The Final 24 is a compelling documentary series unlocking the hidden secrets, psychological flaws and events that result in the tragic deaths of six global icons. Every episode maps out the final 24 hours of a different famous person’s life. The series weaves the star’s back-story with events from their last day, which lays bare the threads of fate that led inextricably from childhood to the moment of death. These are no ordinary biographies. They’re psychological detective stories attempting to uncover the mystery of why the celebrity died.
S01:E01 - Sid Vicious
Punk icon, suspected murderer and heroin addict Sid Vicious has just been released from Rikers prison in New York City. After a night of celebrating his freedom with friends and family, he wakes suddenly. Hell-bent on self-destruction, Sid ingests a massive amount of heroin into his recently drug free body. Sid is discovered dead the next morning. Final 24 delves into his past to uncover the series of events that led to Sid Vicious’ death and reveals for the first time a shocking revelation that sheds new light on his last day.
S01:E02 - John Belushi
Legendary comic actor John Belushi is on a drug fueled binge in L.A. He’s far from those that love him and protect him from his own excesses. Belushi has been battling his drug addiction for seven years. Throughout the night, he ingests the massive amount of drugs that finally get the better of him. His body can no longer fight the toxic effects of the drugs. Final 24 investigates the root of Belushi’s drug addiction and uncovers the events that led to his final reckless act.
S01:E03 - River Phoenix
After a tough day on set, Hollywood golden boy River Phoenix hits L.A’s fashionable nightclub The Viper Room. He’s looking forward to getting on stage and jamming with his friends. This is a moment he’s been waiting for. When the plan changes, a disappointed Phoenix ingests a lethal cocktail of drugs, staggers outside and collapses on the sidewalk. Paramedics are unable to revive him and he dies shortly after. Final 24 recreates River Phoenix’s last day to tell the tragic tale of a young man whose short life was dominated by the constant pressure to perform.
S01:E04 - Hunter S. Thompson
Hunter S Thompson was an author trapped in the body of a rock star. His drug-fuelled adventures were legendary and became the basis of one of the classics of 20th century literature. Thompson’s constant questioning of authority and wild antics made him a hero for a generation of rebels across the globe. But in the end it wasn’t enough.
S01:E05 - Marvin Gaye
On his last day alive soul superstar Marvin Gaye is depressed and paranoid. He’s abandoned his latest tour and is holed up at his parents’ house in Los Angeles, California. His excessive drug use escalates and with it, the tension in the home. Soon, his lifelong power struggle with his father explodes in a violent climax as Marvin provokes his father into shooting him twice. Final 24 delves into the Prince of Motown’s violent childhood to uncover the root of Marvin’s strained relationship with his strict father and to understand his struggle with drugs.
S01:E06 - John F. Kennedy
John Kennedy Jr. was American royalty and a cultural icon. His promise of living out his political legacy bequeathed to him on the day of his father’s assassination, was cut short over the Atlantic Ocean one July night. Kennedy’s death and that of his wife and sister-in-law, were the result of a series of bad decisions Kennedy had made during his last day. A day plagued by stress when his life depended on his ability to think clearly. Final 24 examines the string of errors that led to his tragic demise.
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