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Where Are They Buried?: How Did They Die? Fitting Ends and Final Resting Places of the Famous, Infamous, and Noteworthy (Revised & Updated)

3.8  ·  Rating Details ·  513 Ratings  ·  79 Reviews
Updated with dozens of entries of the newly dead and now in paperback, an irresistible and browsable guide to the lives, deaths, and final resting places of the world's most influential figures.This unparalleled compilation of profiles of the deceased-from Abbott and Costello to Ethel and Julius Rosenberg, from Arthur Ashe to Paul Newman, offers all the pertinent details o ...more
ebook, 560 pages
Published August 1st 2009 by Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers (first published May 6th 2003)
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Derek
A book to satisfy my morbid curiosities! I've always loved reading short biographies of famous people; in this volume, I enjoy the succinct biographies of some of the greats. This book makes for a fun read-aloud or coffee table book.
Chriss
Feb 11, 2008 Chriss rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
I could not put this book down! As morbid as it sounded at first, I found myself buried in it, no pun intended, and was fascinated to read about various celebrities and other notorious folks and where they are buried. The author included a a few from most every genre of entertainment and a few that I've never heard of, too. This was a book I read over again and passed along to friends to read, too. Just a fun read overall!
Lisa
Jan 27, 2015 Lisa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wackynonfiction
Read several out loud at the dining room table for meal time conversation. I think I enjoyed it the most and after about a few days of reading, the family got bored. My youngest kid asked me to read about Amy Winehouse and Tupac's deaths; but alack, they were not to be found.
Damera Blincoe
Kind of morbidly awesome.
Joan Reeves
Jul 14, 2012 Joan Reeves rated it it was amazing
The Famous Deceased

I just finished reading Where Are They Buried: How Did They Die? Fitting Ends and Final Resting Places of etc. by Tod Benoit. The enormously-long title perfectly describes this entertaining nonfiction book. Some may think the book is a bit morbid, but I found it endlessly fascinating. Maybe that's because my mother was a genealogist who taught me that cemeteries were pretty interesting places.

You see, I grew up in Louisiana where above-ground tombs were rather commonplace. It'
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Raven
Mar 01, 2011 Raven rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am loving this book! Currently reading it, but its really good. I am morbid and like knowing how people died, where they died and things like that. This is a fun read for me, but it would also be ideal for someone doing a project on the deaths of famous people on today and yesterday...
Audrey
Dec 03, 2007 Audrey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you are interested in how famous people have died, this is the book for you. This book is divided into categories and provides a synopsis of how each person died and where they are buried. It made me want to read more about the people, including Howard Hughes.
Jessyca Mathews
Nov 18, 2010 Jessyca Mathews rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am reading this book to my students for "Read Aloud" Mondays. This book is fantastic! The morbid side of me wants to know about the deaths of these famous people. I have read the kids the stories of Bruce and Brandon Lee, Phil Hartman, Jim Henson, and William Shakespeare.
Haily Lincoln
I have alot going on right now so i wanted to read something that didn't take a whole lot of effort or too much time and this was the book there isn't much to say about this book it was pretty decent i however felt like there could have been something more
Erin
Jun 29, 2012 Erin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
Michele found this for me for super sale on Kindle....my next iPhone read.

Now THIS was a long purse read! Finally finished. Somewhat interesting, but a lot of filler.

Sherri
Nov 24, 2009 Sherri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After you get over the fact that it's kinda morbid and a a fact of life, this book was interesting. Consider it mini-bios of famous people from all walks of life.
Kryssy Kirsch
Feb 05, 2017 Kryssy Kirsch rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
This book took forever to get through. I did not read it consistently, so maybe that's why?

Anyway, some of the stories were interesting, some too short, some I've never heard of, some far too long, and some I skipped.

I did like the fact that addresses and detailed addresses were given to graves. This will help me, personally, because I'm a blogger on historic places and people.

Would I recommend this book to you? Maybe, but probably not. Just keep it handy for the directions. Do your own resea
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Mel
Nov 04, 2016 Mel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I am really not sure how to rate this book. I think it was cool that it told about people, how they died & where they are buried (with specific instructions to get to the graves).I didn't "read" the whole book b/c not everyone in there was important to me. it was cool though
Loren
Oct 04, 2016 Loren rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Any collection of famous people's grave sites is going to be idiosyncratic. Ask 10 people whose graves they would like to visit and you will get 100 different answers. That said, this is the most comprehensive guide to the graves of the famous that you will find outside of Find-a-grave.

Mostly that is because -- without photographs of the grave monuments in question -- this book can include a whole lot of people whose ashes have been scattered. It seems a shame not to be able to leave a kitchen k
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Robyn
Jul 17, 2014 Robyn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The title seemed morbid to me at first, but it was so addictive & interesting that I could not put it down! I had to be careful even if I was just leafing thru it (if I was in a hurry), since I would almost always see an entry that intrigued me, & find myself tempted to read ahead. Some people's stories hit me as a shock ("___ is dead? No way! How did I miss that?"). While others I got a sense of "closure" ("So, that's what became of ___. I always wondered..."). The stories of some peopl ...more
Lorraine
Nov 08, 2014 Lorraine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone interested in famous and infamous & where they are buried or not !
Glad to find someone else interested in cemeteries and who is in them. I began reading this book as soon as I opened the box it arrived in. The author provides some history on the person, the way that person passed on, and where one can find her/him if so desired. I was not sure if this book would be 'good' as in accurate, interesting, and well-written, but I wanted to find out and I did and it is ! First, I checked out some people in which I have an interest. The 1st was Oliver Hardy of Laurel ...more
Lola
When I went to France last summer, we visited the town that Vincent Van Gogh died in. There are monuments to him there all over the place: a statue in the park, little gold circles with his name on it, and even the hotel where he died has a huge sign in front of it. Apparently for years that room wasn't rented out, not because Van Gogh died there but because a suicide had occurred there. We even visited a Van Gogh museum (if you can call a museum that features no artwork by Van Gogh and a weird ...more
Josh
Mar 19, 2012 Josh rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cemetery-books
I read this version, and the original version of "Where Are They Buried How Did They Die" The book is really informative with the content, and includes over 500 concise biographies of military figures, celebs, athletes, etc. While there are some errors in the book when it comes to info given. The general overview info is pretty good. One of the things I find really helpful is that pretty much each biography includes detailed instructions on how to find your favorite celeb, or other personality i ...more
HeavyReader
I got about 2/3 of the way through this book, then it was time to hit the road and it just seemed too huge to haul with me.

