What makes us so fascinated by celebrity deaths? Whether it’s the belief that they die in threes, or the endless speculation surrounding what actually happened, we seem to be captivated by the passing of celebrities. Sometimes, a celebrity gives an eerie interview before their death that only fuels that speculation.
Regardless of spirituality, these star interviews suggest a supernatural certainty that something is out there, literally listening to every word we say. Though some of these pre-death statements are more striking than others, there is no denying several deceased celebs seemed to know something we didn’t. Whether it was Paul Walker saying he may not be around for the next installment of Fast and Furious, or one of the stars of the 90’s sitcom Martin saying he was okay with dying at a young age, these celebs’ chilling words seem to only add to the mystique around their deaths.
Let’s take a look at some of these seemingly prescient chats and the words that sent shivers down our spines.
Brittany Murphy looked forward to her ‘next life’
Just before Clueless star Brittany Murphy died, she blurted out notions on death in what would be one of her final interviews, according to Buzzfeed. At the end of her chat with MaximoTV about her new movie, Across the Hall, Murphy asked the awestruck interviewer if she "could have [her] hair in the next life." When the interviewer replied by asking if she could "be [Murphy] in her next life," the actress said, "No problem."
Now that’s just scary. And it’s not the only eerie interview Murphy would do before her untimely death.
The New York Daily News pointed out that in "an eerie final interview that may prove prophetic, tragic actress Brittany Murphy confessed she shared concerns about her frail frame." But in the next breath, the 32-year-old Uptown Girl star attributed her frailness to her training as a ballerina, noting the art form "does incredible things to your body."
One can only imagine how the future of the Sin City and 8 Mile star would have formed if she did not died suddenly "as a result of pneumonia combined with anemia and ‘multiple drug intoxication’ from prescription and over-the-counter medication" (per People). Though she had dreams of starting a family with husband Simon Monjack, unfortunately, she instead died as a Girl Interrupted.
This sitcom star joked about his final demise
A week before dying of a ruptured aneurysm in his abdomen, Thomas Mikal Ford, the Martin star who played Tommy on the hit 1990’s sitcom, said in an interview he knew he was over the hill, even at the age of 52. "How many Black men you know, live to 102 years? Half of my life is over, and I’m okay with that," he told Xellence Community Magazine founder Dr. Angella Banks (via TMZ)." It’s not about how much I got left, it’s about what I’ve accomplished while I was here"
And it gets creepier. Hearing Ford tell Banks that his life has been good leaves the impression that somehow, in some way, the man of faith — Ford considers his acting, directing, and mentorship work in the entertainment business as "ministry" — knew he was going to die. "I reached some destinations, I’ve touched some lives and changed some lives. That’s what it’s about. Was I about my Father’s business? That’s what it’s about," Ford added.
True to his craft, Ford made one last joke when asked by Banks if leaving a legacy behind was important to him.
"Black hokey pokey," Ford replied. "That’s what it’s all about."
Joan Rivers sarcastically predicted her own death
Comedienne Joan Rivers wasn’t afraid to joke about the many plastic surgeries she had throughout her life, telling The Sunday Times in her final eerie interview that she’s voluntarily gone under the knife so many times, "when I die they’ll donate my body to Tupperware." Of course, that wasn’t Rivers’ only punchline. The Times also reported that Rivers "left strict instructions banning some people from her funeral," and joked, "Nobody, when I die, is going to say, ‘How young?’ They’re going to say, ‘She had a great ride.’" She also, perhaps presciently, called death a "black velvet sleep," comparing it to the effects of anesthesia drugs.
Just days after the humorous, yet dark interview, the Fashion Police star passed away at the age of 81 due to complications from what was supposed to be a routine endoscopy, which is "a nonsurgical procedure used to examine a person’s digestive tract," according to WebMD. An autopsy later revealed Rivers died from lack of oxygen during the surgery.
Rivers’ daughter Melissa Rivers later filed and settled a malpractice suit for an undisclosed amount with the New York clinic that performed the procedure, alleging the "doctors at the clinic mishandled Rivers’ procedure by performing a laryngoscopy on her vocal cords without consent, instead of an endoscopy," per The Hollywood Reporter. Melissa also accused one of the doctors of taking a selfie with the late comedy star while she was under.
