50+ Celebrities Who Have Almost Died

List of celebrities who have almost died, loosely ranked by fame and popularity. Every day, people all over the world are involved in incidents that could easily be fatal. Celebrities have almost died due to accidents, overdoses, and illness. Several famous actors and actresses nearly died while performing stunts for their films.

Who is the most famous person who almost died? George Clooney tops our list. Clooney almost died when he broke his back while filming¬†Syriana. Other actors who almost died on a film set include¬†Jackie Chan, Chevy Chase, and Jaimie Alexander.¬†Coincidentally, two of the stars of¬†Ted¬†almost died in the September 11 attacks. “Family Guy” creator Seth MacFarlane had a ticket to board American Airlines Flight 11 on 9/11. MacFarlane arrived at the airport 10 minutes too late to board the plane that later crashed into the North Tower of the World Trade Center. Mark Wahlberg was booked on that same flight, but he changed his plans last-minute, opting to travel to Toronto before heading to LA. Blink 182 drummer Travis Barker survived a¬†celebrity private jet¬†crash.

In the summer of 2016, Sarah Silverman suddenly¬†came down¬†with a rare case of epiglottitis – a condition where the epiglottis (the cartilage covering the windpipe) becomes inflamed¬† and blocks airflow to the lungs. She was rushed to Cedar-Sinai hospital where she credits the doctors with saving her life. “I was drugged just enough to not feel the pain and have no idea what was happening or where I was. They had to have my hands restrained to keep me from pulling out my breathing tube,” she explained.

Through it all, she managed to keep her sense of humor. Apparently while high on meds, Silverman “stopped a nurse – like it was an emergency – f¬†uriously wrote down a note and gave it to her. When she looked at it, it just said, “Do you live with your mother?” next to a drawing of a penis.”

Isla Fisher almost drowned when filming¬†Now You See Me. She was performing a stunt underwater when she became trapped for over three minutes. “My chain got stuck. I had to really swim to the bottom; I couldn‚Äôt get up. Everyone thought I was acting fabulously. I was actually drowning. No one realized I was actually struggling,” she recalls. The safety latch was eventually pulled, and Fisher was saved.

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In 2016, Ellie Goulding almost drowned in a frozen lake while traveling through Norway on the European leg of her tour. Photographer Conor McDonnell said he and Goulding had to climb out of the roof of the car in the black of night and in -25C weather to escape. 

Leo was almost eaten by a shark while diving in South Africa. According to the¬†Titanic¬†star, he was in a cage that was supposed to protect him from the great white while it ate tuna from the water around him. But when a wave came that flipped the cage, the¬†shark landed¬†with half its body inside. Leo laid flat at the bottom of the cage, and narrowly escaped being bitten when the shark snapped five or six times just an arm’s length away.

That’s not even the only time extreme sports have almost killed him. On a sky diving trip, Leo’s chute was too tangled to open properly. When his diving companion tried the second chute, that one was tangled too. They managed to get it to open in midair, but were going so fast when they hit the ground that there was a good chance they would break their legs. Luckily, they barrel rolled, got banged up, but survived.

Tracy Morgan was on his way back from a show when the car he was riding in was hit by a truck. One person, Morgan’s friend, was killed in the six-car accident. Morgan was left in critical condition with several broken bones, and he was released from the hospital one month later.

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George Clooney almost died when he broke his back while filming¬†Syriana. The pain of the injury even made Clooney contemplate suicide. He recalls, “I was lying in a hospital bed with an IV in my arm, unable to move, having these headaches where it feels like you’re having a stroke, and for a short three-week period, I started to think, ‘I may have to do something drastic about this’ … but I never thought I’d get there.”

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Anne Hathaway almost died while vacationing in Hawaii in 2014. She was swimming in the ocean when she got caught up in a dangerous riptide. A surfer was able to get to the the Oscar-winning actress and pull her to shore.

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In 1988, Gary Busey was involved in a horrible motorcycle accident. Busey suffered from a cracked skull, and doctors thought he may have permanent brain damage. He was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.

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Johnny Depp almost died in 2011 when he was flying in a small plane with director Bruce Robinson. They were mid-flight when the engines suddenly died out. Depp said: “The sound of the engines stopped. There was silence. Bruce and I were looking at each other and I think I said, ‘Is this it?’ It was like this weird extended moment when you’re just floating for a second, and you could feel this unpleasant descent.” Moments later the engines kicked back on, ensuring that Jack Sparrow would grace the silver screens again.

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Rachel Bilson almost died in a car accident when she was 14 years old. She said, “I basically died and then came back. The window went into my head. It was really gross.” The actress suffers from migraines as a result of her injuries.

