ByRob Harris, writer at Creators.co
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Rob Harris

Years - even decades - after a celebrity dies, their bank account continues to accrue a fortune in posthumous dollars. Much of their estates grow from loaning out their likeness, but income also flows in from T-shirt and poster sales and even spectral holographic performances.

Their continually growing wealth is a testament to the lasting impact these legends still have, their legacies fueled by the undying love of their adoring fans. And remember, this is just how much they made in 2014 - the astronomical figures will blow your mind!

Michael Jackson

Postmortem paycheck: $140 million

Died: 2009

Cause: Overdose

Elvis Presley

Postmortem paycheck: $55 million

Died: 1977

Cause: Heart Attack

Elizabeth Taylor

Postmortem paycheck: $25 million

Died: 2011

Cause: Heart failure

Bob Marley

Postmortem paycheck: $20 million

Died: 1981

Cause: Cancer

Marilyn Monroe

Postmortem paycheck: $17 million

Died: 1962

Cause: Overdose

Bruce Lee

Postmortem paycheck: $9 million

Died: 1973

Cause: Cerebral edema

Steve McQueen

Postmortem paycheck: $9 million

Died: 1980

Cause: Complications from surgery

James Dean

Postmortem paycheck: $7 million

Died: 1955

Cause: Car crash

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