Top 20 Famous People Who Correctly Predicted Their Own Deaths
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It is very difficult for a person to predict how things in life will happen. The following famous people have predicted their own deaths through the hand of a fortune teller, a comet or after a dream. Read on to know how they predicted their deaths.
Top 20 Famous People Who Correctly Predicted Their Own Deaths
1. Abraham Lincoln
Exactly 103 years before Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated, Abraham Lincoln had a dream that “strangely annoyed” him. He saw a catafalque, which is a type of wood framework that supports a coffin, in the East Wing of the White House, and a Union soldier was standing guard.
Lincoln walked up to the man and asked, “Who is dead in the White House?” To which the soldier replied, “The president. He was killed by an assassin.” Lincoln couldn’t shake the dream, and a week later he told a friend about it. Three days after that, he was killed by an assassin’s bullet, and his body was later put on display in the East Room of the White House.
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Lincoln’s murder was part of a larger plot to decapitate the government
Booth and his conspirators plotted to not only kill Lincoln, but Grant, Secretary of State William Seward and Vice President Andrew Johnson. Grant’s unexpected departure removed him as a target, and George Atzerodt lost his nerve and failed to follow through on his assignment to slay Johnson at his residence in the Kirkwood House hotel. At the same time Booth shot Lincoln, Lewis Powell stormed Seward’s house and repeatedly stabbed the cabinet member, who was bedridden after a near-fatal carriage accident. Seward somehow survived the savage attack.
|Lincoln's deathbed quickly became a tourist attraction |
In the hours after Lincoln died in the back bedroom of William Petersen’s boardinghouse across the street from Ford’s Theatre, souvenir hunters ransacked the property and snatched numerous relics of the martyred president. Deciding to cash in himself, Petersen began to charge admission to the hundreds of curiosity-seekers who came each day to see Lincoln’s bloody deathbed, which incredibly continued to be slept in by tenant William Clark each night. Petersen fell into financial difficulty in 1871 and died after being found on the lawn of the Smithsonian Institution following an opium overdose.
2. Martin Luther King
Dr. Martin Luther King arrived in Memphis, Tennessee on April 3, 1968, and gave his famous last speech, which was titled, “I’ve been to the mountain top.” The speech showcases King’s priorities, such as equal rights for all mankind, and social justice, but it was his last few lines that proved to be prophetic.
“Like anybody,” King said. “I would like to live a long life … But I’m not concerned about that now. I just want to do God’s will.” He went on to say, “I’ve seen the promised land. I may not get there with you.” He was right, as the next morning on April 4, 1968, he was assassinated by a sniper’s bullet in front of his hotel.
King was on the balcony of the motel when he was shot. He was hit by a .30-06 caliber rifle bullet that entered his right jaw, traveled through his neck, severing his spinal cord, and stopped in his shoulder blade. Civil rights leader Ralph Abernathy cradled King’s head while Marrell McCollough, an undercover Memphis police officer, used a towel to stop the flow of blood. King was taken to St. Joseph's where doctors attempted emergency surgery before pronouncing him dead at 7:05 p.m. He was 39 years old.
|The killing of King in 1968 was the second attempt on his life. A decade before he was assassinated, King was nearly stabbed to death in Harlem when a mentally ill African-American woman who believed he was conspiring against her with communists, stabbed him in the chest with a letter opener. He underwent emergency surgery, and remained hospitalized for several weeks but made a full recovery. The doctor who performed the operation said, “Had Dr. King sneezed or coughed the weapon would have penetrated the aorta. . . . He was just a sneeze away from death”|
3. Indira Ghandi
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Leading a country inevitably means that you make a lot of enemies and former Prime Minister of India Indira Ghandi was no different. 1984 was a particularly rough period for Ghandi and the country as a whole because during the summer she had ordered the army to storm the Golden Temple in Punjab, which was being occupied by Sikh political militants.
This was called Operation Blue Star and led to high numbers of Sikh deaths, as well as angering a lot of their supporters.On 30th October, Ghandi gave a speech similar to the one made by Martin Luther King Jr. in which she seemed to somehow know what fate had in store for her.
It included the lines “I am here today, I may not be here tomorrow” and “I have lived a long life and I am proud that I spent the whole of my life in the service of my people.”
