20 Famous People Who Correctly Predicted Their Own Deaths
It is exceedingly challenging for anyone to forecast the course of events in life. The following well-known individuals have foreseen their own demise via a comet, a fortune teller’s hand, or a dream.
Read on to know how they predicted their deaths.
Just 103 years prior to the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., Abraham Lincoln experienced an unusual dream that bothered him. He noticed that a Union soldier was keeping watch over a catafalque, a sort of wooden framework used to support a coffin, in the White House’s East Wing.
Who is dead in the White House, Lincoln asked the man as he approached him? The soldier answered, “The president.” He was assassinated by someone. A week later, Lincoln told a friend about the dream because he was unable to get rid of it. He was shot and killed by an assassin three days later, and his body was subsequently displayed in the White House’s East Room.
Lincoln’s murder was part of a larger plot to decapitate the government
Along with Lincoln, Grant, Secretary of State William Seward, and Vice President Andrew Johnson were among the targets of Booth and his accomplices’ plot. Grant’s sudden departure made him less of a target, and George Atzerodt lost confidence and didn’t carry out his plan to kill Johnson at the Kirkwood House hotel. Lewis Powell broke into Seward’s home at the same moment that Booth shot Lincoln, stabbing the cabinet member multiple times while he lay in bed following a near-fatal carriage accident. Somehow, Seward made it through the vicious assault.
After Lincoln was assassinated in the rear bedroom of William Petersen’s boardinghouse, which was located across the street from Ford’s Theatre, souvenir hunters pillaged the grounds and took a lot of the president’s mementos. Petersen made the self-serving decision to start charging admission to the hundreds of curious onlookers who visited Lincoln’s bloody deathbed every day—which, astonishingly, tenant William Clark still slept on every night. After experiencing financial difficulties in 1871, Petersen overdosed on opium and died, leaving his body on the lawn of the Smithsonian Institution.
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.”
While social justice and equal rights for all people are highlighted in the speech, it was his final few remarks that turned out to be prophetic.
Like anyone, according to King. “I hope to live a long and healthy life. However, I’m not worried about that right now. I only want to carry out God’s will. “I have seen the promised land,” he continued. Maybe I won’t make it there with you. He was correct; the following morning, on April 4, 1968, a sniper’s bullet killed him in front of his hotel.
King was shot while standing on the motel balcony. A rifle bullet fired in the.30-06 caliber struck him, passing through his neck and severing his spinal cord before stopping in his shoulder blade. Leader of the civil rights movement Ralph Abernathy held King’s head while Memphis police officer Marrell McCollough, wearing an undercover uniform, used a towel to halt the bleeding. Following his transfer to St. Joseph’s, King was declared dead at 7:05 p.m. after emergency surgery was attempted on him. His age was thirty-nine.
Making a lot of enemies is an inevitable part of being a leader, and former Indian Prime Minister Indira Ghandi was no exception. Since Ghandi had ordered the army to storm the Golden Temple in Punjab during the summer, which was being occupied by Sikh political militants, 1984 was an especially difficult year for both her and the nation.
Operation Blue Star, as it was known, infuriated many Sikh supporters and resulted in a significant number of Sikh deaths.In a speech on October 30th, Ghandi resembled Martin Luther King Jr. in that she seemed to know what fate had in store for her.
The phrases “I have lived a long life and I am proud that I spent my whole life in the service of my people” and “I am here today, I may not be here tomorrow” were among them.
In retaliation for Operation Blue Star, two of Ghandi’s Sikh bodyguards shot and killed her as she approached the filmmakers, who included presenter Peter Ustinov, the day after she was scheduled to be interviewed for a television documentary.
The self-styled President of the Sikh “Republic of Khalistan,” Dr. Jagjit Singh Chauhan, has made statements in the UK about which the Indian authorities have repeatedly complained. A memo written by UK foreign and home office officials in 1984 states that “he ‘predicted’ the death of Mrs Gandhi in June of this year; he has subsequently spoken of Rajiv Gandhi being a ‘target’.”
