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Accounts of Near-Death Experiences

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Deaths of The Rich and Famous
Elizabeth Taylor cont.
In late 50’s she died on the operating table for 5 minutes while undergoing surgery

Recounted experience as passing through a tunnel towards a brilliant white light

Encountered Michael Todd’s spirit
Her third husband, who was killed in a plane crash in 1958

Todd told her, “No, Baby. You have to turn around and go back because there is something very important for you to do. You cannot give up now.”

Michael Jackson
We examined the ways in which the rich and famous have died. In addition, we have looked at some examples of near death experiences, famous deaths, and the lavish funerals of the rich and famous.
Other Rich and Famous NDEs
The following individuals have also experienced NDEs:

Sharon Stone
Tony Bennett
Burt Reynolds
Chevy Chase
Lou Gossett Jr.
Ozzy Osbourne

Peter Sellers cont.
In 1964, he suffered a series of 8 heart attacks that caused his heart to stop.

He was clinically dead.

While clinically dead, he experienced and out-of-body experience.
Whitney Houston

Peter Sellers cont.
Saw the bright, loving light and
felt himself leaving his body

He floated out of his physical form and was able to see his body being carted away

The bright, white light was attracting him

“It was kind and loving and I remember thinking 'That's God'". (MacLaine, 172)

Peter Sellers cont.
His soul was trying to go toward the light as he saw a hand reaching through the light.

Sellers tried to grab the hand so it could pull him through the light.

At that moment, his heart began beating and a voice told him, “It's not time. Go back and finish. It's not time."

He then started floating back down to his body

NDE Effect on Sellers
Sellers said of death: "I'll never fear it again."

He was more spiritual and reflective than before

Statement from book Out on a Limb:

"I know I have lived many times before ... that experience confirmed it to me, because in this lifetime I felt what it was for my soul to actually be out of my body. But ever since I came back, I don't know why I don't know what it is I'm supposed to do, or what I came back for." (MacLaine,174)
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Death Due to
drug overdose

Michael Jackson

Pop singer
Born: August 29, 1958
Died: June 25, 2009
Cause of death: Overdose of propofol following cardiac arrest.
It was ruled a homicide.
Fans were shocked!
An estimated 1 billion people watched his memorial on TV.
People still question whether or not he is dead.

Jane Seymour cont.
She did not want to die as she had her whole life ahead of her and children at home to take care of

Seymour’s statement from the book Death’s Door:

“I was floating up there thinking, "No, I don't want to die. I'm not ready to leave my kids." And that was when I said to God, "If you're there, God, if you really exist and I survive, I will never take your name in vain again." I can remember pleading with the doctor to bring me back. I was determined I wasn't going to die.“

She believes she died for approximately 30 seconds

Many famous people have had near-death experiences and some have even had these experiences more than once.

The following slides discuss rich and famous people who have told their near-death experience story. Some of these accounts are documented in Jean Ritchie's excellent book, Death's Door. (Icke)
Accounts of Near-Death Experiences
Jane Seymour
Actress who has shown her talents on the Broadway stage, motion pictures, and television shows.

She has starred in the film Somewhere in Time, with actor Christopher Reeves, Wedding Crashers, the James Bond movie Live and Let Die and many others.

Also famous for her role in the television series Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman.
Seymour experienced her NDE at the age of 36

She was filming in Spain and had bad bronchitis and was given antibiotics by injection and went into anaphylactic shock.

Her recount of the NDE:

She left her body and could see herself on the bed with people around her
She was in the corner of the room, above them and witnessed the medical professionals putting needles into her and trying to bring her back to lifeRemembers her whole life flashing before her eyes
Jane Seymour cont.
Peter Sellers
Began acting in films in the 1950’s

Starred in:
"The Mouse That Roared" (1959)
"Dr. Strangelove" (1964)
"The Pink Panther" (1964)
"Being There" (1979)

He was known for his enthusiastic
way of totally absorbing himself in his
characters, even carrying roles

Legendary Hollywood star

One of the world's most famous film stars

Films included:
Father of the Bride
National Velvet
A Place in the Sun
Butterfield 8

Recognized for her acting ability, glamorous lifestyle and beauty

Elizabeth Taylor
Michael Jackson

Whitney Houston

Singer, actress
Born: August 9, 1963
Died: Feb 11, 2012
Accidental drowning due to cocaine use and heart disease.
Friends and fans were incredibly sad.
Christina Aguilera said: "I am deeply saddened by the news of Whitney Houston's very untimely passing. We have lost yet another icon in music. Whitney's voice was so special to me. Her notes soared to places most singers dream of reaching. She will be missed."

Brittany Murphy

Brittany Murphy

Born: November 10, 1977
Died: December 20, 2009
Cause of death: pneumonia and a lethal
combination of drugs to treat the pneumonia.
Multiple medications were present in the blood,
with elevated levels of hydrocodone,
acetaminophen, and chlorpheniramine. L-
methamphetamine was also present. It was
an accidental death.
Many past co-workers were saddened by the news.
Denise Richards wrote: “Brittany Murphy was in Drop Dead Gorgeous with me and was the sweetest and most adorable. Tragic, sad & Devastating. Her poor family.”