The following day, Ghandi was due to be interviewed for a television documentary and as she walked towards the filmmakers – who included presenter Peter Ustinov – two of her Sikh bodyguards shot her to death in revenge for Operation Blue Star.
|A senior figure of the separatist Khalistani movement based in the UK had also "predicted" the killing of the then prime minister Indira Gandhi months before her assassination in October 1984. |
The Indian authorities have repeatedly complained about statements made in the UK by a Sikh, Dr Jagjit Singh Chauhan, self-styled President’ of the Sikh ‘Republic of Khalistan’. In June this year he ‘predicted’ the death of Mrs Gandhi; he has subsequently spoken of Rajiv Gandhi being a ‘target’,” reads a note prepared by UK foreign and home office officials in 1984.
4. Ernest Hemingway
The curse of the Hemingway family is a very real thing, and it didn’t start with Ernest Hemingway, nor did it end with him. It’s a painful fact that suicide has claimed the lives of at least four generations of Hemingway’s, including Ernest’s father, Clarence.
In 1928, Clarence was suffering from heart disease, diabetes, lost wealth, and perhaps even insanity. Ernest was shaken when he learned that Clarence shot himself, as he wrote: “I was very fond of him and feel like hell about it.” But he also wrote, “I’ll probably go the same way.” On July 2, 1961, suffering from poor health and insanity, Ernest fulfilled that prophecy.
Why Ernest Hemingway Committed Suicide?
While an answer to this kind of question can never be offered with any certainty, given the complexity of mental health, and the time that has passed, there are several plausible possible explanations.
What we do know is that at the end of his life, Ernest Hemingway was suffering in mind, and likely in body as well. Over the course of his life he had weathered malaria, dysentery, skin cancer, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol, and these maladies had taken their toll. Additionally, he had suffered six serious, essentially untreated concussions (two within back-to-back years), which left him with headaches, mental fogginess, ringing in his ears, and very likely a traumatic brain injury.
Several years before his suicide, he was almost killed in two separate plane crashes, in two days, which ruptured his liver, spleen, and kidneys, sprained several limbs, dislocated his shoulder, crushed vertebra, left first degrees burns over much of his body, and cracked his skull, giving him one of the aforementioned concussions (this one so severe that cerebral fluid seeped out of his ear). He was in constant pain for a long time afterwards, which he dealt with by drinking even more heavily than he usually did.
|In addition to his physical deterioration, in the months before his death, Hemingway plunged into a state of depression, delusion, and paranoia (possibly precipitated by his TBI) the likes of which his friends and family had never before seen. He found he could no longer write, and the loss of the ability to engage in the great purpose of his life left him in tears. He was hospitalized twice for psychological treatment, but felt the electroshock treatments he was given further inhibited his writing and only made the depression worse.|
5. John Lennon
In the spring of 1980, John Lennon was on sailing holiday with wife Yoko Ono, aboard his yacht bound for Bermuda. Rough waters rocked the boat so violently that the entire crew, and everyone else except Lennon, got too weak from seasickness to even function. It was Lennon who piloted the boat out of the storm.
The event inspired the song, “Borrowed Time,” which was recorded shortly after. Less than six months later, on Dec. 8, 1980, Lennon was assassinated by a gunman in front of his apartment in New York. Among the lyrics in “Borrowed Time” are the words, “Living on borrowed time, without a thought for tomorrow.”
While the belief seems much doubtful, Lennon hinted at his death in numerous interviews. When the Beatles’ manager was shot, Lennon stated:
“I’m next, I know it.”
When the band was forced to break up due to stress, he exclaimed:
“I don’t want to be dead at age 40.”
When interviewed about how he thought he might die, the musician replied:
“I’ll probably be popped off by some loony.”
On December 8, 1980, Lennon at age 40 was shot five times by a delusional individual Mark David Chapman.
6. Mark Twain
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Known as the father of American literature, children and adults will forever be thankful to the author Mark Twain for presenting the world with ambitious stories of motivated characters such as Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn.
While it is well known that he pretty much perfected the literature in his country, the same cannot be said about the fact that he accurately predicted the day of his death.
Born shortly after the galactic visit by Halley’s Comet, Twain joked that the next time it came, he would “go with it”. Furthermore, the author believed that God must have said:
“Now here are these two unaccountable freaks; they came in together, they must go out together.”
75 years later, the comet swift near Earth again and the prediction came true as Twain died the next day due to a heart attack.
