UPDATED: Yesterday, Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsey scored in a 3-3 draw with Liverpool. This morning, the world learned that Alan Rickman—one of the greatest working actors, world-famous for roles like Hans Gruber, Severus Snape, and the Sheriff of Nottingham—was dead at 69. His cause of death: Aaron Ramsey, maybe.
The death certificate will list cancer, but that doesn’t mean Ramsey didn’t play a role, perhaps. There’s this theory Out There that Ramsey, an all-action midfielder with a curiously sharp nose for goal, is cursed. The main evidence for this is that Ramsey, a Welshman, is very good at soccer, and it is indeed possible to count every very good Welsh soccer player in the history of the sport up to and including Ramsey on Jason Pierre-Paul’s right hand. Being a very good soccer player of course isn’t easy. It demands sacrifice. For a Welshman, it demands grave sacrifice indeed: Ramsey goals coincide with the death of one of mankind’s rich and famous.
This may sound like so much poppycock to the motherless nonbelievers among us, but examine the evidence. Ramsey scored yesterday; Alan Rickman died today. Ramsey scored last Saturday; David Bowie died Sunday.
Here’s a riddle for you, what connection do the following celebrities have in common: Osama Bin Laden, Whitney Houston, Paul Walker, Muammar Gaddafi, Steve Jobs, Robin Williams and Sir Richard Attenborough? Besides the obvious similarity that all of these famous people are deceased, the one other noteworthy connection is Arsenal soccer star, Aaron Ramsey. The mystery of Aaron Ramsey and his bizarre connection to the untimely demise of celebrities has been documented since early May of 2011.
On May 1st, 2011, at just 20 years-old Ramsey scored a goal against Manchester United at Emirates stadium. The next day, the leader of Al Qaeda, the largest terrorist organization in the world, Osama bin Laden, 54, was found in a compound in Pakistan and shot dead by Navy Seals.
Later that same year on October 2nd, Ramsey scored again, this time against the Tottenham Spurs at White Hart Lane. Less than 72 hours later, Apple CEO and iPhone creator Steve Jobs, 56, died at his home in California after a long battle with pancreatic cancer.
Just weeks later, Ramsey scored again. That goal was a dramatic last second goal against Marseille during the UEFA Champions League. Twenty-four hours later, Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, 69, was captured, tortured and killed by rebels near his home town of Sirte.
In February of 2012, midway through the EPL season, the now 21 year-old Ramsey scored a brilliant goal against Sunderland, within a mere hours of Ramsey’s goal, The Bodyguard actress, and Pop Music Diva, Whitney Houston was found dead in a bathroom at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles.
Less than a year ago in November of 2013, Ramsey kicked off his 2012-2013 EPL campaign with not one, but two goals against Cardif. Shortly thereafter, the world learned of the death of Fast and the Furious star, Paul Walker, 40, who ironically died in a high speed car crash.
Since that time, Ramsey has scored a handful of goals with little to no celebrity deaths to report of leaving many to suspect and defend the now infamous “Aaaron Ramsey Curse” as nothing more than strange coincidences or media conjecture. But, the curse has sparked new life at the start of the 2014-2015 EPL season that kicked off two weeks ago.
Shortly after Ramsey scored a goal in Arsenal’s first game against Manchester City on August 10th, beloved actor Robin Williams was found dead at the age of 63 in his home after he reportedly hung himself with his own belt.
But the “Grim Reaper of Soccer” didn’t stop there. Over the weekend, on Saturday August 23rd, even the great American goalkeeper, Tim Howard, couldn’t save a life as Ramsey scored a goal in Arsenal’s 2-2 draw against Everton. After the final whistle blew, I immediately began working on this article. Who would die next? Was the curse legitimate or coincidental speculation? Either way, we would have our answer.
This post was written by Albert Saliba