Ernest Hemingway was not the beginning or the end of the Hemingway family curse, which is a very real phenomenon. Tragically, at least four generations of the Hemingway family—including Ernest’s father, Clarence—have lost their lives to suicide.
Clarence had heart disease, diabetes, lost his wealth, and possibly even was insane in 1928. As Ernest wrote, “I was very fond of him and feel like hell about it,” he was shaken to learn that Clarence had shot himself. However, he added, “I’ll probably go the same way.” With poor health and mental instability, Ernest realized that prophecy on July 2, 1961.
Although there is never a definitive answer to a question of this nature, there are a number of logical theories that could be put forth in light of the complexity of mental health issues and the passage of time.
What is certain is that Ernest Hemingway was suffering, most likely physically as well as mentally, towards the end of his life. He had suffered from high blood pressure, high cholesterol, skin cancer, dysentery, malaria, and other illnesses throughout his life, all of which had taken a toll. He also had six severe, essentially untreated concussions (two in consecutive years), which likely resulted in a traumatic brain injury as well as headaches, mental fog, and ringing in his ears.
A few years prior to his suicide, he narrowly avoided death in two separate plane crashes that occurred within two days. The first crash caused his liver, spleen, and kidneys to burst, as well as spraining multiple limbs, dislocating his shoulder, crushing his vertebra, and leaving him with first-degree burns over a large portion of his body. Additionally, he cracked his skull, suffering one of the previously mentioned concussions (so severe that cerebral fluid seeped out of his ear). For a long while afterward, he was in excruciating pain, which he managed to cope with by drinking even more than usual.
John Lennon was vacationing by boat in the spring of 1980, taking his wife Yoko Ono with him to Bermuda. The seas tossed the boat around so much that everyone on board, including Lennon, became too sick to survive due to seasickness. Lennon was the one who maneuvered the boat through the storm.
The song “Borrowed Time,” which was recorded soon after, was inspired by the incident. On December 8, 1980, a gunman shot and killed John Lennon in front of his New York apartment, less than six months later. “Living on borrowed time, without a thought for tomorrow” is one of the song “Borrowed Time”‘s lyrics.
Although it is highly unlikely, Lennon made multiple allusions to his passing in interviews. After the manager of the Beatles was shot, John Lennon said:
“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.
Children and adults alike will always be grateful to Mark Twain, who is regarded as the father of American literature, for bringing the world ambitious tales featuring driven characters like Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer.
It is commonly acknowledged that he virtually invented the literature of his nation, but the same cannot be said of his accurate prophecy regarding the day of his death.
Twain, who was born soon after Halley’s Comet’s interstellar visit, quipped that he would “go with it” the next time it happened. Moreover, the writer thought that God had to have said:
“Look at these two crazy people; they entered together and they have to leave together.”
When the comet passed close to Earth once more 75 years later, the prophecy came true as Twain passed away the following day from a heart attack.
One of the most well-known and feared figures in professional wrestling is The Ultimate Warrior, a legendary figure who was once James Brian Hellwig. The Ultimate Warrior made his final appearance in public on Monday Night Raw, where he gave a spooky promo that said:
“No WWE athlete ever becomes a legend by themselves. One day, the heart of every man beats its last. The last breath leaves his lungs. And that man’s essence, his spirit, will be immortalized if the deeds he committed during his life cause others to feel their blood pulse through their bodies and deepen their belief in something greater than life.
Warrior thanked his bewildered but appreciative fans as he exited the ring, knowing that it would be their last encounter with the wrestling icon before he passed away the following day from a heart attack.
His final days were, at least, happy ones since he was able to make amends with Vince McMahon and Hulk Hogan, was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame, and participated in the biggest event of the company, WrestleMania XXX.