7. The Ultimate Warrior
Born James Brian Hellwig, the larger-than-life persona of The Ultimate Warrior is one of the most recognizable and feared entities in the sport of professional wrestling. In what would be his last public appearance, The Ultimate Warrior appeared on Monday Night Raw and delivered an eerie promo saying:
“No WWE talent becomes a legend on their own. Every man’s heart one day beats its final beat. His lungs breathe their final breath. And if what that man did in his life makes the blood pulse through the body of others and makes them believe deeper in something larger than life then his essence, his spirit, will be immortalized.”
Warrior left the ring thanking his puzzled yet grateful fans who never had the idea that they would be seeing the wrestling legend for the very last time as on the next day, he died of a heart attack.
At least his final days were happy ones as he was not only able to make amends with Hulk Hogan and Vince McMahon but also got inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame and made an appearance in the company’s biggest event WrestleMania XXX.
8. Bob Marley
Reggae legend Bob Marley was said to be something of a clairvoyant by the people who knew him best. Given his ability to shine a ray of sunlight on even the worst parts of reality, it’s not too much of a stretch in believing he possessed these abilities.
Unconfirmed reports indicate that Marley was cryptic about his death and revealed details to certain friends. One such friend claims that Marley predicted he’d die the same age as Jesus, which was 36 years old. On May 11, 1981, two months after he turned 36, Marley died of brain and lung cancer, stemming from a melanoma on his big toe.
9. Abraham de Moivre
The world has seen several musicians predicting their deaths in the form of lyrics but the same being done by a mathematician is extremely rare. That is where the French mathematician Abraham de Moivre comes incorrectly predicted his death with uncanny accuracy by a doubtful yet very careful calculation.
Best known for developing de Moivre’s formula and his contributions in the field of trigonometry, complex numbers, and normal distribution, the mathematician noticed that he is waking up fifteen minutes late every night.
Intrigued by his sleeping habit, de Moivre predicted that he would die on November 27, 1754 – the day when his fifteen minutes of waking up late every day will add up to 24 hours. When the day came, de Moivre shockingly breathed for the very last time.
10. Jimi Hendrix
Undoubtedly the most technical musician to ever play the electrical guitar, Jimi Hendrix died more than four decades ago but is still remembered and honored in the world of music by his beloved fans.
In 1965, when the legendary musician had still not achieved a reputable status, Hendrix recorded a song with R&B artist Curtis Knight titled “The Ballad of Jimi” in a New York music studio and dedicated to a friend having the same name.
Many things he would try, For he knew soon he’d die. Now Jimi’s gone, he’s not alone. His memory still lives on. Five years, this he said, He’s not gone, he’s just dead.
It turned out that the “friend” was none other than Jimi Hendrix himself as the peculiar lyrics of the song were not a mere dedication but a prediction as Hendrix tragically died by accidentally choking on his own vomit exactly five years after the recording of the song.
11. Oliver Reed
Given his legendary love of booze, Oliver Reed did not need to have a sixth sense to guess that it would have something to do with his death, but there is difference between that and forecasting almost the exact circumstances of it. For that reason there is something more than a little eerie about the interview he gave to Channel Four in the UK five years before he was finally admitted to the Great Bar in the Sky.Reed was taking part in a program called The Obituary Show, in which a different public figure was asked each week how they would be remembered after they died – while celebrity guests pretended they already were. With the studio set up to look like he was in heaven, Reed stated that his death came “in a bar of a heart attack.” In 1999, while filming his part in the movie Gladiator, Reed collapsed and died of a heart attack in a bar in Malta. The only difference between prediction and reality is that he was involved in a drinking contest, rather than a cabbage competition, at the time.
12. Buddy Holly
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Buddy Holly was the first in a long line of talented rock musicians to die very young, and apparently he had some advance warning that this was going to be his fate. Holly died in a plane crash on February 3rd 1959, alongside JP ‘The Big Bopper’ Richardson and Ritchie Valens, while they were taking part in the Winter Dance Party tour of the Midwest, However in the days before the tour began Holly and his wife Maria Elena both had frightening dreams that seemed to be telling them something.Years later Maria Elena stated that she had experienced a vivid nightmare where she was standing in a field and saw a fireball fall to earth leaving a burning crater in the ground. When she woke up in a state of shock, Buddy told her that he had also had a strange dream in which he was flying away from her on a plane, with the feeling that he would not be back to see her again. The fact that both of them had these weird plane and crash related visions at the same time, days before his fatal journey is a very odd and unsettling coincidence.
