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Shocking deaths of the 80s

Nathalie Wood, Grace Kelly, Romy Schneider...

by Anonymousreply 12201/16/2013

Shocking? Let's start and end with John Lennon.

by Anonymousreply 111/19/2011

I was in college and stoned out of my gourd when I saw the Challenger blow up. What a bringdown, man.

by Anonymousreply 211/19/2011

Klaus Nomi.

by Anonymousreply 311/19/2011

Dominique Dunne

Rebecca Schaefer

by Anonymousreply 411/19/2011

Are there any conspiracy theories about the Challenger? I mean that shit was piped into every school across the nation, live, due to Krista Macforgothowtospellhername. Reagan sainthood is in part due to his handling of it.

by Anonymousreply 511/19/2011

If you're going for visuals, the Lockerbie bombing certainly has to be up there. That photo of the 747 cockpit half crushed on the ground was burned into everyone's brains.

Although the lasting horror or Lockerbie may be that Kim Cattrall changed her reservation at the last moment, took another flight, and unleashed the nightmare that is Sex in the City upon a helpless world.

by Anonymousreply 611/19/2011

Ingrid Bergman died far too young.

by Anonymousreply 711/19/2011

Jon-Erik Hexum

by Anonymousreply 811/19/2011

[quote]Are there any conspiracy theories about the Challenger?

Just that the NASA managers knew that they were taking a risk, but went ahead with the launch so Regan could tout the US Space Program during his State of the Union speech.

Engineers had been leery of the O-Ring in cold temperature from Day 1, and argued furiously against the launch on such a cold morning.

by Anonymousreply 911/19/2011

Indira Gandhi

by Anonymousreply 1011/19/2011

Vic Morrow and the two little kids getting killed in a dumb accident during the filming of the Twilight Zone movie.

by Anonymousreply 1111/19/2011

[quote]Just that the NASA managers knew that they were taking a risk, but went ahead with the launch so Regan could tout the US Space Program during his State of the Union speech.

I really hope that mother fucker is burning in hell right now.

by Anonymousreply 1211/19/2011

Vic Morrow's death is on youtube.

by Anonymousreply 1311/19/2011

Did that televised suicide in Pennsylvania happen in the 80s?

by Anonymousreply 1411/19/2011

Karen Carpenter was pretty damn shocking. People couldn't believe it.

by Anonymousreply 1511/19/2011

True R15 Her death basically educated everyone on what eating disorders were.

Jessica Savitch (sp?) was another shocking one. The manner in which she passed was just quite something.

by Anonymousreply 1611/19/2011

Rock Hudson

by Anonymousreply 1711/19/2011

Samantha Smith

by Anonymousreply 1811/19/2011

Rebecca Schaeffer

by Anonymousreply 1911/19/2011

Who the fuck was Indira Gandhi? Gandhi's wife?

by Anonymousreply 2011/19/2011

So are we saying that there were more sudden deaths of celebrities in the 80s vs the 00s?

by Anonymousreply 2111/19/2011

Andy Warhol!

End of an era.

by Anonymousreply 2211/19/2011

[quote]Who the fuck was Indira Gandhi? Gandhi's wife?

Indira Gandhi was prime minister of India. She was assassinated by Sikhs in the 1980s. She was Nehru's daughter, and, AFAIK, no kin to Mohandas Gandhi.

by Anonymousreply 2311/19/2011

Alice Ghostley

by Anonymousreply 2411/19/2011

Andy Gibb, 30 years old.

by Anonymousreply 2511/19/2011

Fucking Reagan insisted it go up that day, everyone on the groud knew it was too cold. Fucking Reagan. Wish he were burning in hell.

by Anonymousreply 2611/19/2011

If he is he probably doesn't remember.

by Anonymousreply 2711/19/2011

[quote]Who the fuck was Indira Gandhi? Gandhi's wife?

Please excuse the babygay... he can't help being embarrassingly ignorant and backward.

by Anonymousreply 2811/19/2011

There is NO EXCUSE for rank ignorance.

I think you should get, nay demand, your money back from your college for their obvious malpractice in the field of education.

by Anonymousreply 3011/19/2011

Nobody knows who Samantha Smith is.

Other than Linda Bloodworth-Thomason (Creator of Designing Women)

by Anonymousreply 3111/19/2011

"Andy Warhol! End of an era."

Thank God.

Carol Wayne's mysterious drowning.

by Anonymousreply 3211/19/2011

President James Garfield.

by Anonymousreply 3311/19/2011

3 Soviet Premieres died in like 60 days, one after the other, before Gorbachev got in.

I may be exaggerating the 60 days, but it was very fast.

by Anonymousreply 3411/19/2011

"Excuse me for not knowing some dead leader of a filthy Third World dump!"

