It’s good to be a dead celebrity

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If you’re done producing music, best to die quickly to keep raking in the dough. If you can’t die naturally, and why would they, it’s best to simulate the death for the same future riches.

You can’t stop the music, even when its creator has shuffled off this mortal coil. That’s evident in the makeup of our Halloween-spooky ranking of highest-paid dead celebrities, where nine musicians grace the list of 13, up from just six a year ago.

Source: The Top-Earning Dead Celebrities Of 2019

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6 thoughts on “It’s good to be a dead celebrity

  1. rickyricky

    I’ve pondered that question for some time xileffilex. Since becoming a devotee of the fakeologist mindset it has presented a necessary reevaluation of all the things I thought I “knew.” The most transcendent musician I ever saw was guitarist Duane Allman who died in a motorcycle accident at the age of 24. I was 18 at the time and as a music lover, never quite got over what he may have contributed had he lived. I never took a hard look at examining if there was fakery afoot, maybe it’s just human nature to just let some things remain as you always believed. Hopefully since he wasn’t a superstar it was all legit, but if not the music will never be diminished. Someone that became more high-profile and was also fantastic was Stevie Ray Vaughan, I never did a hard look at his death either. We’ve all lived long enough to have experienced losing loved ones and the pain is as real as it can be, nobody is immune and I’m always on guard but even high-profile personalities are still human.

  2. xileffilex

    Without wanting to sound too much like Gaia, there must be the odd real death there, a musician who succumbs to a fatal illness before his or work is complete. Not many on the above list [!], but George Harrison does stand out as a seriously interesting musician who would certainly not have wanted to go off to The Island ™

      1. xileffilex

        I know, but there is Island Records, the label of Bob Marley [above list…] and who is coincidentally the subject of a very recent piece at Piece of Mindful To be sure, when Mr Marley changes planes [in Miami] .conveniently taking a turn for the worse after a transatlantic flight, failing to connect with his short hop to Jamaca, and being carted off to an onside hospital. one detects a neatly scripted check-out back on US soil

    1. tokarski

      Harrison, to me, seems far more like a really accomplished musician whose death was probably real, even if the earlier knife attack was staged. My reasoning is that early in his career Harrison put out so much low quality work that never would have made it to vinyl had he not been a Beatle. But he kept working, stayed with it, and finally produced some quality music. We are told that his band mates put out one hit song after another like a cat having litters. That’s not very believable. Other people were writing that stuff, George Martin, highly trained (by Jane Asher’s mother) surely part of the effort. George Harrison got no benefit from any if that and was left to write his own stuff. Couple all of this with his heavy tobacco use, and his death, to me, appears real. That is how it works in real life, you work very hard for years to become an accomplished musician.

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