10 Tragic Facts About Legendary Musicians

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He saw similarities between African Americans and Jews in terms of oppression throughout history. Davis’s eventual conversion from Christianity to Judaism was applauded by the African-American community who understood his reasons for doing so. Skeptics believed he had ulterior motives. Nevertheless, Davis continued his successful acting and singing career.

6 Andy Williams

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In 1960, clean-cut singer Andy Williams met dancer Claudine Longet, and the two married the following year. They had three children together but divorced in 1975.

Afterward, Longet began a relationship with world champion skier Vladimir “Spider” Sabich. The two began living together in his Aspen home, and rumors circulated about their turbulent relationship.

On March 21, 1976, Longet shot and killed Sabich in the bathroom of his home. She admitted to pulling the trigger but claimed that the gun had accidentally discharged when Sabich was showing her how to handle it. She was charged with reckless manslaughter.

Although divorced, Williams supported Longet, defending her in the press and often accompanying her to court. Ultimately, she was found guilty of criminal negligence and sentenced to 30 days in jail. Many believe that Williams’s support of Longet forever tarnished his wholesome image.

5 Bill Medley

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Bill Medley of the Righteous Brothers, whose signature baritone voice lent the soul to such hits as “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’ ,” has been searching for the killer of ex-wife Karen O’Grady for four decades. They married in 1964 and had a son, Darrin, two years later.

Shortly afterward, the couple divorced. However, they maintained a close relationship even after Karen remarried in 1970. On January 30, 1976, a man broke into her home and raped and strangled her. Medley remained by Karen’s side as she lay in a coma in the hospital for four days.

Karen’s murder has never been solved. Detectives have a DNA profile of the killer from the crime scene, although no results have been a match in the CODIS database. Medley still hopes that Karen’s murderer will be brought to justice and that his family will finally have closure.

4 Frank Sinatra

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Behind Frank Sinatra’s cool, classy image lay a disturbed man with a frightening temper and suicidal tendencies. He was madly in love—some would say infatuated—with Ava Gardner, whom he married after leaving his first wife and the mother of his two children. However, Sinatra and Gardner often engaged in epic fights rooted in jealousy and distrust.

Sinatra wanted to control Gardner, who prided herself on her independence. The tighter his grip, the further the couple grew apart. Perhaps this contributed to the volatile rage building inside a man who seemed to be losing contact with reality.

Once, Sinatra nearly killed a woman after throwing her through a plate glass window at the home of Gary Cooper. He also attempted suicide on three occasions. Gardner divorced Sinatra in 1957, and although he married twice more, some claim he never got over losing her.

3 Marvin Gaye And Tammi Terrell

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In early 1967, Motown paired Marvin Gaye with Tammi Terrell, one of the greatest duos in R&B history. For 12 months, they relished success with four straight hits, including “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.” Then, in October 1967, Terrell collapsed into Gaye’s arms while performing onstage.

She was rushed to the hospital and diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor. On March 16, 1970, she passed away at age 24. Millions of fans mourned her death, but Gaye was inconsolable.

He never worked with another partner. He also refused to perform for several years, even though he had recently scored a huge solo hit with “I Heard It Through the Grapevine.”

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