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What celebrity deaths shocked/surprised you?

Robert Palmer and Laura Branigan for starters. It was several months before I learned either of them had died (and I believe they both died from brain cancer).

Heath Ledger, Brandon Lee, Jon-Erik Hexum (I bet no one remembers him!), River Phoenix, Michael Hutchence, Jonathan Brandis, and Brittany Murphy were all very shocking too.

On the other hand, I was not shocked by Michael Jackson's death. I always felt, with all the troubles he had, that he would die young (yes, 50 is young!). I knew it would be a drug overdose or suicide.


Asked by thatgirl70 at 2:59 PM on Jul. 8, 2010 in Entertainment

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  • I adored Jon Erik Hexum and cried when he died. I go on the Voyager fan page sometimes. :)
    I have the same answers as everyone else though...Heath, Brittany, Michael, River...ect.....

    Answer by drpepper73 at 3:27 PM on Jul. 8, 2010

  • Heath Ledger. I was completley shocked by that. I loved him!

    Answer by Katt709 at 3:00 PM on Jul. 8, 2010

  • Honestly, it was Anna Nicole Smith..

    Answer by youngmm at 3:01 PM on Jul. 8, 2010

  • Heath Ledger
    heath ledger Pictures, Images and Photos
    And John Ritter...
    John Ritter as Jack Tripper Pictures, Images and Photos
    I watched him as a kid and he was always one of my favorite actors.

    Answer by SleepingBeautee at 3:03 PM on Jul. 8, 2010

  • John Lennon, Phil Hartman

    Answer by autodidact at 7:12 PM on Jul. 8, 2010

  • Heath Ledger and anna nicole

    Answer by Preggydyke at 3:03 PM on Jul. 8, 2010

  • Heath Ledger He was a great actor I was very shocked:(

    Answer by starestrada at 3:03 PM on Jul. 8, 2010

  • The ones you mentioned. as well as Natasha Richardson. Celebs like MJ, Corey Haim, Anna Nicole Smith no as much because of their history of drug abuse. Patrick Swayze, Ronnie James Dio, Dennis Hopper, while kind of shocking, were expected because they had terminal illnesses.

    Answer by Izsarejman at 3:04 PM on Jul. 8, 2010

  • River Phoenix, Anna Nicole, Natasha Richardson, Brittany Murphy, Michael Jackson and Heath Ledger. Still have not been able to bring myself to watch the Batman movie he was filming.

    Answer by parrishsky at 3:10 PM on Jul. 8, 2010

  • Heath Ledger, Anna Nicole (even though i knew she was on drugs..didnt see her dying) and her son

    Brittany Murphy

    Robert Palmer died?


    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 7:53 PM on Jul. 8, 2010