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Killing the Legends: The Lethal Danger of Celebrity (Audio Book Review)

The King is dead. The Walrus is shot. The Greatest is no more.

By 88swadePublished about a year ago 3 min read

Iconic Deaths of Music, Sports and Activism.

Elvis Presley, John Lennon, and Muhammad Ali are three of the most iconic and influential figures of the 20th century. Each of them made significant contributions to their respective fields of music, activism, and sports, and their legacies continue to inspire people around the world to this day.

However, their lives were also marked by tragedy and untimely deaths, which only served to further cement their status as cultural icons.

Elvis Presley, also known as "The King of Rock and Roll," was born in Tupelo, Mississippi in 1935. He began his career in the 1950s and quickly rose to fame with hit songs like "Hound Dog" and "Jailhouse Rock." He also made a number of successful films, including "Love Me Tender" and "Blue Hawaii." Presley's music and stage presence revolutionized the music industry and helped to popularize rock and roll. He also had a significant impact on fashion and popular culture, with his signature hairstyle and flashy stage costumes becoming iconic.

Presley's life was not without its struggles, however. He struggled with addiction and weight gain, and his later years were marked by a decline in his health and performances. He died of a heart attack in 1977 at the age of 42. His death was a shock to the world and sparked an outpouring of grief from fans around the globe.

John Lennon, a singer, songwriter and a peace activist, was born in Liverpool, England in 1940. He rose to fame as a member of the Beatles, one of the most successful and influential bands of all time.

The band's music and lyrics were revolutionary and helped to usher in a new era of popular music. Lennon's songwriting and vocal ability helped to make the Beatles one of the most successful bands in history.

In addition to his music career, Lennon was also an outspoken political activist. He and his wife, Yoko Ono, were vocal advocates for peace and were involved in a number of anti-war and anti-establishment campaigns. His song "Imagine" became an anthem for peace and unity.

Tragically, Lennon's life was cut short when he was shot and killed outside of his apartment in New York City in 1980 at the age of 40. His death was a shock to the world and sparked an outpouring of grief from fans around the globe.

Muhammad Ali, born Cassius Clay, was a boxer and social activist. He began his career in the 1960s and quickly rose to fame as one of the greatest boxers of all time. He won the world heavyweight championship three times and was known for his quick footwork and powerful punches. He was also known for his showmanship and self-promotion, which helped to make him one of the most recognizable figures in sports.

In addition to his accomplishments in the ring, Ali was also a social activist. He was involved in the Civil Rights Movement and was a vocal advocate for Black rights and equality. He also became a symbol of resistance after refusing to serve in the Vietnam War on religious and moral grounds. This led to him being stripped of his world title and banned from boxing for three years during the prime of his career.

Despite his many accomplishments and contributions, Ali's life was also marked by tragedy. He was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 1984, which led to a decline in his health and mobility. He died in 2016 at the age of 74.

Elvis Presley, John Lennon and Muhammad Ali were true icons of their time and their legacies continue to live on. They all have made a significant impact on their respective fields and have influenced countless people with their music, activism and sports.

In the latest audiobook in the multimillion-selling Killing Series, Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard tell the larger-than-life stories of Elvis Presley, John Lennon, and Muhammad Ali.

Muhammad Ali, John Lennon, and Elvis Presley. Not only did these three figures transform the realms of music, film, and sports, but also the entire planet. Everywhere, in every country, and across every culture, people recognized their faces. To the point when their lives spiraled out of control at the hands of those they most trusted, their stories grew larger than life.

In Killing the Legends, Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard explore the lives, legacies, and tragic deaths of three of the most famous people of the 20th century. Each experienced immense success, then failures that forced them to change; each faced the challenge of growing old in fields that privilege youth; and finally, each became isolated, cocooned by wealth but vulnerable to the demands of those in their innermost circles. 

Dramatic, insightful, and immensely entertaining, Killing the Legends is the twelfth title in O’Reilly and Dugard’s Killing series: the most popular series of narrative history in the world.

To experience more iconic and legendary tribute to the greatness of our history with a free Audio Book!

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