Tragic Happenings at Harry Nilsson’s Cursed Apartment

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  It was in the early 1970s that American pop-rock musician Harry Nilsson bought flat #12 in 9 Curzon Square, London. This apartment would soon become the subject of countless
theories, with many people speculating that Nilsson’s England home was cursed.
  Theories regarding the spooky residence first surfaced after the death of “Mama” Cass Elliot. According to The Telegraph, Elliot suffered a cardiac arrest at the age of 32 on July 29, 1974 while staying in the flat.
  The night before her death, Elliot was seen partying at Mick Jagger’s home, according to Debbie Reynolds.
  It was only four years later that another one of Nilsson’s close friends and fellow musicians, Keith Moon, moved into the apartment.
  Moon, best known as the drummer for British rock and roll band The Who, had been out with Paul and Linda McCartney on the night of September 6, 1978. The next morning, he was discovered dead as a result of a suspected overdose; he was also 32 years old.
  It was soon discovered that Moon, who was in the process of recovering from alcoholism, had taken 32 sedative pills in an attempt to ease withdrawal symptoms.
  Rumors flew once again after Moon’s passing. British journalist Tony Fletcher popularized the theory that “certain insiders” had told him that Moon had a visitor that night who may or may not have contributed to his death.
  According to Oxton University Press, Nilsson was incredibly distraught after Moon’s death. Moon, Nilsson, and former Beatle Ringo Starr (a good friend of the pair) recorded a song together three years earlier, aptly named “Together”.
  Although Nilsson never endorsed the idea of a curse, he sold the flat in 1980 to Moon’s former bandmate Pete Townshend.

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