Ten Biggest Musician Death Conspiracies
There's always been a sense of glamour in the blur of all that is sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll, and it doesn't end when the music's done, or even when the rock stars die. Instead, an eerie feeling of mystery and unfinished business surfaces when the demise of a music icon is less than clear.
In light of the recent confession of the alleged Tupac killer, we present the ten musician deaths and accompanying conspiracies that still provide endless unsettled fascination.
10. Glenn Miller: December 15, 1944
Famous big band leader of the Glenn Miller Orchestra and jazz musician Glenn Miller disappeared in the English Channel en route to entertain U.S. troops on December 15, 1944.
Slated to travel from the United Kingdom to Paris, France, Miller, along with his plane, disappeared while flying through the English Channel. No trace of Miller, other passengers or the plan has been recovered, thus leading to his status as being missing in action.
According to official reports, the plane simply crashed into the channel. This conclusion did not prevent other theories from surfacing, ranging from English gunner Clarence B. Wolfe claiming that he shot down Miller's plane, to Lieutenant Colonel Huton Downs, who was a former personal staff member of Dwight D. Eisenhower, stated that the U.S. government covered up Miller's death after enlisting Miller, who spoke German, to convince German officers to bring an early end to the war. There's also the theory that Miller's plane had been hit by bombs by the Royal Air Force after raid on Siegen, Germany.
9. Brian Jones: July 3, 1969
1969 was not a good year for the Rolling Stones' founding member Brian Jones. His power in the band had been diminished and Jones had been living in Sussex, England, when he was found dead in his swimming pool. His official cause of death is "death by misadventure," though some reports state that there were no illegal drugs in his system.
In 1999, Jones' girlfriend, Anna Wohlin claimed that Jones had been murdered by Frank Thorogood, a builder who had been working on the property at the time. Thorogood had reportedly admitting to murdering Jones shortly before he died in 1993.
Janet Lawson, who had found Brian Jones in the pool, later came out and said her statement from the incident was "a pack of lies." Lawson also said that when she went into the house to fetch Jones' inhaler, "Frank jumped back in the pool," who Jones allegedly fired earlier that day, "did something to Brian and by the time I came back, Brian was lying peacefully on the bottom of the pool with not a ripple of water."
8. Tupac Shakur: September 13, 1996
On September 7, 1996, rapper Tupac Shakur was shot in a drive-by shooting at 11:15 p.m. after attending a boxing match in Las Vegas, Nevada. Shakur suffered multiple gun wounds and died six days later on September 13, 1996, at the University Medical Center.
Though no one was ever convicted of murdering Tupac, there was much speculation surrounding the possibility of rapper Notorious B.I.G.'s involvement in the murder via ties to the Crips, though the rapper denied these claims. There have also been unverified sightings of Tupac Shakur years after his death, accompanied with claims that the rapper is alive after all.
More recently, inmate Dexter Isaac has confessed to being paid to kill Tupac Shakur by James "Jimmy Henchman" Rosemond on June 15, one day before Tupac's 40th birthday. Isaac also confessed to shooting the rapper during a robbery in 1994, which has been said to have fueled the rift between Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac Shakur. In his statement, Isaac said "In 1994, James Rosemond hired me to rob Tupac Shakur at the Quad Studio. He gave me $2,500, plus all the jewelry I took." Though no one can legally be prosecuted for the assault, it is believed that Isaac's confession may lead investigators to solve the murder of the rapper.
7. Kurt Cobain: April 8, 1994
Nirvana front man Kurt Cobain was found dead in his Lake Washington home by Gary Smith, a Veca Electric employee who came to install lighting. According to the police report, Cobain was "laying on the floor, with a shotgun across his body, and a visible head wound." Cobain's death was considered suicide.
Since the incident, many theories have surfaced as to what caused the death of Kurt Cobain, including the one that says the late rocker had been murdered, possibly by his wife, Courtney Love. One of the most prominent figures of this theory is Tom Grant, a private investigator hired by Love after Cobain disappeared from rehab. Grant's main points of evidence to suggest that Cobain was murdered are Cobain's levels of heroin in his bloodstream being 1.52 milligrams per liter, which Grant argued prevented Cobain from being able to shoot himself. Fingerprints found on the shotgun that was found on the scene had no legible prints.
Filmmaker Nick Broomfield interviewed multiple people connected to Kurt Cobain, including El Duce of the Mentors. El Duce claimed that Love had paid him $50,000 to kill Kurt Cobain and knew who committed the crime, though he did not give a name or provide any supporting evidence.
Since 1994, many other investigations have been launched, documentaries have been filmed and books have been published on the uncertainties surrounding Cobain's death, though most efforts have created inconclusive results.
6. Michael Jackson: June 25, 2009
Two years since the death of pop legend Michael Jackson, there is still confusion as to how Jackson died and if there are any perpetrators responsible for his death.
It's been ruled that the combination of Propofol, an anesthetic and Lorazepam, an anti-anxiety drug killed Jackson, according to the Los Angeles County Coroner office. Consequently, Jackson's doctor, Conrad Murray, was charged with involuntary manslaughter for providing Jackson with the drugs. Ed Chernoff, Murray's attorney, said that Jackson "gave himself the fatal dose of surgical anesthesia while the doctor was not watching."
Jackson's sister, LaToya Jackson, had made statements supporting the theory that her brother's death was a conspiracy. In an interview with CNN, she said that Jackson "told me that they were going to murder him." When asked who "they" is referring to, she replied with the identification of "the people that were controlling him."
Conrad Murray is awaiting trial this September. According to Michael Pastor, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge, the delay is essential to assure that Murray gets a fair trial, stating that "they needed time to consult additional experts in microbiology, pharmacokinetics and possibly even veterinary medicine to understand what exactly happened in Jackson's body," according to the LA Times.
5. Jam Master Jay: October 30, 2002
Run DMC member Jam Master Jay was shot and killed inside his music studio at 7:30 p.m. (local time) in Queens, New York on October 30, 2002 by two gunmen.
In 2007, prosecutors identified Ronald Washington as an accomplice in the 2002 murder. According to court documents, Washington "pointed his gun at those present in the studio, ordered them to get on the ground and provided cover for his associated to shoot and kill Jason Mizell," more famously known as Jam Master Jay.
Washington has also been connected to the murder of Randy Walker as a suspect. Walker was an associate of the late Tupac Shakur.