The idea that life often reflects art is one that many of us are familiar with. In most cases, these parallels between fact and fiction feel like harmless fun. However, there are times when the blurred line between the two can begin to feel disquieting, as if more than coincidence were involved.
From novels that have proved incredibly prophetic, to famous faces that ended in eerily familiar ones. Here are some of the most tragic examples of life imitating art.
10 Carrie Fisher and the fate of Princess Leia
We imagine her with cinnamon buns, a flowing white robe and a blaster pistol in her hand. In fact, actress and writer Carrie Fisher is best remembered as the woman who brought life to legendary Star Wars heroine Princess Leia.
Fisher experienced a medical emergency on a flight from London to Los Angeles in 2016. After four days in a coma, she died sadly at the age of 60. Shortly before her death, Fisher had completed scenes for Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi her fifth official outing as Leia.
Although the opportunity to see her back on the big screen was greeted by many as a touching tribute, others – including Fischer's own brother – found it hard to swallow certain scenes. He pointed to the uncomfortable irony that Episode VIII saw Leia fall into a coma, a sequence the actress had shot in real life just months before her fate. [19659002ObwohlFisherauftragischeWeiseniewiederdasBewusstseinerlangtekämpfteihrfiktiverKollegeaneinemanderenTagAlssolcheswirdFisher'sVermächtnisdurchdieFigurunddieSzenendiesiebereitsabgeschlossenhatweiterlebenEsisteinbittersüßesSilberfutterdasihremvorzeitigenVerlustdenStachelnichtganznimmt
9 The disappearance of Agatha Christie
Agatha Christie is the best selling author of all time. Her world-famous thrillers sold more than a billion copies in English and another billion copies in translations. So it's fair to say that she knew a thing or two about writing a compelling mystery.
However, it was their personal affairs that had the public in December 1926 under control. In an incident that could have been lifted Right out of one of her books, Christie disappeared without notice.
Her uncharacteristic and inexplicable absence quickly made headlines, and thousands of volunteers ransacked the country in search of clues. When their car was abandoned near a quarry and their coat and identity card thrown away, many feared the worst. When it became apparent that her husband had recently announced plans to leave her for another woman, the suspicion fell on him. 
Christie was eventually found eleven days after her first disappearance. But it was not a happy ending. Somewhat disturbingly, she had checked in with the name of her husband's new lover in a hotel, claiming she did not remember the ordeal.
Doctors diagnosed concussion and amnesia, and the author would again talk little about the difficult time. New theories suggest that she had thought of suicide and been hiding in religious disgrace.
The more general belief is that the stress of her husband's betrayal has contributed to her existing depression over the loss of her mother. The combination of the two proved too much and caused a nervous breakdown.
8 Mary Shelley and her husband drown
Mary Shelley is the author of the adored horror novel Frankenstein . Another of her major works, Mathilda was released years after her death because her publication was suppressed by her father. Due to his Gothic exploration of an incestuous infatuation, he feared that readers would think that it was autobiographical.
In the novella there is a scene in which the titular heroine hurries to the sea. She is worried about the news that someone she loves could have drowned, but she would arrive too late to save him. 
A few years after she was written, Shelley would mirror herself The actions of her character when her own husband found a similar watery ending. Shelley later commented on the weird comparisons between the two incidents. She described how she had identified with the plight of her tragic heroine and considered the book as "prophetic."
7 HG Wells and the Atomic Bomb
The story is best remembered by HG Wells as author of the lingering science-fiction film Classics like The War of the Worlds The Time Machine and The Invisible Man . Since Wells was a pioneer of the genre, his writing was often considered before his time, with forward thinking ideas and technologies that would later become reality.
One of his most disturbing predictions appeared in his 1914 novel, The World Set Free . He described a weapon of unprecedented power that would be thrown off planes to unleash immense suffering in the world beneath. He called it the "atomic bomb."
Three decades later, a frighteningly similar nuclear weapon actually appeared, even having the same name. When the bomb was unleashed on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, it was claimed that even those involved in its development were disturbed by the sheer scale of the misery it caused. Maybe things would have turned out differently if they had taken a closer look at the moral warnings in Wells's fiction. 
6 Grisly end of a famous dog
The 1989 comedy action film K-9 is about a policeman and his faithful, furry companion. The climax of the film sees the dog shot as he tries to arrest a criminal. Although he is badly injured, he manages to get through, and everyone lives happily ever after.
