Celebrity is a privilege bestowed upon the few so that the many can enjoy their talents. That privilege comes with many perks from free (and expensive) gifts to global recognition. What celebrity cannot achieve is an immunity from death; like each one of us – celebrities are not immortal and sooner of later the grim reaper comes for them as it comes for each of us.
These 18 celebrities were called away from this earth much earlier than they might have been; all of them either jumped to their deaths or fell to them in accidents. Tragedy strikes celebrities as much as anyone.
#18 Owen Hart
The professional wrestler, Owen Hart, fell to his death in front of an audience during the Kansas City “Over the Edge” pay-per-view performance. His passing was the result of a stunt gone wrong; he was to be dropped into the ring from a crane but his safety release mechanism failed and he fell 78 feet onto the rope at the edge of the ring before being flung back into it.
#17 Jerry Fuchs
Gerhardt “Jerry” Fuchs was an indie musician who was a member in several bands including Maserati and Turing Machine. In 2009, Jerry was stuck in an elevator in a building in Brooklyn, NY. The emergency services arrived and pried the doors open. Jerry tried to jump out of the elevator and instead fell down the elevator shaft killing him instantly.
#16 Spalding Gray
The American actor and writer, Spalding Rockwell Gray, is best known for the autobiographical monologs that he wrote and which were performed in theaters around the nation for two decades. After a car crash in 2001 left him with horrendous health problems; Spalding took his own life in 2004 by jumping off the Staten Island Ferry and drowning.
#15 Capital Steez
The artist known as Capital Steez to the public and as Courtney Everald Dewar Jr. to his friends and family would become famous following his death by suicide. He jumped from the roof of the Cinematic Music Group’s headquarters after notifying his friends of his intention on social media.
#14 Albert Ayler
Albert Ayler was a well-known avant-garde saxophone player in the 1960s. On November 5, 1970, his body was pulled from the New York City, East River no-one knows if he was jumped or pushed. He did, however, have a history of threatening to kill himself and had previously jumped from the Staten Island Ferry.