The rich and famous love their yachts where they can sail, live and vacate in total seclusion. A few celebrities found their death while on board – who are they? Read on.
What could be more relaxing â€“ drifting along over the ocean blue, having a glass of your favorite wine, listening to the subtle splashes of the water’s surface, the fresh sea breezes, thinking of nothing of particular importance. We’re talking about yachting. And in this world, it is certainly a supreme leisure.
But yachts are not immune from the grasps of tragedy and the macabre. More than one big name has found this to be the very dark truth.
Natalie Wood was a huge name in the film industry in the 50’s and 60’s. She played major roles in movies such as West Side Story, Miracle on 34th Street, and Rebel Without A Cause.
Unfortunately, over Thanksgiving weekend, 1981, Natalie died while yachting with Christopher Walken and Robert Wagner.
In what is probably the most mystery-shrouded yacht death, the official cause of Natalie’s death was changed from â€œdrowningâ€ to undeterminedâ€ in 2012. Suspicions continue today.
In November of 1991, the publishing mogul, Robert Maxwell met his end aboard the yacht he had named for his own daughter, â€œLady Ghislaine.â€
Sometime within only a few hours of being seen on the morning of November 5, Maxwell’s yacht was found abandoned near Los Cristianos port.
The subsequent search found his expired remains floating naked 20 miles off of Gran Canaria Island. To this day, mystery also surrounds this yachting death.
Dennis Wilson, the famous drummer for the band, â€œThe Beach Boysâ€ died while on one of his many yachting excursions from his â€œEmerald.â€ After having thrown overboard some personal effects in an emotional episode, Wilson decided to go diving to retrieve them. His death was ruled due to drowning and intoxication. He was later buried at sea.
Pulitzer, the famed media mogul pulled his last breath aboard the â€œLibertyâ€ on October 29, 1911. This death at sea was not so mysterious however, as Pulitzer was in admitted bad health at this point in his life.
It is said that after experiencing chest pains, and while waiting for family to arrive, Pulitzer died uttering the German equivalent of the words â€œsoftly, quite softly, quite softly.â€
It was also aboard a yacht that the famous filmmaker, Thomas Ince passed. While sea-bound with the company of Charlie Chaplin, Marion Davies, and other Hollywood names, Ince died from what was ruled â€œheart failure.â€ However, the word was always that a murder had taken place that night, covered in secrecy.
Certainly for most of us, we will disembark from any yachts we do embark on. However, for these big names, death afloat was their unavoidable fate. Happier sailing to you!