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Top 5 unsolved celebrity deaths

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We may never know

Unfortunately for these celebrities, there are many unanswered questions that have continued to linger years after their untimely deaths. From "accidental drug overdoses" to "violent shootings," we may never know the answers, but we'll continue to ponder.

heath ledger

On Jan. 22, 2008, 28-year-old Heath Ledger was found unconscious in his New York City SoHo apartment by his masseuse at about  3 p.m. Shortly after, he was pronounced dead. His death was ruled as an accidental overdose on prescription drugs.

Many wonder why he was on six different prescription drugs at once, though it's said that he had insomnia, and speculated over his friendship with Mary-Kate Olsen as she was the first person Ledger's masseuse frantically called when she found him. Olsen's lawyer has denied her having any kind of involvement in Ledger's death.


Anna Nicole Smith

Another death ruled out by accidental prescription drug overdose, Anna Nicole Smith's death was quite drawn out. Months before her own death, Smith's 20-year-old son collapsed and died in her hospital room just mere days after she gave birth to her daughter, Dannielynn.

After that, drama ensued between her most recent companion, Howard K. Stern, and her former lover, Larry Birkhead, resulting in a messy legal situation. Speculation occurred over whether or not Stern and two doctors supplied her with the vast amount of prescription drugs found in her system, but all three pleaded not guilty. Smith was 39 when she died.


Marilyn Monroe

The blonde bombshell was pronounced dead on Aug. 5, 1962 at the age of 36. Though Marilyn Monroe's death has been a speculation over the years with sources coming forward with new information, her case remains closed and ruled to be acute barbiturate poisoning.

Though her body had many minor bruises on it with the exception of a large bruise on her hip, many also speculate that the movie star was having an affair with then-President John F. Kennedy and, possibly, then-Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy. There have been books released by sources who knew her saying her death was a murder covered up by a drug overdose, but only time will tell if her case ever reopens.


tupac shakur and biggie smalls

The deaths of these two former rappers remain a mystery to this day as no suspects have been named in either shooting. Tupac Shakur was shot while he and Marion "Suge" Knight, co-founder and owner of Death Row Records, Tupac's record label, were waiting at a red light near the Las Vegas strip. Shortly after the shooting, Tupac was pronounced dead on Sept. 13, 1996.

Biggie Smalls was pronounced dead just months after Tupac's death on March 9, 1997. Biggie was gunned down after leaving a party in Los Angeles with several witnesses, yet no arrests were made on behalf of the shooting. There are several conspiracy theories stating that Biggie Smalls' murder was in retaliation to Tupac Shakur's murder since there were rumors that the two had been feuding over some sort of "East Coast, West Coast" hip-hop war. Others entertain the idea that Tupac may still be alive and in hiding.


Natalie Wood

This wide-eyed starlet's 1981 death was ruled an accidental drowning. During Thanksgiving weekend in 1981, 43-year-old Wood and her husband Robert Wagner along with their friend, actor Christopher Walken, took their yacht out off the shore of Catalina Island. Later that night, Wood and Wagner apparently got into an argument that went from their bedroom to the deck, according to the captain Dennis Davern, and shortly after, they were unable to locate Wood.

Wagner said that she must have gone ashore. The next morning, her body was found floating a mile away. Davern recently revealed that he lied on a report about her death several years ago. Recently, the investigation of her death has been reopened as authorities try to find out exactly what happened with the new information they've received.

Photo courtesy of WENN/Nikki Nelson/Aaron Settipane

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