A fair number of celebrities, whether actors, athletes, or socialites, have met strange and tragic ends over the years. While the majority of these deaths have been resolved through the court system, many of the more bizarre cases have remained unsolved – making them perfect fodder for gossip magazines, investigative news shows, and public speculation. The mystery and intrigue around unsolved celebrity deaths only seems to grow with the passage of time; yet, in most instances, investigators are no closer to solving these cases than they were to begin with. Here are 10 of the most infamous unsolved celebrity deaths of all time.
9. Jack Nance, Actor
Jack Nance was an actor best known for his work with director David Lynch. He played the main character in the 1977 cult movie Eraserhead (he’s the guy on the famous poster with the crazy hair.) Jack Nance also starred in other David Lynch movies such as Dune (1984) and Blue Velvet (1986) , as well as films such as Barfly (1987) and Colors (1988). In 1996, Nance died under circumstances worthy of a Lynch film.
On December 29, 1996, Nance showed up at lunch with friends in South Pasadena, California with bruises on his face. By all accounts, Nance was nonchalant about the injuries, telling his dining companions that a young homeless man had beaten him outside a Winchell’s Donuts location the previous night. After lunch, Nance headed home, remarking to his friends that he felt a headache coming on. The next day, the actor suffered a subdural hematoma due to head trauma, resulting in his death on December 30, 1996. A lengthy police investigation failed to find evidence of the alleged fight with a homeless man or anyone else for that matter, and his death remains an open investigation.