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Black Sabbath frontman Ozzy Osbourne almost died in an ATV accident in 2003.¬† He suffered from a broken collarbone, eight fractured ribs that pinched several blood vessels, and a damaged vertebrae in his neck. He says, “The bloody thing nearly killed me. I am lucky to be here today and not paralyzed.”

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Blink 182 drummer Travis Barker almost died when he was involved in a plane crash in 2008. He described the incident saying: “I opened a door, and my hands caught Ô¨Āre. I ran to get out of the plane, but I fell through a wing. I immediately soaked up with jet fuel and caught Ô¨Āre. And then I was on Ô¨Āre, running like hell. I was running for my family: I didn’t care about anything except being with my dad, my sister, Shanna, my three kids. I’m completely naked, holding my genitals ‚Äď everything else is on Ô¨Āre ‚ÄĒ and I‚Äôm running, trying to put myself out.” Sadly four people died in the plane crash. Barker and DJ AM (Adam Goldstein) were the only survivors. One year later, DJ AM died of a drug overdose.

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Joaquin Phoenix almost died in a car accident in 2006. Phoenix’s brakes failed, making him flip his car and crash into another vehicle. Lucky for him, director Werner Herzog lived near the crash site. Phoenix recalls the event saying, “I remember this knocking on the passenger window. There was this German voice saying, ‘Just relax.’ There’s the airbag, I can’t see, and I’m saying, ‘I’m fine.’ I am relaxed. Finally, I roll down the window, and this head pops inside. And he said, ‘No, you’re not.’ And suddenly I said to myself, ‘That’s Werner Herzog’ There’s something so calming and beautiful about Werner Herzog’s voice. I felt completely fine and safe. I climbed out. I got out of the car and I said, ‘Thank you,’ and he was gone.”

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Kanye West almost died in a car accident in 2002. West recalled the event, saying: “Well, the only thing this accident is saying is, ‘I am about to hand you the world, just know at any given time I can take it away from you.’ To nearly lose your life, to nearly lose your mouth, your voice, your whole face, as a rapper… and I had to be on TV! My face looks crazy to me now… But I have to just thank God for the situation that I am in…” West wrote his hit single “Through the Wire” about the accident.

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Donald Sutherland almost died of spinal meningitis when he was filming¬†Kelly’s Heroes¬†in 1970. “I got sick in the middle of shooting¬†Kelly’s Heroes. I came to Yugoslavia for a day’s filming, and I was out for six weeks,” Sutherland recalls. “They took me to hospital – I had spinal meningitis. They didn’t have the antibiotics, so I went into a coma, and they tell me that for a few seconds, I died. I saw the blue tunnel, and I started going down it. I saw the white light. I dug my feet in.”

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Sharon Stone almost died twice. In 1990, she was involved in a head-on collision. ‚ÄúI was hit head-on and don‚Äôt know how I escaped with my life. I dislocated my jaw, sprained my back, broke a rib, and twisted a knee. I was put in a back brace and told to stay in bed for six months,‚ÄĚ Stone recalled. In 2001, Stone nearly died from a brain aneurysm, and she even claims that she saw the “white light.”

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50 Cent almost died in 2000 when he was shot nine times at close range. He recalls the incident, saying, “It happens so fast that you don’t even get a chance to shoot back… I was scared the whole time… I was looking in the rear-view mirror like, ‘Oh @#!*%, somebody shot me in the face! It burns, burns, burns.”

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Orlando Bloom almost died when he was 21 after he fell three stories attempting to climb a drain pipe. The injury left the actor paralyzed for several days.

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Chevy Chase almost died in 1981 when he was electrocuted on the set of Modern Problems. He lost consciousness and had a near-death experience.

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In 2005, Eminem almost died of a methadone overdose. He said, “My doctor told me the amount of methadone I’d taken was equivalent to shooting up four bags of heroin. Even when they told me I almost died, it didn’t click.”

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“Family Guy” creator Seth MacFarlane had a ticket to board American Airlines Flight 11 on September 11, 2001. Fortunately for him, MacFarlane was hungover, and he had been given the wrong departure time. He arrived at the airport 10 minutes too late to board the the plane that later crashed into the North Tower of the World Trade Center.

MacFarlane explains how he deals with the event saying, “The only reason it hasn’t really affected me as it maybe could have is: I didn’t really know that I was in any danger until after it was over, so I never had that panic moment. After the fact, it was sobering, but people have a lot of close calls. You’re crossing the street, and you almost get hit by a car… This one just happened to be related to something massive. I really can’t let it affect me because I’m a comedy writer. I have to put that in the back of my head.”

