Morbidly Hollywood

Where we feature the events, places, and timelines of many of Hollywood's Most Notorious Deaths... Including all the Morbid Details!

America loves her movie stars. We adore the movies they bring to life. We enjoy dreaming of one day becoming a movie star and living the jet-set lifestyle. But most of all, we love it when their wheels come off and they crash back down to earth like a skeleton hitting a gym floor.


 

John Belushi Dies at the Chateau MarmontBy 1982 John Belushi had begun hanging out with a less than reputable group of characters - namely, one Cathy Smith, a former back-up singer for The Band, who had become a strung out addict and ...

Carl "Alfalfa" SwtzerOur Gang's Carl "Alfalfa" Switzer Killed over $50 and a Hunting Dog

Carl Switzer was born in Paris, Illinois in 1927. He would later become known as "Alfalfa", a character he played on the Hal Roach produced series of film shorts called "Our Gang." Carl died on January 21, 1959, the victim of a...

Tupac ShakurTimeline of Events

September 7, 1996 - 8:39pm: Mike Tyson knocks out Bruce Seldon at the MGM Grand Hotel, in Las Vegas; 8:45pm: As Tupac Shakur leaves the MGM Grand, he gets into an altercation with a young black man believed to be Orlando Anderson, member of a rival gang, The Southside ...

Dorothy StrattenDorothy Stratten was born in Vancouver, British Columbia as Dorothy Hoogstratten. When barely 17, she was spotted in a Canadian Dairy Queen fast-food restaurant by Paul Snider, nine years her elder....

Bob CraneThe Seedy World of Bob Crane - TV's Colonel Hogan

Robert Edward Crane was born in Waterbury, Connecticut on July 13th, 1928. By his early teens, he was demonstrating musical talent and had set his sights on becoming a drummer, fantasizing about becoming the...

River PhoenixHaving broken into show biz with TV's Seven Brides for Seven Brothers that ran during the 1982-83 season, River Phoenix would follow up with his feature-film debut as a somewhat bookworm-ish kid in Explorers (1985). But it ...

Freddie PrinzeBy the age of 20, Freddie Prinze's fame was already through the stratosphere as his television show, Chico and the Man was a top five charter in the U.S. He was a big star, his face graced the covers of numerous magazines such as ...

Colordao Street Suicide BridgeIn Pasadena's early days, before the historic Colorado Street Bridge was built, crossing the Arroyo Seco (a deeply cut canyon linking the San Gabriel Mountains to the Los Angeles River) was an extremely difficult task...

Phil and Brynn HartmanCocaine, Margaritas, Zoloft and Saturday Night Live's Phil Hartman
Phil Hartman rose to fame with Saturday Night Live

Dana PlatoDana Michelle Plato led quite an interesting life, full of dizzying heights and shattering lows. She came to fame as a child star but found out soon enough that early fame often has its own pitfalls. Best known as Kimberly Drummond

The Death of Chris FarleyChristopher Crosby Farley, who was born on February 15, 1964, grew up in Madison, Wisconsin. He studied theatre and communications at Marquette University. Upon finishing his degree, Chris was in the cast of...

Peg EntwistlePeg Entwistle was born Millicent Lilian Entwistle (many sources incorrectly have it as Lillian Millicent) on July 1, 1908 in Port Talbot,Wales . From an early age, Peg's life was filled with tragedy. After the death of her...

The Death of Rebecca SchaefferIn the late 1980s, a young actress named Rebecca Lucile Schaeffer was struggling to find her big break into show business. Born in 1967, the only child of a psychologist and a writer, Rebecca was sleek, svelte and beautiful...

The Black Dahlia - Elizabeth ShortOn January 15, 1947 a woman walking on the sidewalk in the 3800 block of Norton St., in Liemert Park, Los Angeles caught a glimpse of what appeared to be a department store mannequin lying in the weeds...

The Suicide Death of Brian KeithBrian Keith, who became known to millions of Americans in the late '60s as Uncle Bill, was born on November 14, 1921, in Bayonne, New Jersey. The son of Robert Keith and Helena Shipman, Keith eventually went on...

