At some point in your life, you've probably heard of the "27 Club," but have you ever heard of the Aaron Ramsey curse? The Welsh footballer has become well-known for kicking some of the world's deadliest goals. Unfortunately, when he knocks a ball into the back of the net, it has become a signal for celebrities all over the world to take shelter. Overall, 17 of Ramsey's professional goals have been followed by a well-known public figure tragically passing away. This is the curse of Aaron Ramsey, and all the lives it's claimed.
It Started In 2009
"The Curse of Aaron Ramsey," which is also known as the Aaron Ramsey Effect, began in 2009 with a goal against Portsmouth. No one knows what voodoo was placed on the up and coming football star to create the curse, but nearly a decade later it's still going strong.
Of course, when the Aaron Ramsey Effect first struck, no one noticed. As you'll soon find out, the first person claimed wasn't an actor or musician. He was an American politician, and now he's the starting off point for our story.
Ted Kennedy Lost His Battle With Cancer
Three days after scoring a goal against Portsmouth, the Curse of Aaron Ramsey began. On August 25, 2009, American Senator Ted Kennedy lost his 15-month fight against cancer. Barack Obama, the American President at the time, lamented the "passing of an extraordinary leader."
Three weeks after heading into the great unknown, Kennedy's memoir, True Compass was published. It was an instant hit, taking the top spot on the New York Times Best Seller list. In a matter of months, it was reported to have sold half a million copies.
Keith Flint's Fire Burned Out
The music world was devastated in 2019 when The Prodigy founder and frontman Keith Flint passed away. His death was ruled a suicide, and The Prodigy respectfully cancelled all of their upcoming shows.
The shocking loss of Keith Flint came 48 hours after Ramsey scored a goal for Arsenal against the Tottenham Hotspurs. As soon as he scored, the internet world went crazy wondering who was going to get taken. No one could have predicted, however, that there would be more than one life lost.
Luke Perry's Sudden Health Decline
One day before Aaron Ramsey kicked his fateful goal against Tottenham, Luke Perry was hospitalised. The 90210 and Riverdale star suffered what was described as a massive stroke at his home and stayed in the hospital for further evaluation.
Less than 48 hours after Ramsey scored, it was revealed that Perry had passed away. He was 52-years-old and had just signed on to a six-episode 90210 event series that Fox had planned for a Summer release. The writers on Riverdale dedicated the first episode aired after Perry's death in his honour.
Paul Walker's Last Ride
On November 30, 2013, Aaron Ramsey did what he does best and scored a clutch goal for Arsenal. Shortly after, Paul Walker's life was taken in a car accident while he was leaving a charity event for typhoon relief.
Walker was one of the biggest action stars of his era, starring alongside Vin Diesel in The Fast and the Furious franchise. His final appearance was in Furious 7, where his character was given a loving sendoff, literally riding off into the sunset.
Robin William's Laugh Could Brighten A Room
In 2014, Robin Williams took his life one day after Ramsey scored a goal. The comedian spent years battling addictions and personal problems. After his passing, it was revealed that Williams had also been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease.
To his fans, he will always be remembered as the man who could light up an entire room with his smile. He was full of boundless energy that he turned into comedic gold. In 1997, his talent was rewarded when he won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Good Will Hunting.
Alan Rickman Cast His Last Spell
The film world said goodbye to one of its greatest actors in 2016 when Alan Rickman lost his battle with pancreatic cancer. The Die Hard and Harry Potter star was diagnosed a year prior after suffering a minor stroke.
The day before Rickman passed away, Ramsey scored a goal against Liverpool. It was the second goal of the match, which ended in a 3-3 draw. Although early in the new year, it was already the second time the Aaron Ramsey Effect struck.
David Bowie Lives In The Stars
Two days after his 69th birthday and the release of his album Blackstar, David Bowie passed away. Eighteen months prior he had been diagnosed with liver cancer, a condition he chose to keep private, only telling those closest to him.
Bowie was working on an off-Broadway musical at the time and became too ill to attend rehearsals. His producer revealed shortly after that, "He made Blackstar for us, his parting gift. I knew for a year this was the way it would be."
We Will Always Love Whitney Houston
Whitney Houston was found unconscious in her hotel bathtub in 2012 on the same day Aaron Ramsey scored a goal against Sunderland. Her tragic passing was officially called an accident after a mixture of illegal drugs were found in her system.
That same day, Houston was scheduled to attend a pre-Grammy party for Clive Davis. With the announcement of her passing, the party was turned into a tribute for the late great songstress, with Davis toasting to her at the start of the night.
Steve Jobs Last Hurrah
On October 2, 2011, Aaron Ramsey scored the only goal for Arsenal in a 2-1 loss to the Tottenham Hotspurs. Three days later, one of the biggest names in the tech world said his last goodbye.
Steve Jobs lost consciousness two days after the goal, when his pancreatic cancer relapsed. The next day he went into cardiac arrest with his wife, sisters, and children by his side. Jobs made a name for himself as the founder of Apple. He was also one of the first investors in Pixar Animation Studios.