Anthony Bourdain seemed to know his fate
Celebrity chef and travel show pioneer Anthony Bourdain told People in February 2018 that he would "pretty much die in the saddle." The Parts Unknown host shockingly took his own life at the age of 61 in June that same year, leaving so many to wonder if his prediction was really a hint at ending his own life.
While Bourdain’s battles with depression and past substance abuse were well documented, most in his inner circle were shocked by his passing. "I can’t believe it would happen while he was in the middle of working," a close friend of Bourdain’s said to People. "If there was one thing that was always his saving grace, it was his ability to throw himself into his work."
After his death, countless stars shared their personal sorrow over the chef and author’s death, including Joe Rogan, who had a guest appearance on Parts Unknown hunting pheasants in Montana. The comedian and podcaster teared up as described Bourdain as "a genuine, unque person" while interviewing Morgan Fallon, the director of Bourdain’s CNN documentary series.
And that was what Bourdain was to the very end, even honest about his own neurosis surrounding a different kind of finality: retirement. "I just think I’m just too nervous, neurotic, driven," Bourdain told People, adding, "I might have deluded myself into thinking that I’d be happy in a hammock or gardening. But no, I’m quite sure I can’t."
Paul Walker died as he lived
The Fast and Furious star passed away doing what he was known best for — exceeding the speed limit. But before he died as a passenger in a tragic car accident, Paul Walker said something that almost seemed scripted. During an interview with I Am Rogue (via The Mirror) while doing press for on of his final movies, Hours, Walker was "asked whether fans could expect to see him in the scheduled blockbuster Fast & Furious 8." His reply? "I don’t know if I’ll be there, bro."
And there is more. E! News reported another eerie conversation Walker had with his father, Paul Walker Sr., who pleaded with his son to stop his death defying "daredevil" antics. "I said ‘Promise me, no more daredevil stuff,’" Walker Sr. said to his 40-year-old son during their last conversation.
Walker’s death was especially hard on his daughter, Meadow, who refused to accept her father was being reckless at the time of his demise, ultimately settling a wrongful death lawsuit with Porsche that alleged "her father initially survived the crash in November 2013 but died because he couldn’t release his seat belt to escape from the sports car as it burned after a high-speed crash in Santa Clarita," according to The LA Times.
AVICII’s struggles were well-documented
World renowned Swedish DJ and music producer Avicii seemingly foretold his demise a year before his untimely death at only 28 years old. Avicii — real name Tim Bergling — told The Hollywood Reporter in 2016 that he was quitting touring to focus on his health and escape from what he described as "the other stuff surrounding [touring life] that never came naturally to me." The "Wake Me Up" hitmaker previously battled "acute pancreatitis, in part due to excessive drinking," which led to him "having his gallbladder and appendix removed in 2014."
Though he said he initially enjoyed a lot of support for his decision to retire from touring, he apparently later experienced surprising pushback from his fans.
"I have told them this. I won’t be able to play anymore," he said in his 2017 Netflix documentary Avicii: True Stories (via The Mirror). "I have said, like, I’m going to die. … And so I don’t want to hear that I should entertain the thought of doing another gig. … Everyone knows that I’ve had anxiety and that I have tried. … They have seen how ill I have felt by it."
Sadly, the retired superstar was found dead in Muscat, Oman the following year. Though police only confirmed there was "no criminal suspicion," his death was widely reported as a suicide due to unconfirmed reports, as well as a statement from his family (per Variety) that said, in part, "He could not go on any longer."
Cory Monteith’s second chance got cut tragically short
Before Cory Monteith died of an accidental drug overdose of drugs and alcohol in 2013, The 31-year-old Glee star stood aside his girlfriend and co-star Lea Michele on the red carpet, foretelling a future of hope and happiness after a recent stint in rehab. Between the upcoming summer vacation the two were planning and his happy anticipation to start shooting again with his girlfriend, the young star’s tragic last words in his final interview with E! News are chilling.
"I’m just happy to be on the show," Monteith said of his return to the hit FOX series. "I’m really, really happy to be coming back. It’s really good."
But that joy turned to tragedy when the young actor "died of mixed drug toxicity, involving intravenous heroin use combined with the ingestion of alcohol" (per CNN). According to Monteith’s mother Ann McGregor, her son’s relapse was brought on by pain medication prescribed from dental work. McGregor also revealed to People that her son’s 15 minutes of fame were not necessarily his thing. "He wasn’t ready for the Hollywood world," she told the tab. "Drugs were his way of checking out."