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25th May '17 7:21:06 AM LaptopGuy
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* Music/ArianaGrande experienced this trope in a very unusual way. Ever since she first made her name on ''Series/{{Victorious}}'', and ''especially'' when she launched her music career in 2013, she's been a superstar teen idol. For a while, however, she was a divisive figure in the music world, having a reputation as a JerkAss due to her erratic behavior during a July 2015 visit to a donut shop. Although she remained successful, she saw a considerable drop in success and pop-cultural ubiquity between her second and third albums. Everything changed on May 22, 2017, when her concert at the Manchester Arena was hit by a terrorist bombing. While she survived, twenty-two of her fans were killed in the blast, and dozens more were injured. Virtually overnight, Grande's reputation was restored, with the focus being once again on her status as a powerful role model for teenage girls, as she became a symbol of love, freedom and resilience in the wake of unspeakable terror.
23rd May '17 3:50:05 PM LaptopGuy
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* After a string of flops in the 80s, Creator/GeneWilder had retired from acting, with the public mostly remembering him for playing the title role in the classic 1971 movie musical ''Film/WillyWonkaAndTheChocolateFactory'', based on Creator/RoaldDahl's classic novel ''Literature/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory''. His death in August 2016 not only helped sustain ''Wonka'''s great legacy, but also raised the profile of his other films such as ''Film/TheProducers'', ''Film/BlazingSaddles'', and ''Film/YoungFrankenstein'' and everyone began citing him as one of the greatest comedic actors of all time. On a related note, while Creator/TimBurton's [[Film/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory 2005 film version of ''Charlie'']], starring Creator/JohnnyDepp, had faced intense HypeBacklash for over a decade for what was being increasingly seen as a butchered remake of the original film as opposed to a TruerToTheText adaptation of of Dahl's original book, Wilder's death firmly solidified the '71 film as the definitive adaptation of the book and sent the '05 film into pure DeaderThanDisco territory.

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* After a string of flops in the 80s, Creator/GeneWilder had retired from acting, with the public mostly remembering him for playing the title role in the classic 1971 movie musical ''Film/WillyWonkaAndTheChocolateFactory'', based on Creator/RoaldDahl's classic novel ''Literature/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory''. His death in August 2016 not only helped sustain ''Wonka'''s great legacy, but also raised the profile of his other films such as ''Film/TheProducers'', ''Film/BlazingSaddles'', and ''Film/YoungFrankenstein'' and everyone began citing him as one of the greatest comedic actors of all time. On a related note, while Creator/TimBurton's [[Film/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory 2005 film version of ''Charlie'']], of]] ''[[Film/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory Charlie]]'', starring Creator/JohnnyDepp, had faced intense HypeBacklash for over a decade for what was being increasingly seen as a butchered remake of the original film as opposed to a TruerToTheText adaptation of of Dahl's original book, Wilder's death firmly solidified the '71 film as the definitive adaptation of the book and sent the '05 film into pure DeaderThanDisco territory.


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* Creator/RogerMoore wasn't the most popular of the [[Franchise/JamesBond James Bonds]], but he was still fairly well-liked. When he died in May 2017, a lot of his films' biggest critics (namely Connery fans) began to look as his films in a more positive light. Moore's death certainly would have been a big news story, especially considering that he is the first Bond to pass away, but it was largely reduced to an afterthought in the aftermath of the Manchester attacks.
15th May '17 6:41:00 PM nombretomado
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* Played straight by most other wrestlers who die young though, especially Wrestling/OwenHart, who was never more than an upper-midcarder at best in his lifetime (though according to TripleH, he was about to get a ''major'' push when he died; the push that Triple H himself ended up getting, in fact), Wrestling/RandySavage (whose soily reputation -- largely due to an alleged sex scandal involving an underage Wrestling/StephanieMcMahon -- was completely rehabilitated overnight) and Wrestling/EddieGuerrero, who was extremely over but then became like a GOD after his death.

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* Played straight by most other wrestlers who die young though, especially Wrestling/OwenHart, who was never more than an upper-midcarder at best in his lifetime (though according to TripleH, Wrestling/TripleH, he was about to get a ''major'' push when he died; the push that Triple H himself ended up getting, in fact), Wrestling/RandySavage (whose soily reputation -- largely due to an alleged sex scandal involving an underage Wrestling/StephanieMcMahon -- was completely rehabilitated overnight) and Wrestling/EddieGuerrero, who was extremely over but then became like a GOD after his death.
13th May '17 7:23:02 AM thelivingtoad
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** Finally, Music/GeorgeMichael, who died suddenly on Christmas Day, and who was younger than both Bowie and Prince.

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** Finally, Music/GeorgeMichael, who died suddenly on Christmas Day, and who was younger than both Bowie and Prince. Owing to a protracted dispute with his record label, Michael's solo career ground to a halt in the early 90s, particularly in the United States. His last album of new music was released in 2004 and he spent much of the next decade touring to a dwindling audience. After his death, his music returned to the charts. The revelation that he was heavily involved with philanthropic causes, and gave millions away to charities for terminally ill children and the homeless, also greatly improved his reputation.
13th May '17 7:12:18 AM thelivingtoad
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** Then Music/{{Prince}}, who had fallen out of the limelight for years until his death, which became a media juggernaut to an even greater extent than Bowie's. At the time of his death, he was still a highly regarded as a live performer, but his recent albums had received a less than stellar reception, and his stance on music streaming and Youtube hadn't helped his popularity with younger audiences. The fact that he died rather young (he was in his late fifties; Bowie was in his late sixties) also helped feed his legend status. He even took over the ''entire top 10'' of the [=iTunes=] chart afterwards and much of the ''Hot 100'' as well.

