Morbid Database of the Day: Death Locations

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Visiting graves is as ancient and solemn a ritual as we humans have. But seeking out the locations where people actually died remains, somehow, a little less esteemed.

The satanic design of the website "Death Locations" isn't helping. But get past the 90s aesthetic and the color scheme, and you'll find a Streetview-linked database showing the buildings or streets where a number of famous people bit the bullet.

Would it be too morbid to do a quiz? For simplicity's sake, we'll stick to American musicians, though "Death Locations" also features Martin Luther King, Jr., who was killed at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis on April 4, 1968, and Abraham Lincoln, assassinated at Ford's Theater in Washington D.C. in 1865.

What American musician died here?


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That, of course, is Graceland, where Elvis Presley died on August 16, 1977.

And what about here, on March 9, 1997?


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That's the corner of Wilshere and Fairfax, where Christopher Wallace, aka the Notorious B.I.G., was killed in Los Angeles.

And what U.S. musician died in this stately London house at 22 Lansdowne Crescent?


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That would be Jimi Hendrix, who died of a drug overdose in Notting Hill's Samarkand Hotel on September 18th, 1970.

HT: Google Maps Mania.

About the Author

  • Henry Grabar is a freelance writer and a former fellow at CityLab. He lives in New York.