Those closest to the legendary reggae artist Bob Marley claimed that he was somewhat of a clairvoyant. It’s not unreasonable to assume he had these powers given his capacity to cast a ray of light onto even the darkest aspects of reality.
Unverified rumors claim that Marley was secretive about his passing and only told some of his friends the specifics. According to one of these friends, Marley foresaw that he would pass away at the age of thirty-six, the same as Jesus. Two months after turning thirty-six, on May 11, 1981, Marley passed away from lung and brain cancer, which was caused by a melanoma on his big toe.
A mathematician is extremely rare to make a death prediction in the form of lyrics, although many musicians have done so in the past. That is where the dubious yet extremely meticulous computation made by the French mathematician Abraham de Moivre led to his erroneous and astonishingly accurate death prediction.
The mathematician, who is most known for creating de Moivre’s formula and making contributions to the fields of trigonometry, complex numbers, and normal distribution, discovered that he was consistently rising fifteen minutes later than usual.
De Moivre, intrigued by his sleeping pattern, made the interesting prediction that he would pass away on November 27, 1754, the day his daily fifteen-minute wake-up late will add up to a full day. It came as a shock to see de Moivre breathe his last breath on that day.
Though he passed away more than 40 years ago, Jimi Hendrix, without a doubt the most technically proficient guitarist to have ever picked up an electric guitar, is still revered and remembered in the music industry by his devoted followers.
Hendrix collaborated with R&B singer Curtis Knight to record “The Ballad of Jimi” in a New York recording studio in 1965, when the renowned musician was still struggling to establish his reputation. The song was dedicated to a friend of the same name.
He would try a lot of things because he knew he would die soon. Jimi’s not alone now that he’s gone. His legacy endures today. He said, “He’s not gone; he’s just dead,” five years later.
The strange lyrics of the song were not just a dedication, but also a prophecy, as Jimi Hendrix tragically passed away precisely five years after the song was recorded. It turned out that the “friend” was none other than Jimi Hendrix himself.
Oliver Reed did not need a sixth sense, considering his legendary love of alcohol, to surmise that it would play a role in his death, but that is not the same as predicting nearly the exact circumstances of his demise.
Because of this, the interview he did with Channel Four in the UK, five years before he was eventually accepted into the Great Bar in the Sky, has more than a hint of uncanny quality.Reed was participating in a show called The Obituary Show, in which celebrities pretended to be asked how they would be remembered after death, and a weekly guest featured was a public figure.
Reed claimed that his death occurred “in a bar of a heart attack,” with the studio decorated to make it appear as though he was in heaven. In 1999, Reed passed away in a Malta bar after collapsing during the filming of his Gladiator role. The only thing that separated the prediction from reality at the time was that he was competing in a drinking game instead of a cabbage eating contest.
First in a long line of gifted rock musicians to pass away at a young age, Buddy Holly seemed to have known ahead of time that this would be his fate. Along with JP “The Big Bopper” Richardson and Ritchie Valens, Holly perished in a plane crash on February 3, 1959, while participating in the Midwest Winter Dance Party tour. However, in the days leading up to the tour, Holly and his wife Maria Elena both experienced terrifying dreams that seemed to be warning them of something.
Years later, Maria Elena claimed to have had a vivid nightmare in which she saw a fireball fall to Earth and leave a burning crater in the ground while she was standing in a field. Buddy informed her that he had also had an odd dream in which he was flying away from her on a plane and had the impression that he would not return to see her when she awoke in a state of shock. It’s a strange and unsettling coincidence that they both experienced these strange plane and crash-related visions at the same time, just days before his tragic journey.
During his life, Frank Pastore enjoyed two prominent careers: one as a Major League Baseball pitcher and the other as a well-liked host on a Christian radio station. But even with all of these accomplishments, his death day may be what people remember him for most. On November 19, 2012, Pastore conducted his radio show as usual. During one segment, he discussed a television show he had watched the previous evening that addressed the afterlife.Pastore, who had a passion for motorcycles, spoke about the dangers of riding one in his monologue, warning that “at any minute I could be spread all over the 210” because of irresponsible drivers.
