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No matter what your station in society, everybody has to go sometime. Even the wealthy, powerful, and world-renowned must ultimately meet their Maker—though some have departed this life more ignobly than they might have wished.

  • From Mozart to rock and roll, which performers ended their lives on the wrong note?
  • What famous U.S. bridge is named after an explorer who was eaten by cannibals?
  • Everyone wants to hit the lottery, but does Lady Luck visit winners with deadly fangs?
  • Plus: Learn the real fate of Gilligan's Island castaways and all your favorite TV actors as well as famous writers, senators, saints, dictators, and philosophers, among many others.

Michael Largo, the man who illuminated readers on the myriad ways of death in Final Exits, has compiled a fascinating, off-beat, and darkly humorous necrology that provides the grim, often outrageous details about the passing of influential persons. Meticulously researched—employing archaeological records, published obituaries, official documents, and forensic evidence—this authoritative, one-of-a-kind reference presents the unabashed truth about a multitude of celebrity deaths, while examining the various deeds, misdeeds, and lifestyle quirks that hastened the demise and determined the departed's role in history and popular myth. The Portable Obituary has the skinny on what made our late icons—whether through overindulgence or neglect: on the john, in the sack, or in some spectacular accident—what they are today: dead!

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This macabre, funny, off-beat follow-up to "Final Exits" is an authoritative and luridly compelling collection that presents the true circumstances behind the deaths of famous figures from Aeschylus to Elvis. Illustrated.

About the Author

Michael Largo is the author of Genius and Heroin, The Portable Obituary, the Bram Stoker Award-winning Final Exits: The Illustrated Encyclopedia of How We Die, and three novels. He lives in the United States.

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Thomas Kirby, May 21, 2008 (view all comments by Thomas Kirby)
The book is very entertaining, and can be enjoyed a page or two (or even a single entry) at a time, so a long attention span isn't required. There's no gore, and while the subject may be morbid, this book is not.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780061231667
Subtitle:
How the Famous, Rich, and Powerful Really Died
Author:
Largo, Michael
Publisher:
William Morrow Paperbacks
Subject:
Death & Dying
Subject:
Popular Culture - General
Subject:
Popular Culture
Subject:
Celebrities
Subject:
Obituaries
Subject:
Sociology - General
Edition Description:
Trade PB
Publication Date:
20070904
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
9.14x5.60x.81 in. .65 lbs.

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