Heath Ledger

Heath Ledger

Born: April 4, 1979
Died: January 22, 2008
Cause of death: Combined drug
intoxication of oxycodone, hydrocodone,
alprazolam, diazepam, temazepam and
doxylamine. It was ruled an accidental
Close friends of Heath Ledger, such as
Mary Kate Olsen and Lindsay Lohan,
took the news very hard.



Accidental Deaths
Car Accidents
Plane Crashes
Skiing Accidents

Princess Diana
Early Life
Born January 7, 1961 in Sandringham,Norfolk,UK
One of five children
Married Prince Charles, Prince of Wales on July 29, 1981
Had two children (Princes William and Harry)
Diana was more popular with the press than her husband & she faced many scandals
Divorced Prince Charles on July 15, 1996

Car Accident
August 31, 1997
Diana & Dodi tried sneaking out the back of the Hotel Ritz Place Vendome in Paris
The car was chased by paparazzi
The driver was drunk & driving at a high speed
Dodi & the driver died instantly
Diana died shortly after at 4:15am
Diana’s bodyguard survived

Early Life
Born January 16, 1979 in Brooklyn, New York
At age 12 was signed to Jive Records
Modeled for Tommy Hilfiger, appeared in a Victoria Secret ad & starred in Romeo Must Die & Queen of the Damned

Plane Crash
August 25, 2001
Finished filming video for “Rock the Boat”
Boarded plan leaving the Bahamas for Florida
Heavy equipment caused plane to be too heavy and off balance
Plane crashed shortly after take off
All passengers died

Natasha Richardson
Early Life
Born May 11, 1963 in London, England
Married to Liam Neeson
Has two sons
Known for her role in “The Parent Trap”
Skiing Accident
March 16, 2009
Fell during a skiing lesson on a beginner’s hill & received a serious head injury
Refused treatment after fall
Taken to hospital later in the day after complaining of a headache
Declared brain dead & taken off of life support

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Famous Deaths
"Southern Airlines Flight 932 left Kinston, North Carolina, at 6:38 p.m., carrying the Marshall University football team, coaching staff and fans to Huntington, West Virginia. After an uneventful flight, the crew contacted Huntington Airport tower at 7:23 p.m. and were cleared for a localizer approach on runway 11. The weather conditions were poor, mist and light rain with broken clouds at 500 feet. The plane descended below the Minimum Descent Altitude, striking trees on a hillside about one mile from the runway. The plane then crashed and burned."
Marshall University 1970
Elvis Presley
Presley suffered from multiple medical issues such as: glaucoma, high blood pressure, liver damage, and an enlarged colon, all of which may have been caused by drug use.

Presley was set to leave Memphis the night of August 16, 1977. However, when his friend went to meet with him to leave, she found him on the bathroom floor unresponsive. Elvis was rushed to the hospital and could not be revived.

John F. Kennedy
JFK was on a political trip in Dallas, Texas riding in a convertible with his wife when he was assassinated on Friday November 22, 1963.

He was shot once in the throat, once in the upper back, with the fatal shot hitting him in the head. He was taken to Parkland Hospital for emergency medical treatment, but pronounced dead at 1:00 pm.
Elaborate Funerals
Princess Diana
After passing away from injuries sustained in a car crash, Princess Diana had one of the most elaborate funerals estimated to cost $7.63 million. 2.5 million people watched on television as a four mile procession carried her coffin to Westminster Abbey. More than one million people were in attendance at her funeral and Elton John sang his rearranged version of "Candle in the Wind".

Ronald Reagan
President Ronald Reagan's funeral is said to have been $400 million. The procession included his coffin pulled by horses. Thousands of people visited his coffin on Capitol Hill before it was buried. On the day of Reagan's funeral stock markets were closed and federal workers were given the day off. Reagan's funeral was by invite only, and the invite list contained 4,000 people.
Marshall University Library, . "The Plane Crash." Marshall Univerisy. N.p.. Web. 28 Oct 2013.


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Death of the rich and famous: suicide
Suicide: the intentional taking of one’s life
Types of suicide:
Shooting oneself
Drug overdose
Cutting oneself

4 Types of Suicide


Older Suicides
Mark Antony
Ernest Hemingway
Adolf Hitler (End at 1:35)

Modern Suicides
Junior Seau
Ariel Castro (infamous) (End at 54)
Lee Thompson

The rich and famous have a long history of suicide
because of the lifestyle they live
Most of their suicides come from depression
Older suicides were more from poison like Socrates
Modern suicides such as Junior Seau are usually by shooting themselves or drug overdoses

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Copyright 2013 Yahoo, Inc. Web. 4 Nov. 2013.

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