The Effects of Dying Celebrities
Dying celebrities always make headline, whether they die from natural causes, long-term illnesses or sudden consequences. The bigger the celebrity, the more publicity he or she will receive, including coverage of the funeral, memorial service, autopsy report and, if applicable, police investigations.
This is a montage of celebrities whose deaths had profound effects on the world and people around them. Even in death, their lives and legacies continued.
Kurt Cobain (1967-1994) and his band Nirvana brought the alternative rock genre "grunge" into the forefront with their 1991 hit, Smells Like Teen Spirit. Fans and those in the music industry have named Cobain as one of the most "iconic rock musicians in history of alternative music." He died from self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Michael Jackson (1948-2009), the self-proclaimed "King of Pop," was one of the most influential and commercially successful entertainers of all time. He is known for his unique dancing and singing, and was part of the legendary group, The Jackson Five. At the time of his death, traffic on the Internet surged, causing websites to slow down and in some instances, crash. He died from a cardiac arrest.
Martin Luther King Jr.
The world mourned civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968) when he was shot and killed on the balcony outside his hotel room. His legacy has secured human and civil rights movements throughout the world.
At six feet tall, Margaux Hemingway (1955-1996) paved the catwalk for many of today's models. She was named the world's first supermodel and also was the first female in her profession to receive a $1 million-dollar contract. She died from a drug overdose.
The former Diana Spencer (1961-1997) was known to world as the "People's Princess." Her life as a British royal was so intriguing, that when she died, more than 2.5 billion people watched her funeral on television. She died from injuries sustained in a car accident.
U.S. Senator Edward Kennedy
For 46 years, Sen. Edward "Ted" Kennedy (1932-2009) served his constituents from Massachusetts, and for many years, was the most prominent member of the Kennedy family. The "Lion of the Senate" had more than 300 bills signed into law during his tenure. He died from brain cancer.
As one-quarter of the legendary group The Beatles, John Lennon (1940-1980) was more than a musician.As a peace and political activist, he was strong and vocal about his opposition to the Vietnam War. He was fatally shot outside of his apartment building in New York City.
Dubbed "The King of Rock 'n Roll," Elvis Presley (1935-1977) was one of the first rockabilly performers and brought a new style of music to a generation of teens. After his death, his Graceland home in Memphis, Tennessee, became a museum where thousands visit each year. He died from a drug overdose.
British actress and humanitarian Audrey Hepburn (1929-1993) rose up to be one of early Hollywood's leading award-winning ladies. However, it was her work with UNICEF that brought her the most satisfaction. In 1992, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. She died from abdominal cancer.