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** Then Music/{{Prince}}, who had fallen out of the limelight for years until his death, upon which he became a media juggernaut to an even greater extent than Bowie's. Bowie did. At the time of his death, he was still a highly regarded as a live performer, but his recent albums had received a less than stellar reception, and his stance on music streaming and Youtube hadn't helped his popularity with younger audiences. The fact that he died rather young (he was in his late fifties; Bowie was in his late sixties) also helped feed his legend status. He even took over the ''entire top 10'' of the [=iTunes=] chart afterwards and much of the ''Hot 100'' as well.
13th May '17 7:10:45 AM thelivingtoad
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** First, Music/DavidBowie's death almost approached Music/MichaelJackson levels in terms of media exposure. His last album ''Music/BlackStar'' was released a few days before his death, but afterwards sales of that album skyrocketed, even knocking Music/{{Adele}} off the top spot in most areas.
** Then Music/{{Prince}}, who had fallen out of the limelight for years until his death, which became a media juggernaut to an even greater extent than Bowie's. The fact that he died rather young (he was in his late fifties; Bowie was in his late sixties) also helped feed his legend status. He even took over the ''entire top 10'' of the [=iTunes=] chart afterwards and much of the ''Hot 100'' as well.

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** First, Music/DavidBowie's death almost approached Music/MichaelJackson levels in terms of media exposure. Bowie was widely admired at the time, but was seen as something of a ReclusiveArtist because he spent nearly a decade out of the limelight and didn't tour when he resumed recording again. His last album ''Music/BlackStar'' ''Music/{{Blackstar}}'' was released a few days before his death, but afterwards sales of that album skyrocketed, even knocking Music/{{Adele}} off the top spot in most areas.
** Then Music/{{Prince}}, who had fallen out of the limelight for years until his death, which became a media juggernaut to an even greater extent than Bowie's. At the time of his death, he was still a highly regarded as a live performer, but his recent albums had received a less than stellar reception, and his stance on music streaming and Youtube hadn't helped his popularity with younger audiences. The fact that he died rather young (he was in his late fifties; Bowie was in his late sixties) also helped feed his legend status. He even took over the ''entire top 10'' of the [=iTunes=] chart afterwards and much of the ''Hot 100'' as well.
23rd Apr '17 5:35:53 PM YasminPerry
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** Even Lennon's former bandmate Music/PaulMcCartney once commented "Since his death he has become Martin Luther Lennon."
23rd Apr '17 11:07:11 AM mlsmithca
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* ''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. [[UpToEleven This is especially true in 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.

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* ''UsefulNotes/FormulaOne'' has the Brazilian Driver Aryton Senna. He's one of the most talented and noteworthy drivers in from the 80s-90s, reknowned renowned as an effectively agressive aggressive driver who won three world championships within a short time as well as and a master at driving in heavy rain - though admitedly he was not without powerful rivals. Following his shocking death in the 1994 San Marino GP, however, he pretty much has become such an unrivaled legend that absolulately absolutely nobody in the future can match, especially considering the extreme TheyChangedItNowItSucks attitude from the fanbase. [[UpToEleven This is especially true in Brazil]], since where Senna becomes became the country's biggest hero of the country, sporting hero, even surpassing Pelé, after his death. This still so huge in the country death - to the point of that other Brazilian F1 champions like Emerson Fittipaldi and Nelson Piquet are completely forgotten, and good Brazilians Brazilian drivers which didn't become champions who never won the championship like Rubens Barrichello and Felipe Massa being are treated as symbol symbols of shame. Plus, many Many former Brazilian F1 fans keep saying insist F1 died with Senna.
23rd Apr '17 6:01:57 AM YasminPerry
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* The study website ''[[http://www.shmoop.com/shining-stephen-king/ Shmoop]]'' actually ''predicts''[[note]] Quite accurately, nonetheless![[/note]] that this trope will probably happen to ''Crestor/StephenKing'':
--->King's stories, chock full of working-class characters, speak the language of these people (us!) in a way that will probably only be acknowledged fully after his death. Said death will doubtless provoke a Michael Jackson-esque frenzy of King criticism, posthumous awards, and his formal admittance into academia and "the canon."

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* The study website ''[[http://www.shmoop.com/shining-stephen-king/ Shmoop]]'' actually ''predicts''[[note]] Quite ''predicts'' [[note]]Quite accurately, nonetheless![[/note]] that this trope will probably happen to ''Crestor/StephenKing'':
--->King's --->''King's stories, chock full of working-class characters, speak the language of these people (us!) in a way that will probably only be acknowledged fully after his death. Said death will doubtless provoke a Michael Jackson-esque frenzy of King criticism, posthumous awards, and his formal admittance into academia and "the canon.""''
23rd Apr '17 6:00:38 AM YasminPerry
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* The study website ''Shmoop'' actually ''predicts''[[note]] Quite accurately, nonetheless![[/note]] that this trope will probably happen to ''Crestor/StephenKing'':

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* The study website ''Shmoop'' ''[[http://www.shmoop.com/shining-stephen-king/ Shmoop]]'' actually ''predicts''[[note]] Quite accurately, nonetheless![[/note]] that this trope will probably happen to ''Crestor/StephenKing'':
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