10 Celebrity Deaths that Are Still Unexplained

by Binupriya Tomy2 years ago

6 Music superstar, Prince, a Minnesota pop culture icon, died on April 21, 2016, because of an accidental overdose of fentanyl. He thought he was taking Vicodin, but it was a fake medicine laced with fentanyl. After two years, the investigation was closed saying there is not enough evidence to continue to pursue the crime. 
Prince performing at Coachella 2008
Prince performing at Coachella 2008, Image to the right is used for representational purpose only. Image credits: Micahmedia/Wikipedia

The musician thought he was taking the painkiller Vicodin, not knowing that it was fake and had fentanyl in it. Fentanyl is an opioid 50 times stronger than heroin.

The two-year-long investigation into his death showed that he was taking fake Vicodin and was getting addicted to fentanyl. Nobody, including him, was aware of the intake of this synthetic drug until it was too late. 

There was no evidence that the pill found in his home was prescribed by a doctor. There was also no reliable evidence as to who was delivering these pills to him.

He was experiencing a lot of pain, and as a private person, did not wish anybody knew that the narcotics were prescribed in his name. Even with the high-profile nature of the case, there was no evidence of any malicious intent, and the innuendos circulating around were not sufficient to charge anyone. (1, 2)

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7 Tupac Shakur was only 25 when he was shot four times in a drive-by shooting in LA in 1996. He died six days later from the wounds. With uncooperative witnesses and very little evidence about who shot him, the case remains unresolved. 

Tupac Shakur
Image credits: Kraft74/Shutterstock.com

The hip-hop artist was on his way to a Las Vegas club when he was shot four times. The gunman who shot him appeared in a white Cadillac and is still unknown.

It remains an unsolved homicide case. The first investigation pointed the killing to a gang called the “Southside Crips” from California as Shakur was associated with another street gang that regularly battled with the Southside Crips. 

He also had a feud with fellow rapper Christopher Wallace who also died in a shooting only six months after Shakur’s death.

There were rumors that the rapper had provided a gun to a gang asking them to kill Shakur because of gang fights that had happened in the past. Even though there were many allegations, nothing helped find the gang behind the murder. (1, 2)

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8 Natalie Wood drowned in 1981 during a vacation at Catalina Island. Her body was found floating in the water with bruises. Even though her death was ruled an accident, the case was reopened with her husband as the prime suspect in 2011. The cause on the death certificate was changed to “drowning and other undetermined factors” in 2012. 

Natalie Wood
Natalie Wood, Image to the right is used for representational purposes only. Image credits: Allan Warren/Wikimedia

Almost four decades after the death of this celebrity, the case was reopened with the person-of-interest being her then-husband. She drowned off Catalina Island on November 29, 1981, after being out on a yacht with her husband, friend, and the boat’s captain.

Her body was found floating and wearing a nightgown. Her body had superficial bruises which were written off as related to drowning. 

New witnesses were interviewed in 2011 after the case was reopened by the sheriff’s department. As a new sequence of events was revealed by witnesses. the sheriff was prompted to change the cause of death by adding “undetermined factors.”

One witness reported hearing yelling and crashing noises between the husband and the wife on the night of death. The husband was contacted several times to be interviewed after the case was reopened, but he refused. (1, 2)

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9 The death of Marilyn Monroe, even though it was ruled as a barbiturate overdose, still remains a mystery as several of her fans believe it has something to do with the Kennedys. There were rumors about her and the Kennedy brothers at the time. She died in her Los Angeles home on August 5, 1962. She was only 36 years old. 

Marilyn Monroe
The image to the right is used for representational purposes only. Image credits: Lucian Milasan/Shutterstock.com

Marilyn Monroe was found dead from an overdose of sleeping pills. Her body was found clutching the telephone receiver, and the pill bottle was found next to her body.

She was under the care of a psychoanalyst for over a year and had called the doctor’s home the night before her death. She was suffering severe setbacks in her career as well as in her personal life.

There was no evidence of a crime. It was claimed that she was having an affair with Robert F. Kennedy at the time and was threatening him about making a scandal. The rumors say, to protect his career, he ordered her to be assassinated. Many believe her death was orchestrated due to this affair. (1, 2)

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10 Bobbi Kristina Brown, the daughter of Whitney Houston and Bobbi Brown was an American TV personality and singer. She was found unresponsive in her bathtub on July 26, 2015. After having spent nearly six months in different hospitals before she passed away. The medical examiner could not determine if her death was due to intentional or accidental causes. 

Bobbi Kristina Brown
Bobbi Kristina Brown. Image credits: Tinseltown/Shutterstock.com

Bobbi Kristina Brown died due to intoxication and immersion in water according to the reports. The celebrity kid was involved with drugs and using cannabis.

She was also under medication for anxiety for which she had been prescribed sedatives. The police statement said that the death was not due to natural causes but was considered accidental. The manner of death has been classified as “undetermined. “

Her mother, Whitney Houston, was also found dead in her bathtub. Before her daughter was also found unresponsive in the bath, she had endured six months of moving to different hospitals and her passing occurred in a hospice.

Her post mortem report was released eight months after her death. Her stepbrother, aged 27, was also found dead in November 2020 due to a drug overdose. (1, 2)

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