- A famous person
- A celebrity (sometimes referred to as a celeb in popular culture) is a person who is easily recognized in a society or culture.
- fame: the state or quality of being widely honored and acclaimed
- The state of being well known
- a widely known person; “he was a baseball celebrity”
- an examination and dissection of a dead body to determine cause of death or the changes produced by disease
- An autopsy—also known as a post-mortem examination, necropsy (particularly as to non-human animals), autopsia cadaverum, or obduction—is a medical procedure that consists of a thorough examination of a corpse to determine the cause and manner of death and to evaluate any disease or injury that
- A postmortem examination to discover the cause of death or the extent of disease
- perform an autopsy on a dead body; do a post-mortem
celebrity autopsy – The Big
When a life ends tragically whether by violence or accident, pathologists perform an autopsy to determine the cause of death. It is a methodical, morbid, and necessary task. These autopsy reports, often filled with medical terminology and intriguing diagrams of the bodies we knew so well from their lives on the big screen, offer an unusual insight into the nature of death itself. The reports you’ll find here provide a fascinating glimpse into the underworld that hovers just beyond the reach of the living.
Includes the autopsy files or transcriptions from dozens of famous people including:
Presidents: Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy
Assassins and Criminals: Lee Harvey Oswald and Jesse James
Musicians and Movie Stars: Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe, and Whitney Houston
In a world more obsessed with celebrity than ever before these reports are a sobering reminder of how fleeting real fame can be—and how destructive and dangerous as well.
Orlando Bloom's tribute to Heath Ledger
An initial autopsy on January 23 proved inconclusive at determining Ledger’s cause of death. The medical examiner’s office stated it will take about 10 days to complete the investigation.
On January 23, 2008 (Australian time), Ledger’s parents and sister—who learned of his death from a radio broadcast—appeared outside Ledger’s mother’s house in Applecross, a riverside Perth suburb, and read a short statement to the media:
We, [Heath's family], confirm the very tragic, untimely and accidental passing of our dearly loved son, brother and doting father of Matilda, who was found in a peaceful sleep in his New York apartment by his housekeeper at 3:30pm [New York Time]. We would like to thank our friends and everyone around the world for their kind wishes at this time. Heath has touched so many people on so many different levels during his short life, but few had the pleasure to truly know him. He was a down-to-earth, generous, kind-hearted, life-loving and unselfish individual who was an extreme inspiration to many. Please now respect our family’s need to grieve and come to terms with our loss privately.
In reaction to his death, former partner Michelle Williams was reported as saying that she was "devastated" at the loss and had boarded a plane to New York City.
A friend of Ledger’s, Helena Christensen, who was on her way to Heath’s apartment when she learned of his death, paid a tribute "He was such a special and genuine person, so extraordinarily talented because he was so raw and honest with his feelings. He was so full of life, so electric. This is immensely sad."
Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd released a statement saying, "It was with great sadness that I have learned of the passing of Heath Ledger… It is tragic that we have lost one of our nation’s finest actors in the prime of his life."
When the city of Rome is rocked by a wave of violent suicides, a young forensic pathologist (Mimsy Farmer of FOUR FLIES ON GREY VELVET), wracked by hallucinations of the living dead, and a priest (Barry Primus of NEW YORK, NEW YORK), running from his dark past, begin an investigation. Together they uncover a deadly secret… and a chilling slab of unspeakable horror.
Directed by Armando Crispino (THE DEAD ARE ALIVE) and featuring a sinister score by Ennio Morricone (THE BIRD WITH THE CRYSTAL PLUMAGE), this Euro Horror classic was cut by over 15 minutes upon its 1975 American release. Now AUTOPSY has been restored from original negative materials and presented uncut and uncensored.
Chilly blond Mimsy Farmer is an Italian medical student who has disturbing visions of the waking dead during a rash of grotesque suicides. She works in a morgue where every living man in her orbit hits on her and one coworker even tries to rape her (“You can’t blame a guy for trying. Nothing turns on a man more than an icy woman,” comforts an oh-so understanding boyfriend). Barry Primus is an angry priest with a dark past and anger-management issues (he screams, “I’ve killed many others and I’ll kill you too,” while beating a man’s skull into the pavement). The apparent cause of the suicide hit parade is extreme sunspot activity (each death is punctuated with fiery images of solar flares), but when victims close to Farmer start dropping from high-rise windows, the picture twists into a murder mystery with a gallery of sleazy and shady suspects. Director Armando Crispino fills in the edges with unending images of death, shocking violence, and gratuitous nudity, creating an intermittently stylish but often bluntly exploitative horror mystery. Shorn of 15 minutes when it debuted in American theaters in the mid-1970s, the sex and violence has been completely restored for video. One short scene is in Italian with English subtitles, due to missing soundtrack materials, while the rest is dubbed in English. Ennio Morricone provides a suitably strange mix of atonal stings and lovely melodies. –Sean Axmaker