So Creepy: These Celebrities Had Open Casket Funerals

Open casket funerals might seem creepy to some people, but others find them comforting. Many people who are mourning the loss of a loved one are able to find closure after viewing the earthly remains. Whatever your views on the practice of displaying the dead in open casket memorials, we invite you to take a look at this gallery of celebrities who have opted for this type of funeral.

Chris Henry

Cincinnati Bengals receiver Chris Henry had a promising career which was tragically cut short at the young age of 26. The athlete had fallen out of a pickup truck which his fiancee was driving. during a domestic dispute. He had previously experienced legal troubles including drug possession, driving without a license, and multiple gun charges.

Another Victim Of CTE

It was later revealed that Chris Henry had a brain disease called chronic traumatic encephalopathy resulting from multiple hits to the head during his football career. His organs were donated for transplant by his mother and his corneas, lungs, kidneys, heart, pancreas, and liver were transplanted. The lives of four people were saved.

Eva Peron

The Argentinian singer turned politician was one of the most beloved first ladies in Argentinian history. The story of her life inspired the Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Weber musical, Evita, which featured the hit song “Don’t Cry For Me Argentina” and starred Madonna in the title role.

Body Was Stored For 20 Years

After Eva Peron’s death in 1952, millions of Argentinians paid their respects to the beloved first lady, after which her body was stored in hiding for 20 years. Her body was once again placed on display for people to see in the 1970s, before finally being laid to rest in her family’s mausoleum.

Jesse James

Jesse James is one of the most notorious outlaws of all times. While the number of people he robbed might suggest a long criminal career, he was murdered in 1882 at the young age of 35, although many rumors at the time claimed that James somehow faked his own death.

Packed In Ice

Perhaps to disprove such rumors, Jesse James’ body was packed in ice and displayed in Saint Joseph, a town in his home state of Missouri, where people lined up to take pictures with him. It was widely circulated that his mother made a living by charging people a quarter each to take a penny from his grave as a memento.

Rick James

Soul singer Rick James was a Motown artist who released his debut in album in 1978, selling two million copies and launching his career. He is perhaps best known for writing the MC Hammer hit “U Can’t Touch This.” He had to sue Hammer to be credited on the wildly popular song.

Can’t Touch This

While he had a moderately successful career, it was severely damaged by an addiction to cocaine and legal troubles. He spent three years in prison for kidnapping two women.

Rick James died at the age of 56 from heart failure. While he lost fans due to his criminal career, people still came to his open casket funeral.

William S. Burroughs

William S. Burroughs was a prolific and internationally celebrated writer known for such famous works as Naked Lunch and Junkie. The great American novelist was one of the most iconic members of the Beat Generation who also wrote under the pen name of William Lee.

Greatest Satirical Writer Since Jonathan Swift

Fellow Beat writer Jack Kerouac considered William S. Burroughs to be the “greatest satirical writer since Jonathan Swift.” Burroughs passed away in 1997, at the age of 83, following a heart attack. William S. Burroughs had an open casket funeral and was then interred in his family’s plot at Bellefontaine Cemetery in St. Louis, Missouri.

James Brown

James Brown was “the Godfather of Soul,” a music legend and a larger-than-life character. Brown began his career in the 1950s and continued on until the end of his life. He was also known for his social activism, involvement in the Civil Rights movement as well as the not-so-good aspects of his life including bad relationships and drug problems.

A Number Of Celebrities Attended His Funeral

Celebrities who payed respect to the Godfather included Al Sharpton, 50 Cent, Joe Frazier, MC Hammer, Prince, Buddy Guy, Ice Cube, Ludacris, Dr. Dre, Little Richard, Dick Gregory, Jesse Jackson, Ice-T, Jerry Lee Lewis, Bootsy Collins, LL Cool J, Lil Wayne, Lenny Kravitz, Stevie Wonder, Todd Williams and Don King.

Mother Teresa

Mother Teresa, also known as Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, died in 1997, at the age of 87. After Mother Teresa’s death, her body lay in repose in St Thomas, Calcutta (India) for one week. Mother Teresa was a Roman Catholic nun who achieved international fame for founding the Missionaries of Charity, a congregation which vows “wholehearted free service to the poorest of the poor.” She was born in Skopje, which is now the capital of the Republic of Macedonia. Teresa first took her vows at age 21. She went on to live a life of service to others and was particularly moved to help the poor and sick.

