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Also interesting are the celebrities whose pageviews are still spiking compared to the numbers from before their passing. “There are plenty of possible reasons for this; perhaps the person was relatively unknown before, and their death increased their visibility. Or maybe there was a renewed interest in their life’s work,” writes Goldenberg.
He’s not wrong; the top four seeing an increased interest in the wake of their passings are rapper Lil Peep, Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington, Cranberries singer Dolores O’Riordan, and singer Christina Grimmie. In the case of Bennington and O’Riordan, it’s likely a renewed interest, as both had seen their celebrity diminished somewhat in recent years; their deaths hit old fans hard. Lil Peep, despite being relatively unknown, received plenty of press and tributes upon his passing, due to a rabid fanbase, and has been routinely name-checked as an influence on the rising tide of “emo rap.” And Grimmie, unfortunately, is likely seeing the traffic due to the tragic, shocking nature of her death.