12 Celebrities Whose Deaths Remain A Total Mystery

1. Gianni Versace

Fashion icon Gianni Versace was murdered on the steps of his home by 27-year-old Andrew Cunanan, who killed himself in a houseboat near Versace’s mansion. Though Ryan Murphy has developed a potential storyline for his show American Crime Story, police could not identify Cunanan’s motive or reasoning for choosing Versace.

2. Princess Diana


As a “princess of the people,” Princess Diana was a globally-beloved woman. When she died in a car crash, the world was shocked. Paparazzi chased the car that she was in into a tunnel where she and her lover died. The condition of the drivers, the ruthlessness of the paparazzi, and potential motives from the royal family have all been called into question since her death. Maybe it’s too hard to believe that she died so tragically, or maybe there was foul play.

3. Tupac Shakur

In the midst of the East Coast vs. West Coast rap battle of the 1990s, Tupac Shakur was shot at a boxing event and died in the hospital a few days later. No suspects or even eyewitnesses have been identified.

4. Notorious B.I.G.

Six months after Tupac’s death, Notorious B.I.G. was shot leaving a party. It is speculated that it was in retaliation for Tupac’s death, but like in the case of his rival, no suspects have been identified in Biggie’s murder.

5. Natalie Wood

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The Case of Natalie Wood is one of the most famous cold cases of Hollywood. Natalie Wood fell off a boat and drowned while on a boat with her husband, Robert Wagner. Her death was originally ruled an accident; however, the case was reopened after mysterious bruises on her body were identified.

6. Brian Jones

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Rolling Stones founding member Brian Jones was found dead in his swimming pool after a party at his house. His death was ruled as a “misadventure,” but investigators speculated that he may have been the victim of a crime.

7. George Reeves

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Star of The Adventures of Superman George Reeves was found dead with a gunshot wound in his head. Though his death was ruled a suicide, a few suspects were identified including an ex-lover.

8. Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe died of an overdose, but her death is believed by many to have been a murder. The most popular conspiracy theory is that she was killed by the government to due her rumored affairs with John F. Kennedy and Robert F. Kennedy.

9. Bob Crane


Bob Crane, star of Hogan’s Heroes, was found bludgeoned in his apartment at age 49. The case has been cold since it happened in 1978.

10. Brittany Murphy

Actress Brittany Murphy was found dead at age 32. Her official cause of death was a combination of pneumonia, iron deficiency, and drug overdose. As if her death wasn’t strange enough, her husband died the same way five months later. Her father has called for investigations to see if his daughter and son-in-law were poisoned.

11. Jam Master Jay

The DJ of iconic hip-hop group Run-D.M.C., Jam Master Jay, was shot at his recording studio in NYC in 2002. There are no suspects in the case.

12. Brandon Lee

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Brandon Lee, actor, and son of Bruce Lee died while filming The Crow. His gun was supposed to be filled with blanks, but the studio tried to make their own to save money. The homemade blank misfired and fatally wounded Brandon. This accident seemed to be a mistake, but conspirators are not so sure as his father also died mysteriously and there is said to be a curse of the family.

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