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22nd Jul '16 12:24:04 AM mizorefan
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* ''FormulaOne'' has the Brazilian Driver Aryton Senna. He's one of the most talented and noteworthy drivers in the 80s-90s, reknowned as an effectively agressive driver who won three world championships within a short time as well as a master at driving in heavy rain - though admitedly he was not without powerful rivals. Following his shocking death in 1994 San Marino GP, however, he pretty much has become such an unrivaled legend that absolulately nobody in the future can match, especially considering the extreme TheyChangedItNowItSucks attitude from the fanbase.
** Elsewhere in auto racing, Dale Earnhardt (in NASCAR), and Dan Wheldon and Justin Wilson (in [=IndyCar=]) all won Most Popular Driver awards in the seasons they were killed in action, although like Senna, many can argue they were still at or almost at the peak of their talents when they died.

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* ''FormulaOne'' ''UsefulNotes/FormulaOne'' has the Brazilian Driver Aryton Senna. He's one of the most talented and noteworthy drivers in the 80s-90s, reknowned as an effectively agressive driver who won three world championships within a short time as well as a master at driving in heavy rain - though admitedly he was not without powerful rivals. Following his shocking death in 1994 San Marino GP, however, he pretty much has become such an unrivaled legend that absolulately nobody in the future can match, especially considering the extreme TheyChangedItNowItSucks attitude from the fanbase.
** Elsewhere
fanbase. [[UpToEleven This is especially true in auto racing, Brazil]], since Senna becomes the biggest hero of the country, even surpassing Pelé, after his death. This still so huge in the country to the point of other Brazilian F1 champions like Emerson Fittipaldi and Nelson Piquet are completely forgotten, and good Brazilians drivers which didn't become champions like Rubens Barrichello and Felipe Massa being treated as symbol of shame. Plus, many former Brazilian F1 fans keep saying F1 died with Senna.
* In the North American racing series,
Dale Earnhardt (in NASCAR), and (''UsefulNotes/{{NASCAR}}''), Dan Wheldon and Justin Wilson (in [=IndyCar=]) (''UsefulNotes/IndyCar'') all won Most Popular Driver awards in the seasons they were killed in action, although like Senna, many can argue they were still at or almost at the peak of their talents when they died.
18th Jul '16 8:00:31 PM Beatlemania
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* Although not known by many outside [[UsefulNotes/{{South Korea}} Korea]], painter [[https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lee_Jung-seob Lee Jung-seob]] is arguably the most famous modern artist in Korea, and while his paintings are sold in average millions of dollars now, he died in UsefulNotes/{{Seoul}} of hepatitis, broke and alone.
30th Jun '16 7:03:30 PM PaulA
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* The first case KevinJAnderson's [[Literature/DanShambleZombiePI Dan Shamble]] is shown working on in ''Death Warmed Over'' is that of a ghost artist, who's having a feud with his heirs: they don't want him to start painting again, because his pre-mortem paintings' value will plummet if they ''aren't'' his "last work" anymore.

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* The first case KevinJAnderson's Creator/KevinJAnderson's [[Literature/DanShambleZombiePI Dan Shamble]] is shown working on in ''Death Warmed Over'' is that of a ghost artist, who's having a feud with his heirs: they don't want him to start painting again, because his pre-mortem paintings' value will plummet if they ''aren't'' his "last work" anymore.
26th Jun '16 11:29:54 AM twilicorn
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* Creator/JudithBarsi, a child actress best known for her roles in Creator/DonBluth's ''WesternAnimation/TheLandBeforeTime'' and ''WesternAnimation/AllDogsGoToHeaven'', died under [[PaterFamilicide tragic circumstances]] before either film came out. Because of this, her work is better regarded than it might have if she were alive.
25th Jun '16 11:01:33 AM LaptopGuy
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* Music/ChristinaGrimmie was due to become the new Music/{{Selena}}, but ended up as a sad subversion, and within one day, no less. She was hardly a household name, mostly known for her stint on ''[[Series/TheVoiceUS The Voice]]'', but she had a sizable following on social media. Her shocking murder at an Orlando theater in 2016 made national and international headlines, largely due to the circumstances that were not unlike those of Selena's death (a crazed fan, possibly her ex-boyfriend, shot and killed her at an autograph signing before turning the gun on himself), and also the fact that she was only ''22''. Sadly, it didn't last long as not even one day later, her murder was completely overshadowed by a shooting at a gay nightclub just a few miles away - the largest in U.S. history. The coverage for that tragedy was so massive that Grimmie's death was reduced to barely a blip on the radar overnight. Only time will tell if Grimmie becomes a proper example of this trope.

