Once-Famous Stars Who Completely Disappeared


It’s hard to imagine a celebrity disappearing
without a trace, but it happens. Which stars have vanished? How were they found? We’ve got the unsettling details on these
stories of famous people who mysteriously disappeared. Nick Stahl In May 2012, TMZ confirmed that actor Nick
Stahl had gone missing amid rumors that he’d been seen hanging around Los Angeles’ Skid
Row. Shortly after word got out that the troubled
actor’s whereabouts were unknown, Stahl made contact with his friends, claiming he was
planning to go to rehab. TMZ confirmed that he did turn up at a rehabilitation
center. But sadly, Stahl went missing again that June
after reportedly checking out of rehab against his doctors’ advice. Making matters more heartbreaking, his wife,
Rose Stahl, told the tabloid she would not actively search for her husband again. She said, “I’m backing off. He knows exactly where home is. It’s the loving thing to do for him, myself
and our daughter.” Nick eventually reappeared and reconciled
with his family in July. Sources for TMZ claimed at the time that he
had begun attending Alcoholics Anonymous meetings. But things took a turn for the worse in 2013. In June of that year, the Terminator 3 star
was reportedly placed on a 5150 psychiatric hold for unknown reasons. That same month, he was arrested by police
who found him and three other people allegedly using meth in a motel. Ozzy Osbourne Black Sabbath rocker Ozzy Osbourne allegedly
went missing after tabloids claimed his marriage to wife Sharon Osbourne was ending over his
rumored infidelity…or, shall we say, one of his many rumored infidelities. The missing person’s case didn’t last long,
though. About three hours after Page Six published
the headline “Ozzy Osbourne Is Missing” in May 2016, the tabloid followed up with a report
confirming he had turned up fine and well in Los Angeles. E! News managed to get in contact with the
artist and confirmed he was staying with a family member in the midst of his marital
woes. Sharon addressed the apparent downfall of
her decades-long marriage on an episode of The Talk. “I’m 63 years of age, and I can’t keep living
like this.” Strangely enough, the pair were spotted looking
pretty happy at a conference a few days later, sparking rumors that their split may have
been just a publicity stunt. Governor Mark Sanford In 2009, Mark Sanford, the then-governor of
South Carolina, disappeared for about six days after telling staffers he was going out
on a hike of the Appalachian Trail for vacation. The episode raised suspicions among journalists,
who quickly found inconsistencies in the story. Those inquiries were validated when Sanford
was found not near the trail, but rather at Atlanta’s international airport, looking quote
“tired and troubled” as he disembarked a flight from Argentina. As it turned out, he wasn’t out hiking in
the mountains at all, he had really been out of the country, going to visit his mistress
in South America. “Gina Smith from The State caught him at the
airport. Sounds like we’re going to have a lot of explaining
to do today.” Sanford admitted to his secret liaison upon
his return to the United States and begged for forgiveness. Unsurprisingly, his marriage fell apart, but
Sanford and his mistress later got engaged. But this second chance at romance would also
be short-lived. Sanford announced that their engagement was
off in a Facebook post in September 2014, and no one was more surprised to hear about
the breakup than his then-fiancée, who said she only learned about the breakup through
the media. It’s a pretty brutal way to go out, but she’s
probably better off without him. Randy Quaid File this under “things we can’t make up.” Academy Award-nominee Randy Quaid and his
wife, Evi Quaid, fled to Canada in 2010 in an attempt to seek asylum from a group they
referred to as, quote, “Hollywood star whackers” allegedly out to kill them. “We believe there are to be a malignant tumor
of star whackers in Hollywood.” Their escape to Canada followed a spree of
illegal activities by the couple in the United States that included using fake credit cards
to pay for hotel bills and squatting in one of their former homes. The couple was granted permission to stay
in Canada in 2011. Evi managed to get Canadian citizenship because
her father was born in Canada; Randy’s request was denied in 2013. Randy was detained by Canadian immigration
officials in October 2015 and was set to be deported back to the United States later that
month. He and Evi were arrested while trying to sneak
back into the States through Vermont. Huh. No wonder Cousin Eddie was such a wacko. “Bet you could use a cool one, huh?” “Now you’re talking.” ​Casey Kasem In May 2014, a judge ordered that the whereabouts
of legendary radio host Casey Kasem be disclosed after Kasem’s children claimed they could
not find him. The order was made as Kasem’s daughter, Kerri,
was named Kasem’s temporary conservator, a big win for Kasem’s children in their long
and painful battle with Kasem’s wife, Jean. Kasem’s children, knowing him to be in declining
health, expressed fears that he had been taken out of the country in anticipation of the
court’s ruling on his conservatorship. A missing person’s report was filed with Santa
