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"Death most resembles a prophet who is without honor in his own land or a poet who is a stranger among his people."
Many people are enchanted by synchronicities. Every now and then, in the course of everyday life, we come across something that just seems too...well, SCRIPTED to pass off as mere coincidence. If anything, synchronicity is a reminder of our intrinsic connectedness with one another, and the ever-presence of a Creator of Everything.
It has been said that "death is the great equalizer," so perhaps it is not surprising that death is an apparent magnet for synchronicity. This is most interesting when people somehow predict the precise manner and date of a death, be it their own or someone else's. Believe it or not, this has happened more than once outside of Hollywood movies.
I've never seen a more chilling example of a "death prophecy" than the one offered by basketball legend Pistol Pete Maravich. On January 5, 1988, Maravich died of a heart attack while playing in a pick-up game with friends. Incredibly, Maravich predicted this event 13 years earlier.
On Thursday, January 7, 1988, the Associated Press issued the following wire report:
Maravich had premonition 13 years ago in interview Associated press
BEAVER, Pa. - Pete Maravich, in a 1974 interview with the Beaver County Times, said, "I don't want to play 10 years in the NBA and die of a heart attack at age 40.' He played pro ball for exactly 10 years and died Tuesday at age 40.
"That's a little scary," said sports writer Andy Nuzzo, who interviewed Maravich when he played for the Atlanta Hawks. "The story was laying on my desk when I got to work (Wednesday). I read it, and read it and read it and read it. I couldn't believe it. Everything matched."
Maravich wasn't the only professional athlete to correctly predict a death. Ring-legend Sugar Ray Robinson attempted to pull out of a boxing match the morning of the fight, after dreaming he had killed his opponent the night before. ESPN.com's Larry Schwartz writes: "On the night before Robinson fought Jimmy Doyle in 1947, he dreamed he killed his opponent with a single left hook. The next morning, a shaken Robinson said he couldn't fight Doyle, but the promoters brought in a Catholic priest who assured Robinson his fears were unfounded. Robinson hit Doyle with a textbook left hook in the eighth round. Doyle was carried from the ring on a stretcher and died the next day." (Source: http://espn.go.com/sportscentury/features/00016440.html)
A number of celebrities, including politicians, movie actors, musicians, and singers, are believed to have prophesied their own deaths:
*Princess Diana's former butler, Paul Burrell, claims in his book "A Royal Duty" that Lady Di predicted she would be murdered via tampering with her car brakes. (Of course, if true, the ramifications of this could reach beyond "prophecy.")
*Martin Luther King may have foreseen his own assassination. On April 3rd, 1968, the day he was murdered, he said in his last major address, "And every now and then, I think about my own death, and I think about my own funeral. ... I'd like somebody to mention that day, that Martin Luther King Jr. tried to give his life helping others. ... " (Source: http://www.paloaltoonline.com/weekly/morgue/monthly/1999_Feb_3.CARSON.html)
*Country music legend Hank Williams Sr. is thought to have prophesied his own demise in his final recordings. The last song Williams Sr. wrote was called, "The Angel of Death," and at the time of his death, his single "I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive," was at the top of the charts.
*Rap-singer 2Pac Shakur is also thought to have predicted his own death in his music. According to one Shakur discography, "Shakur's last album created while alive was The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory. Released two months after his death, this album was portentous and dark, and predicted his own death in many songs." (Source: http://http://www.nationmaster.com/encyclopedia/Tupac-Shakur)
In addition to these eery prophecies, we see many strange synchronicities attached to death. This might take the form of people dying on synchornous dates, such as anniversaries, or the birthdays of loved ones.
One of the most famous death synchronicities involves presidents John Adams and Thomas Jefferson. They were the only presidents to sign the Declaration of Independence, and both died on its 50th anniversary, July 4, 1826. (Source: http://www.ipl.org/div/potus/jadams.html)
But the most bizarre "death synchronicity" I've ever seen occurred on the first anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks. Incredibly, the winning NY Lottery numbers for 9/11/2002 were 9-1-1. As if that was not enough, on September 10th, 2002, the S & P 500 futures contract closed at 911.00. (Source: http://www.rense.com/general29/9111.htm)
I suppose all of this weirdness can be attributed to dumb, random chance, but as Fox Mulder of the X-Files once asked, "If coincidences are just coincidences, why do they feel so contrived?"