3 Times Celebrities Died in Three’s

PhilHaney by PhilHaney on Dec. 06, 2013

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.)

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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377 comments
Caitlin-Cook-909
Caitlin-Cook-909 User

A planned death of an animated character does not count. I'm sure you feel quite silly now that Phillip Seymour Hoffman has died.

Michael-Comunitee-517
Michael-Comunitee-517 User

great place for celebrity deaths:

http:///www.famously-dead.com/


compelling pics too

Andrew Benitez
Andrew Benitez

It saddens me that you put one of the most influential people that ever lived next to a freaking animated dog that died on a show that stopped being funny years ago

Spencer-Garver-50
Spencer-Garver-50 User

If you don't want to count Brian the dog, you can count Marcia Wallace, the voice of Miss Krabappel

Brendan-Kelly-321
Brendan-Kelly-321 User

Pretty lame Brian, a cartoon, is being compared to Nelson Mandela, one of the greatest human beings to walk on the face of Earth. 

Halvar Ge Ce
Halvar Ge Ce

who the fuck is the first guy ? Celebrities ? M U R I C A S T Y L E

Richard Zarate
Richard Zarate

Ummm, I know this site is tongue-in-cheek, but about 150, 000 people die EVERY DAY, worldwide.

Dan Schooling
Dan Schooling

Jimmy, its probably because Seth MacFarlane needed more time to try and bang Mila Kunis.

Don Mears
Don Mears

Comparing the death of an Animated dog to that of 2 such Great Human Beings is showing disrespect to Them and Us.

Tim DaHippy Garson
Tim DaHippy Garson

That stupid kid was right..shouldve killed the governor when he had the chance. lol and Brian Griffin isn't real ppl..come one!

Steven-Bowers-899
Steven-Bowers-899 User

Brian doesn't count you dimwits.  That and he is not dead.. he is coming back, confirmed.

Porsche Renee Hicks
Porsche Renee Hicks

seriously though? grasping for straws much? an animated dog does not count and shouldn't be on this list....

OverYourHead
OverYourHead User

I wouldn't compare Morgan Freeman with Paul Walker. Besides, the fact that he died in a car crash is symptomatic of something more than just a coincidence. Ironically, his fame has caused many street racing related deaths. And now, his death may ultimately save lives.

Shane VanNatter
Shane VanNatter

Morgan Freeman, Snoopy & Tatum Channing all died this week?

Rebecca Funston
Rebecca Funston

Shame on you to compare them with a planned death of a cartoon character. Reported as spam!

Nate Rapoff
Nate Rapoff

Mandela isn't a "celebrity," he's a hero and a legend.

Skyler Fonz Ness
Skyler Fonz Ness

but brains death for one is not real and second was not gods vision it was the creators idea seth micfarlons idea so I see it as not really a three thing because brian was taking out maybe the guy playing a brain wasint happy with pay are not happy with the crew are some other reason but it does not cont

Barukie PV
Barukie PV

People die almost every minute. They're just people, everyone is making a big deal because they're famous.

Rick Davis Sr.
Rick Davis Sr.

Uummmm Cartoons cant die...even though this whole Family guy show should be killed

BlondieLynne
BlondieLynne User

Haven't you been paying attention? Brian isn't dead. I guess that means there is another death on the way.

BlondieLynne
BlondieLynne User

Brian isn't dead.  They are bringing him back.  So that means there must be another death coming.

Cool-Jon-1
Cool-Jon-1 User

the dogs coming back to life anyway in two weeks

Mike-Emmons-39
Mike-Emmons-39 User

pretty sure paul walker has more in common with brian the dog than he does with nelson mandela