The Suicide of Herve VillechaizeHerve Jean Pierre Villechaize was born on April 23, 1943 in Paris, France. His father, a doctor and resistance fighter during the German occupation of France during World War II, noticed early on that something wasn't...

The Death of Brandon LeeAgainst his wishes and in spite of his best intentions, Brandon Lee will always be known as the son of martial arts movie star Bruce Lee, who starred in more than 20 films, including The Big Boss (1971), Fists of Fury (1971) and...

Natalie WoodNatalie Gurdin was born in San Francisco in 1938, to Russian immigrants Nikolai and Maria. When she was just 4 years old she appeared as an extra in her first movie, Happy Land, with her mother. Convinced her daughter...

Amityville Horror House

On November 13, 1974, the peace in the tiny Long Island town of Amityville, New York, an upper-middle-income community of 10,000, was shattered when 23 year-old Ronald DeFeo returned from a night of drinking and shot...

Mrs. Beasly DollMary Anissa Jones was born in West Lafayette, Indiana to Purdue students John P. Jones and Mary P. Tweel on March 11, 1958. Pronounced (Uh-nee-suh), her name is Lebanese and means "Little Friend."...

James Dean

James Dean was arguably one of the freshest young faces on the Hollywood scene in the 1950s. But because he died at such a young age he was probably known more for the films he didn't make, than the ones he did...

The Death of John Candy

John Franklin Candy was born on October 31, 1950 in New Market, Ontario, Canada to Sidney James Candy And Evangeline Candy. Within five years of his birth, John's father would die leaving his mother, aunt...

Dominique Dunne

Dominique Dunne was a beautiful and promising young actress most known for her performance as the older sister on the hit movie Poltergeist (1982). Five months after the release of the movie, with her career beginning...

Superman George Reeves

On June 16, 1959, George Reeves gave millions of children worldwide firm evidence of why it's important to separate fantasy from reality ... because on that day, in the world of make-believe, Superman was not faster than...

The Death of Marilyn Monroe

Few actresses conjure up as much admiration, emulation and yet anguish and accusations as a troubled young starlet the world would come to know as Marilyn Monroe. Born Norma Jean Mortenson...

The Murder of Sharon Tate

Of all the notorious celebrity deaths, suicides, and murders that have occurred throughout the annals of Hollywood history, none was as bizarre and gruesome as the murders that occurred on a warm night...

PearlOf all musicians of the '60s, none would embody the tumultuous spirit and self-destructive nature of that era more than Janis Lyn Joplin. The oldest of three children, she was born in Port Arthur Texas...

John C. HolmesIf only walls could talk, they'd tell the truth about what went down during the early morning hours of July 1, 1981 at the modest house located at 8763 Wonderland Avenue. It was a very seedy place inhabited by...

Jayne Mansfield

Although already attached to such fair-haired sexpots as Alice Faye, Betty Grable, and Marilyn Monroe, the term Blond Bombshell wouldn't become fully defined until the arrival of Jayne Mansfield on...

River PhoenixListen to the 911 phone call made by Joaquin Phoenix from a pay phone after his brother, River, overdosed in the bathroom of The Viper Room. GRAPHIC WARNING: Contains disturbing content!

Grace KellyFew princesses live happily ever after. And few fairy tales ever end up quite as imagined. This was surely the case with film actress Grace Kelly who would marry into European royalty before eventually meeting...

Jane Russell Dead at 89Hollywood sex symbol and legendary pin-up girl Jane Russell has died from respiratory failure. She was 89. Jane Russell died in her Malibu home yesterday, February 28, 2011. She is survived by her children, Thomas K. Waterfield, Tracy Foundas and Robert "Buck" Waterfield, six grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren...

Elizabeth Taylor has diedShe Was Late to Her Own Funeral

Elizabeth Taylor, one of the most popular and desired actresses of the 20th century has died at 79. Taylor "died peacefully today at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles," said a publicist. The two-time academy award winner (Butterfield 8 and ...

Deadly DisneylandInjuries and Deaths in California’s Disneyland Theme Park

Though we all associate the “Happiest Place on Earth” with good, wholesome family entertainment in a safe place that’s far, far away from death, pain and danger, accidents do happen at Disneyland… actually relatively frequently. And many of them are even deadly.

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