Monica cops, and Kasem was reported to be found in the state of Washington shortly afterwards. He died about a month later at the age of
82. The drama between Kasem’s children and his
widow continued after his death and culminated with his remains being buried in Norway six
months later. Richard Stanley A lot of wacky things happened on the set
of the 1996 film The Island of Dr. Moreau. On the top of that list is what happened after
director Richard Stanley was fired just three days into production. After being let go, Stanley was supposed to
be escorted onto a flight to Los Angeles from the remote set in Australia, but when his
plane arrived in LAX, Stanley was not on board. Some of the film’s extras discovered him about
a month later, living in the jungle around the film shoot. He was reportedly making use of a nearby fruit
plantation, surviving off of gathered yams and coconuts, as well as his own personal
weed stash. Stanley actually teamed up with the extras
to concoct a way to get back onto the set by dressing up as a mutant dog and blending
in with the background actors. Stanley did so because he was worried about
his friends left behind on set who had only agreed to film the movie because he was directing
it. He later said he had no regrets about his
period of survivalist surveillance. He told The Telegraph, “I did find it reassuring and psychologically
helpful in the long term. It made me realise the situation was even
more shambolic without me.” Fair enough. but couldn’t he have just waited for the VHS? ​Andrew Koenig The parents of Growing Pains star Andrew Koenig
reported their son missing on February 14, 2010, after he failed to board a flight from
Vancouver, Canada to Los Angeles. His body was later discovered by friends in
a Vancouver-area park. Koenig reportedly committed suicide. Koenig’s father, Star Trek actor Walter Koenig,
addressed his son’s death at a press conference, stating that he and his wife had received
a despondent note from Koenig that had been written about a week before his body was discovered,
and that he had stopped taking medication for depression. In the wake of the tragedy, Andrew’s parents
spoke openly to those contemplating suicide. “If you can learn anything from this, it’s
that there are people out there who really care.” Margot Kidder Superman star Margot Kidder was found hiding
out in the bushes of a suburban California home by police after she had been missing
for four days in April 1996. She was found unkempt and paranoid with bruises
and scratches on her body, and had reportedly cut her hair with a razor blade. The actress was taken to a hospital for psychiatric
evaluation. Kidder later revealed that she suffered from
manic depression and was working hard to better manage her disease. She said in a 1996 interview with People, “I’m not saying it’s all over. I’m saying this is the pattern of my life…I
just have to accept the fact that this is me, or I ain’t gonna make it.” Kidder ultimately passed away from suicide
in May 2018 at age 69. Kurt Cobain The final days of Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain
have been described as a chaotic crisis. After years of using heroin, Cobain entered
a Los Angeles-based rehab center in April 1994. He reportedly told the staff he was stepping
out for a smoke, but his widow, Courtney Love, said he jumped over the fence of the facility
and went missing. Cobain’s mom, Wendy O’Connor, filed a missing
person’s report on April 4, 1994, saying she was afraid for her son’s safety and telling
police he might be suicidal. It was later discovered that Cobain had caught
a flight from Los Angeles to Seattle, where he reportedly spent days aimlessly wandering
around. Sometime on or before April 5, he headed up
to a greenhouse built above his garage, wrote a one-page note, and took his own life with
a shotgun at the age of 27. Patrick McDermott The disappearance of Patrick McDermott, the
once-boyfriend of singer-actress Olivia Newton-John, has captivated the press since he went missing
during a fishing trip in 2005. He was initially presumed to be dead, but
the real story is a little bit more complicated, and scandalous. It seems that McDermott may have actually
disappeared on purpose, faking his death to escape debts and other obligations. He has reportedly been spotted numerous times
throughout the years, including in 2006 when the owners of a café told a private investigator
hired by Extra that McDermott visited their place of business with a mystery blonde. It was alleged in March 2016 that McDermott
was not only still alive and well, but living in the remote village of Sayulita, Mexico
with his German girlfriend. “I saw his face around town a few times, it’s
such a small town.” “He’s been on this boat more than once, I
believe.” Thankfully, Newton-John hasn’t been sitting
around waiting for his return. She moved on and married her current husband,
John Easterling, in 2008. ​Michael Cavallari Michael Cavallari, the brother
of reality TV star Kristin Cavallari, was reported missing after his car was found abandoned
on a Utah highway on November 27, 2015. About two weeks after he went missing, Michael’s
body was located three miles away from his vehicle. An autopsy report released in February 2016
