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Death is inevitable, but that doesn't mean that the influence of people will fade away. Some people might be surprised that people cry over the deaths of people they don't know, which include celebrities, but that's just proof of how great those individuals were during their time.
As such, it is no wonder that some people who have passed away are still earning millions of dollars each year.
Elizabeth Taylor passed away on March 23, 2011, yet this actress and humanitarian are earning money because she appeared in many Hollywood films that have become classics.
Earning $9 million this year, Steve McQueen was known as "The King of Cool" because of the counterculture movement back in the 1960s. He appeared in movies such as The Magnificent Seven, The Great Escape, and Papillon.
One of the greatest musicians in history, David Bowie passed away early this year at the age of 69. But before he died, he was able to release his haunting and critically acclaimed album called Blackstar.
Bettie Page was 85 years old when she passed away on December 11, 2008. She basically became a sex symbol thanks to her pin-up photos back in the 1950s. Even today, many people copy her style of having those iconic black bangs and blue hair.
You might be surprised that Albert Einstein ended up in this list, but one of the greatest theoretical physicists of all time obviously deserves recognition. After all, he was responsible for the general theory of relativity.
John Lennon recently had his birthday this October 9, and people are gonna remember him for his iconic look and his sheer artistry. Whether you prefer listening to Imagine over Jealous Guy, what matters is that you can understand the depth of John Lennon's emotional creativity.
You might think that you don't know who he is, but Theodor Geisel is actually Dr. Seuss. As such, he was the one who wrote The Cat in the Hat, Green Eggs and Ham, and Horton Hears A Who. All in all, he has sold around 600 million books all over the world.
Even if he is dead, his legacy of peace and love clearly lives on with so many people being familiar with his songs and his face. After all, he's basically the face of reggae.
Just like David Bowie, Prince died this year on April 21. He was only 57 years old, yet he has also been an incredibly influential artist like David Bowie. He was quite flamboyant and he knew how to be an innovative musician. Rolling Stone even declared him as the 27th most influential artist of all time.
The King of Rock and Roll is not only a music icon as he is also a cultural icon that defined the 20th century. Throughout the existence of record music, he has always been regarded as the best-selling solo artist in the world. Globally, it is believed that he has sold 600 million units.
Arnold Palmer might be earning so much even after his death, but he is not as popular as other people in this list. Still, he is regarded as one of the best golf players in history.
If you ever read comics, you will most likely have read Peanuts. The Peanuts comic strips were some of the simplest and most familiar works out there. If you want to know more about Charlie Brown, you should go read Peanuts.
The King of Pop might be dead but that doesn't mean that his classics will stop being classics. From Thriller to Man in the Mirror, Michael Jackson's songs will forever be part of pop culture and societal consciousness.
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