have liked to have known you, but I was just a kid, your candle burned out
long before, your legend ever did.’ – Elton John
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premature death of dozens of icons and pop stars over the past decades has
left the world bereft of natural talent, allowing the music and
entertainment industry to promote manufactured bands, like Busted or Blue!
Plane crashes are a common cause of death for the rich and famous, many
more, like Marilyn Monroe or Brian Jones, have died in mysterious
Rising star Otis Reading was one
of the first recording artists to die in an airplane, when he crashed into
the ‘Dock of the Bay’ at the tender age of twenty-six. Other legends who met
their demise this way include, Jim Reeves, Patsy Cline, Buddy Holly, Ronnie
Van Zant and most recently, the young, beautiful and gifted singer, Aaliyah.
Political figures also have trouble flying.
President Samora Machel perished
in an air disaster and Congressman Larry McDonald was killed on board Korean
Flight 007, shot down by Soviet missiles. The aircraft carrying John F.
plunged into the sea at 5,500 ft per minute off Martha’s Vineyard and
Senator Paul Wellstone died with his wife and daughter in a plane crash near
Minnesota two years ago.
The 1970’s saw the loss of
enigmatic Jim Morrison of The Doors, raunchy Janis Joplin and the guitar
prodigy, Jimi Hendrix, all attributed to the excesses of Rock n’ Roll.
Martial art exponent, Bruce Lee died of cerebral edema while making ‘Game of
Death’ in 1973 and coincidentally, his son Brandon was killed as the result
of a shooting accident on the film set of ‘The Crow.’
By the 1980’s we had witnessed
the killing of political activist Steven Biko, the death of wacky ‘Who’
drummer, Keith Moon and the murder of John Lennon. Peter Tosh was shot and
Bob Marley wasted away from cancer at the clinic of former Nazi SS Officer,
Dr. Joseph Issels. Another uplifting reggae singer, Garnett Silk, died next
in a tragic house fire.
Kurt Cobain allegedly shot
himself, but the nineties saw gun crime on the rise and rappers were often
the target. Hit men sent Christopher Wallace,
aka Notorious B.I.G. to his
grave, followed by Tupac Shakur and Jam Master Jay. Michael Hutchence is
said to have died by accidental strangulation and Lisa ‘Left-Eye’ Lopez was
killed in a car crash, like James Dean and others.
We lost two gifted musical
composers when George Harrison and Frank Zappa succumbed to disease.
However, Princess Diana’s ‘car accident’ which she predicted, was the
cruelest of all high-profile murders and left a void. Like the assassination
of JFK, Martin Luther King or Malcolm X, it sent shock waves around the
globe. How could they? How dare they!
While some celebrity deaths may
be self-inflicted, such as Sid Vicious, who died from a drug overdose, aged
twenty-one, the majority are suspicious. Personalities or performers with
originality and ingenuity are martyrs of
‘Operation Mockingbird’ to be replaced by mediocre, compliant clones.
But the NWO can’t kill music; true talent is irrepressible and keeps on