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15th May '16 9:56:25 AM PurpleWarrior13
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* ''Carole Lombard'' was a very successful actress in the 1930s, but it wasn't until after her tragic death at age 33 in a plane crash that she became one of the great icons of screwball comedy, with some calling her the greatest and most influential comedic actress of all time. Even ''Creator/LucilleBall'' decided to do ''Series/ILoveLucy'' after she dreamed Lombard told her to do it.

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* ''Carole Lombard'' Carole Lombard was a very successful actress in the 1930s, but it wasn't until after her tragic death at age 33 in a plane crash that she became one of the great icons of screwball comedy, with some calling her the greatest and most influential comedic actress of all time. Even ''Creator/LucilleBall'' Creator/LucilleBall decided to do ''Series/ILoveLucy'' after she dreamed Lombard told her to do it.
10th May '16 4:56:38 AM foxley
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* ''Series/MajorCrimes'': In "Acing Out", a former child star is murdered while attempting to make a comeback. At the end of the episode, his agent remarks that this is the best career move he could have made, as sales of his old TV series, his [=CDs=] and even his unwatchable concert film are going through the roof.
* ''Series/DeathInParadise'': When an aging rock star is murdered in "Swimming in Murder", the killer arranges for him to die in the most rock-n-roll way possible: [[ElectrifiedBathtub being electrocuted in a swimming pool]]. The killer hopes this will make him a legend and ensure the band's comeback is successful.

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* ''Series/MajorCrimes'': In "Acing "Acting Out", a former child star is murdered while attempting to make a comeback. At the end of the episode, his agent remarks that this is the best career move he could have made, as sales of his old TV series, his [=CDs=] and even his unwatchable concert film are going through the roof.
* ''Series/DeathInParadise'': ''Series/DeathInParadise'':
** The motive for murder in "Music of Murder".
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When an aging rock star is murdered in "Swimming in Murder", the killer arranges for him to die in the most rock-n-roll way possible: [[ElectrifiedBathtub being electrocuted in a swimming pool]]. The killer hopes this will make him a legend and ensure the band's comeback is successful.
23rd Apr '16 10:20:48 AM LaptopGuy
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* Ditto for Music/{{Prince}}, who had fallen out of the limelight for years until his death, which became a media juggernaut much to the extent of Bowie's. The fact that he died rather young (he was in his late fifties) also helped feed his legend status.

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* Ditto for Music/{{Prince}}, who had fallen out of the limelight for years until his death, which became a media juggernaut much to the an even greater extent of than Bowie's. The fact that he died rather young (he was in his late fifties) fifties; Bowie was in his late sixties) also helped feed his legend status.status. He even took over the ''entire top 10'' of the [=iTunes=] chart afterwards.


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* Wrestling/{{Chyna}} didn't have the best relationship with WWE after her departure from the company due to her career in pornography, but after her death both Triple H and Stephanie [=McMahon=] acknowledged her accomplishments. Time will tell if she fully gets vindicated.
22nd Apr '16 2:46:08 PM twilicorn
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* Much outrage was sparked when it was reported that [[Series/{{Glee}} Cory Monteith]] would be featured prominently in the 2013 Emmy Awards' "In Memoriam" montage whereas other actors like Larry Hagman and Jonathan Winters had been excluded. Adam Klugman, son of late actor Jack Klugman, who'd also been excluded from the montage, [[http://news.yahoo.com/actor-deserves-individual-emmy-tribute-son-says-164440314.html was very critical]] of what he believed was over-promotion of Monteith's life and career.

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* Much Creator/CoryMonteith. He was well-respected before his death, but afterwards his work has become much more respected - like Music/{{Selena}}, this is mostly due to imagining what could have been. In fact, much outrage was sparked when it was reported that [[Series/{{Glee}} Cory Monteith]] Monteith would be featured prominently in the 2013 Emmy Awards' "In Memoriam" montage whereas other actors like Larry Hagman and Jonathan Winters had been excluded. Adam Klugman, son of late actor Jack Klugman, who'd also been excluded from the montage, [[http://news.yahoo.com/actor-deserves-individual-emmy-tribute-son-says-164440314.html was very critical]] of what he believed was over-promotion of Monteith's life and career.
22nd Apr '16 10:14:45 AM twilicorn
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* Ditto for Music/{{Prince}}, who had fallen out of the limelight for years until his death, which became a media juggernaut much to the extent of Bowie's. The fact that he died rather young (he was in his late fifties) also helped feed his legend status.
21st Apr '16 3:07:49 PM Ezclee4050
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* While he was alive Ernie Kovacs was a critical and cult favorite but never had much in the way of mainstream success. He was rediscovered after his death and is now considered one of the founding fathers of TV comedy.