The woman who was the leader for years and years of the most populous democracy in he entire world? The anointed daughter of Jawaharlal Nehru, the legendary father of that nation's country?

Shame on you for reveling in your own ignorance.

by Anonymousreply 3511/19/2011

Don't forget about me.

by Anonymousreply 3611/19/2011

Jessica Savitch had a horrifying life. The movie Up Close and Personal should have been a proper biopic of her, because it would have secured Michelle Pfeiffer an Oscar and made To Die For look like Mary Poppins in comparison.

by Anonymousreply 3711/19/2011

John Belushi

by Anonymousreply 3811/19/2011

Savitch's notorious broadcast...

by Anonymousreply 3911/19/2011

Savitch's tirade...

by Anonymousreply 4011/19/2011

Marvin Gaye

by Anonymousreply 4111/19/2011


by Anonymousreply 4211/19/2011

Heather O'Rourke

by Anonymousreply 4311/19/2011

Pete Fardon ( The Pretenders )

Chris Wood ( Traffic )

John Belushi

by Anonymousreply 4411/19/2011

John Lennon

John Bonham

by Anonymousreply 4511/19/2011

Michael Bennett

by Anonymousreply 4611/19/2011

I just read the Wiki info on Savitch because I didn't know much about her. Wow, what a life for a network news anchor.

She got married twice in the last 3 years of her life, and the second husband was her closeted gay gynecologist. When he tried to kill himself, she had his baby aborted. This chick is a real piece of work.

And what is with that accent she uses on camera? That's not a Pennsylvania accent and neither of her sisters speak like her in that Current Affair story. Is it a learned speech for broadcasting?

by Anonymousreply 4711/19/2011

Anwar Sadat

by Anonymousreply 4811/19/2011

Wayland Flowers

by Anonymousreply 4911/19/2011

Freddie Prinze. Yeah 80's were crazy. But not as crazy as 60's with all those political deaths. MLK RFK JFK.

It was fucken scary when I was a kid watching all those killings on tv

by Anonymousreply 5011/19/2011

I read a book on Savitch ages ago. It had interview with friends and family, but I cannot recall the title.

When she was at University she worked like a mad woman, when she was not working to pay for University, she would stay up for days on ed doing her schoolwork and things like that. Apparently she would crash and burn at the home of an older pal. There is something about that which makes me think she might have had Manic Depression and self medicated with the cocaine.

Her passing was far out. She and some fellow and their dog (I think) all downed in a car wreck. The fellow took a wrong turn of some sort.

by Anonymousreply 5111/19/2011

R44, if you're going to list Pete Farndon you have to include James Honeyman-Scott. Within a year of each other, I think.

by Anonymousreply 5211/19/2011

As evil as Reagan was, the Challenger explosion wasn't his doing. And the idea that all the engineers were against launching is a bunch of hooey. It was just one engineer, a lone voice of reason. He was ignored. After the disaster he was shunned by his colleagues, a victim of workplace groupthink. He does public speaking on the topic now.

by Anonymousreply 5311/19/2011

The 60s were worse and as you notice, all democrates.

by Anonymousreply 5411/19/2011

Joey Heatherton drowned in a Holiday Inn swimming pool in Tulsa, Oklahoma. To this day, many people think she was pushed into the pool and held under by a leaf skimmer.

by Anonymousreply 5511/19/2011

Did Princess Diana die in the 80s?

What about Winston Churchill?

by Anonymousreply 5611/19/2011

Right, R52, Honeyman-Scott died first. I saw the original band about eight months or so before he died. I lost interest in the group afterwards. Hynde is a fine singer and songwriter, but The Pretenders never seemed like a real band again after Honeyman-Scott died.

by Anonymousreply 5711/19/2011

Winston Churchill died in the 1960s.

Freddie Prinze shot himself in Jan 1977.

Princess Diana died in an car accident in the summer of 1997.

Joey Heatherton is still alive!

by Anonymousreply 5811/19/2011

Jessica Savitch's death was such a bizarre, freak accident. And it was horrifying. Trapped in an upside-down car with the water pouring in and all the doors and windows sealed shut with mud. I actually had nightmares about that. She had a lot of problems, but she was very popular with the public. It wasn't until after her death that all the crazy stories came out.

by Anonymousreply 5911/19/2011

Sunny Van Blewlow

by Anonymousreply 6011/19/2011

Dack Rambo

by Anonymousreply 6111/19/2011

Sunny von Bloo Bloo Bloo Low?

by Anonymousreply 6211/19/2011

Most people didn't know my husband was going to shoot me.

by Anonymousreply 6311/19/2011

Harvey Milk Richard Burton Ian Charlson Mary Queen of Scots

by Anonymousreply 6411/19/2011

[quote]As evil as Reagan was, the Challenger explosion wasn't his doing. And the idea that all the engineers were against launching is a bunch of hooey. It was just one engineer, a lone voice of reason. He was ignored. After the disaster he was shunned by his colleagues, a victim of workplace groupthink. He does public speaking on the topic now.

