The list of celebrities who predicted their own deaths is unfortunately long. Some of them had the ability to get into our hearts and inspire us, but sadly, they knew their own fate. They saw the end coming before anyone else and perhaps they accepted it and lived a happy life just the same. The list here is about actors, singers, comedians and athletes who predicted their deaths. While some of them were precise, some of them were slightly off the chart, but the point is, they saw it coming way before their family or fans.
These talented people might have had unique knowledge or just constantly found themselves in similar situations. Whatever the case, many of the celebs listed here died young and some died at the age of 27, making them part of the infamous “27 Club”.
1. John Lennon
Sang about living on borrowed time.
John Lennon was killed on December 8, 1980. On September 6, 1964, at Olympia Stadium in Detroit, Lennon foreshadowed his death. During the press conference, the following conversation took place between John and the reporter:
Derek Taylor (repeating a question from a reporter): “Is it true they’re leaving show business in a year?”
John Lennon: “No.”
Beatles member: “Not as far as we know, anyway.”
John Lennon: “Unless we get shot or something.”
Apart from that, Lennon himself may have seen it coming and recorded a song called ‘Borrowed Time,” in which he sings, “Living on borrowed time, without a thought for tomorrow”. On December 8, 1980, 40-year-old Lennon was shot five times by a deranged individual named Mark Chapman.
2. Kurt Cobain
Predicted his fame and death.
Fans will always remember the front man of Nirvana, Kurt Cobain, for his music. Kurt and his band released three studio albums out of which, ‘Nevermind’ was certified diamond by the RIAA and charted at the top spot on the Billboard 200. At the age of 14, Kurt Cobain told a classmate that he would become a superstar musician, get rich and famous, and that he would kill himself, going out in a blaze of glory.
Just like his prediction, he became wildly successful, rich, and famous. Before he passed away, he recorded a song in 1994. Titled, You Know You’re Right, he opens the song by singing, “I will never bother you / I will never promise to / I will never follow you / I will never bother you / Never speak a word again / I will crawl away for good”.
On April 5, 1994, Kurt Cobain was found dead at his home. At the age of 27, he committed suicide by a gunshot to the head. You Know You’re Right was later released as a single in 2002 and it entered the Mainstream Rock chart at the first spot.
3. Jimi Hendrix
Hendrix recorded a new song in 1965 with the lyrics describing his death.
Jimi Hendrix was one of the greatest guitarists to have ever lived. His studio albums, ‘Are You Experienced,’ ‘Electric Ladyland’ and ‘Bold As Love’ were included in Rolling Stones’ list of the ‘100 Greatest Albums of All Time’ and the UK Music Hall of Fame. Out of all the songs, one particular track stands out. The Ballad of Jimi talks about his death.
“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.”
On September 18, 1970, exactly five years to the month after recording the song, the world mourned Jimi Hendrix’s death. He was 27 years old.
4. James Hellwig
The Ultimate Warrior discussed his final heart beats.
James Hellwig, better know as the sports entertainment superstar The Ultimate Warrior, was one of the most recognized figures in the world of professional wrestling. In what became his last public appearance, The Ultimate Warrior delivered a haunting speech that said:
“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.”
After the speech, Hellwig thanked his devoted fans and walked out of the ring for the last time. The next day, on April 8, 2014, Hellwig was walking to his car with his wife outside of their hotel in Arizona, when he clutched his chest and collapsed. Although he was rushed to the hospital, Hellwig was pronounced dead at the age of 54. His fans believe that Hellwig knew about his heart beating the final beat and delivered the speech to send a positive message.
5. Mark Twain
The writer accurately predicted the exact day of his death.
Although Mark Twain isn’t necessarily considered a celebrity, he is the father of American literature. His death was a huge loss but he will forever live in the minds of children and adults who read his timeless classics like Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn. Many of his readers might be surprised to hear that Mark Twain accurately predicted his own death. Twain was born in 1835 shortly after a celestial visit from Halley’s Comet. He often told his friends,
“Now here are these two unaccountable freaks; they came in together, they must go out together.”