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Hugh Hefner almost died when he choked on a sex toy. When asked of a time he came close to death, the¬†Playboy¬†founder recalled, “What is the closest I‚Äôve come to death? There was a moment when I was having sex with four Playmates and I almost swallowed a Ben Wa ball.‚ÄĚ

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Jason Statham almost died during the filming of Expendables 3. The brakes went out in a truck he was driving, and he was propelled into the ocean.  Somehow, Statham managed to free himself from the vehicle and swim to safety.

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Drew Barrymore almost died in 2001, when the house she shared with then-husband Tom Green caught on fire. Their dog woke them up in the middle of the night, saving their lives. The house suffered an estimated $700,000 in damages.

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Martin Lawrence almost died after suffering heat stroke in 1999.The comedian was wearing several layers of clothing while jogging in the heat in an attempt to lose weight for a role. When he returned home, he had a temperature of 107. Lawrence was rushed to the hospital where he briefly slipped into a coma.

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    Gerard Butler almost drowned in 2011 when he was filming the surfing movie Of Men and Mavericks.

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    Charlize Theron almost died when she injured herself on the set of Æon Flux. She broke her neck while performing a backflip. She was hospitalized for the injury, and shooting was postponed eight weeks.

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    Director George Lucas was in a terrible car accident when he was in high school. He nearly died and was hospitalized for over two weeks.

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    In 1964, Peter Sellers suffered eight heart attacks following a night of using amyl nitrate. His next heart attack was in 1977, and he died following yet another heart attack in 1980 at age 55.

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    Ryan Reynolds almost died in a skydiving accident when his shoot failed to open. He explains, “When I was 17 years old, I took a skydiving course, and it was just awful. Every second of it was just truly horrendous. On my 13th jump, I jumped out of the plane, and my chute failed. It came out the wrong way, I had to pull the reserve. I got down on the ground, removed my urine-spackled jumpsuit, threw it at the guy, and got in my car and drove extremely slowly home. It was the worst. Now I get on planes, and I can’t do it anymore.”

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    “Dallas” actor Larry Hagman almost died due to liver failure in 1995, but he was able to receive transplant just in time to save his life.

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    In his autobiography, Tony Bennett recalled a time that he almost died of a drug overdose: “A golden light enveloped me in a warm glow.I had the sense that I was about to embark on a very compelling journey. But suddenly I was jolted out of the vision … I knew I had to make major changes in my life.”

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    Elizabeth Taylor almost died in the late 1950s. She was actually pronounced dead while undergoing surgery. She says that she “went to that tunnel, saw the white light.” Then, in 1958, she was scheduled to be on a plane that crashed, killing her (third) husband Mike Todd and the three others on board. She stayed on the ground because she had a cold. Taylor died in 2011 at age 79.

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    Paris Jackson almost died when she tried to take her own life in 2013. She took a large number of pills and cut herself with a knife.

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    Burt Reynolds almost died when he was trying to get rid of a drug addiction. He slipped into a coma, and he says that he could hear doctors saying, “We’re losing him.”

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    Eric Roberts almost died in a car accident in the 1980s. He even went into a coma.

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    Nikki Sixx was declared dead for two minutes after a heroin overdose in 1987. He says that he had an out-of-body experience.

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    Diane Kruger nearly died when she was strangled by Quentin Tarantino on the set of¬†Inglorious Basterds.¬†Tarantino wanted to get a “realistic” strangling scene, so he told Kruger, “I’m gonna just strangle you, alright? Full on, I’m gonna cut off your air, for just a little bit of time. We’re gonna see the reaction in your face, and I’m gonna yell ‘cut.'” The scene went too far, and Kruger actually lost consciousness.

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    In 1972, Ed Begley Jr. was attacked by a gang of teenagers in Compton, CA. He was stabbed and beaten so badly that his lungs collapsed.

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    Michael J. Fox almost died on the set of¬†Back to the Future Part III¬†when a stunt went wrong. The actor misplaced his hands during a hanging scene, and he ended up really hanging by a noose. He passed out before someone noticed that he wasn’t acting.

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    Marin Sheen almost died of a heart attack while filming Apocalypse Now. At the time, he was shooting deep in the jungle and had to crawl for help. He recovered after a few weeks.

