It is always shocking when the world of celebrity lifestyles comes crashing into the world of real-life crime. Most of us think of celebrities as living in some sort of a fantasy land where they can do as they wish without any real consequences. While that’s sometimes true, most of the time it’s not. History is littered with examples of famous people who have committed serious crimes and have wound up paying a steep price for their transgressions.
There is no crime more serious than murder. To take the life of another person intentionally is reprehensible to say the least, whether you’re a celebrity or otherwise. Shockingly, there have been plenty of celebrities over the years who have been found guilty of this act. Despite having all of the money and fame they could need, something caused the people on the list below to commit the most serious of crimes – sometimes with a close friend or family member as the victim.
Here’s a list of celebrities who have killed someone in the past, whether intentionally or accidentally. Each circumstance is a little bit different, but the outcome is obviously a tragedy regardless of the details of the case.
The famous boxing promoter is also famous for another reason – he was convicted of second degree murder in the ’60s. King was found guilty of stomping to death an employee who owed him a sum of $600. After the trial, the conviction was reduced to nonnegligent manslaughter, and King wound up serving just under four years in prison for the crime.
Considering the violent nature of the crime, and the fact that King had previously killed another man in a confrontation that was deemed to be justifiable homicide, it seems that King was fortunate to not serve a longer sentence. Of course, after he was released from prison, he went on to a long and profitable career as a boxing promoter.