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* While he was alive Ernie Kovacs Creator/ErnieKovacs was a critical and cult favorite but never had much in the way of mainstream success. He was rediscovered after his death and is now considered one of the founding fathers of TV comedy.



* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Jamerson James Jamerson]] was {{Creator/Motown}}'s first-call bassist in its classic era. He wasn't very well-known to the public and had a long struggle with [[ArtisticStimulation alcoholism]] that led to his death at age 47 in 1983. Years later as fan interest in the careers of session musicians grew, Jamerson was rediscovered and is now usually considered to be one of the most important bassists of all-time. One unintended side effect is that Jamerson sometimes gets erroneously credited with bass work on songs that were actually done other Motown bassists like [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob_Babbitt Bob Babbitt]].

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* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Jamerson James Jamerson]] was {{Creator/Motown}}'s first-call bassist in its classic era. He wasn't very well-known to the public and had a long struggle with [[ArtisticStimulation alcoholism]] that led to his death at age 47 in 1983. Years later as fan interest in the careers of session musicians grew, Jamerson was rediscovered and is now usually considered to be one of the most important bassists of all-time. One unintended side effect is that Jamerson sometimes gets erroneously credited with bass work on songs that were actually done by other Motown bassists like [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob_Babbitt Bob Babbitt]].
21st Apr '16 2:56:44 PM Ezclee4050
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** Former NHL player Pavol Demetra gained a lot of fans when he passed away, along with the rest of Lokomotiv Yaroslavll, in a plane crash

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** * Former NHL player Pavol Demetra gained a lot of fans when he passed away, along with the rest of Lokomotiv Yaroslavll, in a plane crashcrash.
* Pete Maravich was considered a phenomenal basketball player but the lack of success of the teams he played for was held against him. LSU never made the NCAA tournament during his college years and he never made it past the first round of the NBA playoffs. Also he ran into injury problems. But after his premature death at age 40 more attention was paid to his individual accomplishments and he's now considered one of true legends of basketball.
19th Apr '16 2:02:45 AM ChrisX
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* Initially averted by Wrestling/ChrisBenoit. As when word broke out of what ''really'' happened to himself and his family, much of the Internet Wrestling Community turned on him instantly, the same IWC that once worshiped him as their god. However, this started to turn back in his favor when it was revealed that, due to the many, ''many'' concussions he suffered during his wrestling career, his brain resembled that of an 80-year-old Alzheimer's patient, helping to explain the otherwise inexcusable act.

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* Initially averted by Wrestling/ChrisBenoit. As when word broke out of what ''really'' happened to himself and his family, much of the Internet Wrestling Community turned on him instantly, the same IWC that once worshiped him as their god. However, this started to turn back in his favor when it was revealed that, due to the many, ''many'' concussions he suffered during his wrestling career, his brain resembled that of an 80-year-old Alzheimer's patient, helping to explain the otherwise inexcusable act. Adding to this is the accounts of his close relatives, mentioning that Benoit never got over the death of his best friend Wrestling/EddieGuerrero, which would explain why he ended up losing it. These days, while there are still condemnation, at the very least the IWC can understand that he was not completely at fault as circumstances were simply not that kind at him.
17th Apr '16 1:10:06 PM Eddy1215
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* In the "WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck" episode "Paint Misbehavin'" after Splatter Phoenix is splashed with turpentine and begins to melt she comments that at the very least her paintings may now be worth something after she's dead.

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* In the "WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck" ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'' episode "Paint Misbehavin'" after Splatter Phoenix is splashed with turpentine and begins to melt [[ImMelting melt]] she comments that at the very least her paintings may now be worth something after she's dead.
9th Apr '16 12:09:56 PM TheOneWhoTropes
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* Creator/PhilipSeymourHoffman's death had the interesting effect of transforming him from HeyItsThatGuy status (even though he was an Oscar-winner) to a household name in the eyes of the average moviegoer. For example, he finally got his own page here after his death.

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* Creator/PhilipSeymourHoffman's death had the interesting effect of transforming made him from HeyItsThatGuy status (even though he was an Oscar-winner) to a household name in the eyes of the average moviegoer. For example, he finally got his own page here after his death.
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