Leaving A Lasting Impression

She was mourned by millions worldwide, and she is set to be canonized (declared a Saint) in 2016. Even before her death in 1997, Mother Teresa was often spoken about in a saintly manner from Catholics and non-Catholics alike. She was officially canonized in 2016 and is now known within the Church as Saint Teresa of Calcutta.

Bruce Lee

In life, Bruce Lee was a larger-than-life figure – an actor, husband, father, and the master and founder of Jeet Kune Do. To many of his fans, he seemed invincible. To many of his modern fans, his on-screen vibrancy makes it seem as though he still lives. Lee was extremely dedicated to being physically fit, which is why his death in 1973 at the young age of 32 came as an absolute shock.

One Last Look For The Fans

Before Bruce’s body was flown back to Seattle to be buried, a public open-casket memorial was held for his fans. The service was attended by 25,000 people. He apparently suffered from cerebral edema, or swelling of the brain, after having an allergic reaction a painkiller he took for a headache. There is still some dispute about whether the swelling occurred before or after he took the medication. Because of the strange and tragic manner of his death, there have been countless conspiracy theories surrounding the event, including that he may have been poisoned.

Marilyn Monroe

Although the legendary blonde bombshell did have an open casket funeral, there are no photos of that event in existence. However, one artist created an amazing sculpture of the event. She now lays next to the late Hugh Hefner, whose casket was placed alongside hers.

This Picture Is The Closest Thing To It

It shows a sculpture of Monroe in her casket after her 1962 death from an accidental overdose. The sculpture was created by an Italian artist and was based on descriptions of the green Pucci dress, veil, and makeup Monroe wore for her burial.

River Phoenix

After Stand by Me actor River Phoenix (big brother of Joaquin) died of a drug overdose in 1993, his body was displayed in an open casket private ceremony intended only for his closest friends and family. In the early 1990s, River Phoenix was the “It” boy of Hollywood. He had it all: looks, fame, and youth. Many believe his career would have soared to massive heights if he had lived longer. Sadly, Phoneix partied far too hard one night and it took his life.

Break In

Unfortunately, though, an unscrupulous photographer broke into the funeral home that was holding his body, took a photo of him in his casket, and sold it to (guess who) The National Enquirer for $5,000. Phoenix overdosed on cocaine and morphine. Sadly, he could not be revived and he died at the age of 23.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Iconic civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. was gunned down in 1968. After his death, King’s body was displayed in an open bronze casket in Memphis. The wound in King’s neck was still visible, and many mourners kissed the glass over his face. His “I have a dream” speech is still one of the most-quoted speeches of all time. Sadly, at the height of his work and at the young age of 39, Dr. King was assassinated. One day before his death, he addressed the possibility of being killed in a speech called “I’ve Been To The Mountaintop.”

I Have A Dream

He was interred in Atlanta, at the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site. His wife Coretta Scott King is also buried there.

“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” — Martin Luther King, Jr.

John Lennon

After the former Beatle’s tragic murder at the hands of a deranged fan, his widow Yoko Ono opted not to have a funeral. Instead, she asked his fans for 10 minutes of silence in remembrance of Lennon.

Central Park Gathering

This photo depicts Lennon’s corpse in a body bag at an NYC morgue. Over 100,000 people gathered at Central Park to mourn the beloved musician.

Selena

Rising Mexican-American pop star Selena Quintanilla-Perez’s family decided to have a public open-casket funeral to dispel rumors that the singer’s body was not in the casket. She was murdered by her obsessed agent in 1995. Before her death, Selena was about to embark on a cross-over music journey with her first English language album. As a Mexican-American, she was particularly well-loved within that community and the loss was devastating.

One Crazy Fan

An estimated 30,000 to 40,000 people came to see and pay respect to Selena, who laid in an open casket. Despite being deeply grieved within her community, Selena’s talents surpassed race and ethnic lines and she became well-loved throughout the world for her beautiful voice.

