10 Times the Celebrity Death Rule of Threes Actually Happened

Jun 25, 2018 at 12:00 a.m. ET
Kate Spade, Anthony Bourdain, Jackson Odell
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Much like the internet rule 34 (please don't ever look that up), online communities insist that bad things happen in threes, especially when it comes to celebrity deaths. You may think, "There's no way this is an actual thing that happens. It's all coincidental!" Yes, it may be, but after doing a bit of research, we're convinced .

For all you skeptics out there, we have concrete proof — or rather, some pretty good examples — of the celebrity death rule of threes phenomenon. It's believed to have started when Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper died in a plane crash together all the way back in 1959. And, more recently, Parts Unknown star Anthony Bourdain, fashion designer Kate Spade and The Goldbergs star Jackson Odell all died within mere days of one another.

Much like you will be once you click ahead to the 10 examples we found, we were shocked to find how many times tragic celebrity deaths have happened in threes.

A version of this article was originally published in June 2014.

1 /10: Kate Spade, Anthony Bourdain, Jackson Odell

Kate Spade, Anthony Bourdain, Jackson Odell
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1/10 :Kate Spade, Anthony Bourdain, Jackson Odell

2 /10: Prince, Chyna, Doris Roberts

Prince, Chyna, Doris Roberts
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2/10 :Prince, Chyna, Doris Roberts

3 /10: Tony Gwynn, Casey Kasem, Ruby Dee

Tony Gwynn, Casey Kasem, Ruby Dee
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3/10 :Tony Gwynn, Casey Kasem, Ruby Dee

4 /10: Elmore Leonard, Lee Thompson Young, Lisa Robin Kelly

Elmore Leonard, Lee Thompson Young, Lisa Robin Kelly
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4/10 :Elmore Leonard, Lee Thompson Young, Lisa Robin Kelly

5 /10: Peaches Geldof, Mickey Rooney, John Pinette

Peaches Geldof, Mickey Rooney, John Pinette
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5/10 :Peaches Geldof, Mickey Rooney, John Pinette

6 /10: Michael Jackson, Farrah Fawcett, Ed McMahon

Michael Jackson, Farrah Fawcett, Ed McMahon
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6/10 :Michael Jackson, Farrah Fawcett, Ed McMahon

7 /10: Annette Funicello, Margaret Thatcher, Lilly Pulitzer

7/10 :Annette Funicello, Margaret Thatcher, Lilly Pulitzer

8 /10: Rik Mayall, Don Zimmer, Ann B. Davis

Rik Mayall, Don Zimmer, Ann B. Davis
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8/10 :Rik Mayall, Don Zimmer, Ann B. Davis

9 /10: David Bowie, Alan Rickman, René Angélil

David Bowie, Alan Rickman, René Angélil
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9/10 :David Bowie, Alan Rickman, René Angélil

10 /10: Alan Thicke, George Michael, Carrie Fisher

Alan Thicke, George Michael, Carrie Fisher
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10/10 :Alan Thicke, George Michael, Carrie Fisher