As the fourth highest cause of death in the United States, accidental deaths remain a major statistic that could be avoided. Many of your favorite celebrities nearly became the victims of this tragedy, whether it was a horrific car accident or a minor stunt gone wrong on the movie set. We take a look at 10 celebrities that almost left us for good due to a mishap; one of them was actually taken away for a split second at the young age of 16.
The first person featured on this list nearly made matters worse with a simple smoke break.
10. Joaquin Phoenix’s Car Accident
Joaquin Phoenix spent years of his life battling alcoholism, and in 2005, he decided to check himself into rehab. While he was riding down the highway in Hollywood, he accidentally ran his car off the road, which resulted in the vehicle being flipped over a handful of times. The reason for this mishap was faulty brakes. To make the situation almost worse, Phoenix decided to pull out a cigarette without knowing the gasoline leakage nearby. Director Werner Herzog, who was fortunately nearby, stopped him from causing a catastrophe and helped the actor out of the car.
9. Johnny Depp’s Airborne Disaster
Johnny Depp and The Rum Diary director Bruce Robinson were on a private jet to discover new locations to shoot the flick when the engine suddenly shut off. Both men started laughing hysterically until the jet started moving again. Dying from a plane crash while laughing yourself to tears is probably a noble way to go, though.
8. Miles Teller’s Life Altering Ride
Before landing the role of Peter Hayes in the Divergent film series, Miles Teller was studying at New York University. In 2007, his whole life changed when his friend drove 80 mph on the highway and lost control of the vehicle. Teller was ejected from the car and received massive scars on his face. Today, he still has several scars left from the accident, but he won’t let that deter him from having a successful acting career.
The next situation led to a reunion of a beloved pop punk band.
7. Travis Barker’s Plane Tragedy
In 2008, Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker and producer DJ AM were headed back home after performing in South Carolina when a plane malfunction forced the two men to exit the vehicle before it exploded; they were the only survivors of the incident. This situation led to talks of Blink-182 reuniting.
6. Michael J. Fox’s Sudden Asphyxiation
Michael J. Fox had a near death experience while shooting Back To The Future III. In the scene where his character Marty McFly is dangling from a noose, the actor was in severe trouble as the rope was tied a bit too tight. Unfortunately, he passed out for 30 minutes, but he regained consciousness when they took him down.
5. Rachel Bilson’s Revival
Unlike everyone else on this list, a then-16-year-old Rachel Bilson was actually pronounced dead following a horrific car accident involving her friends. Fortunately, the paramedics tried their best to revive her, and it was a success.
The next person on the list nearly became a casualty in the biggest terrorist attack in U.S. history.
4. Seth MacFarlane’s Close Call
On September 11, 2001, Seth MacFarlane was headed to Los Angeles, but due to a hangover and the wrong departure time given, he showed up 10 minutes after the gates closed. Minutes after the occurrence, American Airlines Flight 11, which was Seth MacFarlane’s way home, was hijacked and eventually crashed into the World Trade Center.
3. Sean Kingston’s Jet Ski Horror
Singer Sean Kingston invaded the charts with hits such as “Beautiful Girls” and “Fire Burning,” but the Jamaican star nearly lost his life after a 2011 jet ski accident in Miami. Days after the accident, he suffered a torn aorta, which required some surgery. With two life-ending situations back to back, Kingston has been living a safe lifestyle.
2. Charlize Theron’s Neck Hazard
The character Aeon Flux is known for dying at the end of every episode, and actress Charlize Theron almost suffered the same fate while shooting the 2005 film adaptation of the popular MTV cartoon. On the tenth day os shooting, the actress suffered a life threatening neck injury that required her to stay in the hospital for five days. Due to a herniated disk, she had to go through six weeks of physiotherapy.
The final person on this list had immense thoughts of suicide from this accident.
1. George Clooney’s Broken Back
George Clooney had a major scare when he suffered a severe brain injury on the set of the political thriller Syriana. With memory loss and massive headaches from the situation, the actor thought about committing suicide, but luckily, he found a great neurologist and went through a series of surgeries to alleviate the pain.
While all of these situations have a happy ending, it’s always important to be on the lookout for anything suspicious, and you should always check any sort of vehicles or electronics for any faulty parts that could lead to any sort of injury or worse.
What are your thoughts on this list? Are there any other celebrities that nearly escaped death? Have you or someone you know manage to also dodge death’s grip during a sharp turn of events? Let us know in the comment section below, and be sure share this article with your friends and family!