3 Times Celebrities Died in Three’s

With the passing of former South African president Nelson Mandela we have reached our celebrity death three count including the recent tragic deaths of actor Paul Walker and Brian Griffin The Dog. While these three icons were beloved by many, on the bright side celebrities around the world can breathe a sigh of relief today.  That’s because it’s a well-established fact of life that celebrities die in threes. The VIP elevator to heaven may only have room to accommodate three souls at a time or the Grimm Reaper is really OCD about the number three. We may never know, but what some may call an odd coincidence we have seen time and again in recent years:

The  June 2009 trifecta of Ed McMahon (June 23rd),  Michael Jackson and Farrah Fawcett (both on June 25th of that year.)

Summer 2013 saw the passing of legendary Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek, Sopranos star James Gandolfini and actress Jean Stapleton (famous for her role as Edith Bunker on All in the Family.)

One of the earliest documented cases of the celebrity death triad was in late 1970/ early 1971 deaths of rock stars Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix and Jim Morrison…. Who all died at the age of 27 (which is a whole other thing, and again, I’m starting to think the Grim Reaper has an OCD issue.)

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I know some of you are going to contest including Brian The Dog on this list; “He’s an animated character and doesn’t count!”  He’s dead and he does count! Seth MacFarlane made the choice to have him killed on Family Guy and thus set this past month’s celebrity death three-peat in motion. So does that mean Seth MacFarlane  is responsible for Nelson Mandela’s death?

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