Famous People Who Were Killed by Their Own FansSometimes fandom is more than just a hobby. If you aren't careful, it can become a full-blown obsession. And for some fans, obsession can lead to something much worse: murder. These celebrities received the wrong kind of love and devotion from their fans.
On the evening of December 8, 1980, the former Beatle was shot by Mark David Chapman outside of Lennon's apartment in New York City. Chapman approached him, asked for an autograph, and then later shot him at the back and on his shoulder.
Chapman was a Beatles fan earlier in his life, but then became enraged by Lennon's "more popular than Jesus" statement, and also especially by the lyrics of Lennon's later songs, which he thought were hypocritical. In addition, Chapman targeted Lennon because he thought it would make him famous. He got infamy instead.
Mark David Chapman's such a monster. He's an extremely evil person.
Shocking how even a simple statement could lead to an assassination. I’m Christian and I wasn’t really angered by his “popular than Jesus” statement.
On December 8, 2004, a deranged Pantera fan named Nathan Gale shot Dimebag Darrell multiple times while Darrell was performing on stage. Gale blamed Darrell for the break up of his former band Pantera, and he also believed Pantera had stolen his lyrics and that its members were attempting to steal his identity.
Gale killed even more people during that concert. Not more famous people, but still... it’s just shocking. Also, R.I.P Dime...
Greatest guitarist of my generation!
Kevin James Loibl was a loner who had grown psychotically attached to Grimmie. He would watch her videos on YouTube non-stop, and even tried to alter his appearance to look good for her. Angered after a friend pointed out that it was highly unlikely for him to win Grimmie's heart, he then decided to meet her.
When Grimmie opened her arms to give him a hug, Loibl shot the singer, as he thought that if he couldn't have her, nobody could. Grimmie’s brother was at the event and tackled the man, but Loibl managed to escape, only to shoot himself dead right after.
Kevin is an idiot!
Artist Mikhail Lermontov was killed in a duel in 1841 by his friend and admirer, Nikolai Martynov. Lermontov teased Martynov relentlessly until the latter couldn't stand it anymore. He then challenged his friend to a duel. However, during the face off, Martynov aimed straight for the heart.
Princess Diana died in a car crash, and the cause of the crash is officially blamed on the driver. However, many put the paparazzi to blame for causing the accident as they frequently followed after Princess Diana's car. It is thought that the driver was just trying to stay away from the photographers.
Technically yes, but the paparazzo are fake fans who only like money.
Those annoying paparazzi.
These stupid paparazzi.
One of the most tragic and shocking celebrity deaths of all time.
Poor girl. She had a beautiful life, yet criminals took her life away. :(
Selena's father and manager, Abraham Quintanilla, appointed Yolanda Saldívar as president of Selena's fan club in 1991, after constantly begging Selena’s family to let her start one. Soon, Saldívar became Selena’s friend and eventually, became manager of Selena's boutiques. But it came out that Saldívar had been embezzling money from the fan club, and she was fired as a result. Some time later, she lured Selena into a motel room, with a story that she had been raped and needed her help, and then shot Selena in the back.
Rebecca Schaeffer was shot in her apartment by an obsessed fan, Robert John Bardo, who had been stalking her for three years. He had written her numerous letters, and even tried to get on set several times to meet with her. After watching a scene of Schaeffer in bed with a male actor on the film "Scenes from the Class Struggle in Beverly Hills", Bardo became enraged and decided to pay her a visit, ambushing her when she answered the door. She told him to go away, and he did, but returned afterwards with a gun and shot Schaeffer in the chest.
Whenever I get reminded of this.. It always fills me with grief and pain.
How great and divine he really was..how much he loved his country, with eyes at stars and hope within. The beautiful life he had and how it was taken from him...
In 1994, Andrés Escobar accidentally scored an own goal during the 1994 FIFA World Cup, leading the team eliminated. Five days later, a group of men shot and killed Escobar. It was reported that the killer shouted "Gol! " after each shot, in reference to the shot he scored on his own team.
A soccer player, Albert Ebossé, died at the hands of fans after a match on August 23, 2014 in Algeria. After losing the match at a game between JSK and USM Alger, he and his teammates left the field. The players were being showered by projectiles thrown by angry fans, and one struck Ebossé on the head. The object supposedly dented his skull, resulting to his death.