Death by Rumination

This author grew up in the ’90s; SURGE soda, POGS, Beanie Babies, Flannels, and oh yes: GRUNGE MUSIC, what an era! A girl-band hit the scene known as TLC; one of the stars, Lisa “Left-Eye” Lopes (1971-2002), became obsessed with the notion that she would die at an early age. In fact, in her final days, Lopes recorded a video-journal to share and document how she felt. In one of her more chilling entries, she shares that she feels like Death is stalking her. Sadly, her words would prove to be prophetic; just months later, Lopes was in Honduras, where she swerved off the road to avoid a collision with another vehicle and was thrown from her car to her Death. It is reasonable for one to consider that it was just a coincidence, but this author illustrates how frequently this kind of: “Death by Rumination” occurs.

Christopher Wallace. (aka Biggie Smalls: 1972-1997) was at the peak of his rapping career when an unknown perpetrator assassinated him. In his final album “Life after Death,” Smalls remarked that he was “glad to be dead” and that “I swear to God, I feel like Death is (explicit) calling me!” While there is much debate over who could have killed the rapper and why, he is another example of: “Death by Rumination,” and he is not alone! Another huge 90’s celebrity, Patrick Swayze (1952-2009), said that all he could think the moment after receiving news of his cancer diagnosis was: “I’m a dead man!” – this thought was correct, he died after a lengthy battle with pancreatic cancer.

Fast forward to the 21st century, and we see more “Death by Rumination” cases than ever before. Ryan Dunn (1977-2011), best known for his work on Johnny Knoxville’s “Jackass” enterprise, took on the role of a ghost in a movie: “Living Will” wherein, despite being dead, he tries to prevent his best friend from dating his cousin. This, coupled with the fact that his best friend (in the film and real-life) Bam Margera, went on the record predicting that Dunn would die in a car wreck…and he did. In 2011, Dunn and his friend (Zachary Hartwell) went out drinking and then got into Dunn’s Porsche 911 GT3 wherein Dunn would lose control, crash into a tree, and both would die instantly.

Is it possible that what we dwell on could impact our destiny? Proverbs declares that our words hold the power of life and Death (Proverbs 18:21), and this author chose to break this piece into two parts due to the number of celebrities he believes have suffered “Death by Rumination.” In the meantime, on what do you dwell? This author would like to challenge every reader to dwell on life, hope, and a future and not allow thoughts of dying to take over their head-space. Obviously, we are all going to die someday, but may it be when it is our time to go, and not hastened forward pre-maturely by our ruminating over it. To be continued…

John Carosiello is a pastor, author, and speaker who graduated with honors from Liberty University with a Masters of Divinity. For more info, please visit:

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