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* Music/ChristinaGrimmie was due to become the new Music/{{Selena}}, but ended up as a sad subversion, and within one day, no less. She was hardly a household name, mostly known for her stint on ''[[Series/TheVoiceUS The Voice]]'', but she had a sizable following on social media. Her shocking murder at an Orlando theater in 2016 made national and international headlines, largely due to the circumstances that were not unlike those of Selena's death (a crazed fan, possibly her ex-boyfriend, shot and killed her at an autograph signing before turning the gun on himself), and also the fact that she was only ''22''. Sadly, it didn't last long as not even one day later, her murder was completely overshadowed by a shooting at a gay nightclub just a few miles away - the largest deadliest in U.S. history. The coverage for that tragedy and the world's reaction to it was so massive that Grimmie's death was reduced to barely a blip on the radar overnight. Only time will tell if Grimmie becomes a proper example of this trope.
24th Jun '16 3:55:45 PM twilicorn
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* John Ritter was never much of a ratings draw after ''Series/ThreesCompany'' ended. But after his sudden and unexpected death, everyone fell over themselves proclaiming him a genius and TC one of the greatest sitcoms of all time (as well as his current show, ''Series/EightSimpleRules'', to a lesser extent).

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* John Ritter was never much of a ratings draw after ''Series/ThreesCompany'' ended. But after his sudden and unexpected death, everyone fell over themselves proclaiming him a genius and TC ''Company'' one of the greatest sitcoms of all time (as well as his current show, ''Series/EightSimpleRules'', to a lesser extent).extent). The media circus surrounding his death - on the two-year anniversary of 9/11, no less - was so massive that his widow Amy Yasbeck joked that she "married Elvis".
24th Jun '16 2:35:26 PM twilicorn
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See also VindicatedByHistory, TrueArtIsAncient. When a musician's death or departure leads to their group doing better than before, it's an aversion of TheBandMinusTheFace. Many examples below also fall under NeverSpeakIllOfTheDead, in that some artists who became greatly celebrated after their death lived miserable and/or ridiculed lives before dying.

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See also VindicatedByHistory, TrueArtIsAncient.TrueArtIsAncient, and ShortLivedBigImpact. When a musician's death or departure leads to their group doing better than before, it's an aversion of TheBandMinusTheFace. Many examples below also fall under NeverSpeakIllOfTheDead, in that some artists who became greatly celebrated after their death lived miserable and/or ridiculed lives before dying.
24th Jun '16 2:32:26 PM twilicorn
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* Christina Grimmie was looking to head in this direction, only to have it all taken away in ''one day''. Like Selena, she was hardly a household name, mostly known for her stint on ''[[Series/TheVoiceUS The Voice]]'', but she had a sizable following on social media. Her shocking murder at an Orlando theater in 2016 made national and international headlines, largely due to the circumstances (a crazed fan, possibly her ex-boyfriend, shot and killed her at an autograph signing before turning the gun on himself), and also the fact that she was only ''22''. Sadly, it didn't last long as not even one day later, her murder was completely overshadowed by a massacre at a gay nightclub only a few miles away. It was the deadliest shooting in U.S. history, and all the sympathy and solidarity directed at Orlando was almost exclusively in response to the nightclub massacre, with Grimmie rarely being acknowledged alongside the massacre victims. Only time will tell if in the long run Grimmie does become an example of this trope or is only remembered for her death ocurring concurrently with the shooting.
* Another unfortunate subversion: Unlike other celebrity deaths that occurred the next year, the tragic death of [[Music/StoneTemplePilots Scott Weiland]] in December 2015 was largely forgotten about because it occurred at the same time as the San Bernardino massacre.