GG Allin

The original rock shocker, GG Allin died of an accidental heroin overdose in 1993. His corpse was unpreserved, and was dressed in his signature leather jacket and jockstrap. He was buried with a microphone, a bottle of Jim Beam, and a portable cassette player holding his album “The Suicide Sessions.” His antics sometimes got him arrested. Allin also once claimed that if he were not a musician he would probably be a serial killer or murderer.

Record Viewing

Punk musician GG Allin explored many taboo subjects in his music as well as in his performances which often included self-mutilation and other controversial acts. His antics sometimes got him arrested. The entire funeral was recorded, and is available for viewing online if you’re into that sort of thing.

Mickey Rooney

Comedic actor Mickey Rooney (Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Pete’s Dragon, Night at the Museum, and more than 300 others) died 2014, when he was 93 years old. He’d had a nine-decade run in the film industry.

One Final Photo

Rooney’s sad final photo was taken in a casket at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery.

Etta James

When blues and R&B musician Etta James died in 2012, her body was displayed publicly. This displeased many of her lifelong fans, who loudly complained online. Etta had a life marred by personal struggles which included fighting her way through heroin addiction, suffering physical abuse, and even going to jail. However, she ultimately was able to make a comeback and her incomparable voice will never be forgotten

No-Photo Request

In 2011, Etta was diagnosed with leukemia and she passed away from the illness one year later, not long before her 74th birthday. The Reverend Al Sharpton proceeded over her funeral and Stevie Wonder, Christina Aguilera, and Beyoncé each performed a tribute song during the services. Journalist Anne Cusack, assigned to cover the “At Last” singer’s funeral, said she even set down her camera once a no-photo request was made.

Tiny Tim

Eccentric “Tiptoe Through the Tulips” musician Tiny Tim was perhaps the world’s most famous ukulele player.

Buried With His Ukulele

Tiny Tim died after suffering a heart attack, while onstage, at a concert in 1996. His public, open casket funeral was attended by an array of celebrities from Elton John to Howard Stern.

Chris Kelly

Kelly, half of the rap duo Kriss Kross, died of an overdose of heroin and cocaine in Atlanta, Georgia, in 2013. The duo were just young kids when their album first hit the airwaves in 1992 and they quickly became known for their eye-catching style of wearing their clothes backward. He was only 34 years old when the tragedy happened.

ATL’s Finest

As Kris Kross began to fade from the spotlight over time, Kelly began to experience issues with drug addiction. Ultimately the illness claimed his life in 2013 at the young age of thirty-four years old. After his death, mega-producer Jermaine Dupri, who had worked with Kelly, tweeted that Kelly had been “the son he never had.” His body was displayed in an open casket during a Baptist service. Afterward, Kelly was interred in Westview Cemetery.

Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln was the 16th President of the United States. He led the United States through the Civil War and managed to preserve the Union, which came out victorious. He also paved the way for the abolition of slavery. While attending a play at Ford Theater, President Lincoln was assassinated by actor John Wilkes Booth.

The Lincoln Special

After his death, Lincoln’s body was carried by a train called “The Lincoln Special” through 180 cities on its journey back to his home state of Illinois. At each stop, the coffin was taken off the train and his body displayed to the public.

Hank Williams

Hank Williams is regarded as one of the most important people to ever contribute to country music. He is also recognized for his contributions to music across the board and has been inducted into multiple Halls of Fame, including the Songwriters Hall of Fame, the Country Music Hall of Fame, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Williams died of a heart attack from a mixture of alcohol and morphine in 1953. The “Hey, Good Lookin’” performer was honored in Montgomery, Alabama, in front of over 2,000 mourners.

Hey, Good Lookin

Williams was born with spina bifida which caused him lifelong back pain. Ultimately, he turned to alcohol and drugs to deal with the severe pain he felt. Unfortunately, this turned into a severe addiction. Williams tragically died at 29 years old due to a heart attack, which many feel was due to his drug usage. His son, Hank Williams Jr. and grandson, Hank III, have gone on to follow in his footsteps as musicians.His body was displayed first at his mother’s house, and then later moved to the Montgomery Auditorium before being buried in the Oakwood Cemetery Annex.

