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1997: Famous people who died 20 years ago that shocked the world

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1997: Famous people who died 20 years ago that shocked the world

Fela was un-repentantly outspoken against the Nigerian corrupt government

The year 1997 was very strange as a lot of top famous people died.These deaths were not ordinary. They shook the world and two decades after people still remember them for good or bad.
Below is a list of the top seven famous deaths in the chilling year of 1997.

1) Fela Anikulapo-Kuti

Fela never believed in HIV/AIDS

Fela never believed in HIV/AIDS
(Pinterest )

The
Afrobeat creator passed away on August 2, 1997, after complications
from HIV/AIDS. When his death was announced by his brother, Nigerians
and the global music community were shocked. Fela was enigma whose
larger than life personality seemed to defy death. The news of his
passing away led to a celebration of his music and life. 20 years after,
Fela is still vividly remembered by millions.

2) Princess Diana

Princess Diana remained in the public eye after her divorce from Prince Charles

Princess Diana remained in the public eye after her divorce from Prince Charles
(AFP/File)

The
death of the Queen of Hearts was arguably the saddest news that year
globally. Princess Diana was loved by many for her friendly demeanour
even when she was a royal. The beautiful princess died on August 31,
1997, in Paris after her car crashed into a closed tunnel. For weeks
there was global grief about her death. The Princess of Wales even after
death is still loved.

3) Gianni Versace

Gianni Versace

Gianni Versace
(Wikipedia )

The
Italian fashion designer Gianni Versace passed away on July 15, 1997.
Ironically, Princess Diana attended his burial. Versace was killed by
American serial killer Andrew Phillip Cunanan. His legacy in fashion
still lives on especially in Hip Hop.

4) Mother Theresa

Mother Theresa is officially a saint

Mother Theresa is officially a saint
(bbc)

Saint
Teresa of Calcutta passed away on September 5, 1997, at the ripe old
age of 87 in India. Known all across the globe for her charitable works
especially in India, gave the world hope that kindness still exists. Her
life has been the subject of many films and books.

5) Notorious B.I.G

The Notorious B.I.G.

The Notorious B.I.G.
(Wikipedia)

The passing away of the great rapper was another sad moment in 1997 and one of the ugliest moments in Hip-Hop culture. After Tupac Shakur
was killed the year before, Notorious B.I.G was killed in Los Angles on
March 9, 1997. A documentary about his life and times came out in
August 2017. His murder still remains unsolved.

6) Mobutu Sese Seko

Known as the "leopard king", Joseph Mobutu Sese Seko ruled Zaire from 1965 until May 1997, when he was ousted by rebel chief Laurent Desire Kabila who renamed the country Democratic Republic of Congo

Known
as the “leopard king”, Joseph Mobutu Sese Seko ruled Zaire from 1965
until May 1997, when he was ousted by rebel chief Laurent Desire Kabila
who renamed the country Democratic Republic of Congo
(AFP/File)

The
African dictator of former Zaire now known as the Democratic Republic
of Congo was one of the personalities who held the world spellbound in
1997. After staying in power for 31 years, Mobutu Sese Seko was kicked
out by Laurent Kabila in 1997. Four months after he was
chased out of office, Kabila passed away on September 7, 1997, in
Morocco. His death ended one of the most infamous dictatorships in
Africa.

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