In a world where the famous are idolised, sometimes those who purport to love them become so obsessive that those feelings of adoration turn to jealousy, rage, and violent murderous intent.
In other cases being a high profile celebrity makes you a sufficient target for an unhinged nutter.
Perhaps your status aligns you with political figures that can draw unwanted, violent attention?
Or, in the often violent world of gangsta rap, your neighbourhood and the criminal figures around you are the biggest threat.
There is a worryingly long list of musicians who have been murdered; John Lennon, Dimebag Darrell, Marvin Gaye, Tupac Shakur, and Notorious B.I.G. to name just a few.
This list looks at those lucky musicians who survived their attackers.
10. Miley Cyrus
In 2008 the FBI discovered a very strange and elaborate plot to murder the former Hannah Montana.
A 16-year old was arrested having smuggled handcuffs, duct tape and rope onto a plane bound for Nashville. His plan, allegedly, was to hijack said plane and crash into the stadium in which Miley was performing in Lafayette, Louisiana.
The FBI confirmed that the teen had divulged that he fully intended to die, despite later downplaying the overall threat of the incident.
As elaborate as this plan sounds, there are conspiracy theories online that Disney have already killed and cloned Miley Cyrus in response to her wild child behaviour.