Elvis Presley

The King of Rock and Roll, Elvis Presley, is still heralded as one of the most important figures of all time in music. He was one of the first to bring “rock” to the mainstream, during a time when he even the gyrating of his hips was considered to be indecent. Despite many parents’ initial views of him, he became well loved around the world and also released his own gospel albums.

The King

He also starred in tons of films as the romantic leading man. Like so many others in the industry, Presley struggled with drug addiction. Toward the end of his life, Presley looked physically different than the stunning young man of his twenties, which can be blamed on his problems with drugs. He began to struggle immensely with his health and died due to cardiac arrest at age 42.

Grace Kelly

Iconic American actress and future Princess of Monaco was killed in 1982, in a car accident as a result of a stroke she suffered while driving.

Huge TV Audience

Close to 100 million television viewers, as well as heads of state, celebrities, and fellow royals watched Kelly’s funeral on live television. She was interred in the same cathedral in which she had her fairy-tale wedding to Prince Rainier in 1956.

Marvin Gaye

Sultry “Let’s Get It On” crooner Marvin Gaye was murdered by his own father on April 1st, 1984.

After a fight with his dad, Marvin told his mother, “I’m going to get my things and get out of this house. Father hates me and I’m never coming back.” His dad shot and killed him moments later.

Let’s Get It On

His body was displayed at the Forrest Lawn Memorial Park before eventually being cremated.

Andy Warhol

Pop artist Warhol died in 1987, from complications from a routine gallbladder surgery at age 59.

His body was returned to Pittsburgh for its burial. One of Warhol’s cousins took a photo of the body in his casket, putting it on sale for $900,000.

No Trademark Sunglasses

The cousin also removed Warhol’s trademark sunglasses for the shot. This watermarked copy is the only known print.

Warhol, who once said “I always thought I’d like my own tombstone to be blank. No epitaph and no name. Well, actually, I’d like it to say ‘figment'” was buried in Bethel Park, Pennsylvania.

B.B. King

Blues legend B.B. King died in 2015, at the age of 89.

His fans lined up to view his open casket at the B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center. King was dressed in a purple satin shirt and a floral tuxedo jacket, with two black Gibson guitars by his side.

A Letter From The President

President Obama honored King in a letter: “B.B. may be gone but that thrill will be with us forever. And there’s going to be one killer blues session in heaven tonight.”

Bela Lugosi

Legendary horror actor Lugosi died in his sleep in 1956, and the body was discovered by his 5th wife, Hope. He was buried in his Dracula costume, per the request of his ex-wife Lillian and son Bela Lugosi Jr.

Dracula

This post-mortem photo was taken by a close family friend, David Katzman.

So creepy!

Whitney Houston

In perhaps one of the most egregious photo leaks in recent celebrity history, The National Enquirer published a photo of Whitney Houston in her casket on the front cover.

The photo was provided (illicitly) from one of the funeral staff. Although there was much public outcry over the publication’s decision to run the photo, that issue was one of the Enquirer’s bestselling ever.

The Last Photo

Eerily, this same tragic situation was repeated just 3 years later, when Houston’s daughter Bobbi Kristina was found unresponsive in a bathtub. After six months in an unresponsive state, Bobbi Kristina died, and a photo of her lying inside her casket was shopped to tabloids the day before her funeral. Though the photo was purchased (by an unknown party) for $100,000, it was never published.

Elvis Presley

Elvis Presley is one of the most famous musicians of all time. Born in Tupelo, Mississippi he was catapulted to superstardom with his smooth voice and swiveling hips. He died at the age of 42 from a drug overdose, after a decades-long career.

He had an open casket funeral in 1977. There is a legend surrounding the photo of Elvis taken in his casket which appeared on the cover of The National Enquirer.

Bribe The Mann

According to the story, the editor of The National Enquirer, Ian Calder, bribed Elvis’ cousin, Bobby Mann in order to take the now-famous portrait. Bobby Mann was reportedly paid $18,000 for the picture which was taken on an Arco Flex spy camera.

