It's often said that there's no such thing as bad publicity, but good luck selling that idea to the celebrities on this list. Here are three famous people who were surprised to find their names at the center of tragic stories.
#3. Osama Bin Laden Was Obsessed With Whitney Houston
Some stars never catch a break from the tabloids. For example, just two short days after her untimely passing, a major news outlet reminded us that Osama Bin Laden, one of the most despised terrorist figures in the entire world, was obsessed with Whitney Houston. Like in a sex way.
According to reports, Bin Laden openly stated his desires to "break his color rule" and make her one of his wives, an offer that is only capable of being sexy if it's coming from Isaac Hayes or Barry White.
The worst part about this story, though, is that it actually broke way back in 2006, so it was old news by the time February 2012 rolled around -- but the media ran wild with it all over again.
We gave it a "Cute" on Buzzfeed!
Because dragging up super embarrassing anecdotes from the past is the sincerest form of respect you can pay a person in the days following their death.
#2. Kurt Cobain Ended His Suicide Note with Neil Young Lyrics
As a musician, influencing those who come after you must be a bit of a double-edged sword. On the one hand, of course you want your work to mean something to people, but on the other hand, you can't really pick and choose where your influence will land. For example, in a roundabout sort of way, you can blame the success of Nirvana's seminal Nevermind album for the success of Pearl Jam which, in turn, is to blame for bands like Creed.
We're guessing this is Kurt Cobain's afterlife punishment for "paying tribute" to one of his influences, Neil Young, in his suicide note.
See, the angst-ridden rocker signed off on his last letter to the fans with the line "It's better to burn out than to fade away."
You can read that, right?
That's a line from the Neil Young classic "Hey Hey, My My (Into the Black)" and, no matter how fitting it may be, a suicide note is one of the last places your friends want you to mention them. Understandably, the curmudgeonly music legend has been reluctant to speak about his unfortunate connection to the Cobain suicide, but he did release a song to honor the fallen singer. Appropriately, it's about as creepy as finding your song lyrics in someone else's suicide note.
#1. Christopher Dorner Thought George H.W. Bush Was (Almost) the Best
You rarely hear the name George H.W. Bush bandied about when discussing the great Presidents in American history. Don't take that to mean he doesn't have his supporters, though. In fact, just recently Bush, Sr. received a shockingly positive endorsement that was seen in newspapers all around the country.
The honorable President George H.W. Bush, they never give you enough credit for your successful Presidency. You were always one of my favorite Presidents (2nd favorite). I hope your health improves greatly. You are the epitome of an American and service to country.
So the good news is that George H.W. Bush has a really big fan. The bad news is that the fan in question is recently deceased cop killer Christopher Dorner.
In his rambling manifesto, which was published by several news outlets, Dorner not only gives GHWB his propers, but everyone from Larry David to Michelle Rodriguez ...
... to the people working on The Hangover III are given words of praise and encouragement. The Bush shout-out, though, also comes with a heaping side order of slap to the face.
See, in addition to Bush, Dorner also professes his love for Hilary Clinton. Here's a quote, with additional emphasis added by us:
Hillary Clinton. You'll make one hell of a president in 2016. Look after Bill. He was always my favorite President.
Translation: The only President Dorner loved more than George H.W. Bush was the man who knocked Bush right the hell out of office after four short years. Harsh, sure, but if you were expecting any Republican to win the black vote over Clinton, you clearly stopped following politics sometime back when Lincoln was in office.