Stephen Hawking Ran Out Of Theories
This one might be a stretch, but fans of the Aaron Ramsey Effect theory wholeheartedly believe the Welsh star was responsible for Stephen Hawking's death. Ramsey scored Hawking's fate-sealing goal on March 8, 2018. He died six days later.
One of the most famous names in science, Hawking was 76-years-old when he peacefully passed away surrounded by family. Later that year, his belongings were auctioned off for two charities; the Motor Neurone Disease Association and the Stephen Hawking Foundation.
Bruce Forsyth Worked Until The End
Bruce Forsyth passed away on August 18, 2017 from bronchial pneumonia at 89-years-old. In the two years leading up to his death, Forsyth was forced to cancel any public appearances, including hosting Strictly Come Dancing, as his health rapidly declined.
A few months after dying, BBC One aired a tribute to Forsyth, Sir Bruce: A Celebration, hosted by Tess Daily. During the show, several British celebrities were able to honor the television host and comedian who began his career in 1958 on Sunday Night at the London Palladium.
A Two-Year Wait
After Ted Kennedy passed away in 2009, the Aaron Ramsey curse wouldn't strike again for two years. Arsenal was facing English Premier League powerhouse Manchester United in May, 2011, when Ramsey scored the only goal of the game.
The loss was seen as a blow to Manchester United's chances at winning that year's Premier League. The bigger blow, however, would come 24 hours later, when the Aaron Ramsey effect zeroed in on its next target, and goodness was it a doozy!
Osama Bin Laden Never Stood A Chance
One day after Aaron Ramsey scored the deciding goal for Arsenal against Manchester United, Osama Bin Laden was killed by a United States military special operations unit. The death ended a months-long search for one of the world's most notorious terrorists.
Operation Neptune Spear was ordered by then-President Barack Obama, who authorized the team to raid Bin Laden's compound in Abbottabad. His body was buried at sea in accordance with Islamic law after it was positively identified.
Ken Dodd Never Left Liverpool
Comedian Ken Dodd passed away at 90-years-old in Knotty Ash, Liverpool in 2018. His passing came one day after Aaron Ramsey sunk a ball into the back of the net against AC Milan.
Amazingly, Ken Dodd was born in 1927 in Knotty Ash, Liverpool. The funnyman lived in his hometown his entire life, only venturing out to go on tour and record albums. When he knew he was going to be leaving the world, he returned to his childhood home, bringing his illustrious life full circle.
Ramsey's Double Bullseye Doomed Eric Bristow
On April 5, 2018, Aaron Ramsey scored two goals in a 4-1 beatdown of CSKA Moscow. That same day, legendary darts player Eric Bristow suffered a heart attack while in attendance at a Premier League Darts event.
Bristow had participated in a promotional tournament at the event and was leaving was he collapsed on the way to his car. He was rushed to the hospital, and his death was announced shortly after. The crowd at the event, which was still going on, was informed of the tragedy and a brief tribute was paid to the icon.
Another Controversial World Leader
Colonel Muammar Gaddafi died one day after Aaron Ramsey scored a goal against Marseille. His big kick happened in injury time, sending Arsenal home with the win. The next day, Gaddafi was captured and sent on to his next life.
Throughout his reign in Libya, Gaddafi was a controversial figure who was praised for his actions as much as he was criticized for them. After his death, his reputation took several major blows when dirty secrets he was keeping became public knowledge.
Boris Berezovsky Remains A Mystery
Remember that penalty goal that sealed Ray Williams fate? It also sealed the fate of Russian businessman Boris Berezovsky. Worth an estimated $3 billion, he was found dead by his bodyguard in 2013. Initial police reports indicated he had hanged himself.
Upon further investigation, several of the wounds found on Berezovsky's body were inconsistent with the conclusion, leading the coroner to conclude, "I am not saying Mr Berezovsky took his own life, I am not saying Mr Berezovsky was unlawfully killed... the burden of proof sets such a high standard it is impossible for me to say."
Ray Williams' Unlucky Penalty
Sometimes, people are just unlucky. We're going to use former NBA star Ray Williams as Exhibit A. He passed away one day after Aaron Ramsey scored a goal in a game he wasn't even supposed to play!
Ramsey was dealing with an ankle injury when Wales faced off against Scotland in a 2013 World Cup Qualifying match. A penalty kick was awarded to Wales in the 71st minute of the match, and Ramsey was chosen to take the kick.
Maybe It Should Be Called The Tottenham Curse!
Aaron Ramsey scored the first goal for Arsenal in 2016 match against Tottenham that ended in a 2-2 draw. Not long after, it was announced that former American First Lady Nancy Reagan passed away from congestive heart failure. She was 94-years-old.
Does it seem odd to anyone else that so many of these celebrities met their fates after Aaron Ramsey scored goals against the Tottenham Hotspurs? Maybe he's not the one that's cursed; maybe it's Tottenham, led by English superstar Harry Kane. Then again, looking back it this list, it's definitely Aaron Ramsey.