Emmett Till

The story of Emmett Till is a heartbreaking one. He was just 14 years old when he became the victim of racism, which ultimately lead to his death. He had allegedly flirted with a white woman, which led a group of white men to lynch him. Emmett’s bereaved mother insisted on displaying her son’s mutilated body in an open casket funeral, in order to show the world the dangers of racism.

Only Identifiable By The Ring

His body was badly swollen and scarred, only identifiable by the ring he was wearing. The photo of Emmett Till’s body made international headlines. It is thought that the pictures and his story helped to ignite the Civil Rights Movement.

Sam Cooke

Soul singer Sam Cooke was shot in the chest at the young age of 33. He was attacked at the Hacienda Motel in Los Angeles in 1964 and died from his wounds. The young entrepreneur and singer-songwriter was buried after an open casket funeral.

Attended By Thousands

Despite Cooke’s young age at the time of his death, he was already wildly popular and his career was on the rise. He had a funeral service in Chicago which was attended by thousands of his fans. Cooke had 30 U.S. Top 40 hits before his death, and three more after. He is considered to be one of the pioneers of soul music.

Bill “Bojangles” Robinson

Bill Robinson was one of the most famous African American performers of the early 20th century. He was the first African-American vaudeville star to perform on stage without wearing blackface, as well as the first African-American to headline a mixed race show on Broadway. He is also well known for his many performances in Shirley Temple where his dancing abilities were prominently featured.

Mr. Bojangles

When he died of heart failure at the age of 71, he was so well known and respected that Ed Sullivan made the funeral arrangements. Thousands of people walked past his casket in order to pay their final respects.

Bonnie Parker

Notorious outlaw Bonnie Parker, of Bonnie and Clyde fame, died at the young age of 24. Bonnie and Clyde roamed the central United States during the Great Depression, robbing people of their money and valuables, until they were ambushed in 1934 and killed by members of law enforcement.

Buried One Day After Clyde

Their crime spree was so notorious that newspapers bearing tales of their exploits made a lot of money. Bonnie was buried just one day after Clyde, and many people sent flowers to the funeral which was held in Dallas, Texas. One of the largest wreaths sent was from the paper boys of Dallas who were grateful for the good business Bonnie and Clyde brought them.

Nelson Mandela

Former South African President Nelson Mandela passed away in 2013, though many people mistakenly think he died while in prison for his role as an anti-apartheid revolutionary. He was the country’s first black head of state and was the first head of state to be elected in a democratic election.

An International Hero

Guarded by South African Naval personnel, the casket with former president Nelson Mandela lies in state at the Union Buildings in Pretoria. Picture: Markus Schreiber

Mourners at his funeral included dignitaries, presidents, as well as his many admirers. Thousands of people gathered to pay their respects to the man who helped to end apartheid. Today, Nelson Mandela is remembered as an international hero. His body was guarded at his funeral by members of the military.

June Carter Cash

June Carter Cash, a member of the performing group the Carter Sisters. She was married to country music sensation Johnny Cash. She passed away in 2003 following complications after a heart valve replacement surgery. Her husband, Johnny Cash, passed away just four months after his wife. Tragically, June’s daughter Rosie (with her second husband) died not long after.

Buried With Johnny

Both June Carter Cash and Johnny Cash were buried at Hendersonville Memory Gardens in Tennessee. June had an open casket funeral which was open to the public so that her adoring fans could gather to pay their respects to the beloved singer-songwriter, author, and actress.

Malcolm X

Civil rights activist and leader Malcolm X is one of the most iconic and influential figures in African American history. A contemporary of Martin Luther King Jr., he advocated for a more assertive approach to civil rights in contrast to King’s pacifism.

Assassinated at 39

He was assassinated in 1965, at the age of 39, when gunmen from the Nation of Islam fired 21 shots into his body. His funeral was held at Unity Funeral Home in Harlem, New York City, and 30,000 mourners came to pay their final respects to a man who had committed his life to advocated for the rights of black Americans.

Vladimir Lenin

The Russian political theorist and communist revolutionary was head of the Russian Republic, and later the head of the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic, and eventually the Soviet Union. He developed the political theories which are now known as Leninism.

