God. Judith starred in over 70 commercials, as well as in some movies and TV shows. She was killed by her own father, Jozsef, at 10 years old. He was unemployed, abusive and paranoid. He was also an alcoholic. Before Jozsef actually killed his daughter, he threatened her by putting a knife to her throat: he feared that she and her mom would go off to a photo or movie shoot and never come back.
On July 25, 1988, Jozsef shot Judith in the head while she slept. He then shot his wife, who also died. After letting the bodies sit there for two days, Jozsef poured gasoline over them and set the house on fire. He went into the garage and shot himself.
1- THE “REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE” CAST
James Dean died in a car crash in 1955, at 24. Nick Adams died of an accidental drug overdose in 1968, at 31. Sal Mineo was stabbed to death in 1976, at 37. Man, am I ever glad I wasn’t a part of that movie! Oh, and Natalie Wood “accidentally drowned” in 1981, at 43. See how I used quotation marks there? That’s because her death was really weird. She was on a yacht with her husband Robert Wager and Christopher Walken at the time. Apparently, Woods screamed for a good 15 minutes for help. A witness from a nearby yacht heard someone nonchalantly respond with, “Take it easy. We’ll be over to get you.” Except, quite clearly, no one did. Or they did and it was too late.
To this day, rumors persist that Wood found Wagner and Walken in bed together. She went crazy and threatened to tell the whole world, so Wagner apparently pushed her overboard.
To add to the sketchiness of this situation, Wood was petrified of water. So why would she go anywhere near it? Dun dun dun.