15 Celebs Who Died Totally Broke (PHOTOS)

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15 Celebs Who Died Totally Broke (PHOTOS)

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15 Celebs Who Died Totally Broke (PHOTOS)

In their prime, these celebrities seemed to have it all. But before their deaths, they fell on hard time and wound up penniless. From the king of pop to a Wizard of Oz star, these celebrities were down on their luck.

Click the gallery above to see 15 celebs who were totally broke when they passed away.

 

15 Celebs Who Died Totally Broke (PHOTOS)
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Judy Garland

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Judy Garland

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The Wizard of Oz star was just 47 years old when she died. The only thing that made her death even more tragic was the fact that she was millions of dollars in debt.

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Gary Coleman

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The Diff'rent Strokes star filed for bankruptcy in 1999 and died just a year later.

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Joe Louis

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Joe Louis

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During his boxing career, Joe’s fights grossed over $4.6 million. But despite that high number, a lot of his earnings went to his handlers and he was in major debt.


Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson

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Believe it or not, Michael owed more than $500 million when he died in 2009. The debt was due to both legal fees and poor money management. 

However, since his death, his estate is on the up and up. It’s now worth $2 billion! 

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Mickey Rooney

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Mickey Rooney

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When he died at the age of 93, Mickey was too broke to even pay for his own funeral! How sad! 


Sammy Davis, Jr.

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Sammy Davis, Jr.

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At the time of his death in 1990, Sammy was in major debt. The singer owed the IRS a lot of money, so most of his memorabilia was auctioned off in an attempt to pay off some debt off after he passed.


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Veronica Lake

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Veronica Lake

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The famous pin-up girl died when she was just 50 years old. Factors that attributed to her lack of cash included divorce and alcoholism. 


Hedy Lamarr

Hedy Lamarr

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She was once named “the most beautiful girl in Europe.” And with six divorces in her lifetime, it’s no wonder Hedy died with nothing left. 


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Edgar Allen Poe

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Edgar Allen Poe

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Even though he was one of the best writers of all time, Edgar died without much money.

To make his death even more heartbreaking, only 10 people attended the funeral. 

Bela Lugosi

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The Dracula star died at the age of 73 without a penny to his name. The fact that he divorced four times definitely contributed to his money problems. 


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Corey Haim

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Corey Haim

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The former child star passed away when he was only 38 years old. Allegedly, he died broke and all alone. How tragic. 


Bobby Driscoll

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The original Peter Pan fell from fame as quickly as he rose. At just 31 years old, the actor died penniless. 


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George Best

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Even though George earned millions during his soccer career with Manchester United, he passed away with nothing.

George once said, "I spent a lot of money on booze, birds, and fast cars. The rest I just squandered."

Anita Ekberg

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Anita Ekberg

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The La Dolce Vita star died at the ripe old age of 83. Toward the end of her years, Anita kept to herself and didn’t really have any family to help her financially. She died broke. 


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A handful of bad investments left the former soldier broke at the time of his death. 


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In their prime, these celebrities seemed to have it all. But before their deaths, they fell on hard time and wound up penniless. From the king of pop to a Wizard of Oz star, these celebrities were down on their luck.

Click the gallery above to see 15 celebs who were totally broke when they passed away.