Do you know his name, please? I'm curious about this.

by Anonymousreply 6511/19/2011

Roger Boisjoly

by Anonymousreply 6611/19/2011

Thanks, R66.

by Anonymousreply 6711/19/2011

Regarding Freddie Prinze (as entered on Wikipedia):

"Prinze had a history of playing with guns, faking suicide attempts to frighten his friends for his amusement."

Who the fuck does something as cruel as that??

by Anonymousreply 6811/19/2011

Samantha Smith has been completely forgotten. She even inspired a Golden Girls episode.

by Anonymousreply 6911/19/2011

Am I the only one who doesn't really see how "off" Savitch is supposed to have been on that infamous broadcast? Yeah, she makes a couple mistakes but it certainly doesn't look like a trainwreck.

by Anonymousreply 7011/19/2011


I found the "Current Affair" episode about Jessica Savitch on YouTube. I am linking to part one of three for everyone.

by Anonymousreply 7111/19/2011

There was a Jessica Savitch thread on here years ago and one of the posters was a guy who knew her personally.

by Anonymousreply 7211/19/2011

Jessica Savitch & Sue Simmons lived openly together as a couple in the early 80s

by Anonymousreply 7311/19/2011

I didn't know that Joey Heatherton was supposedly murdered. Who do they think killed her?

by Anonymousreply 7411/19/2011

Q What is Claus von Bulow's favorite song?

A "When Sunny Gets Blue~

by Anonymousreply 7511/19/2011

Is there some sort of DL in-joke I am missing?Joey Heatherton is not dead.

by Anonymousreply 7611/19/2011

Joey H. is not dead.

I did not know her ex, Lance Rentzel formerly of the Dallas Cowboys is apparently gay -- never heard this.

by Anonymousreply 7711/19/2011

What r70 said.

by Anonymousreply 7811/19/2011

I agree with R70, too.

If anything, it sounds like she has a thick accent that is hard to understand in a few places.

by Anonymousreply 7911/19/2011

Bob Marley was only 36.

by Anonymousreply 8011/19/2011

Rock Hudson, fashion industry people like Gia, Willi Smith, Stephen Burrows, Patrick Kelly and others who died of AIDS during this decade. It really hit home for me. But Patrick did make it to New Year's Day 1990.

by Anonymousreply 8111/19/2011


But people didn't know she was dead for years...

by Anonymousreply 8211/19/2011

R70 Honestly, I think the teleprompter was screwy on that.

Now, the clip where she "goes off" is just where she is asserting her authority. That is all she was doing. If she lived, she would have beat both Diane Sawyer and Katie Couric with hosting the national news by a good fifteen years or so.

by Anonymousreply 8311/19/2011

Jessica was only 35 when she passed, she looked a decade older. I doubt that she would've surpassed Sawyer or Couric, in fact she would've probably gone back to local news sooner than later. Her career was on the decline.

by Anonymousreply 8411/19/2011

Frank Reynolds, ABC anchorman. I remember being at some kid's house at a party and her father cried when this came on the news.

by Anonymousreply 8511/19/2011

my career

by Anonymousreply 8611/19/2011

Gilda Radner

by Anonymousreply 8711/19/2011

Dennis Wilson.

Imagine that. A Beach Boy drowning.

by Anonymousreply 8811/19/2011

Eva Cassidy

by Anonymousreply 8911/20/2011

KAL flight 007

by Anonymousreply 9011/20/2011

My musical career.

by Anonymousreply 9111/20/2011

Here you go r65

by Anonymousreply 9211/20/2011

Edith Bunker

Emma Greenway Horton

Phillip Chancellor III (or DID he?)

Coach (due to the death of Nick Colasanto)

by Anonymousreply 9311/20/2011

And, of course, Mr. Hooper

by Anonymousreply 9411/20/2011

Jenny Gardner Nelson, 1984

by Anonymousreply 9511/20/2011

Did anyone list William Holden? Bled to death as the result of a drunken fall in his home, and died just 17 days before Natalie Wood's drowning death. The star-struck L.A. coroner Thomas Noguchi enjoyed his 15+ minutes of fame during that month - November 1981.

by Anonymousreply 9611/20/2011

Noguchi must have been the creepiest guy - he must have loved getting his hands on Marilyn, Natalie, Holden etc on the slab ... and how he loved all the publicity!

by Anonymousreply 9711/20/2011

Max Robinson - AIDS.

