When a celebrity dies unexpectedly, a media firestorm usually follows soon after. The public who consumes the media stories seems to have a never-ending appetite for tragedies such as these, so reporters will do anything they can do to get the scoop on what happened to the famous person in question.
However, the answer isn’t always so easy to discover. Throughout modern history, there have been a number of mysterious celebrity deaths that have gripped the headlines for weeks or even months without ever reaching a clear-cut conclusion.
Celebrities stay in the spotlight from the moment they become famous until they either pass away or fade from fame over time. When it happens that a still-famous person becomes deceased, the public instantly wants as many details as possible regarding their death, and their life in the days leading up to their death.
Of course, if obvious answers aren’t available, the conspiracy theorists often get to work creating their own tall tales that are likely more sensational than the truth. Many of the notable celebrity deaths in the last 100 years have long since been associated with theories that hold little water under closer scrutiny.
The following list includes some of the prominent celebrity deaths in recent memory, along with a few of the details surrounding the situation.