The general public tends to live vicariously through the exploits of their favorite celebrities. This makes it especially jarring when famous faces get struck down in their prime. If the cause of death doesn’t add up or if the circumstances seem random, rumors start circulating to try to make sense of the tragedy. Here are 15 well-documented and mysterious celebrity deaths that captured the public imagination.
Rebel Without A Cause star Natalie Wood drowned in 1981 during a weekend trip to California’s Santa Catalina Island. She was traveling on a Yacht with her husband, Robert Wagner (pictured above), fellow actor Christopher Walken, and boat captain Dennis Davern. No one saw the actress enter the water—Wagner claims to have gone to bed without Wood after a heated argument between the two. Questions of whether or not the death was truly accidental have swirled around Wood’s death since it was reported. Suspicions have typically leaned toward Wagner, though he and Walken have dismissed these claims. Last month the Los Angeles County coroner’s office re-examined the case and changed their diagnosis from “accidental drowning” to “drowning and other undetermined factors.”