Famous People Who Were Killed by Their Own Fans

Sometimes 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.
The Top Ten
1 John Lennon John Winston Ono Lennon, MBE (9 October 1940 - 8 December 1980) was an English singer and songwriter who rose to worldwide fame as a co-founder of the Beatles, the most commercially successful band in the history of popular music. He was assassinated by Mark David Chapman on December 8, 1980 at age 40. Lennon was characterised by the rebellious nature and acerbic wit in his music, writing and drawings, on film, and in interviews. His songwriting partnership with Paul McCartney remains the most successful in history.

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.

2 Christina Grimmie Christina Victoria Grimmie (March 12th 1994 - June 10th 2016), known on YouTube as zeldaxlove64, was an American singer-songwriter known for participating in The Voice and for her covers of hit songs by contemporary pop musicians. She was shot dead during a meet-and-greet in Orlando, Florida, by fan Kevin James Loibl.

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.

Definitely one of the saddest in my opinion considering just how horrible the story is and how talented she was.

Can't believe Kevin would do such an awful thing like that.

Kevin is an idiot!

3 Dimebag Darrell Darrell Lance Abbott, also known as Diamond Darrell and Dimebag Darrell, was an American guitarist and songwriter best known as a founding member of two bands, Pantera and Damageplan, alongside his brother, Vinnie Paul. Abbott died in 2004 after he was shot by a mentally unstable fan.

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!

4 Princess Diana Diana, Princess of Wales (born Lady Diana Frances Spencer; 1 July 1961 - 31 August 1997), was the first wife of Charles, Prince of Wales, who is the eldest child and heir apparent of Queen Elizabeth II, and the mother of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex. She married Prince Charles on 29 July 1981, and separated from him in 1992 before finally divorcing him in 1996. She was killed in a car crash on 31 August 1997.

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.

5 Mikhail Lermontov

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.

6 Selena Selena Quintanilla-Pérez was an American singer, songwriter, spokesperson, actress, and fashion designer.

One of the most tragic and shocking celebrity deaths of all time.

7 Rebecca Schaeffer

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.

8 Andrés Escobar

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.

9 Julius Caesar Gaius Julius Caesar, known by his cognomen Julius Caesar, was a Roman politician and military general who played a critical role in the events that led to the demise of the Roman Republic and the rise of the Roman Empire.

He was stabbed by his long time friend (along with many others) Brutus (he did this to prove his loyalty) Brutus killed himself after.

10 Albert Ebossé Bodjongo

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.

The Contenders
11 Andy Warhol Andy Warhol, born Andrew Warhola (August 6, 1928 – February 22, 1987) was an American artist who was a leading figure in the visual art movement known as Pop art. His works explore the relationship between artistic expression, celebrity culture, and advertising that flourished by the 1960s.
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