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Last Days of Dead Celebrities, The

3.23  ·  Rating Details  ·  141 Ratings  ·  16 Reviews
Former New York Daily News gossip columnist and bestselling author Mitchell Fink made his livelihood reporting on celebrities lives. Now, he reports on their deaths. John Lennon, Ted Williams, Lucille Ball, John Ritter, Warren Zevon: these are just a few of the fifteen larger-than-life celebrities whose final days are detailed here.No one is better qualified than Fink to t ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published May 17th 2006 by Miramax (first published 2006)
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Pete daPixie
Nov 16, 2012 Pete daPixie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: misc
Why in Zimmerman's name did I pick this book off the library shelf? Don't ask me! 'The Last Days of Dead Celebrities' (2006) is so far out from my usual taste in reading matter. "Truly the last word in celebrity biography" is the opinion of Booklist displayed on the front cover. The tinsel world of celebrity is some place I never visit. I've never watched 'I'm a celebrity get me out of here' on t.v.,or any of the spin-offs in that genre. In fact, I rarely watch any t.v. I never go to the movies. ...more
This book wasn't *too* bad; it dealt with celebrities that we know in the 20th Century (like John Ritter, for example) so that was cool, with the photos also; but I think this book would've been better if it were more to the point, and not sort-of 'rambling' in the other bios mentioned here. While it's great that there are books out there that strive to "humanize" stars as much as they can, there's also a danger of becoming 'tabloidesque' in the recounting, so it's a fine line. All-in-all not a ...more
Eric Smith
Aug 19, 2013 Eric Smith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While some may consider this somewhat macabre to read, this is actually a well written look at some of our most beloved celebrities and how they spent their final days. While most of them are most certainly tragic, others are tearjerkers, with all of them being heartbreaking. The book covers not only movie and TV stars such as Orson Welles, John Belushi, John Ritter and Lucille Ball but other celebrities such as late sports stars Ted Williams and Lyle Alzado, late musicians Warren Zevon, John De ...more
Jun 06, 2010 Julie rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: celebrity watchers
Recommended to Julie by: Christine (Christmas present)
This is a fascinating look at the final days (or in some cases a year or more) of fifteen famous figures who passed away between 1980 and 2003. Fink does an excellent job of forming a picture of the person's life in that time period, so that the death is just a culmination of a life, rather than the sole focus of the story. It was quite interesting, even if I didn't know who all the people were (I do now, though!).
DeAnna Rigney
Sounds all "People-esque", but the writing is very non-tabloidy, & the celebrities are fairly random, ranging from the violent death of Lennon to the peaceful passing of Orson Welles, who died in bed with his typewriter still balanced on his stomach. The stories tended to be more about the lives of the deceased than about sensationalizing their deathes. Interesting read.
Sandy Long
Jun 29, 2008 Sandy Long rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a fascinating book on such celeberties as John Denver, Lyle Alzado, John Belushi, and Margaux Hemingway. It was interesting to hear of some of the people's quirks, such as Lucille Ball loved to p[lay backgammon. It seemed most of the celeberties families looking back saw signs that there loved ones were going to die. Very interesting book.
May 27, 2007 Mike rated it liked it
Recommends it for: people who know someone who is dying
An interesting read. With one of my parents in this category (last days not celebrity) I found this book showing that in general we all go the same way -- sometimes with dignity, sometimes without. It was interesting to see how some people choose to go. But clearly, more than anything else it brings the celebrities to you as real people.
Jill Kemerer
Jan 17, 2013 Jill Kemerer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting concept. The author interviewed friends and family members of deceased celebrities to share about the last days of their lives. From this came touching stories that highlighted how their families and friends didn't think of them as celebrities at all--they were simply their loved ones who are dearly missed.
Jun 07, 2009 Robin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fink-mitchell
Don't know what I was thinking when I picked up this book. It wasn't bad per say but not something I would normally read. It does tell you about the last days of some celebrities and how they felt and what they did. Nothing really morbid, just pretty much a day in the life of , , ,
Mary Ellen
Jul 08, 2010 Mary Ellen rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Deep and perceptive accounts of John Lennon, Lucille Ball, Tupac Shakur, John Ritter, and 11 others. Don't miss the photos - eerie picture of John Lennon with his killer in the background.
Elliott Jenkins
Jan 08, 2013 Elliott Jenkins rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kind of hard to read because of the sadness coming from the friends of the dead telling of their last days, but super interesting to read the inside stories.
Sep 11, 2007 Kim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great read for biography buffs. Just enough insight into the lives of famous folks, near the end, to paint a picture of their entire lives. . .
Feb 20, 2009 Jane rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Mildly interesting, but basically it's all been said before. Sorta like reading a bunch of People magazine articles.
Morbidly fascinating, yet respectful with some nice details. Reads like multiple magazine articles.
many would want to read grandpas 3rd cousin ted williams is in here
Aug 26, 2008 Bob rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's an easy read, but surprisingly good.
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