confirmed that Michael had died in the cold from hypothermia. Kristin wrote on Instagram in December 2015, “My heart is in a million pieces. Mikey, I could always count on you to make
me laugh. You had such a good heart and you will be
forever missed. I’m at a loss for words but I know u are in
a better place and finally at peace. I love u so much RIP.” After he went missing, it was reported that
Michael had been arrested on November 23, 2015, for allegedly standing outside of a
woman’s apartment with a shotgun following an argument. He’d previously been arrested for petty theft
and DUI. Sinead O’Connor Irish singer Sinead O’Connor was reported
missing twice in 2016. The first incident occurred in May after O’Connor
reportedly went for a bike ride in a Chicago suburb and didn’t return. The “Nothing Compares 2 U” star was classified
as missing and potentially suicidal by police before she was found safe at a hotel and transferred
to a hospital. A little over a month later, Chicago police
went searching for O’Connor again after Ireland authorities called to say she had threatened
to jump off a bridge in the Chicago area. Shortly after the reports were published,
O’Connor, who had openly battled mental-health issues for years, took to Facebook to deny
rumors that she was suicidal. Jesse Camp Jesse Camp made headlines when his twin sister
Marisha Camp filed a missing person’s report on July 19, 2018. Police told Entertainment Tonight that Camp’s
family had lost contact with him earlier that month. It was said at the time that Camp, best known
for winning MTV’s Wanna Be a VJ contest in 1998, was suffering from depression and possibly
struggling with a drug addiction. Marisha sprung into action by pleading on
her Instagram Story: “If anyone has seen or heard from my brother
Jesse since Saturday, please, please, please reach out to me or ask him to call home!!!” He was finally confirmed safe by police four
days after he was reported missing. So, what happened? Well, we’re still not sure. The eccentric rocker took to his Instagram
in an attempt to explain his disappearance, writing in part, “One lesson I definitely learned from all
of this is that it is not smart to sit underneath a coconut tree if you are not wearing a helmet
!!! I don’t know how long I had been out for before I was awoken by a bearded elf named
Gandolf Garcia…or Officer Garcia as he insisted upon being addressed as.” Obviously, that’s not exactly what happened,
but he doesn’t have to explain himself if he doesn’t want to. The most important thing is that he turned
up okay. Fan Bingbing Fan Bingbing, one of China’s highest-paid
stars, was catapulted into the Western limelight when she starred in 2014’s X-Men: Days of
Future Past. But in July 2018, the media was reporting
she had suddenly disappeared, leaving American producers in the dark as to her whereabouts. Rumors began to swirl that the actress was
facing charges of tax evasion in her home country, and it was revealed by the Chinese
government that the actress had been placed in secret detention. She was eventually released after she agreed
to pay nearly $130 million in back taxes and fines. Upon her reemergence, she issued an apology
on her Weibo social media account which read, in part, “I am deeply ashamed and guilty about what
I have done. My sincere apologies to you.” Richard Simmons There was once a time when the public couldn’t
escape Richard Simmons, especially during the fitness craze of the 1980s. He was everywhere, from television shows to
the covers of magazines. But fans became increasingly worried about
the fitness guru when his public appearances came to a screeching halt in February 2014,
when Simmons apparently abandoned his fitness studio and withdrew from public life. For three years, he simply vanished, spurring
theories that he was dead, in hiding, or even being kept prisoner. It wasn’t until March 2017 that the rumors
prompted police to conduct a welfare check at Simmons’ home, after which they spoke to
People to affirm that Simmons was fine, happy, and right where he wanted to be. But still, doubts persisted, and the real
reasons behind the fitness guru’s sudden departure from the spotlight remain a subject of fascination
to this day. J-Kwon Jerrell C. Jones, better known as J-Kwon,
made a name for himself by rapping about everybody in the club gettin’ tipsy. But before long, the nightlife-loving artist
disappeared from the music charts and the public eye. His friend and manager Dorian Washington told
VIBE in early March 2010, “I had called him two weeks back because we
had a promo tour. I emailed him, called him, text[ed] him, Twitter’d
him…kept on calling. Last time I actually saw him was in August
[2009].” His label issued a statement in March 2010,
asking fans to help locate the rapper. They even set up a special, since-suspended
Twitter account, @whereisjkwon, to raise more awareness regarding his disappearance. The following day, Washington revealed that
the rapper has been located, stating that he was okay and apologetic over sparking such
concern. As J-Kwon’s manager put it, “He was taking some time to himself as he
sometimes does, not realizing that people would start to worry after a while.” J-Kwon’s self-titled album was released that
same month, leading many to assume his disappearance was nothing more than a publicity stunt. Scott Hutchison Frightened Rabbit singer Scott Hutchison often