He was struck by a car three hours after uttering those words, and the reference was to the 210 freeway he took every day to get home. He passed away in the hospital after suffering severe head injuries. However, Pastore was a devoted Christian despite the unsettling circumstances surrounding his passing. He had emphasized his strong belief that we continue to exist after our bodies pass away in his radio monologue that day.
One of the biggest names in rock during its heyday in the 1960s and 1970s, Jim Morrison led a high-risk lifestyle, preferring “sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll” to “sleep, diet, and veggie roll,” like most rock stars do. Morrison passed away at the tragic age of 27, as a result of that lifestyle, but not before making a remark in passing that seemed to indicate he knew his time on earth was running out.The passing of Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin in 1970 had greatly alarmed him; however, given the striking similarities between their lives and his own, this was not surprising.
Morrison began calling friends they were “drinking with number three” during drunken outings, implying that he fully anticipated becoming the next big rock star to pass away young. Of course, it’s important to keep in mind that many people experience mood swings when they drink, but based on his prior actions, it appears that he was more of a manic than a morbid drunk. Moreover, the fact that he would disappear in the summer of 1971, a few months later, implies that it wasn’t just the alcohol talking.
James Dean, a beloved and cultural icon, gained notoriety for his iconic roles in films such as Giant (1956), Rebel Without a Cause (1955), and East of Eden (1955). The world was shocked when Dean, at the young age of 24, tragically died in a car accident in 1955, leaving behind such a promising career.
With an eye toward the racetrack, the actor bought some impressive vehicles, including his legendary Porsche 550 Spyder (also referred to as the “Little Bastard”) and a Triumph Tiger T110. Dean wanted to pursue a career in racing automobiles. Unfortunately, this would never be realized. The celebrity issued a dire warning regarding America’s highways in an interview conducted just months before he passed away: “People say racing is dangerous. However, I’d rather take my chances on the racetrack than on a busy road. Drive carefully; you never know whose life you might save.”
On September 30, 1955, Dean and his companion were driving on the highway when Donald Turnupseed abruptly turned left at an intersection, causing Dean’s Porsche to crash. While passenger Rolf Wütherich survived the collision, Dean passed away from his wounds.
Amy Winehouse was a talented English vocalist who was well-known for her soul, jazz, and rhythm and blues performances as well as her expressive, deep voice. With her groundbreaking album Back to Black (2006), she became the first British woman to win five Grammys at the 2008 Grammy Awards. Unfortunately, Winehouse’s drug and alcohol addiction plagued her for a large portion of her life.
The singer was discovered dead from alcohol poisoning in her London home on July 11, 2011. Winehouse was allegedly in a comatose state after consuming five times the legal limit. The singer thought she would join the 27 Club, according to people who knew her best. Alex Foden, her stylist and close friend, once said:
“Amy consistently expressed to me her belief that she would join the 27 Club. The fact that she seems to have carried out her plans is heartbreaking. I genuinely think Amy understood her limits and that this last binge might be her last.
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
Although Winehouse began her career as a rapper, she was destined to experiment with jazz. The British saxophonist Ronnie Scott was dated by the singer who was her paternal grandmother. Additionally, a number of her mother’s side uncles were employed as professional jazz musicians. Last but not least was her father Mitch, a wannabe crooner and cab driver who enjoyed belting out Frank Sinatra songs around the house. Mitch’s debut album, Rush of Love, was released in 2010 following the success of his daughter.
3. Her grandmother was her ultimate role model
Her grandmother Cynthia, a cabaret singer, made her fall in love with jazz, despite the fact that her father introduced her to music as a child by singing to her to the gentle beat of Frank Sinatra songs (as stated in a 2007 interview). Following the death of her idol in 2006, Amy Winehouse honored her memory with a tattoo of an iconic pin-up girl on her arm.