13. Frank Pastore
Frank Pastore had two high profile careers during his lifetime, first as a pitcher in Major League Baseball, and then as a popular presenter on a Christian radio station. Despite these achievements though, the day of his death is perhaps the thing that he will end up being most remembered for. On 19th November 2012, Pastore presented his radio show as normal and at one point he talked about a television program he had seen the night before that dealt with the subject of the afterlife.Pastore loved motorcycles and during his monologue he mentioned the risks, saying that, due to careless drivers: “at any minute I could be spread all over the 210.” This was a reference to the 210 freeway that he rode home each day and it was on just that road that he was hit by a car three hours after saying those words. He suffered massive head injuries and died later in hospital. However despite the disturbing nature of his death, Pastore was a devout Christian. The point of the radio monologue he delivered that day had been to emphasize his firm belief that we live on after our bodies die.
14. Jim Morrison
Jim Morrison was one of the brightest stars of the golden age of rock, in the 1960s and 1970s, but like most rock stars he lived a high-risk existence: ‘sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll’ rather than ‘sleep, diet and veggie roll.’ It was that lifestyle that killed him at the cursed age of 27, but before breaking on through to the other side, Morrison made a casual remark that suggested he knew his life would soon be over.He had been seriously spooked by the deaths of Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin during 1970 – which we should not be surprised by as there were a lot of similarities between their lifestyles and his. During boozing sessions, Morrison took to telling friends they were “drinking with number three,” meaning that he fully expected to be the next big rock star to die young. Of course, we should remember that lots of people get a bit down when they are drinking, but his previous behavior suggests he was a manic rather than morbid drunk. Furthermore, the fact that he would be gone within months, in the summer of 1971, suggests it was not just the booze talking
15. James Dean
Cultural icon and beloved actor James Dean was known for his renowned performances in films like Rebel Without a Cause (1955), East of Eden (1955) and Giant (1956). With such a promising career, the world was shocked when Dean tragically died in a car accident at the young age of 24 in 1955.
The actor developed a love of auto racing and purchased impressive cars like a Triumph Tiger T110 and his infamous Porsche 550 Spyder (known as the "Little Bastard"). Dean had a desire to create a career in motorsport. Sadly, this would never come to fruition. In an interview just months before his death, the star expressed a cautionary warning about America's highways: "People say racing is dangerous. But I'll take my chances on the track any day than on a highway. Take it easy on the highway, the life you save may be mine."
While driving on the highway on September 30, 1955, Donald Turnupseed randomly turned left in an intersection, causing Dean and his companion to crash his Porsche. Though passenger Rolf Wütherich managed to survive the accident, Dean succumbed to his injuries.
16. Amy Winehouse
Amy Winehouse was a gifted English singer, known for her deep and expressive vocals and wide array of musical styles, including jazz, rhythm and blues and soul. At the 2008 Grammy Awards, she became the first British woman to win five Grammys for her ground-breaking album Back to Black (2006). Unfortunately, the talented Winehouse was plagued by drug and alcohol addiction for much of her life.
On July 11, 2011, the singer was found dead in her London home from alcohol poisoning. Winehouse had reportedly consumed five times the legal limit, thus rendering her comatose. According to those closest to her, the singer believed she would become a member of the 27 Club. Her stylist and longtime friend Alex Foden once said:
"Amy always told me she thought she'd become a member of the 27 Club. It is heartbreaking that she appears to have gone through with her plans. Amy knew her limits—I truly believe she knew this final binge might kill her."
Facts about Amy Winehouse
1. Amy Winehouse was a legit guitarist
Everyone remembers Winehouse as a singularly talented singer and songwriter, but she could also play a pretty mean guitar. She started out surreptitiously borrowing her brother’s red Fender Stratocaster when she was 11 or 12 and eventually bought an acoustic of her own. The self-taught player soon learned enough chords to accompany herself and write songs. “While I’m not even probably an adequate guitarist, I’m still a distinctive guitarist,” she said in a 2004 interview with Fender. “I sound different.”
2. Jazz was in Amy Winehouse’s blood
Winehouse may have started out rapping, but she was destined to dabble in jazz. Her paternal grandmother was a singer who dated British saxophonist Ronnie Scott. What’s more, several of her uncles on her mother’s side were professional jazz musicians. Finally, there was her father, Mitch, a cab driver and wannabe crooner who loved singing Frank Sinatra tunes around the house. In 2010, after his daughter rose to fame, Mitch released his debut album, Rush of Love.
