When a celebrity dies, the world’s eyes turn to them and their
work. While the vast majority of celebrity deaths are
mourned without controversy, there are a few celebrities over the years, whose
deaths have been questioned. For example, some fans believe the comedic genius,
Kaufman, faked his own death. Believe it or not, he isn’t the first, or
only celebrity that people strongly believe is alive even after their death was
announced to the world.
Jim Morrison’s own bandmate has some doubt about his 1971
Morrison, the famed member of The Doors, died in 1971 at just 27 years old.
Morrison’s official cause of death is often debated because no autopsy was ever
performed. According to Today,
Morrison officially died of heart failure. What brought that heart failure on,
however, has been a topic of debate.
His girlfriend at the time, Pamela Courson, claimed the pair
went to a movie, and then Morisson took a bath in the middle of the night after
feeling sick. His body was discovered in the bathtub hours later. Several
sources have come forward to suggest Morrison overdosed in a nightclub and was
taken back to his apartment to avoid a scandal.
Some people don’t think he died in the first place. Ray
Manzarek, the keyboardist for The Doors, was outspoken in his belief that Morrison
faked his own death. Manzarek, in his book on the subject, insisted he never
saw Morrison’s body and hinted, repeatedly, that Morrison was alive and well.
Manzarek theorized that Morrison couldn’t handle the pressures of being in the
spotlight, so he slipped into obscurity to work on his poetry. Manzarek died in
Fans still firmly believe that Elvis Presley is alive and
Elvis Presley was only 42 years old when he famously died in
his bathroom from a heart attack. The death, which shocked the entire nation, was
initially shrouded in mystery, but as PBS
states, his death was not a particularly unusual one. Elvis was suffering
from a variety of physical ailments at the time of his death, and an autopsy
found that he had a mix of different prescription drugs in his system. Elvis
had been prescribed everything from pain killers to sleeping pills to laxatives.
Even with knowing the cocktail of drugs that Elvis was
taking at the time of his death, some fans strongly believe “the King” faked
his own death to rid himself of the spotlight. Theories that he faked his own death
began popping up shortly after he was buried. Some fans believe that he skipped
town under an assumed name just one day after his reported death. Over the years,
several “clues” that he is alive have been touted by believers, like a 2005
interview in which Elvis’s wife, Priscilla
Presley, referred to something Elvis said “the other day” as definitive proof
that he’s alive and well.
If Elvis had faked his own death, which seems unlikely, fans
believe he moved to South America. Elvis would be 85-years-old if he were alive
today. Considering his medical issues at 42, experts insist he wouldn’t be alive
now even if he had slipped away to live a quiet life.
Theories that Tupac Shakur faked his own death have persisted
In September 1996, Tupac
Shakur attended a boxing match in Las Vegas. He piled into a vehicle with
Suge Knight after the match, and from there, things get a little hazy. What is
known is that Tupac, seated in the passenger side of a BMW, was shot in the
arm, leg, and chest. He was transported to an area hospital were he succumbed
to his injuries six days after being shot. The person or persons responsible
for his death have never been found
Fans have had a hard time believing that Tupac is actually
gone, mostly because many believe he never died in the first place. Some fans have
suggested that Tupac left “clues” in his own music that he faked his own death.
Over the years, several theories about where Tupac could be if he were alive
have emerged. Some believe he is living in New Mexico under an assumed identity.
Others think Tupac escaped to Cuba, where he’s been hanging out on a beach for
more than 20 years.