57 Mysterious Celebrity Disappearances That Can't Be Explained

By Jack Ripley | December 13, 2023

Kurt Cobain

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(Esquire)

Kurt Cobain is known for his musical work with the band Nirvana. The band's groundbreaking 1991 album Nevermind became the defining soundtrack for a generation grappling with disillusionmen. As Nirvana's popularity skyrocketed, Cobain struggled with the pressures of fame, battling personal demons and substance abuse. On March 4, 1994, Cobain was hospitalized in Rome, Italy, after overdosing on a combination of champagne and Rohypnol. On March 30, he entered a rehab clinic in Los Angeles, just to leave the next day. His wife, Courtney Love, hired a private investigator to locate him to no avail, until April 8, when Cobain's body was discovered at his Seattle home by an electrician who had come to install a security system. The 27-year-old musician had died from an apparent self-inflicted shotgun wound to the head, leaving behind a note that detailed his disillusionment with life and the music industry.

Andy Kaufman

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(The Hollywood Reporter)

This one's a little different. Andy Kaufman, renowned comedian, died in 1984 at age 35. The cause of death was lung cancer, and his official death certificate confirming his death and burial was released. Yet many of those closest to him refused to believe he was dead. Kaufman was known for his pranks, and many family and friends - notably his brother - insisted that his death was just one of them, and that Andy was simply in hiding.

Kaufman had apparently talked about elaborately faking his death for years beforehand, so they assumed it was finally happening. In 2014, Bob Zmuda, Andy's long-time friend, and Lynn Marguiles, released a book titled Andy Kaufman: The Truth, Finally, which asserted that his death was a hoax, and that he would be coming out of hiding imminently as Kaufman had claimed that the time limit on the prank was 30 years. He still has not reappeared.