6 Famous People That Died In Louisiana
You might know of famous people that are FROM Louisiana, but what about those that DIED in our great state?
Jim Croce was a folk/pop-rock singer that reached wide-spread fame as two of his songs, "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown" and "Time In A Bottle," reached number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
Between 1966-1973 Croce released five studio albums.
He died in a tragic plane crash in Natchitoches, La. on September 20, 1973 at the age of 30.
Also, the guy in that picture was no older than 30...pretty crazy.
Jayne Mansfield was an American actress in film, theatre, and television. She was also a nightclub entertainer, a singer, and one of the early Playboy Playmates. She became a sex symbol in the 50's and 60's alongside Marilyn Monroe.
Mansfield was well known for her "wardrobe malfunctions" that she would often facilitate.
She was killed in a car accident in Slidell, La. on June 29, 1967 at the age of 34.
Famous criminals Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow traveled around the central, and southern US with their gang during the Great Depression.
They became famous during the "Public Enemy" era, mostly for their bank robberies. They actually preferred to rob small stores, and rural gas stations.
They killed at least nine police officers, and several civilians on their near two year life of crime.
They were eventually ambushed, and killed in Bienville Parish in 1934. Parker was 23, Barrow 25.
Percy Sledge was an R&B singer that is most famous for his song, "When A Man Loves A Woman."
Sledge was born in Alabama in 1940. He worked as a hospital orderly in the early 60's. He achieved his biggest fame in the late 60's and early 70's.
He passed away April 14, 2015 at his home in Baton Rouge after a battle with liver cancer.
Bobby Sheehan is best known as a founding member, and bass player of Blues Traveler.
Sheehan had his own group of fans at Blues Travelers shows called FOB (Front of Bob) that would always meet in front of him at live shows.
He died of an accidental overdose of heroin, cocaine, and Valium in New Orleans on August 20, 1999.
Shannon Hoon was best known as the lead singer of Blind Melon. Their hit "No Rain" catapulted them to fame, along with "The Bee Girl" who accompanied the video for the song.
Hoon entered rehab before the birth of his daughter. When Blind Melon were going on tour to support their album, "Soup" a drug counselor went with them on the road. However, the drug counselor was unable to keep Hoon from relapsing, so he was dismissed days before his death.
After a disappointing show in Houston, Hoon went on an all night drug binge. The next day, October 21, 1995, their sound engineer went to wake Hoon as they were to play a show at Tipitina's in New Orleans. He was unresponsive, and pronounced dead at the scene. His death was attributed to a cocaine overdose.