It has been over 35 years since Elvis Presley's death, however, the legacy left by the musician is immortalized within contemporary culture. The tributes to dead celebrities show the impact that these stars had and continue to have as their messages, music and movies resonate in society. Whether they are members of the Forever 27 club, including Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and Jim Morrison, Amy Winehouse and Kurt Cobain, or actors gone too soon like Heath Ledger and Marilyn Monroe, these icons can still be seen promoting from the grave.

Though many see these offerings as terrifying tributes, it is a reminder of the legacy these individuals have left, especially the permanent tattoos of dead celebrities gotten by extreme fans. Some companies take it too far in capitalizing on dead stars, as Tupac's Coachella performance was highly criticized and seen as blasphemy.

The work of other celebrities seem to have a more altruistic consequence, such as the legacy of John Lennon.