13 Celebrities Who Almost Died
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.
Saturday Night Live alum and 30 Rock star Tracy Morgan is lucky to be alive after a 2014 car accident nearly claimed his life. Morgan was travelling in a limo van with friends when a Walmart transport truck struck their vehicle, killing comedian James McNair and critically injuring Morgan. The truck’s driver admits to having been awake and driving for 26 hours straight before causing the crash and was later charged and convicted.
Morgan was in a coma for two weeks following the crash and claims that he “went to the other side” but that God told him “your room ain’t ready.” He has since recovered and within a year of the accident, Morgan was back on TV hosting SNL.
It doesn’t happen often, but sometimes missing your flight can be a good thing. On September 10th, 2001 Family Guy creator Seth McFarlane had a little too much to drink and suffered from a terrible hangover the next morning when he was set to fly from Boston to Los Angeles. Between his groggy state and having been given the wrong departure time, MacFarlane missed his flight by just 15 minutes.
He later learned that same flight was the one that was hijacked and flown into the North tower of the World Trade Center, killing everyone aboard. MacFarlane later said that he felt “very, very, very lucky” after learning about his near death experience.