Did You Know…16

I’ve mentioned in previous posts, the unusual instances of celebrity deaths that seem to come in three’s. The most recent proof being the passing of Robyn Williams, Lauren Bacall, and Joan Rivers. It’s kind of hard to argue against this when it has happened repeatedly over time. Admittedly, I’ve heard this old adage for as long as I can remember, never really paying much attention to it until entering into my adult life. I began to notice that there seemed to be some truth to this “Hollywood” affliction. With the recent barrage of deaths, it seems appropriate to take a closer look at the so-called Celebrity Death Rule of Three.

    • Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and the Big Bopper all crashed and died simultaneously in an Iowa cornfield on February 3, 1959. Not since their untimely deaths, has the Celebrity Death Rule of Three happen so quickly, according to an article by Dave Montgomery of the Washing Post on June 30, 2009. Further instances may not have happened as quickly, but they certainly did happen.
    • The earliest instance was recorded as far back as late 1970 to early 1971. It has been documented that rock star royals Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, and Jim Morrison all died in close time proximity. *Unbelievably, all three of these rock legends died at the age of 27. This is both remarkable and peculiar within itself. (Another post perhaps)
    • In June of 2009, the deadly trifecta, if you will, made an appearance again. Ed McMahaon passed away on June 23, 2009, mega-celebrities Michael Jackson and Farrah Fawcett, both died on the same day, June 25, 2009. The media clearly struggled to bring some type of balance to its reporting on each of these stars. I’m willing to bet the media never imagined they’d be scrambling to cover such broad careers simultaneously, to say the least.
    • During the summer of 2013, the triage of death occurred again with the death of infamous Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek, Sopranos star, James Gandolfini, and actress Jean Stapleton(known for her role as Edith Bunker on All in the Family).

Again, it is hard to argue the existence of the alleged Celebrity Death Rule of Three when as you can see, there certainly are enough occurrences to support otherwise. Myth or pure coincidence? You be the judge…

By Sylvia Porter-Hall

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  1. habibilamour
    Sep 12, 2014 @ 09:11:50

    😥 I remember the day MJ and Farrah died….I was in Tasmania for a week and only saw the sun when we literally drove above the clouds to the top of Mt Wellington…it was like a stereotypical image of heaven…..*Strong Bad’s voice* SYMBOLISM OR SOMETHING!

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  2. D'aller Naturel
    Sep 23, 2014 @ 19:16:19

    I always wanted to be an actress/model/dancer when I was younger. This post makes me rethink ALL of that. If I were to ever get famous, I’d have to worry every single time a colleague died. It’s like a horrible game of “Tag, You’re it!”

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    • sporterhall
      Sep 25, 2014 @ 22:27:36

      Oh my PA…I didn’t mean to scare you away from your thoughts but it’s very hard to do this kind of post without running that risk I suppose. BTW…you could still be all of the above…easily! Just sayin’! 🙂

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