9. John Lennon
John Lennon achieved phenomenal fame when he was a member of the extremely popular English rock band The Beatles, but he walked away the music scene in 1975 to take care of his newborn son. One might have thought Lennon wouldn’t return, but five years later he was back and writing music.
He was producing songs like he was in a hurry, songs which would be included in his album titled Double Fantasy. It looked like Lennon was writing songs like crazy because he was running out of time. And running out of time he was.
One of the songs Lennon recorded was titled “Borrowed Time”, and the lyrics read, “Living on borrowed time, without a thought for tomorrow.” A few months later, before the song was released to the public, Lennon was shot and killed by a demented man.
Interviews released around the same time the song was quoted Lennon saying he was fearful he would be “popped off by some loony.” Now it made sense why Lennon was so eager to get back into the recording booth before he died.
Rappers are no strangers to fights in clubs that quickly escalate and become out of control, but it’s rare that a rapper can predict that he’s going to die in a club. Proof, born DeShaun Holton, was one of the featured rappers on hip-hop group D12’s song “40 oz”, where he rapped, “I’m in the club to beef, you gotta murder me there.”
Two years after the track’s release, Proof got himself involved in an altercation with Kevin Bender Jr, a 35-year-old Desert Storm veteran, supposedly during a game of pool. Proof was most likely drunk at the time, as an autopsy showed that his blood alcohol level was .32, three times the legal limit.
Bouncer Mario Etheridge, a cousin of Bender’s, shot a warning shot into the air, and Proof fired back, killing Bender. Proof was killed by another man who shot him twice in the back and once in the back of his head. Proof’s death was executed just like he predicted. What’s even more startling is that two years prior, Proof appeared in the music video for Enimen’s “Toy Soldiers” where he played a rapper gunned down in a club.