Untimely Deaths of Famous People Who Mocked God – Fiction! and Unproven!

Untimely Deaths of Famous People Who Mocked God

After saying that the Beatles were more popular than Jesus Christ, John Lennon was shot 6 times-Fiction!

After saying that only God could remove him from office a Brazilian president elect died before his inauguration- Unproven!

Brazilian singer Cazuza died at the age of 32 of LUNG CANCER after blowing cigarette smoke at God – Fiction!

Actress Marilyn Monroe told Billy Graham that she did not need Jesus and died shortly afterwards-  Fiction!

The man who built the Titanic said “Not even God can sink it!” – Unproven!

Summary of eRumor:
A forwarded email with examples of untimely deaths of people who mocked God. The email quotes Galatians 6:7 and lists a group of people who all mocked God and died.  The first example is of former Beatle John Lennon who said that the Beatles were more popular than Jesus.   Also included in the list are Marilyn Monroe, a rock singer who sang that he was on a “Highway to Hell”,  a Brazilian president elect, a Brazilian singer and the man who built the RMS Titanic.
The Truth:
This eRumor suggests that God wiped out certain people for statements they made about him. Whether that is true is known only to God, but we can explore whether they really made the statements attributed to them.

John Lennon (1940-1980) did say in 1966, “Christianity will go. It will vanish and shrink. I needn’t argue about that. I’m right and I will be proved right. We’re more popular than Jesus now. I don’t know which will go first – rock n’ roll or Christianity.”   Fourteen years later, Lennon was shot dead by Mark David Chapman in New York City on December 8, 1980.

The American teen magazine “Datebook” reprinted the “We’re more popular than Jesus” interview which caused a stir of protests and a rash of Beatle record and memorabilia burnings on the streets in the US.  Beatles manager, Brian Epstein released a statement saying that the words of John Lennon had been taken out of context and while in Chicago Lennon and the Beatles called a press conference and apologized to the world for his comment.

The band heard of threats from the Ku Klux Klan, predictions that they would all die in a plane crash or a hurricane.  This was about 2 years after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and the band made a decision to stop touring and focus their attention to work in the recording studio.

YouTube Video of the John Lennon Comment about Jesus

John Lennon was a Rock and Roll musician who co-founded the popular British Invasion Band called the Beatles in the 1960’s. Lennon and co-writer Paul McCartney wrote hundreds of songs together along with George Harrison and Ringo Star and together they remained at the top of the charts for nearly a decade.

Lennon was notorious for his little quips and often answered reporter’s questions off answers the top of his head.   One of the earliest remarks like these was when asked how the Beatles found America, Lennon responded, “Turn left at Greenland.”

The Fab Four might have began in England but they gained European popularity in the rock and roll school of hard knocks working the taverns of Hamburg Germany.   The band returned to England where they were discovered playing at a nightclub by Brian Epstein who landed them a record deal and there first hits “Please Please Me” and “Love Me Do” skyrocketed them to fame.  Their 1963 US tour the U.S. included a Sunday Night live performance on the Ed Sullivan Show which introduced the for mop tops to the nearly every American family.  The band had a long run on the hit parade and in 1969 broke up and each Beatle pursued their individual solo careers.    In the Beatles Anthology documentary , George Harrison said, “They gave their money and they gave their screams, but the Beatles kind of gave their nervous systems.  Which is, you know,  much more difficult thing to give.”

In his book, “Skywriting By Word of Mouth”, Lennon wrote that he and the group had grown weary of touring and thanked Jesus for the comment that drove the band from the road and into the studio where they recorded their most creative projects.

After the breakup of the band, John Lennon wrote a couple of songs about God.  In his first solo album Lennon wrote, “God is a concept, by which we can measure, our pain.”   This was a song where John list Beatles, Bible, Jesus, Zimmerman (Bob Dylan), kings, yoga, Kennedy, and mantra as things that he does not believe in and says he just believes in himself and his wife Yoko.

Seven years before his death, in 1973, Lennon’s biggest solo hit entitled “Imagine” included the lyrics, Imagine there’s no Heaven, it’s easy if you try.  No Hell below us, above us only sky.”  Many interpreted the song to be a message against religion but this was John Lennon vision of the world living in peace and not fighting over spiritual ideals or materialism.

The question is, why would God wait so long to smite John Lennon?

Tancredo Neves (1910-1985) He was elected president of Brazil in  January 1985.   Neves underwent surgery before his inauguration and was unable to take office.  Vice president elect José Sarney Costa temporarily assumed the presidency.  Neves never recovered and died from complications following his surgery.   We have not found any evidence that he made the statement about God.

Cazuza  (4 April 1958 – 7 July 1990)  was a Brazilian composer, singer and poet who was noted for mixing the Bosse Nova with British and American Popular music styles.    According to his obituary in the July 8, 1990 New York Times, the openly bisexual Cazuza died of aids at the age of 32, not lung cancer.   We have not found any evidence that he mocked God.  Click for obit.

Marilyn Monroe (1926 – 1962) was married at the age to 21 to her first husband, Jimmy Dougherty.   According to the bio on Monroe’s official web site, Dougherty, said of his wife, “She was a sweet, generous and religious girl.”  Monroe was reared as a foster child in a devoutly Christian family in Hawthorne, California but there is not much information about what her spiritual beliefs were before she died.  Monroe’s death was ruled to be “acute barbiturate poisoning” by Los Angeles County Coroner,  Dr. Thomas Noguchi.   A spokesperson for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association told TruthOrFiction.com that there was no discussion between Marilyn Monroe and Billy Graham.

Bonn Scott  (July 9th, 1946 –  February 19, 1980)   was the co-writer of the ACDC 1979 popular song “Highway to Hell” and at the age of 33 was pronounced dead on arrival at Kings College in London, England. The cause of death was asphyxiation as a result of vomiting after passing out after a night of heavy alcohol consumption.  The song Highway to Hell lyrics referred to the self destructive lifestyle of the rock and roll artist with the lyrics:  “Hey Satan, payin’ my dues. Playing in a rocking band.  Hey Momma, look at me I’m on my way to the promised land.  I’m on the highway to hell.”

The RMS Titanic was built in 1911 for the White Star Line at the the Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast in the United Kingdom.  According to the archives.gov web site an unknown White Star Line employee at the time of Titanic’s launch on May 31, 1911 said, “Not even God himself could sink this ship.”  It is not known who this person was or if in fact he built the Titanic.

TruthorFiction.com is still investigating the other stories in this eRumor.

The Bible quotation in the eRumor taken from Galatians 6:7 but was used out context to the text surrounding it.   The Apostle Paul’s letter to the Galatians is about Grace, Christian living and the sixth chapter warns against being condescending and instructs on helping others who fall into sin.

updated 07/02/09