97% of people can't figure out if these celebrities are dead or alive. Can you?

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2016 was a hard year for celebrity deaths. Every time a celebrity dies, young or old, it is hard to believe. While some celebrities live to astounding ages and fade away from the limelight, others seem to tempt fate anytime they can with drug abuse, wild behavior and a disregard for life. As of early 2017, can you figure out which of these famous celebrities are alive or dead based on their image? You might see a few surprises.

Is Carrie Fisher alive or dead?

Carrie Fisher was best known for her role in the Star Wars movies as Princess Leia. The reprisal of her character in "The Force Awakens" only elevated future excitement in the role Leia would play further into the Star Wars saga. Sadly, that excitement was put to rest when Fisher died of a heart attack on Dec. 27, 2016, only one day before her mother Debbie Reynolds passed away.

Is Robin Williams alive or dead?

Robin Williams may have been the catalyst of humor for the rest of the world, but internally he had been struggling for decades from depression. On November 7, 2014, he committed suicide by asphyxia and hanging.

Is Charlie Sheen alive or dead?

It's almost just as shocking to hear that Charlie Sheen is still alive as it would be to hear he'd passed. Reckless behavior, decades of alcohol and substance abuse, and HIV would be enough to assume Sheen had met his death. But, it appears he has a new catalyst for life - ousting President Trump from office.

Is Heath Ledger alive or dead?

Heath Ledger's role as the Joker in "Batman" may have been the biggest and best of his short, yet acclaimed career. Despite being warned about mixing prescription drugs by his sister, he died from a mixture of Oxycodone, Hydrocodone, Diazepam, Temazepam, Alprazolam, and Doxylamine.

Is Tupac alive or dead?

Mystery surrounds the death of Tupac and his murder goes unsolved to this day. However, his involvement in a fight against a rival gang member earlier in the day, and his long-standing feud with East Coast rappers both stand out. He was shot four times in a drive-by which ended his life six days later from hemorrhaging.

Is Janet Jackson alive or dead?

Janet Jackson was the youngest of ten children, and during the early part of her life was hidden in the shadows of her older brothers. However, it didn't take long before Janet was a star on both stage and film commanding million dollar deals for both.

Is George Michael alive or dead?

There was much doubt behind George Michael's death of natural causes. This skepticism was increased due to a botched first autopsy. That happens when you grow up as a 1980s rock star who never seemed to slow down. However, it was later confirmed that his death likely occurred as a result of heart and liver disease, both natural causes of death.

Is Justin Bieber alive or dead?

Justin Bieber is known for his off-stage antics as well as his music. While Bieber has ridden a fine line to achieve success and money so quickly, he has recently begun to turn his life around.

Is Bill Paxton alive or dead?

Bill Paxton is known for his roles in great films such as Twister, Aliens, and Titanic. He was one of the most beloved actors when he shockingly passed away of a seizure in early 2017.

Is Michael Clarke Duncan alive or dead?

Best known for The Green Mile and Armageddon, Michael Clarke Duncan played the big man in most of his roles. In death, he lay in an unmarked grave at Forest Lawn Memorial Park for almost two years due to family in-fighting.

Is River Phoenix alive or dead?

River Phoenix had a massive world out there for himself, as even at a young age he was starring in big roles such as "The Explorers" and "Stand by Me." He died of a major drug overdose in 1993. His brother, Joaquin called 9-1-1 and couldn't tell if he was breathing or not while his sister, Rain, tried to revive him. Despite their efforts, he had no chance.

Is Janis Joplin alive or dead?

Like many great artists of the 60s and 70s, Janis Joplin couldn't control her substance abuse struggles. She died in 1970 at the age of 27 from a heroin overdose.

Is Kirk Douglas alive or dead?

Kirk Douglas hit the centenarian club on December 9, 2016. In 1996 a stroke impaired his ability to speak which was initially thought to be permanent. Months of speech therapy proved the doctors wrong.

Is Bernie Mac alive or dead?

Bernie Mac was one of the most memorable comedians when he was alive and shocked the world with his passing due to complications from pneumonia in 2008. What most people didn't know is that Bernie was diagnosed in 1983 with sarcoidosis, although doctors later reported the mysterious disease was unrelated to his death.

Is Celine Dion alive or dead?

Celine Dion's voice is so rapturously engaging that few things can keep her down - including death. Her husband mortgaged his home to fund her singing career when she was a teen and it paid off big-time.

Is Angela Lansbury alive or dead?

