Stars who died financially ruined
By the time she was found dead in a Los Angeles hotel, she had accumulated debts of almost $4 million.
Her addiction to painkillers and a glamourous lifestyle was the reason for her financial ruin. According to Fox News, she spent her last million dollars on the finest hotels in Sydney, Paris and London.
It's hard to believe, but the King of Pop died with an alleged debt of $500 million. Nevertheless, even in death, his songs are still generating profits.
Cars, art, exotic animals, jewellery, mansions and multi-million dollar donations led to Jacko passing away without a penny to his name.
"I spent most of my fortune on women and alcohol. The rest I wasted." The Fifth Beatle summed up his wild spending with this pithy comment.
His life was legendary, and not always for the right reasons. When his doctor told him that the was one pint of beer from death, the footballer started ordering half-pints. He was quite generous in the bar as well, and he bought rounds for everyone, even strangers.
"My parents instilled in me the culture of effort and saving," the actress confessed to 'Variety' in 1939. It was a lie. At 17, she was already a multimillionaire but not a saver at all.
At the age of 40, she had a debt of $4 million. As a result, she was evicted from her house. Tragically, she died from an overdose of barbiturates in 1969.
Corey Haim's childhood was rough, and unfortunately, his adult years were not any easier. Addictions ruined his career and his bank account.
He had no insurance, so his steps through rehab cost him his fortune. He died at the age of 38 with a million-dollar medical debt and more than $200,000 in unpaid taxes.
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The first half of her life was filled with glamour, elegance, fame and a lot of money. She was Miss Sweden (1951) and a cinema icon thanks to Federico Fellini and 'La Dolce Vita'.
The second half of her life was catastrophic. She disappeared off the map in the early 1970s and was only heard of in 2011, when her mansion was robbed and the world learned that she was living in ruin, confined to a wheelchair and with a lot of debts.
Marvin Gaye's life was ended by his father, who accidentally shot him in the chest and shoulder. The singer had been trying to break up an argument between his father and mother. In life, chronic addiction and an expensive divorce bankrupted him.
When he died, his total debt was around $9.2 million, and half of that was owed to the US treasury.
The great jazz diva took 'Carpe Diem' to the extreme. Addicted to booze and substances, she died of cirrhosis in a Harlem hospital, with a handful of change in her pocket.
Lily Rothman, in 'Time' magazine, recalled how the singer subscribed always to a philosophy of spending now rather than saving for a rainy day. Sadly, Holiday died at 44.
For many, the best boxer in the world. A rock in the ring but a trusting and giving person outside of it. Raised in a rough Detroit suburb, he never allowed himself too many luxuries, except to pay off his relatives' debts.
His generosity led him to ruin, however, and he spent the last 30 years of his life in absolute poverty, with a debt that was close to a million dollars.
The great diva of classic Hollywood shone during the 1940s but ended up without a job due to her complicated nature.
After divorce and bankruptcy left the actress destitute, she eked out a living as a waitress. Her final screen appearance came in the low-budget 'Flesh Feast' (1970), a bizarre horror that played with the idea of resurrecting Hitler. She died three years later, mired in debt.
The most famous ''Poor Rich Girl'' in history managed to squander more than $100 million from the family fortune in four decades.
Cary Grant, her third husband, said of her: "When your possibilities are almost infinite, to live above them takes real talent." She died in utter ruin.
"I have a clear conscience, I don't owe money to anyone who needs it," the singer told his friends. The reality is that his debt to the United States Government reached $15 million.
He came to earn a million a year and was part of the Rat Pack, but his eccentric luxuries led him to not pay taxes. He was forced to sing just to keep his head above water, and he did not have enough money to pay for potentially life-saving surgery after he was diagnosed with throat cancer.
Lugosi is a byword for Dracula as he played the character so many times. The actor could never quite escape this typecasting.
He ended up making subpar movies, addicted to alcohol and drugs, and dying without a single dollar saved, despite having made more than 50 movies.
Interestingly, Mickey Rooney left his last $18,000 to the son who had allegedly taken $8.5 million from him.
Back-tax and medical debts weighed on the veteran actor in his final days.