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    Jane Seymour almost died at age 36 when she received a penicillin injection that led to a severe allergic reaction. She recalls her near-death experience saying, “I literally left my body. I had this feeling that I could see myself on the bed, with people grouped around me. I remember them all trying to resuscitate me. I was above them, in the corner of the room looking down. I saw people putting needles in me, trying to hold me down, doing things. I remember my whole life flashing before my eyes, but I wasn’t thinking about winning Emmys or anything like that. The only thing I cared about was that I wanted to live because I did not want anyone else looking after my children. I was floating up there thinking, ‘No, I don’t want to die. I’m not ready to leave my kids.’ And that was when I said to God, ‘If you’re there, God, if you really exist and I survive, I will never take your name in vain again.’ Although I believe that I ‘died’ for about 30 seconds, I can remember pleading with the doctor to bring me back. I was determined I wasn’t going to die.”

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    Owen Wilson was hospitalized following a suicide attempt in 2007.

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    Mark Wahlberg was scheduled to fly on American Airlines flight 11 on September 11, 2001. Wahlberg changed his plans last-minute, deciding instead to stop in Toronto for a film festival before heading back to Los Angeles. Flight 11 later crashed in the World Trade Center. Wahlberg says that he has had nightmares about what would have happened had he been on that plane.

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    Sylvester Stallone almost died on the set of¬†The Expendables¬†when he broke his neck performing a stunt. He describes the incident saying, “Actually, my fight with Stone Cold Steve Austin was so vicious that I ended up getting a hairline fracture in my neck. I‚Äôm not joking. I haven‚Äôt told anyone this, but I had to have a very serious operation afterwards. I now have a metal plate in my neck.”

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    Jackie Chan is a master of performing stunts, but sometimes things go wrong. When filming Armour of God, Chan missed his landing when jumping into a tree. He crashed to the ground and smashed his head. He almost died, and he now has a plastic plate in his head.

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    Comedian Kathy Griffin almost died after having elective liposuction surgery.

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    Tom Green almost died in 2001, when the house he shared with then-wife Drew Barrymore owned caught on fire. Their dog woke them up in the middle of the night, saving their lives. The house suffered an estimated $700,000 in damages.

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    In 1990, Gloria Estefan almost died when her tour bus was hit by a semi-truck. She broke her back in the accident.

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    Sean Kingston almost died twice after being involved in a jet ski accident in 2011. He suffered near-fatal injuries as a result of the accident, and later, when he was about to be released from the hospital, he felt a stabbing pain in his chest. Doctors performed emergency surgery and found that Kingston had a torn aorta.

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    Lou Gossett, Jr. nearly fell to his death when he was 12 years old. He was playing baseball when he fell into a deep hole. He says that he recalled going through a tunnel of light.

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    Rebecca De Mornay almost died from a peptic ulcer when she was a little girl. She recalls her near-death experience saying, “One night, the doctors told my mother that there was only a 50/50 chance that I’d make it. I remember that I was tied to three IVs, but I recall getting out of bed and looking out of the window: it was snowing. There was an old-fashioned lamppost, and barefoot children were dancing around it, singing. I went back to bed, and the next morning, the crisis was over. In 1983, I started thinking about it: ‘Does it ever snow in Mexico City? Do they have these strange kind of lampposts there?’ I went back to Mexico and I didn’t see those lampposts anywhere. Nor does it ever snow there.”

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    The Game (Jayceon Terrell Taylor) almost died when he was shot five times in 2001. He was in a coma for three days.

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    Surfer Bethany Hamilton almost died from a shark attack, which caused her to lose her arm. The film Soul Surfer is based on her experience.

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    2 Chainz almost died when he was robbed at gunpoint in 2013. “I saw the gun before I saw him… It was so heavy, he couldn’t really hold it… The gun was so big; that’s what made me take off running,” the rapper recalled. He later found bullet fragments in his hair.

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    Roxy Music frontman Bryan Ferry almost died in 2000 when he was flying on a British Airways flight. A passenger charged into the cockpit and attacked the pilot, causing the plane to nose dive. The passenger was eventually detained, and the pilot regained controls of the plane.

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    Margaret Hamilton almost died on the set of The Wizard of Oz when a trap door malfunctioned and she caught on fire. She received second and third-degree burns and refused to work with fire for the rest of the shoot. She took six weeks off to recuperate before returning to the set.

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    Bollywood actor John Abraham almost died after he was shot by a co-star while filming in 2012. The gun was loaded with blanks, but it was fired much too close to Abraham. He recalls, “Everything happened in the heat of the moment. Nobody expected the intensity and the velocity of those blank bullets. I should have checked the gun.”

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    Actress Jaimie Alexander almost died on the set of Thor when she slipped on a metal staircase while filming a stunt. She slipped a disc in her spine, chipped 11 of her vertebrae, dislocated her left shoulder, and tore a rhomboid on her left side.

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