...is that there is not a heck of a lot of evidence for the validity of Death's Law Of Three. I make this conclusion after combing through my
handy-dandy Dead People Server:
Now, I define a "celebrity death triad" as being 3 celebrities of comparable celebrity status who die within one week or less of each other. Based
on this definition, the Law Of Three does not really hold water.
Granted, there have been instances of celebrity death triads:
March 27, 2002: Milton Berle, Dudley Moore, & Billy Wilder
June 11, 12, & 15 2003: David Brinkley, Gregory Peck, Hume Cronyn
July 1, 2, & 8 1991: Michael Landon, Lee Remick, James Franciscus
But more likely is The Law Of Two, where we have two beloved very famous celebrities who very often are related to each other either by industry,
genre, or other similarity:
Jan 20 & 22 2003: Al Hirschfeld & Bill Maudlin, two famous cartoonists
Sept 11 & 12 2003: John Ritter & Johnny Cash (it's said that John's father Tex "discovered" Johnny)
July 1 & 2 1997: Robert Mitchum & James Stewart
Nov 29, Dec 2 1986: Cary Grant & Desi Arnaz
...but even in these more plentiful cases, I do feel like I'm stretching things a bit. There just isn't any set pattern.
There is also the case of longer-term celebrity triads, where 3 people of comparable fame, similiar field & status, and even age die within 1-2 years
of each other, under such similar circumstances that they will always be "linked" by the public:
Martin Luther King, Robert Kennedy, Malcolm X
Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison
Brandon Lee, River Pheonix, Kurt Cobain
So I feel that the Law Of Three is more of an Urban Legend. It is very popular--does anybody know how it got started?
I'm kinda let-down...I was sure I'd find a mystical pattern!