In real life things were much less well. Koton, the movie's four-legged star, was a real police dog away from the big screen. He had a successful career and was responsible for more than 24 arrests.
Heartbreakingly, Koton, just like his character before him, was shot dead in 1991 while persecuting a suspect. Unfortunately, unlike his fictional counterpart, he did not make it. 
5 The death of Paul Walker
The American actor Paul Walker is best known for his longtime role in the "Big Budget" Fast and the Furious franchise. The movies are action-high octane, full of high-speed chases and dramatic stunt sequences.
This fact made his death in 2013 even more difficult for his fans and loved ones. Walker was killed in a car accident at the age of 40 when the Porsche driven by his friend collided with a lamppost and went up in flames.
The production of the seventh film of the series already ran at the time of his death. The filmmakers decided to use existing footage of the star to achieve a suitable result for his character. This was considered an appropriate and sensitive way to preserve the memory of the actor. 
4 Eva Cassidy and & # 39; Fields Of Gold & # 39; s;
Given the widespread admiration that exists for Eva Cassidy It is hard to believe that she was virtually unknown at the time of her death from melanoma in 1996. Only 33 years old at the time, she regularly appeared on the local music scene in Washington DC.
But with most of your unpublished recordings were still largely unknown to international audiences. These various unheard tracks were posthumously compiled and released, resulting in extensive radio plays, platinum sales and a brand new appreciation of the tragic star.
Shortly before her death, however, Cassidy had released Live at Blues Alley a collection of intimate recordings. It would prove to be the last release in her lifetime. This album contained their version of "Fields of Gold". Originally from Sting, this is a title that turned out to be one of the most famous and popular songs. 
The touching irony of The Last Verse – with texts remembered after you left – was not lost to many. This feeling took on a whole new meaning when the singer died a few months after the release of the song. Thanks to the music she left behind, Cassidy is at least lovingly remembered, as the song wanted it to be.
3 Bill Turnbull and standing in front of the Crab
Bill Turnbull is a journalist and broadcaster and a familiar face on British television. Fans of The Great British Bake Off from around the world may also recognize him as part of a charity special from the famous tent.
The episode, first aired in early 2018, was produced in support of Stand Up to Cancer (SU2C). The aim was to raise awareness of the importance of health checks as well as the provision of funds to improve treatment and survival rates.
Turnbull was diagnosed with painful irony of prostate cancer while filming took place. Although he went through several rounds of chemotherapy to slow the spread of the disease, he later announced that his case had not been completed. Given the situation in dignity, he has used his story to further promote the importance of regular checkups. 
2 J.K. Rowling and the loss of her mother
J.K. Rowling is best known as the author of the Harry Potter series . Rowling had been working on the first book for about six months when her mother died of multiple sclerosis. She was only 45 years old and knew nothing of the fame and fortune that awaited her daughter.
At that time, when the book was still in an early draft, the eponymous boy wizard had already been written as an orphan. Suddenly, however, Rowling found herself without any parental ties and could identify with the sadness of her fictitious hero on a much higher level.
This clearer understanding of the grief she had written for him was so profound that Rowling was forced to revise the scenes of his loss. The death of his parents was no longer overlooked. Instead, they were steeped in a heavy dose of abundance and emotional weight.
As Rowling himself said, "Everything deepened and darkened."  Although this was to the benefit of the story, this Rowling should not be forgotten. He had to bear Harry's pain first-hand to gain this heartfelt insight.
1 The sinking of the Titanic
Morgan Robertson's 1898 novella, Futility The Wreck of The Titan ), was a huge, luxurious ocean liner carrying an iceberg hit and sank, killing almost everyone aboard.
Yes, indeed, the sinking of the Titanic is another example of a terrible event in reality that was uncannily predicted in fiction. The book was published 14 years before the Titanic 's damned journey, but the name and fate of the two ships were not the only striking similarities.
It's no wonder that many Robertson once believed to be clairvoyants They begin to dive into the many annoying parallels. These include the size and capacity of the two ships as well as complicated, finer details such as the number of lifeboats available. 
Even the time and date of impact of each ship on the iceberg are almost identical. Prophecy? Coincidence? Whatever the case, it is one of the most tragic cases of art that the world has ever imitated.
Callum McLaughlin is a freelance writer living in Scotland. He writes content on a variety of topics for blogs, websites and magazines. He is on Twitter where he will always chat about books, cats and tea.