Celebrity Hotel Deaths: From RFK to Houston

Over the years, many celebrities have died at hotels around the world.

ByGENEVIEVE SHAW BROWN
February 14, 2012, 10:31 AM

Feb. 14, 2012 -- intro: Whitney Houston isn't the only celebrity to die while staying at a hotel. Many other famous people, nine of them highlighted on the next few pages, have met their demise as hotel guests, whether by accident, murder or suicide.

Though many of these celebrities have died in Los Angeles, the City of Angels certainly isn't the only destination that houses hotels where celebrities have passed away.

quicklist: 1category: title: Whitney Houston, Beverly Hilton Hotel, Los Angeles url: text: Feb. 11, 2012: 48-year-old singer Whitney Houston was found in a bathtub in a room at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on the eve of the 2012 Grammy Awards. She was discovered by a member of her personal staff. The cause of death is unknown, pending autopsy results. media: 15575585

quicklist: 2category: title:John Belushi, Chateau Marmot, Los Angeles url: text: March 5, 1982: 33-year-old comedian and actor John Belushi of "Saturday Night Live" and "Animal House" fame was found dead in Bungalow 3 of the popular celeb hangout Chateau Marmot. His death was officially ruled an accidental drug overdose. It's been reported both Robert De Niro and Robin Williams saw Belushi the night he died. media: 15575760

quicklist: 3category: title: David Carradine: Swissôtel Nai Lert Park Hotel, Bangkok url: text: June 4, 2009: The 72-year-old "Kung Fu" star also famous for his role in "Kill Bill" was found dead in a suite at this luxury Bangkok hotel. A maid discovered him nude, in the closet, with a rope around his neck and another around his genitals, though the death appears to have been accidental. Carradine was in Bangkok shooting a movie. media: 15575859

quicklist: 4category: title: CoCo Chanel: Ritz Paris, Paris url: text: January 10, 1971: The 87-year-old French fashion designer for whom the brand Chanel is named, died in her apartment at the hotel she called her home. Today, the CoCo Chanel Suite at the Ritz Paris pays homage to the designer and is available to guests from 8,500 euro per night. media: 15575736

quicklist: 5category: title: Michael Hutchence: Ritz-Carlton Double Bay, Sydney url: text: November 22, 1997: The 37-year-old singer of the band INXS was found in room 524 of this Sydney hotel in what was ruled a suicide -- suffocation caused by hanging. INXS was preparing for their 20th anniversary tour. The hotel is now called the Stamford Plaza. media: 15575680

quicklist: 6category: title: Janis Joplin: The Landmark Motor Hotel, Los Angeles url: text: October 4, 1970: Now called the Highlands Garden Hotel, 27-year-old singer and songwriter Janis Joplin was found dead by her guitarist, reportedly in room 105. Police determined she had been dead 12 hours by the time she was discovered. The cause of death was an accidental heroin overdose. media: 15575624

quicklist: 7category: title: Robert F. Kennedy: Ambassador Hotel, Los Angeles url: text: June 5, 1968. Though he actually died at the hospital some 26 hours later, the United States Senator and brother of President John F. Kennedy was shot in the kitchen of the Ambassador Hotel by Sirhan Bishara Sirhan, shortly after claiming victory in the California Democratic primary. The hotel was demolished in 2005. media: 15575930

quicklist: 8category: title: Martin Luther King, Jr.: Lorraine Hotel, Memphis url: text: April 4, 1968: It's been reported that King chose the Lorraine, which welcomed such prominent guests as Cab Calloway and Count Basie, because of its significance to the black community of Memphis. King was shot and killed on the balcony of his room. The Lorraine Hotel was converted into the National Civil Rights Museum in 1991. media: 15575634

quicklist: 9category: title: Anna Nicole Smith: Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Hollywood, FLurl: text: February 8, 2007: You won't find room 607, the room where the 39-year-old model, Playboy playmate and reality TV was discovered, at the Seminole Hard Rock anymore because the room number has been changed. The cause of death was an accidental overdose of sleep medication and other prescription drugs. media: 15575613

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