Halley’s comet is a “periodic” comet that returns to Earth’s vicinity about every 75 years. When Halley’s comet returned again in 1910, Twain’s prediction came true. He died that exact day, after suffering a heart attack.
6. Tupac Shakur
Rapped about his death before he was shot and killed.
Growing up in California, Tupac lived his whole life surrounded by gangs and violence. However, he saw rapping as a way of escape from all the calamities shrouding him. In the lyrics of one song, he raps,
“I been shot and murdered, can tell you how it happened word for word.”
Perhaps it’s not that strange that he saw the end coming. When asked where he saw himself in a few years, he was quoted as saying,
“Best case, in a cemetery. Not in a cemetery, sprinkled in ashes smoked up by my homies. I mean, that’s the worst case.”
Two months after giving that speech, Tupac was shot and killed during a drive-by. Many speculate that Tupac faked his own death to escape from fame and gang violence.
7. Mikey Welsh
Sent a tweet to his fans that he dreamt of his death in Chicago.
Another artist who predicted his death was Mikey Welsh, the former bassist of the Grammy winning band, Weezer. Weezer recruited him in 2000 after his talent became noticeable. Mikey’s life was going well until he had a mental breakdown. He then decided to leave his music career behind and pursue a career in arts. On September 26, 2011, he posted a tweet which had his fans worried.
“Dreamt I died in Chicago next weekend (heart attack in my sleep.) Need to write my will today.”
On October 6, 2011, a few weeks after the tweet, Mikey Welsh was pronounced dead in his Chicago hotel room. It was later revealed that the cause of his death was a heart attack.
8. “Pistol Pete” Maravich
Gave an interview with Beaver County Times, precisely predicting his death.
“Pistol Pete” Maravich has been cited as the best ball-handler to ever play in the NBA. His extraordinary athleticism helped him rise to fame as one of the youngest basketball players to ever be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. After four years of being in the NBA, Maravich gave an interview with Beaver County Times. During the interview, he was quoted saying,
“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 after the interview, he suffered an injury that ended his NBA career; completing his 10 years. After being retired, Maravich was invited to a game of pickup basketball when he suddenly collapsed and died of a massive heart attack. He was exactly 40 years old at the time of his death. What’s more surprising is the fact that his medical reports indicated him as missing a heart valve; indicating that he should have died at the age of 20.
9. John Denver
Wrote a song about leaving on a jet, not knowing when he’ll come back. He died in a plane crash 28 years later.
John Denver was a singer, songwriter, an actor, entertainer, activist and humanitarian. He was also an amateur pilot. In 1969, just as Denver’s career was coming to the spotlight, he wrote the song “Leaving on a Jet Plane”. The song had the following lyrics,
“Cause I’m leavin’ on a jet plane,
Don’t know when I’ll be back again”
28 years after the song was released, on October 12, 1997, Denver boarded his Long-EZ homebuilt aircraft and took off on his last flight. According to aviation reports, his flight was modified and also carried less fuel, causing it to crash and claim his life.
Two years before his death, he rapped the lyrics to a song that foreshadowed his death.
Proof was not only a very talented rapper but he was also a skillful actor who starred in films like, ‘8 Mile’ and ‘The Longest Yard’. DeShaun Holton, better known as Proof, was Eminem’s childhood friend and one of the founding members of the rap group D12. Proof always told his friends that he would die young but no one imagined it to come true.
Two years before his death, in the D12 song “40 oz.”, he rapped the following lyrics,
“I’m in the club to beef,
You gotta murder me there”
Two years after the song was released, on April 11, 2006, Proof got into an altercation at the CCC Club in Detroit. He was shot four times while in a frenzied confrontation with a bouncer at a nightclub. Proof was only 32 years old at the time of his death.