The 11 Most Mysterious Celebrity Deaths

Andy Kaufman
Andy Kaufman Andy Kaufman had often talked about performing the ultimate prank--faking his death and coming back years later. So in the years since he died of cancer in 1984, there's been no end to claims that he is, in fact, still with us.CBS—Getty Images
Amelia Earhart
Amelia Earhart The first woman to fly over the Atlantic disappeared in 1937 trying to circumnavigate the globe. The wreck was never found.New York Times Co.—Getty Images
Marilyn Monroe
Marilyn Monroe Monroe died mysteriously in 1962 at the age of 36 of an overdose of sedatives that was deemed a probable suicide. But skeptics believe she was murdered, and her death, given her many social and political connections, has been the source of much speculation. Alfred Eisenstaedt—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Image
Paul McCartney
Paul McCartney Paul McCartney was killed in a car accident in 1966—conspiracy theorists say. He also just came out with a new album, but the skeptics say that the real Paul McCartney was replaced with a look-alike.David Redfern—Getty Images
Jimi Hendrix
Jimi Hendrix Jimi Hendrix, according to the coroner’s report, died in London in 1970 after choking on his own vomit while intoxicated with sedatives. But conflicting accounts from Hendrix’s companion the night of his death stirred skepticism. Scotland Yard opened an inquiry more than two decades later, but that ended inconclusively.Redferns—Getty Images
Jim Morrison
Jim Morrison The Doors singer died in a Paris bathtub, age 27. Officially he died of a heart attack—though there was no autopsy because of a lack of evident foulplay—and unofficially he died of a drug overdose. Conspiracists said he didn’t die.Ulf Kruger—OHG/Redferns
James Hoffa
James HoffaSeymour Wally—NY Daily News/Getty Images
Elvis Presley
Elvis Presley Elvis Presley died in 1977 after years of deteriorating health from drug use. Tens of thousands of people attended his funeral, but the Elvis sightings didn’t stop.ABC—Getty Images
Tupac Shakur
Tupac Shakur Rapper Tupac Shakur, who was shot and killed in a drive-by shooting in 1996, released a series of albums after his death. How'd he do that? Ron Galella—WireImage/Getty Images
The Notorious B.I.G.
The Notorious B.I.G. Christopher Wallace—Biggie Smalls—was shot and killed in LA in 1997. The murder has yet to be solved.Des Willie—Redferns/Getty Images
Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson Michael Jackson died in 2009 after being administered a cocktail of medications. It didn’t take long for the conspiracy theorists to claim it was faked. Dave Hogan—Getty Images

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