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.
Buddy Holly, the father of rock and roll, is best known for his rockabilly hits, such as “That’ll Be the Day” and “Peggy Sue.” Holly is widely recognized as the artist who popularized the classic rock and roll lineup of two guitars, bass, and drums, despite the tragically short life and career.
According to legend, the performer told his wife Maria Elena that he had prophetic dreams in which he predicted his own death. In January 1959, Holly and his spouse were awakened from their nightmares on a night. Even though their dreams were not exactly the same, they were all about airplanes, widespread panic, and Holly leaving Maria Elena. The dream had disturbed him so much that he began to cry.
On February 2, 1959, Holly and his band chartered a plane while on tour, needing the money for their expanding family (Maria Elena was expecting a child). The aircraft crashed in an Iowa cornfield not long after takeoff. Holly perished instantly upon impact, along with fellow musicians Ritchie Valens, “The Big Bopper” J.P. Richardson, and pilot Roger Peterson.
Due to his friendship with Nicholas II’s family, Russian mystic Grigori Rasputin amassed significant power in late Imperial Russia. He became close to Emperor Nicholas and Empress Alexandra and considered himself a holy man. Rasputin was very close to the Tsarina because she thought the monk had healed her son’s hemophilia.
Many historians think that the Romanov dynasty’s fall was facilitated by his dark reputation. Knowing he was running out of time, Rasputin himself declared in a letter to Alexandra that he would be dead by New Year’s Eve and that the Romanovs would follow in his footsteps in two years.
Rasputin was poisoned, drowned, and shot three times just two days before the start of 1917. A year and a half later, the entire Romanov family was brutally murdered.
Ritchie Valens was a rock and roll pioneer and the father of the Chicano rock movement. He had several hits, such as “La Bamba” and “Donna.” Valens was sweeping the world with such a bright future ahead of him. The artist had a terrifyingly valid reason for experiencing aerophobia, or a fear of flying.
Valens skipped class at the age of fifteen to go to his grandfather’s funeral. While he was there, a plane crashed into his schoolyard’s playground from the sky. Following a show with fellow performers Buddy Holly and J.P. Richardson, Valens was awarded a small aircraft seat after winning a coin toss with Holly’s backup guitarist. “That’s the first time I’ve ever won anything in my life,” he allegedly uttered.
On February 3, 1959, the plane crashed into the frozen ground, killing everyone on impact, just minutes later. Valens was barely seventeen.
“Pistol Pete” Maravich was the greatest ball handler of all time, and the NBA Hall of Famer said as much. Being one of the youngest basketball players to be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, Maravich made quite a name for himself with his exceptional athleticism and showmanship.
Despite being the only athlete on the list, Maravich has one thing in common with the others: he was accurate in his death prediction.
In a four-year NBA career, Maravich said in a Beaver County Times interview that:
“I don’t want to play 10 years [in the NBA] and then die of a heart attack at the age of 40.”
The basketball player completed his ten years of play when an injury forced him to retire six years later. Furthermore, Maravich passed away at the age of forty from a heart attack while participating in a pickup game.
According to medical reports, Maravich should have died at age twenty from a missing heart valve, but he lived two extra decades, just as he had predicted.
In case you are unaware, Maravich is regarded as one of the greatest basketball players in NBA history. Maravich stated in a 1974 interview that he would probably have a heart attack at the age of 40 and that he did not want to play in the NBA for longer than ten years.
He had been an NBA player for four years at the time, and he was 26 years old. He continued to play in the NBA for six more years following his declaration, and he left the league in 1980 exactly as he had stated.
When Maravich was forty years old on January 5, 1988, he had a fatal heart attack while playing basketball with a few friends. Following the autopsy, medical professionals concluded that Maravich had unconscious heart issues.
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