15+ Famous Celebrities who Nearly Died and Few Know about it

Death comes for everyone at some point in our short lives. It’s something we can’t escape from. And the same goes for the rich and famous in this world too. On more than one occasion, celebrities have found themselves face to face with the Grim Reaper. Some of them died way before their time. 

Some of them were a little luckier. They almost died and returned from the other world to describe their near-death experience. Here is a list of Celebrities Who Nearly Died. 

Drew Barrymore (Slipped off and Hit her Head on Concrete)

Drew Barrymore revealed in a 2017 interview that she almost died while filming Santa Clarita Diet. During a scene that the famous actress had to jump on a man’s back, she slipped off and hit her head on the concrete.

Paramedics arrived on the set and took the actress to a nearby hospital. She took all kinds of tests via MRIs and CAT scans for the next 48 hours. Barrymore described the traumatic experience as “f***ing terrifying.”

George Clooney (Had a Scooter Accident)

George Clooney loves riding scooters in Italy as he has admitted before. This, however, could have been fatal for the Hollywood megastar. 

During the summer of 2018, Clooney had a scooter accident that could have easily killed him. According to the local reports, a car cut him off and they collided. Clooney “jumped” 20 feet in the air from the impact of the collision and flew over the car that he hit. He was lucky enough to walk away with just scrapes and bruises this time. 

Owen Wilson (Overdosing on Pills)

In 2007, Owen Wilson came close to taking his own life. He was covered in blood and in a state of confusion when he was discovered by his brother Luke Wilson.

He had tried to take his life at the age of 38 by overdosing on pills while simultaneously slitting his wrist. 

Leonardo DiCaprio (Survived a Shark Attack)

Leonardo DiCaprio survived a shark attack back in 2006. The famous actor revealed his terrifying story during an interview with Ellen DeGeneres in 2014. 

During an underwater expedition in Cape Town, the actor was feeding a great white through a shark cage. A big wave flipped the cage though and the shark landed with half its body inside.

Leo flattened down at the bottom of the cage, while the big shark kept trying to take a bite of him. 

Martin Lawrence (Suffered a Heat Stroke in 1999)

The famous comedian suffered a heat stroke in 1999 that almost killed him. Lawrence 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.

Jane Seymour (Had a Severe Case of the Flu)

Jane Seymour was one of the most beautiful Bond girls ever. But you probably know that already. What you may not know is that she almost died when she was only 36 years old.

Seymour had a severe case of the flu and was given an injection of penicillin. She suffered an allergic reaction which led to a near-death experience that changed her life forever. 

Rachel Bilson (Almost Died in a Car Accident)

Rachel Bilson almost died in a car accident when she was 14 years old. She basically died and came back from the dead, as she often describes her near-death experience. The actress suffers from migraines to this day as a result of her injuries back then.

Gary Busey (Had a Scary Motorcycle Accident)

In 1988, he 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, but he miraculously survived.

Since then, Busey went on doing some awesome movies including Point Break and Predator 2. 

Sylvester Stallone (Wanted the Fight Scenes to Look Realistic

In Rocky 4, Balboa defeats Ivan Drago in the Russian’s backyard. In real life, however, things were a little different. Sylvester Stallone wanted the fight scenes to look realistic. So he kept pushing Dolph Lundgren to hit him harder. 

Lundgren agreed to not hold back and punched Stallone so hard in the chest that almost killed him. Like literally. Stallone’s heart slammed against his breastbone and began to swell. “The beating became labored, and without medical attention, the heart would’ve continued to swell until it stopped,” Stallone said in an interview, who spent a couple of weeks in an intensive care unit.

Jason Statham (Truck Brakes Failed on Set of The Expendables 3)

The “baddest” and “toughest” dude in all Hollywood could be dead now. Yep, Jason Statham almost died after truck brakes failed on set of The Expendables 3. The badass from Shirebrook had to leap from the wagon he was driving, seconds before it plunged 60ft into the sea. 

Johnny Depp (Nearly Met His Maker while Shooting the Lone Ranger)

Johnny Depp nearly met his maker while shooting the Lone Ranger. During a stunt that went horribly wrong, “Jack Sparrow” slipped out of his saddle and underneath the hooves of the horse he was riding at a full gallop.

The famous actor not only was lucky enough to walk away with his life from all this, but he also did so unharmed too! 

Orlando Bloom (Fell Three Stories Attempting to Climb a Drain Pipe)

Orlando Bloom almost died when he was 21. The injury left the actor paralyzed for several days but fortunately for the actor he survived.

Emilia Clarke (Suffer Two Brain Aneurysms in 2011)

The Games of Thrones star nearly died after suffering two brain aneurysms in 2011. Her health problems began soon after she finished filming the popular TV show’s first season. Her condition required life-saving surgery. 

She recently talked openly about her dramatic experience and shared images of her hospitalization. 

Ryan Reynolds (His Parachute Failed to Deploy)

As a teenager, Ryan Reynolds pursued a skydiving license with a group of friends. After a number of successful jumps, the 13th proved to be true to its name(unlucky). His parachute failed to deploy, causing him to plummet wildly to the ground below.

Ryan told Jimmy Fallon that he was scared to pull his emergency chute for fear of having no backup. Thankfully, the reserve pull saved the famous actor, but he still retains a fear of flying.

George Lucas (Involved in an Almost Fatal Car Crash)

George Lucas didn’t have a lot of plans and ambitions as a youngster. He only wanted to race cars and have fun with his friends. Three days before his graduation from high school though, he got involved in an almost fatal car crash.

For three days he hung between life and death. He was hospitalized for two weeks more. During that time he realized his purpose in life and a few years later he “changed” galaxy’s history for good. 

50 Cent (He was Shot Nine Times)

50 Cent cheated death in 2000 when he was shot nine times. 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.”

The famous rapper picked up wounds in his hand, hip, both legs, chest, and his face. 

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