Top 10 Famous People who Died in Seclusion

10:00 am 23 Feb, 2013


Celebrities, all through their lives, live in pomp and show. They are at times so alienated from their own self as well as their kith and kin that they find themselves alone at crucial stages of life. There are many famous people who have chosen to live on their own; a growing number of celebs, icons and leaders are either dying or dead unnoticed and unloved with neither friends nor family around them. Here is a list of top 10 famous people who died in seclusion.

10. Syd Barrett:

The famous English singer, guitarist and songwriter, Syd Barrett, best known as the founder member of Pink Floyd, went into a self-imposed seclusion straight after he finished working on his second and last album with the band. Barrett, at one time Pink Floyd’s lead vocalist and guitarist, secluded himself from the band and fanfare and died of pancreatic cancer (because of diabetes) in his house in Cambridge on July 7, 2006. A legend in the world of Classic Rock died with no fans around him and no media channels covering the story of his demise.

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9. Amy Winehouse:

Amy Winehouse, the famous English singer and songwriter, was found dead alone in her house on July 23, 2011. 27-year-old Winehouse was found dead in her bed.  At the time of her death, Winehouse was reportedly battling drug and alcohol addiction. She had been in and out of rehabs on several occasions through the years. Initially the cause of death was suspicious, but lately – on January 8, 2013 – an inquest by British authorities has confirmed that Winehouse died of accidental alcohol poisoning.

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8. John Keats:

The famous English Romantic poet John Keats wasn’t well received by critics until after his death when his reputation began to grow. By the end of the 19th Century, Keats had become one of the most recognized English Romantic poets. Keats’ health steadily deteriorated and slipped into the final stage of tuberculosis. When he knew his days were counted, he moved to Rome, where he died all alone aged 25 on February 23, 1821.

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7. Edgar Allan Poe:


A renowned American author and poet, Edgar Allan Poe is the first-well known American writer who earned a living only by writing. His father abandoned him after his mother’s death. A foster father raised him but failed to pay his fee and Poe had to give up on studies. Poe was found on the streets of Baltimore in dire condition. On October 3, 1849, he was taken to the hospital where he died of reported cause of inflammation in the brain due to excessive intake of alcohol, though the actual cause of death still remains a mystery.

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6. Oscar Wilde:

Oscar Wilde was a famous Irish writer and poet and was one of London’s most famous playwrights of the 1890s. Besides his literary works, Wilde is also remembered by many for the impoverished condition he lived in prior to his untimely death. After being released from prison and following the death of his wife, Wilde was denied access to his two sons and was left to wonder in the company of his friends and fans. Wilde died aged 46, penniless and alone in Paris, from cerebral meningitis on November 30, 1900.

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5. Michael Jackson:

The King of Pop, Michael Jackson, entertained audiences his entire life. He was one of the most popular celebrities – a reason that even in the most tainted days of his life, when he was accused of child sexual abuse, his fans didn’t desert him. However, owing to his seclusion from family and his drug addiction, 51 year-old Michael Jackson was found dead from propofol intoxication after suffering a cardiac arrest at his home in Los Angeles. Jackson’s death was ruled a homicide and his personal physician, Conrad Murray, is currently serving a 4-year sentence in prison for the same.

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4. Emily Dickinson:

The renowned American poet Emily Dickinson mostly lived an introverted and reclusive life. Following the deaths of some friends and mentors, Emily took to the path of seclusion and distanced herself from social life at the young age of 20. Emily is said to have continued writing in the last days of her life, but stopped editing and organizing her poetry. At the age of 56, on May 15, 1886, Emily Dickinson died with no one around.

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3. Kurt Cobain:

Kurt Cobain, the famous musician and lead singer of Nirvana, had become withdrawn and anti-social ever since his parents divorced in his childhood. The musician who had fans in millions around the world committed suicide by shooting himself in the head with a shotgun. His body was found in his home in Washington on April 8, 1994 – three days after his death.  Just prior to his death, Cobain had come out of a drug rehabilitation facility. There is no confirmation on why, if at all, Cobain committed suicide.

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2. Nikola Tesla:

Known majorly for his contributions in the design of alternating current (AC), Nikola Tesla was one of the greatest inventors, electrical engineers and physicists of the 19th century. The well known physicist was known as recluse and died a bachelor. When he was found dead on January 7, 1943 in Room 3327 of the New Yorker Hotel, he was alone, penniless and in a lot of debt.

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1.  Marilyn Monroe:

Pop star and a cultural icon Marilyn Monroe spent much of her childhood in foster homes, and often remained secluded from her family. The 36-year-old Marilyn, who was famous as an American sex symbol and regarded by many as the one of the sexiest women of all time, was found dead unattained in her bedroom in Brentwood, Los Angeles on August 5, 1962. Her death is considered as a result of drug overdose. Though investigating officials ruled it a probable suicide, a homicide angle has also been seen – a reason it is still one of the most debated conspiracy theories ever.


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