17 Bizarre Celebrity Deaths

From accidental drownings to fan club shootings

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Jul 6, 2013 8:30 AM CDT

(Newser) – The rocker who may have been killed by a spider bite. The reality star who died while off-roading. The singer found dead and surrounded by rotting food and dog feces. Sometimes, the circumstances surrounding celebrity deaths are just plain strange, as in these 17 examples rounded up by Radar:

  • Marvin Gaye's own father shot in him 1984. Gaye was living with his parents at the time, and struggling with depression. He and his father had just argued over misplaced documents, and Gaye reportedly beat his father before being shot.
  • Brandon Lee was accidentally shot on set for The Crow in 1993. It was reportedly caught on film, but destroyed.
  • David Carradine was found hanging in a hotel room closet in 2009, and there were reports of autoerotic asphyxiation gone wrong.

  • Steve Irwin, the "Crocodile Hunter," was pierced in the chest by a sting ray spine in 2006, while snorkeling in Australia.
  • Natalie Wood fell off a boat and drowned in 1981, but her cause of death was changed from "accident" to "undetermined" more than 30 years later.
  • Phil Hartman's wife shot him, then herself, at their California home in 1998.
  • Selena was shot by the president of her fan club in 1995. She was just 23.
Click for the complete list, which includes another drowning and, possibly, another autoerotic asphyxiation.

Marvin Gaye's own father shot in him 1984. Gaye was living with his parents at the time, and struggling with depression. He and his father had just argued over misplaced documents, and Gaye reportedly beat his father before being shot.
Marvin Gaye's own father shot in him 1984. Gaye was living with his parents at the time, and struggling with depression. He and his father had just argued over misplaced documents, and Gaye reportedly...   (AP Photo/Nancy Kaye, file)
Brandon Lee was accidentally shot on set for The Crow in 1993. It was reportedly caught on film, but destroyed.
Brandon Lee was accidentally shot on set for "The Crow" in 1993. It was reportedly caught on film, but destroyed.   (AP Photo/File)
David Carradine was found hanging in a hotel room closet in 2009, and there were reports of autoerotic asphyxiation gone wrong.
David Carradine was found hanging in a hotel room closet in 2009, and there were reports of autoerotic asphyxiation gone wrong.   (AP Photo/Ric Francis, File)
Steve Irwin, the Crocodile Hunter, was pierced in the chest by a sting ray spine in 2006, while snorkeling in Australia.
Steve Irwin, the "Crocodile Hunter," was pierced in the chest by a sting ray spine in 2006, while snorkeling in Australia.   (AP Photo/Russell McPhedran, File)
Natalie Wood fell off a boat and drowned in 1981, but her cause of death was changed from accident to undetermined more than 30 years later.
Natalie Wood fell off a boat and drowned in 1981, but her cause of death was changed from "accident" to "undetermined" more than 30 years later.   (AP File Photo)
Phil Hartman's wife shot him, then herself, at their California home in 1998.
Phil Hartman's wife shot him, then herself, at their California home in 1998.   (Wikimedia Commons)
Selena was shot by the president of her fan club in 1995. She was just 23.
Selena was shot by the president of her fan club in 1995. She was just 23.   (AP Photo/George Gongora-Corpus Christi Caller-Times, File)
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