Body Still On Display

Lenin not only had an open casket funeral, but his body is still on display at the Lenin Mausoleum. There is some discussion of removing his body from display in recent years, particularly since the dissolution of the Soviet Union. While Lenin was once regarded as a national hero, his popularity has diminished following the collapse of the Soviet Union and his theories are now regarded as controversial and divisive.

Bernie Mac

Born Bernard Jeffrey McCullough, Emmy-winning comedian Bernie Mac was the star of the self-titled Bernie Mac Show and had roles in several films including Ocean’s Eleven and Mr.3000. He had many health problems, publicly revealing his battle with sarcoidosis in the last three years of his life.

A King Of Comedy

Bernie Mac went into cardiac arrest in 2008, and died a week later after complications from pneumonia. He had a public funeral at House of Hope Church. Nearly 7,000 people came to mourn the actor and comedian. Notable guests at the open-casket service include Chris Rock, Samuel L. Jackson, Ashton Kutcher, Cedric the Entertainer, and Steve Harvey.

Boris Yeltsin

Boris Yeltsin, the first president of the Russian Federation, passed away from congestive heart failure in 2007 at the age of 76. He was the first Russian head of state to be buried in a church ceremony in 113 years, as the Soviet government did not support organized religion. His funeral was declared a national day of mourning, and mourners gathered to pay their respects to the former head of state.

A Message From Gorbachev

Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev said, “I express my profoundest condolences to the family of the deceased, who had major deeds for the good of the country as well as serious mistakes behind him. It was a tragic destiny.”

Billie Holiday

Legendary jazz singer Billie Holiday died at the young age of 44 from pulmonary edema and heart failure caused by cirrhosis of the liver. As she was dying, she was arrested and handcuffed in her hospital bed for drug possession and police guard.

Transformed The Music Industry

In her thirty-year career she transformed the music industry and contributed many songs which are now considered to be jazz standards.

Her funeral was held at the Church of St. Paul the Apostle in Manhattan. People lined up to pay their respects at her open-casket funeral mass. Billie was later buried in the Bronx at Saint Raymond’s Cemetery.

Dinah Washington

One of the most famous female singers of the 20th century, Dinah Washington was the most popular African-American artist of the 1950s. Her most iconic songs include classics such as “Baby (You’ve Got What It Takes) and “Mad About the Boy.”

Accidental Overdose

She accidentally ingested a lethal dose of sedatives at the young age of 39, an overdose which led to her death. She had an open casket funeral, and fans and admirers gathered to pay their respects to the singer who was displayed wearing a chiffon evening dress, white mink stole, opera gloves, and a diamond tiara in a solid bronze casket.

Louis Armstrong

Another great jazz performer, Louis Armstrong, also had an open casket funeral. Armstrong was one of the most influential and celebrated musicians of the twentieth century, not to mention one of the most beloved. The trumpeter, composer, and singer, passed away at the age of 69 after a heart attack. He died after playing two weeks of back-to-back performances—no simple feat for a man of his age.

Legendary Pallbearers

His pallbearers consisted of many of the most legendary performers of his time. Present at his open casket funeral were many entertainers including Bing Crosby, Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie, Frank Sinatra, Ed Sullivan, and Johnny Carson.

Mahalia Jackson

Gospel singer and civil rights activist Mahalia Jackson was so beloved at the time of her death that tens of thousands of people came to pay their final respects at her funeral. She was displayed in a glass-domed coffin in Chicago’s Greater Salem Baptist Church.

Queen Of Gospel

Known as the “Queen of Gospel,’ Mahalia Jackson was one of the most influential gospel singers of all time. She was described by fellow entertainer Harry Belafonte as “the single most powerful black woman in the United States.” She recorded at least 30 albums in her lifetime for which she received local and international acclaim.

Hector “Macho” Camacho

Hector Camacho was a very popular Puerto Rican boxer who competed for three decades and became a three-weight world champion. With fights against Sugar Ray Leonard, Roberto Duran, and Oscar De La Hoya, Camacho put together an impressive career in the ring.

Shot Outside The Bar

On November 20, 2012, Camacho was shot and seriously wondered while sitting in a car outside a bar, and died four days later.

