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Twitter has become an essential tool for many celebrities. It allows them to connect with their fans in a way previously unheard of, promote their wares directly to people who are both loyal and listening, and voice opinions they wouldn’t dare voice elsewhere. They also seem to like promoting things (for a price) and to say things they instantly regret, but the less said about those two things the better.
While there are some celebrities who tweet for themselves, there are many more who pay someone else to do it for them, either on a full-time or part-time basis. This bizarrely means that when a celebrity dies their Twitter account often remains very much alive. This is tweeting from beyond the grave, with these zombie celebrities still managing to maintain their desired level of fame and fortune despite having departed this life long ago.
What follows are just a handful of these dead celebrities who are still active on Twitter. Not only are they all zombie celebrities they are also all musicians, and all have verified accounts. To top it off they all have many thousands of followers, with one of the people on the list approaching the 1 million milestone at the time of writing. The power of fame clearly extends long into the afterlife.
Elvis Presley @elvispresley
— Elvis Presley (@ElvisPresley) January 30, 2013
Elvis Presley died in 1977, long before the Web even existed. And yet somehow the King Of Rock and Roll is on Twitter. When Elvis was alive he was insanely popular, with truly obsessed fans following his every move. On Twitter this translates to more than 90,000 followers, who get to enjoy multiple tweets each day featuring old photographs and reminders of dates in the calendar any true Elvis fan mustn’t forget. Long live the King.
Bob Marley @bobmarley
“Love hard when there is love to be had. Because perfect guys don’t exist, but there’s always one guy that is perfect for you.” – Bob Marley
— Bob Marley (@bobmarley) July 15, 2012
Bob Marley died in 1981, so he never had the pleasure of going online. And yet here is the reggae superstar on Twitter, where he has in excess of 400,000 followers. He was only 36 when he passed away, but his legend clearly lives on.
The dead Marley only tweets sporadically, with just the one sent so far in 2013. However, what messages there are feature song lyrics, quotes, classic photographs, and retweets of people expressing their love of the music.
Amy Winehouse @amywinehouse
With the release of ‘Amy, My Daughter’, over the next few weeks we’ll be celebrating some unseen moments in Amy’s life on.fb.me/LNroJQ
— Amy Winehouse (@amywinehouse) June 26, 2012
Amy Winehouse died in 2011, in what managed to be both shocking and totally expected circumstances. Her death saw her join the infamous 27 Club of musicians who passed away at the tender age of 27, usually as a result of drink and/or drugs. This is another account only updated sporadically, but with over 600,000 followers there’s clearly a reason to keep the account active. Winehouse died so recently that many of the tweets are concerned with news of posthumous awards and the like.
Tupac Shakur @2pac
Never trip – always keep yo’ head up high
— 2pac.com (@2pac) November 29, 2012
Tupac Shakur died in 1996 at the very tender age of 25. This was well before the Web came of age, and social networking became a dominant part of our lives. Regardless, Tupac remains popular to this day and has over 180,000 followers on Twitter.
Whoever tweets on behalf of the estate of Tupac Shakur does so on a random basis, with multiple tweets on odd days and then none for weeks at a time. Tupac has a distinct voice even in death. It’s almost as if he were still alive… or perhaps it’s just his hologram.
Michael Jackson @michaeljackson
On this day in 2010, the United States Library of Congress officially inducted “Thriller” into the National Film Registry.
— Michael Jackson (@michaeljackson) January 4, 2013
Michael Jackson died in 2009, with the King Of Pop passing away at the age of 50 amid plans for a huge comeback tour. His death hit many people hard, as they’d grown up with Jacko from his time with the Jackson Five right through his solo career.
Jacko’s Twitter account is the one with almost 1 million followers, all of whom are treated to question and answer sessions about Michael, photos and videos from the archives, inspirational quotes and lyrics, and tributes from musicians inspired by Jackson.
This is a somewhat lighthearted article intended to highlight another five accounts worth following on Twitter. It follows in the footsteps of tech journalists, tech influencers, political commentators, fake world leaders, Apple fanboys, and popular scientists.
However, there is a serious issue lurking underneath this particular piece, which is to make you think about what happens to your data when you die. It’s a morbid subject, but also an important one covered in depth by Joshua.
Do you follow any Twitter accounts of people who are no longer alive? If so, why? Do you think Twitter should remove the verified account status from all of the above? After all, how can someone who is dead be tweeting away merrily? As always we’re keen to hear your thoughts in the comments section below.
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