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* Christina Grimmie Music/ChristinaGrimmie was looking due to head in this direction, only to have it all taken away in ''one day''. Like Selena, she become the new Music/{{Selena}}, but ended up as a sad subversion, and within one day, no less. She was hardly a household name, mostly known for her stint on ''[[Series/TheVoiceUS The Voice]]'', but she had a sizable following on social media. Her shocking murder at an Orlando theater in 2016 made national and international headlines, largely due to the circumstances that were not unlike those of Selena's death (a crazed fan, possibly her ex-boyfriend, shot and killed her at an autograph signing before turning the gun on himself), and also the fact that she was only ''22''. Sadly, it didn't last long as not even one day later, her murder was completely overshadowed by a massacre shooting at a gay nightclub only just a few miles away. It was away - the deadliest shooting largest in U.S. history, and all history. The coverage for that tragedy was so massive that Grimmie's death was reduced to barely a blip on the sympathy and solidarity directed at Orlando was almost exclusively in response to the nightclub massacre, with Grimmie rarely being acknowledged alongside the massacre victims. radar overnight. Only time will tell if in the long run Grimmie does become an becomes a proper example of this trope or is only remembered for her death ocurring concurrently with the shooting.
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* Another unfortunate subversion: Unlike other celebrity deaths that occurred the next year, the tragic death of [[Music/StoneTemplePilots Scott Weiland]] Weiland]], aged 48, in December 2015 was largely forgotten about because it occurred at just after the same time as the tragedy in San Bernardino massacre.Bernardino.
22nd Jun '16 4:34:44 AM gewunomox
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* "Schneller Leben" (Live Faster) by German punk band Die Ärzte is all about parodying this trope.
--> ''"Kurt Cobain hat es gewusst, im alter droht Gesichtsverlust. Was glaubst du warum Jesu Christ, schon so jung gestorben ist. JimiHendrix und BruceLee, alt geworden sind die nie. Lern von diesen Vorbildern, als Leiche hat dich jeder gern."''
--> (Kurt Cobain knew, with age comes loss of face. What do you think Jesus Christ died so young? JimiHendrix and BruceLee, they never got to grow old. Learn from these great examples, everyone likes you as a corpse.)

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* "Schneller Leben" (Live Faster) by German punk band Die Ärzte Music/DieArzte is all about parodying this trope.
--> ''"Kurt Cobain hat es gewusst, im alter droht Gesichtsverlust. Was glaubst du warum Jesu Christ, schon so jung gestorben ist. JimiHendrix Music/JimiHendrix und BruceLee, Creator/BruceLee, alt geworden sind die nie. Lern von diesen Vorbildern, als Leiche hat dich jeder gern."''
--> (Kurt Cobain knew, with age comes loss of face. What do you think Jesus Christ died so young? JimiHendrix Jimi Hendrix and BruceLee, Bruce Lee, they never got to grow old. Learn from these great examples, everyone likes you as a corpse.)
21st Jun '16 6:43:35 PM gewunomox
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* In a ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' sketch, a marketing consultant advises a past-his-peak rock star that this trope is the best way to increase his popularity. When the performer proves reluctant to take this route, the consultant shows him a line graph comparing Peter Frampton's and [[TheDoors Jim Morrison's]] album sales for the same time period.

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* In a ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' sketch, a marketing consultant advises a past-his-peak rock star that this trope is the best way to increase his popularity. When the performer proves reluctant to take this route, the consultant shows him a line graph comparing Peter Frampton's and [[TheDoors [[Music/TheDoors Jim Morrison's]] album sales for the same time period.
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