We see dead people, but where's Cobain?

9746__lucy_lI love Lucy. Who doesn’t?

Yet while I wouldn’t even think to argue about Lucille Ball (left) once again ranking first in an annual survey measuring the popularity, or ”Q” rating, of dead celebrities, I’ve got to wonder about the demographics of the folks filling out the questionnaires. Seriously, check out the rest of the top five: Bob Hope, John Wayne, Jimmy Stewart and Red Skelton. See a trend?

Where’s the love for stars who passed on recently, and before their time? Aaliyah, Christopher Reeve, Kurt Cobain, and Tupac Shakur all failed to make the top 10. And apparently, there are plenty of carb lovers being surveyed, too. The late diet guru Robert Atkins ranked last of the 169 personalities measured.

(UPDATE: OMG! I just realized something. Where is John Lennon? Elvis?! Was their fame really eclipsed by the comic genius of… Red Skelton?)

Who would top your list of beloved entertainers in the sky? I’d put Janis Joplin at No. 1 — that woman takes another little piece of my heart every time that voice comes through my stereo.


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  • EP Sato

    Clearly the survey was done by making phone calls and asking people “Do you mind if we take a survey?” My guess is that the majority of the people who say “Yes” are old folks with little else to do, thus, Michael Landon gets a higher ranking than 2pac. Michael Landon? Wasn’t Highway to Heaven on tv some 20 odd years ago?
    My favorite dead celebs are John Belushi and Chris Farley. On the other hand, part of me is okay that they exited stage left when they did. Not to say that it wasn’t trajic to lose these guys, but rather that it was fortunate how we were not forced to watch their decline. It has been torture to see what has happened to the likes of guys like Dan Akroyd in his later years.
    This also begs the question. Are their celebrities any of us should hand up their gloves and go into seclussion? IMHO, the remaining members of the Beatles should have gotten out of the music business years ago.

  • Brandon

    I read that it was a mail survey, but the same principle would probably apply. Older people are probably more likely to fill out a survey than younger people. Certainly very few people under the age of 40 know who Red Skelton was!

  • Mario

    Who was Red Skeleton?!?
    ( I’m 32 )

  • kaitlin

    I think the majority of these lists are made with names of celebrities that have been dead all there lives. Most people have only known lucille ball in death, but she has entertained more poeple in death than in life. but we knew john lennon in life so he isn’t the dead celebrity he might become with future generations.

  • Mixteca

    I miss John Lennon and George Harrison.

  • glory

    ummm… Frank Sinatra perhaps? Young and old love him, and he’s GOT to be more beloved than Red Skelton.
    Perhaps the survey was sponsored by CCA, and they only put their catalog of entertainers on the list of options.

  • daisyj

    Maybe not the most famous dead person out there, but I’ve just got to say that when Jim Henson died it was the only time I felt authentically sad over a celebrity. Definitely in the ‘before his time’ catagory.

  • Sami

    Jerry Orbach.

  • Roxanne

    In no particular order, other than how they occur to me:
    John Lennon
    Cary Grant
    Katharine Hepburn
    Audrey Hepburn
    Grace Kelly
    Kurt Cobain
    Buddy Holly
    James Stewart
    Patsy Cline
    John Belushi
    FYI – I’m 43

  • Kareem

    Here is my list in no particular order except for the first entry.
    1. Aaliyah (I really miss her)
    Notorious B.I.G.
    Lisa “Lefteye” Lopez
    John Kennedy Jr.
    John Denver
    Frank Sinatra
    Barry White
    Ray Charles
    Kurt Cobain
    River Phoneix
    Luther Vandross
    I am 27 years old

  • lynn joines

    I found a very interesting interview with Beverly Cobain(Kurt’s cousin) on http://www.thesop.org. Judyth Piazza asked the question “Did Courtney Love have anything to do with Kurt Cobain’s death?

  • lynn joines

    I found a very interesting interview with Beverly Cobain(Kurt’s cousin) on http://www.thesop.org. Judyth Piazza asked the question “Did Courtney Love have anything to do with Kurt Cobain’s death?

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