When I bought the book, I didn't realize it was more about the lives of famous people than about their deaths. If I had known that, I would not have bought it. Really, I'm just interested in the juicy tidbits of the deaths of the rich and famous. I want the dirt. Alas, there is not much dirt here.

The cool thing about the book (for people who want to visit the graves of dearl
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Brian
Jan 22, 2016 Brian rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book is a prime example of what I refer to as "call of nature reading". It took me quite some time to read it, as the only time I read it was when I was answering that "call". For such a purpose the text is perfectly laid out, organized by individual bio, and then followed by details about that individual's demise and burial status. This book is that simple. There really is nothing else to say about it.
I was very irritated by numerous errors found in this text. Too many errors for me to be
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Kristina
Aug 03, 2014 Kristina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, own, nonfiction
I really really really enjoyed this book. It was so unbelievably absorbing. I liked that each entry was short and sweet, but gave a full history of the person's career accomplishments. The dry, sort of tongue in cheek humor was hilarious to me at points. The amount of research and time spent to put this book together must have been crazy, but I'm really glad he did it! This is a very fun book that you can just pick up from time to time and read a few entries (I read it before bed a lot), or just ...more
Dan
Sep 15, 2013 Dan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
I love biographies, but sadly there are few people that I find interesting enough to dedicate much of my limited reading time for (a sad side effect of my slug-reading skills). This book was the perfect solution...500+ mini biographies, each of which is only a few pages. Yes, this is like buying a 'greatest hits' album vs a studio one, but it actually is a great way to filter down your full-bio book list. On the flip side, my to-read novel list grew considerably after reading the section on famo ...more
Kamicarlson
Nov 05, 2012 Kamicarlson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I checked this book out, I wasn't sure what I was getting myself into. A book about dead people?!?! Once I started reading I was surprised that I absolutely loved this book! I found myself reading it every spare second that I had. I loved that it covered a broad range of well known people. It was interesting to read a brief history of their lives and deaths. Every day my kids would ask me who I read about and then I'd tell them a little about the people they recognized. Now I want to go tou ...more
Becky Roper
Nov 03, 2012 Becky Roper rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
I've never wanted to see where a celebrity was buried, so the premise of this book was strange to me, and I mostly skipped the parts about directions to gravesites. What WAS interesting were the short little life summaries on a long (650 or so) list of well-known people. I learned some interesting things, and was saddened to note how many died very young due to their lifestyle choices. Such a waste of talent. It was a long book, but easy to stop and start since each little vignette was a page or ...more
Metagion
Mar 09, 2014 Metagion rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you ever had a question about how a celebrity died, or where they're buried, you'll find it here! This book has everything from Frank Zappa to Edward Abbey (and everyone in between!) It also has pictures of the deceased (as they were in life) and, when Mr. Benoit can, also has pictures of what the gravestone looks like. I really do hope that he updates & amends this book (since it's from 2003) with the "latest additions", like Anna Nichole Smith, Rick James, The Queen Mother (Great Britai ...more
Ann-maree
Apr 20, 2012 Ann-maree rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ok it sounds macarbe to read something like this. However, within all of us is a fascination of what happened to our favourite personalities of tv, sport and screen, to name but a few. It was a shock to find out alot of movie stars came life came to a tragic end and alot died young. Such amazing talented gifted people, who imparted so much happiness and memories.
A great read. Maybe one day I will go some of these cemetries to have a look:=}
Chris
Oct 31, 2009 Chris rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Scintillating bathroom reading! Lurid and mundane details about a wide range of noteworthy people's deaths and burials! Each entry contains a brief synopsis of what exactly was notable about each individual and those are quite good. Author Tod ("death" in German) Benoit ("benediction"--or something like that--in French) writes the best one paragraph explanation of why The Who bassist John Entwistle was so extraordinary at his craft. I don't think I'll read this one cover to cover.
Sue
Jul 17, 2012 Sue rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love Hollywood lore, like some people absorb sports facts. So, I enjoyed the book. It was also unbalanced; some celebs had lengthy details about their deaths and burial whereabouts. Others were only briefly mentioned, almost like there were 2 different writers. I liked Benoit's style of writing (some humor thrown in) and would read another book of his.
Sharon
Jul 29, 2011 Sharon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: loved-this-one
Loved this book, facinating topic (at least to me) I could hardly put it down.

My only problem with the book, was some of the directions to the cemetarys and graves were a bit hard to follow, but maybe if I was actually looking for the graves, I may have more success, and the directions would make more sense.

He could have done more reserch on certain people too.
Amanda Simmons
Jul 12, 2013 Amanda Simmons rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love learning about other's lives. It was a fun read. I had heard or recognized many names that the author talked about, but I didn't know about how they lived and what they did. I would read about a person or two, then I would read another book and come back. Perfect if you just want to read for five minutes here or there.
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