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.