Mysterious celebrity deaths – drowning, drug overdoses and drive-by shootings

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    We have lost many stars over the years in some really tragic ways.

    But sometimes when a celebrity passes, the death happens under some really mysterious circumstances that remain unsolved or are still questioned by fans and family members.

    Some deaths have even become attached to conspiracy theories which continue to circulate on social media today.

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    Daily Star has taken a look at some of the most mysterious celebrity deaths from over the years from Tupac's death to the late Brittany Murphy's husband initially refusing an autopsy.

    Marilyn Monroe

    The blonde bombshell was highly in demand in Hollywood during the 50’s and early 60’s.

    She starred in classics like Some Like it Hot and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.

    But unfortunately, at the age of 36, the iconic actress died of barbiturate overdose in August 1962.

    The star's death was ruled a probable suicide, but people have questioned the cause given.

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    It was rumoured that during her life, Marilyn was involved in extramarital affairs with both President John F. Kennedy and his brother, Robert F. Kennedy.

    It is thought that she was forced to take the drug on which she overdosed, to stop her ever talking about the affairs and the brothers.

    Tupac Shakur

    Tupac is one of the most renowned rappers of all time.

    He was murdered in September 1996 at the age of 25 by an unknown person after being shot at in a drive-by shooting.

    An attempt was made on his life two years prior to the fatal shooting when he ambushed, beaten, and shot at Quad Recording Studios in New York City in 1994.

    No arrests have ever been made for his death.

    Notorious B.I.G

    In similar circumstances, another rapper, Notorious B.I.G was shot and killed in a drive-by shooting at the age of 24 six months after Tupac, and the culprit has never been caught.

    Retired FBI agent, Phil Carson, like Biggie’s family believes that B.I.G was murdered by accident after an alleged attack was ordered by Death Row Records CEO Suge Knight on Biggie’s producer Sean "Puffy" Combs in retaliation for Tupac’s death, but instead of killing Combs, it killed B.I.G.

    Natalie Wood

    Actress Natalie died in November 1981 at the age of 43 under strange circumstances.

    At the time of her death, she was on a boat trip with her husband, Robert Wagner and apparently drowned.

    He reported her missing after a night of heavy drinking and she was found several hours later, face down in the water.

    Initially, her death was ruled accidental, but then law enforcement found bruising on her body, leading them to believe that her husband was involved in her death.

    The cause was changed in 2012 from “accidental drowning” to “undetermined factors”.

    There is not enough sufficient evidence to make any arrests.

    Brittany Murphy

    Clueless star Brittany Murphy died at the age of 32 in December 2009.

    The actress was very unwell with pneumonia at the time of her death.

    She collapsed on the bathroom floor of her Hollywood home.

    There were attempts to resuscitate Brittany, but two hours after arriving at the hospital, she passed away.

    He cited religious reasons for the refusal but later told Larry King: “This pristine body that was curvy in all the right places with skin like silk. How could I say in front of her mother, 'cut her up?'"

    Things became eerier after her husband did just five months after Brittany, also in their bathroom and in very similar circumstances.

    Suspicion was raised after her husband, Simon Monjack, initially refused an autopsy to get to the root cause of her death.


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