Sunday, January 22, 2012

Tommy Morrison

Tony Richardson

The previous Academy award winner (two times over) died of HIV in 1991.

David Oliver

The former soap star from "A Year in the Life," died of the virus in 1991.

Anthony Perkins

The former star of a Hitchcock movie, "Psycho," died of HIV back in 1992.

Freddie Mercury

The former lead singer of Queen is now deceased as a result of contracting HIV virus.

Magic Johnson

The former Los Angeles Lakers star guard has been living with HIV for over a decade now. When he first came out it was quite shocking and most people thought he would not live from the virus but his blood levels indicate that he is almost back to normal.

Rock Hudson

As previously mentioned he was the forerunner in terms of those celebrities that came forward admitting that they had HIV. Rock passed away shortly after appearing at the podium gaunt and gravely ill.

Brandon Bruce Lee

The son of the greatest martial artist of all time, Brandon Lee, just like his father, met an untimely death. In 1994, while filiming the movie The Crow, Lee was shot by a gun that was supposed to be a harmless prop. Instead, a bullet was lodged in the revolver. When the trigger was pulled - as written in the script - the reverberation of the blanks cause the bullet to propel, ultimatley shooting Lee in the abdomen. Despite a five hour attempt to save him, Lee was pronouced dead at the age of 28. The footage of his fictional-turned-real death scene was destroyed but the movie was eventually finished.

Some people suspect that Lee was a victim of foul play; the freak accident that claimed his life just seemed a little too far fetched. Others, however, believe that his death was part of the Bruce Lee curse. Bruce Lee also died young, suffering from brain swelling at the age of 32.

Natalie Wood

A child-turned-adult-actress, Natalie Wood was the face of a generation. Known for her roles in Rebel Without a Cause and West Side Story as well as her dating life - a life that saw her court the likes of Elvis, Raymond Burr, Warren Beauty, and Dennis Hopper - her death was also not void of drama. Even today, mysteries still remain.

In 1981, at the age of 45, Wood drowned while onboard a yacht with her husband, Robert Wagner, and Christopher Walken. No one knows for certain what happened and the reports varied. One theory suggests that Wagner and Walken got into a disagreement and, while they argued, Wood fell overboard. Though a witness on shore reported hearing Wood cry for help - as well as the two men reasurring her that they were coming - Wagner, Walken, and the man piloting the yacht all said they never heard anything.

Wood was legally drunk at the time and this likely compromised her ability to swim. Bruises were also found on her body, but these were ambigious, possibly being a result of her fall.

Rebecca Lucile Schaeffer

Only 21 years old when she was shot and killed n 1989, Rebecca Lucile Schaeffer had a career that was just getting started. Best known for her role in the sitcom My Sister Sam, Schaeffer was shot by Robert Bardo, a 19-year-old who was a crazed fan. After stalking her for three years, writing letters and attempting to gain access onto the set of My Sister Sam, Bardo hired a private investigator to find her place of residence. The PI was able to locate it through DMV records.

Bardo dressed up as a flower delivery man and approached Schaeffer's doorway. When she answered, he shot her once in the heart. He was arrested the next day.

The death of Schaeffer set the ball in motion for California's anti-stalking laws. It also helped change the law regarding the release of information through the DMV.