Perhaps known best for her role in the long-running TV series "Murder, She Wrote," Angela Lansbury is a well-known and highly respected British actress. After receiving two Academy Award nominations within her first three films, Angela was a force to be reckoned with. She's won four Tony awards for her stage acting. She also holds the record of primetime Emmy losses: 18 in 33 years.

Is Mary Tyler Moore alive or dead?

Mary Tyler Moore may have been America's sweetheart, but her personal life was troubled and difficult due to her mother's alcoholism. She died at 80-years old from a culmination of aspiration pneumonia, hypoxia, and diabetes mellitus.

Is Jerry Lewis alive or dead?

Jerry Lewis, the rat pack comedian, claims he punched out his high school principal for making anti-Semitic remarks. His next trip was to vaudeville where his career blossomed. Jerry is also known for his fundraising focused on muscular dystrophy which led to him being nominated for a Nobel Prize.

Is Aaliyah alive or dead?

Aaliyah was a young and talented musician on the rise when the small Cessna passenger plane she and her video crew were riding in crashed shortly after take-off on Abaco Island in the Bahamas. The investigation suggested that the plane was over-weighted resulting in the crash.

Is Kirk Cobain alive or dead?

Almost 30 years after the fact, Kurt Cobain's death is still considered one of the great mysteries of the 1990s as fans still debate whether he committed suicide or was murdered. In a short period of time, Cobain became a rock legend doomed to an early death after a life of drug abuse and depression.

Is Florence Henderson alive or dead?

Florence Henderson's biggest role was as Carol Brady on "The Brady Bunch." Coincidentally this motherly figure died on Thanksgiving, one of America's most family-oriented holidays.

Is Roger Moore alive or dead?

Roger Moore will go down in history as one of the biggest male sex symbols in Hollywood. He brought the gentleman to James Bond and steals hearts to this day.

Is Harold Ramis alive or dead?

While the world knows Harold Ramis and Bill Murray as partners in crime from their earlier movies "Ghostbusters" and "Stripes," they had a falling out while filming Groundhog day. Shortly before Ramis died Murray visited his old friend, and they spoke for the first time in 21 years.

Is Amanda Bynes alive or dead?

Amanda Bynes was originally notable for her role in "The Amanda Show" and was a promising actress prodigy. However, she was later cited for multiple hit-and-run accidents, drug abuse, and mental-health concerns that plagued her young career. Fortunately, Amanda is working to get back on track. Hopefully, we'll see her back on screen again soon.

Is Denise Richards alive or dead?

Denise Richards is a model and actress known as much for her looks as her tumultuous relationship with Charlie Sheen. Motherhood seems to have turned around this wild child, and let's face it, if Sheen's party life didn't kill her, what could?

Is Fergie alive or dead?

Fergie married her longtime boyfriend Josh Duhamel in 2009 at a wedding so private guests didn't know the location until earlier that morning. This child actress really blossomed on stage as an outlet for her ADD, and has become a successful actor and singer with the Black Eyed Peas.

Is Brittany Murphy alive or dead?

Brittany Murphy's death was both a shock and medically preventable. She died of complications from pneumonia and anemia and multiple drug intoxication. Her husband, British screenwriter Simon Monjack, died five months later of a heart attack.

Is Christian Bale alive or dead?

Christian Bale's method style of acting terrified a lot of fans as he went from a muscular and fit actor to scrawny and gaunt. But, it was all for his role in the movie "The Boxer." Despite the massive change it appears he is still doing fine.

Is John Krasinski alive or dead?

Known best for his role in the hit TV sitcom, "The Office," John Krasinski has moved from TV to Hollywood's big screen in movies such as "Aloha" and "Something Borrowed." With a clean and happy life John will probably be around for quite a while.

Is Gary Coleman alive or dead?

As a child star, Gary Coleman's acting future was bright. However, as an adult, he could never seem to land that big role. His lack of fame later in life plagued him, as it seems did his 4'8" stature. He died of a brain hemorrhage at 42-years old when he fell at home.

Is Jimmy Carter alive or dead?

Jimmy Carter is the 39th President of the United States and used that as a stepping stone to further his agenda of world peace. He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2002 and continues forward.

Is Phillip Seymour Hoffman alive or dead?

Phillip Seymour Hoffman may have been a great actor, but he was plagued with drug addiction throughout much of his adult life. Despite friends saying his drug use was under control upon his death in 2014, he was found with a syringe in his arm and died of acute mixed drug intoxication which included heroin, cocaine, benzodiazepines, and amphetamine.

Is Denzel Washington alive or dead?

Denzel Washington has three Golden Globes, two Academy Awards, and a Tony Award. But, perhaps his greatest accomplishment was receiving the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award. Of course, he is still adding to his list of accomplishments.