Rudolph Valentino

Valentino was a star of the 1920’s and considered an early pop icon, starring in several silent films such as The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, The Sheik, and Blood and Sand. Valentino was hospitalized and diagnosed with appendicitis and gastric ulcers, and after surgery, he developed peritonitis. His condition would worsen and he slipped into a coma.

Mass Hysteria

His death at the age of 31 caused hysteria amongst his fans, and an estimated 100,000 people attended his Manhattan funeral. This would lead to a number of incidents, with windows being smashed by fans trying to get in and an all-day riot, resulting in 100 mounted police officers being deployed.

Lou Gehrig

A New York Yankees icon, Lou Gehrig is regarded as one of the finest baseball players to every play. He played his entire 17-year career for the Yankees, winning two American League MVPs and six World Series championships. He had a career .340 batting average, and was the first MLB player to have his uniform number retired by a team.

Lou Gehrig’s Disease

Gehrig was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) and would end his career with his famous “The luckiest man on the face of. the Eart” speech. Gehrig’s teammate, Babe Ruth, is pictured attending his open casket funeral after his death on June 2, 1941.

Mahatma Gandhi

Mahatma Gandhi was the leader of. the Indian independence movement against British rule, and would lead India to independence through nonviolent acts of civil disobedience. Gandhi would challenge the British-imposed salt tax with a 250 mile Dandi Salt March, and would frequently be imprisoned for his acts of protest.

Three Bullets To The Chest

Britain would eventually grant India its independence, but with a Hindu-majority India and a Muslim-majority Pakistan, religious violence broke out. Gandhi was assassinated on January 30, 1948, why Hindu nationalist Nathuram Godse fired three bullets into his chest. Godse made no attempt to escape, and would be tried and executed in 1949.

Hermann Goering

Goering was one of the most powerful figures in Hitler’s Nazi Party. Serving as his second in command, and was named Hitler’s successor and deputy in all his offices. His standing in the. Nazi Party would decline, and after requesting permission to assume control of the Reich, Hitler removed Goring from all his positions and ordered his arrest.

Crimes Against Humanity

Goring was convicted of war crimes and crimes against humanity at the Nuremberg trials, and was sentenced to death by hanging. He committed suicide by ingesting cyanide the night before he was sentenced to hang. Goring’s body was displayed at the execution ground for the witnesses of the executions.

Edgar Allan Poe

Poe was best known for his poetry and short stories, and is regarded as a central figure in American literature as one of the first to write in the detective fiction genre, as well as early adaptations of science fiction. Being a writer was an obvious financial strain, so he enlisted in the Army. In 1845, he published “The Raven” to instant success.

Cause Of Death Unknown

He planned on producing his own journal The Stylus, but died before it could be produced. At the age of 40, the cause of Poe’s death is unknown, but alcohol, brain congestion, drugs, heart disease, and tuberculosis are all possible attributes.

Michael Jackson

The King Of Pop was the best-selling music artist at the time of his death, and is considered to be one of the most popular entertainers of all time. Starting with his family and the Jackson 5, Jackson was instrumental in the growth of music videos, particularly with the songs “Beat It”, “Billie Jean”, and “Thriller”, which helped break racial barriers in music videos.

The King Of Pop

Thriller is the best-selling album of all time, and it’s estimated that he’s sold over 350 million records worldwide. While not without controversy during his life, Forbes ranked Jackson the top-earning dead celebrity in 2016, with earnings of. $835 million. Jackson stopped breathing while attempting to sleep, and attempts to resuscitate him were unsuccessful.

James Dean

James Dean was an American actor and cultural icon thanks to his portrayal of troubled teenager Jim Stark in Rebel Without A Cause. The American Film Institute ranked him the 18th best male movie star of Golden Age Hollywood on their 100 Years… 100 Stars list.

A Love For Autoracing

Dean would become interested in developing an auto racing career, and would compete in a few professional bouts. His movie career would force him to put his racing career on hold while shooting. Dean would die in a car accident on September 30, 1955. While Dean would not have an open casket funeral, he did pose in a casket just months earlier.