3. Her grandmother was her ultimate role model
While her father was the one who introduced her to music, through the soft rhythm of Frank Sinatra songs, which he sang to her as a child (according to a 2007 interview), it was her grandmother Cynthia, a cabaret singer, who made her fall in love with jazz. After her role model passed away in 2006, Amy Winehouse paid tribute to her with a tattooed effigy on her arm in the form of an old-school pin-up girl.
4. She didn't always want to be a singer
Believe it or not, Amy Winehouse wasn't always set on being an entertainer. She once had inspirations for a simpler life, dreaming of being a waitress on roller skates.
17. Buddy Holly
Rock and roll pioneer Buddy Holly was known for his rockabilly hit songs like "That'll Be the Day" and "Peggy Sue." Though his career and life were tragically cut short, Holly is often regarded as the artist who defined the traditional rock and roll lineup of two guitars, bass and drums.
The performer is said to have foreseen his own death in prophetic dreams, fears he shared with his wife, Maria Elena. One night in January 1959, both Holly and his wife were roused from nightmares. Though they didn't have the exact same dream, each involved an airplane, mass panic and Holly leaving Maria Elena. He was so disturbed by the dream he started crying.
While touring to earn money for his growing family (Maria Elena was pregnant), Holly and his band chartered a plane on February 2, 1959. Shortly after takeoff, the plane crashed in a cornfield in Iowa. Holly and fellow musicians Ritchie Valens and "The Big Bopper" J.P. Richardson and pilot Roger Peterson were killed on impact.
18. Grigori Rasputin
Grigori Rasputin was a Russian mystic who befriended the family of Nicholas II, therefore gaining considerable influence in late Imperial Russia. He was a self-proclaimed holy man and developed a strong relationship with Emperor Nicholas and Empress Alexandra. The Tsarina was very close to Rasputin, as she believed the monk helped heal her son's hemophilia.
Many historians believe his sinister reputation helped lead to the overthrow of the Romanov dynasty. Rasputin himself knew he was on borrowed time, and he wrote a letter to Alexandra proclaiming he would be killed by New Year, and the Romanovs would suffer the same fate within two years.
Two days before New Year 1917, Rasputin was shot three times, poisoned and drowned. The entire Romanov family was brutally killed a year and a half later.
19. Ritchie Valens
Ritchie Valens was a forefather of the Chicano rock movement and rock and roll pioneer and had several hits, including "La Bamba" and "Donna." With such a promising career ahead of him, Valens was taking the world by storm. The artist suffered from aerophobia, which is fear of flying, and his reason was chillingly justified.
When he was 15 years old, Valens cut class to attend his grandfather's funeral. While there, a plane fell from the sky and crashed on the playground of his schoolyard. After a performance with fellow artists Buddy Holly and J.P. Richardson, Valens won a coin toss with Holly's backup guitarist, earning him a small aircraft seat. He reportedly said, "That's the first time I've ever won anything in my life."
Just minutes later, on February 3, 1959, the plane crashed into the frozen ground, killing all on impact. Valens was only 17 years old.
20. Pete Maravich
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When NBA Hall of Famer cited “Pistol Pete” Maravich as the best ball-handler of all time, he meant it. With great showmanship coupled with extraordinary athleticism, Maravich made quite a name for himself and is one of the youngest basketball players who have the honor of being inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
Having the distinction of being the only sportsman on the list, Maravich shares one common thing with the rest: correctly predicting his death.
Having played four years in the NBA, Maravich stated in an interview with Beaver County Times that:
“I don’t want to play 10 years [in the NBA] and then die of a heart attack at the age of 40.”
Six years later, the basketball player was forced to retire due to an injury; completing his ten years. Not only that, while Maravich was playing a pickup game, he died of a heart attack at the age of forty.
Medical reports discovered that due to a missing heart valve, Maravich should have died at age twenty but lived two extra decades exactly the way he predicted.
|For those who haven’t heard about Maravich, he is considered to be one of the best basketball players in NBA history. In an interview from 1974, Maravich declared that he did not want to play for more than 10 years in the NBA and that he would most likely die at the age of 40 due to a heart attack. |
At the time he was 26 years old and had been playing with the NBA for four years. After his declaration, he kept playing in the NBA for another six years and in 1980 he quit just as he had declared.
On the 5th of January 1988, when Maravich was 40 years old, he suffered from a fatal heart attack whilst playing basketball with a few friends. After the autopsy, it was declared by medics that Maravich suffered from cardiac problems he wasn’t aware of.
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