There’s an old saying that celebrity deaths always come in threes (old, that is, if you’re the kind of person who frequently reads or writes about celebrity mortality).
Sometimes it just seems to ring true. Back in June 2009, there was the funereal trio of Michael Jackson, Farrah Fawcett and Ed McMahon. When actress Brittany Murphy passed away in December of last year, followed swiftly by socialite Casey Johnson, the very morbid among us were trying to place a third. Some tabloids argued that though it happened several months later, Corey Haim’s death by overdose fulfilled that triumvirate.
Going back another year — to January 2008 — Brad Renfro, Heath Ledger and Suzanne Pleshette all died within a week of each other.
This week, people are again talking about the "rule of three" in relation to the deaths of Dennis Hopper, Gary Coleman and and Rue McClanahan.