used music as an outlet to deal with his darker thoughts. Though his battle with depression was well
known, fans were still puzzled when Hutchison sent out a series of cryptic tweets in May
2018. One read, “Be so good to everyone you love. It’s not a given. I’m so annoyed that it’s not. I didn’t live by that standard and it kills
me. Please, hug your loved ones.” In a second and final tweet, he wrote, “I’m away now. Thanks.” The next day, his bandmates announced in a
tweet that Hutchison had gone missing, writing of the frontman that, “He may be in a fragile state and may not
be making the best decisions for himself right now.” The singer was last seen leaving a hotel in
South Queensferry, Scotland. His body was found a day later on May 10,
2018, after which his family released a statement commending him for being so open about mental
health struggles during his life. Dave Chappelle The early 2000s brought us the sensational
sketch comedy program Chappelle’s Show. Co-created by Dave Chappelle and Neal Brennan,
the program was a game changer of a sketch program, tackling issues of race in America
with both wisdom and irreverence. By the end of Season 2, fans were fiending
for more sketches featuring the show’s popular characters, which is partially why Chappelle
made the decision to essentially self-destruct the show. Chappelle and his program were enormously
popular, allowing him to negotiate a new deal with Comedy Central for an outstanding eight-figure
sum. But during the production of the third season,
Chappelle soured on the show, fearful that audiences were no longer laughing with its
racial satire, but taking it all at face value instead. Suddenly, Chappelle went missing in action. No, he wasn’t on a drug binge or purifying
himself in the waters of Lake Minnetonka. He was in South Africa, getting away from
it all. During a later interview with David Letterman,
Chappelle poked fun at his disappearance from the spotlight. “Technically, I never quit. I’m seven years late for work.” After years of living in semi-retirement in
Yellow Springs, Ohio, Chappelle returned to the spotlight with new comedy specials with
Netflix, more than making up for the Chappelle’s Show money he walked away from years before. Jason Mewes Jason Mewes came up as one of the world’s
most unlikely actors, catapulted to fame on the back of his character Jay, as in, Jay
and Silent Bob. But Mewes’ fortunes reversed as his relationship
with drugs turned from a source of comedy to a seriously concerning addiction, specifically
to opiates. While the late 90s and early 2000s were in
some way the height of Mewes’ career, filmmaker Kevin Smith, the Silent Bob to Mewes’ Jay,
later described the era as the lowest point in Mewes’ life. Smith recalled Mewes being intoxicated on
set, stealing from friends, and facing legal consequences for heroin possession. When he failed to turn up for a promotional
appearance for a project he was working on, producers reported him missing, leading to
a short-lived rumor that the comic actor had actually died. After a warrant was issued for his arrest
in his home state of New Jersey, Mewes effectively paused his acting career to make an effort
at recovery, which fortunately took. “I think I just got so strung out that I,
like, fell off and, like, disappeared. It wasn’t necessarily that I stepped away
on purpose, it’s just that I had no reason to be in the area of Hollywood.” On top of returning to acting and making his
directorial debut, Mewes spent years traveling the country, and recording a podcast with
Smith, Jay and Silent Bob Get Old, which helped him and the series’ many listeners through
the process of recovery. “The podcast was, like, non-stop reminder,
and then over time it was awesome. People were coming up to me, being like, ‘Hey,
I’ve been listening to the podcast for the last year. And now I have a year and a month sober. Every day I thought about using, I would listen
to another episode, another episode, and it’s helped me stay on track.'” If you or someone you know is having suicidal
thoughts, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

31 thoughts on “Once-Famous Stars Who Completely Disappeared

  1. lol kurt cobain did NOT commit suicide. That was just an convenient official statement. Dont believe everything the media and/or the goverment says…

  2. Hey, old famous geezers marry young spouses; what the hell do you think young spouses are there for? The amazing physicality? It's the money honey and the grown kids are worried they won't get any. Just a cover where is dad we are concerned. Wifey is making sure her investment pays off. Especially after dealing with dementia.

  3. Suicide is always awful but there is some thing about some one in their late 60's or older or under 10 …that makes it seem more horrific to me, I don't really know why though.

  4. Yeah white people are crazy.. and super smart, and crazy, and really smart, but really crazy, yeah I'll just stick to crazy crazy

  5. Kurt Cobian died. That's not gone missing. You probably mean a different way but still people know where he is

  6. I met Jason Mewes once at a comic book convention and he was so open and honest about everything + he was one of the nicest celebs I’ve ever met.

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