Married three times, had kids, denied being gay or bi. Struggled with alcoholism, in and out of re-hab. Was it IV drugs?

by Anonymousreply 9811/20/2011

Sir Alfred Hitchcock, who gave us such film classics as [italics]Shadow of a Doubt, Rear Window, Vertigo, North by Northwest, Psycho, The Birds[/italics], et al. Died in 1980.

by Anonymousreply 9911/20/2011

Jason Vorhees

by Anonymousreply 10011/20/2011

Ciji Dunne

by Anonymousreply 10111/20/2011

Gilda Radner was truly shocking. Aside from a few shitty movies with husband Gene Wilder she basically disappeared in the 80s after leaving SNL. For someone with so much star power in the late 70s it was odd she basically stepped away from fame.

She managed to keep her illness a secret until pretty much the end. She had supposedly gone into remission and she was still so young I don't think people thought she could really go.

by Anonymousreply 10211/20/2011

Gilda's cancer wasn't a secret. After it went into remission, a frail Gilda appeared on Garry Shandling's show. I remember her raising her arms in a victory gesture. It was really moving. Unfortunately she was dead within a year or so.

I remember Steve Martin hosting SNL right after she died and tearily introducing that wonderful clip of them dancing on one of his previous appearances. She was so lovable.

by Anonymousreply 10311/20/2011

[quote]For someone with so much star power in the late 70s it was odd she basically stepped away from fame.

Her mistake was to pursue movies rather than TV after she left SNL. NBC desperately wanted to create a prime time comedy for her. Unfortunately she was persuaded by others to turn them down. She was too skinny and homely for films. If she had stated well she probably would have returned to television.

by Anonymousreply 10411/20/2011

About Karen Carpenter- after she died- there was soo much talk about aneroxia.... I remember in 7th grade- all of the teachers discussing her death..

by Anonymousreply 10511/20/2011

I still remember the PEOPLE magazine cover story on Karen Carpenter when she died and the photo of her, emaciated in a yellow dress, holding a microphone. People were shocked by that cover because she looked like a concentration camp victim.

by Anonymousreply 10611/20/2011

7 of Madonna's aborted fetuses died in the 80s.

by Anonymousreply 10711/20/2011

Chet Baker, but maybe that's more mysterious than shocking.

by Anonymousreply 10811/20/2011

Julianne Moore?

by Anonymousreply 10911/20/2011

Max Robertson was a homo as well as an AIDS boys. Back in the 80s you couldn't hide in the closet.

by Anonymousreply 11001/15/2013

Barry Robbins from "Bless the Beasts and the Children."

Stephen Stucker from "Airplane."

Robert Gordy -- whose 70s paintings were viewed in Brooklyn by pre-fame Keith Haring

Steve Tracy from Little House on the Prairie

Michael Bennett

Thomas Waddell -- founded the Gay Games

Handsome Casey Donovan (John Calvin)

Robert Joffrey

Leonard Matlovich, Sergeant, US Air Force (Ret.)

Colin Higgins -- wrote Harold and Maude

Leonard Frey -- Boys in the Band

MerritttButrick -- Square Pegs and Star Trek

Scott Ross -- harpsichordist

Steve Rubell -- Studio 54

Tim Richmond -- NASCAR

Amanda Blake

Rémi Laurent -- played the son in Au Cage Aux Folles

by Anonymousreply 11101/15/2013

The Beirut Bombings that killed all those US Marines and French paratroopers...

by Anonymousreply 11201/15/2013

Stan Rogers, the Canadian folk singer, while trying to pull others out of a crashed plane.

by Anonymousreply 11301/15/2013

Dennis Wilson, when he went swimming off his boat and never came up.

by Anonymousreply 11401/15/2013

47 sailors on the USS Stark.

by Anonymousreply 11501/15/2013

Philippine passenger ferry disaster.

In it, I saw America's future.

by Anonymousreply 11601/15/2013

No excuse for anyone not knowing Indira Gandhi. She was India's most controversial prime minister. Even worse, not only was Mrs. Gandhi assassinated, but so was her son, Rajiv, also prime minister. And her dad, Nehru was prime minister of India.

by Anonymousreply 11701/15/2013

Bud Dwyer.

I'll never forgive myself for watching the video of his death. Not an image you can ever undo.

by Anonymousreply 11801/15/2013

Nehru also popularized the so-called Nehru jacket, which was copied by The Beatles, The Monkees, and all the 1960s counterculture folk.

by Anonymousreply 11901/15/2013

The real Michael Jackson died from the Pepsi burns in 1984. The new white Michael from the Bad era on was an imposter

by Anonymousreply 12001/15/2013

Mike Von Erich & David Von Erich

by Anonymousreply 12101/15/2013

All those plane crashes

by Anonymousreply 12201/16/2013
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