As a society we tend to treat our celebrities as if they were gods, so it’s no wonder so many of them seem to think they’re invincible. Here are 13 celebrities who learned of their mortality the hard way: by experiencing a close brush with the big sleep.
Throughout the ‘70s, Gary Busey wowed us with his acting chops appearing in films like A Star is Born and The Buddy Holly Story, which earned him an Oscar nomination. But in 1998, his career and his life were nearly ended by a motorcycle accident. Busey, who was not wearing a helmet at the time, lost control of his bike and cracked his head open on a curb, requiring immediate surgery. Busey survived, but suffered permanent brain damage from the accident and hasn’t quite been the same since.