Is Doris Day alive or dead?

Doris Day has been one of the most prolific actresses of all time. At 92-years-old she continues to act, with very few breaks in her nearly 70-year career.

Is Paul Walker alive or dead?

Paul Walker's death was coincidentally due to a car accident. This "Fast and Furious" star died while riding in a car traveling between 80 mph and 93 mph in a 45 mph zone as the Porsche he was a passenger in hit a light pole. Paul's 16-year-old daughter attempted to file a wrongful death suit against Porsche but lost citing negligence and knowledge of conditions on Walker's behalf.

Is Zsa Zsa Gabor alive or dead?

Celebrity wouldn't be celebrity without Zsa Zsa Gabor. She defined the role for decades with a lavish lifestyle and a seemingly passive notion of marriage - just ask her nine husbands. Sadly, Zsa Zsa passed away in 2016 at the age of 99.

Is Amanda Seyfried alive or dead?

Amanda Seyfried is a self-proclaimed jeans freak as she cites, "Jeans are just so sexy, there's something about them that turns me on, you know?" This Pennsylvania girl has always seemed to keep her head on her shoulders from an early age and it has paid off big as the roles and money continue to come in.

Is Chris Hemsworth alive or dead?

Chris Hemsworth may be best known for his role as the immortal Thor from the Avenger's movie series. He's tall, strong, good-looking and if it were medically possible he might actually be immortal.

Is Farrah Fawcett alive or dead?

Farrah Fawcett was best known for her role as one of "Charlie's Angels." However, it was her iconic swimsuit poster (the best-selling of all-time) that she is most remembered for. She is known as one of the greatest TV stars of all-time, #26 on TV Guide's 1996 list. She passed away in 2009 after a long struggle with cancer. Sadly, her death was practically lost in the shadow of Michael Jackson's death.

Is Dick Van Dyke alive or dead?

Dick Van Dyke has played dozens of characters in his long acting career, however his most memorable was Bert the chimney sweep in Mary Poppins. At 92-years old it is rumored he is filming the 2018 adaptation of Mary Poppins - 50 years after the original.

Is Mel Brooks alive or dead?

Short in stature, but big in fun, Mel Brooks is still making people laugh. Known for slap-stick comedy Brooks once claimed, "I've always been a huge admirer of my own work. I'm one of the funniest and most entertaining writers I know."

Is John Glenn alive or dead?

John Glenn was the first person to orbit the Earth. He also went on to serve as a US Senator. He did what few people, if any, could have done and is a legend of US history. He died in 2016 at the age of 95.

Is Anna Nicole Smith alive or dead?

This former Playmate lived a fast life which was accentuated by marrying a billionaire who was more than 60 years her senior. She would die of a drug overdose, heart-broken over the untimely death of her son and by many accounts poor.

Is Josh Hartnett alive or dead?

Josh Hartnett's breakout year was 2001 when he starred in the movies "Pearl Harbor" and "Black Hawk Down." While it may be hard to ever match that year again, Hartnett continues to be a prolific and well-regarded actor. He doesn't seem to be going anywhere for a long time.

Is Adam Levine alive or dead?

Adam Levine isn't gone, folks. In fact, chances are if you turn on the TV you will see this Maroon 5 frontman rocking out on the hit show "The Voice" or some new venture.

Is Alan Thicke alive or dead?

In the 1980s, Alan Thicke was the dad everyone wanted to have due to his starring role in the TV sitcom Growing Pains. This famous Canadian starred in hundreds of TV roles from sitcoms to dramas and made-for-TV movies. He died of a torn aorta in 2016.

Is Jude Law alive or dead?

Jude Law is a talented and versatile actor who doesn't seem to know how to say, "no." He is as prolific as he is gifted. Thankfully Jude is still alive and producing film after film.

Is Bob Barker alive or dead?

Bob Barker hosted the longest running game show, CBS's The Price is Right from 1972 to 2007. While he has had some close calls, such as splitting his head open as the result of a fall in 2005, this animal rights activist is still living.

Is John Hughes alive or dead?

If you grew up in the 1980s or anytime after, you watched and probably fell in love with a John Hughes movie. Known for exploring teenage angst and romance in the 80s, John had a depth and broadness about his films few other writers would ever accomplish. From "The Breakfast Club" to "Drillbit Taylor," his films inspired a generation. John died of a heart attack in 2009.

Is John Ritter alive or dead?

Despite rising to fame early in his life on the TV show "Three's Company," John Ritter seemed to be in a resurging prime of his career when it was announced he died of an undetected flaw in his heart - aortic dissection.

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