It’s hard to believe that some of the most like-able and pleasant actors, musicians, athletes, and celebrities have taken a human life regardless whether they intended to or did so accidentally. This is a list of 25 different cases where the death of someone you’ve never heard of occurred at the hands of a celebrity you most likely know by name.
Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini was one of the greatest boxers of his era and the lightweight champion of the world during the early and mid-1980s, but unfortunately he will be remembered for one of the worst tragedies in the sport’s history. While defending his world title for the second time he knocked out the South Korean challenger Duk Koo Kim in the fourteenth round after a brutal fight. Kim suffered brain injuries that led to his death four days later. Soon after the match all title bouts were shortened to a maximum of twelve rounds since many experts believed that Kim suffered the worst damage during the later rounds.
J. R. Smith
NBA player J.R. Smith was involved in a car accident back in June 2007 in which his car collided with another after he sped through a stop sign. As a result, Smith’s passenger and friend Andre Bell died at age twenty-one from brain injuries. Smith pleaded guilty and was sentenced to a month in jail but was released after serving only twenty-four days.
Even if you don’t know him by name you will definitely recognize his face from his role in Prison Break, in which he portrayed a defenseless young boy who went to jail for petty crimes and ended up committing suicide after constant abuse and rape. Ironically, Lane Garrison had to spend almost four years in prison in real life but this time for a more legitimate crime: the irresponsible actor was driving drunk and under the influence of drugs when he crashed his SUV and killed a seventeen-year-old passenger.
Three-time NASCAR champion and one of the most decorated drivers in the history of American auto sports Tony Stewart recently found himself in a tragedy that we usually see only in films. On August 9, 2014, Stewart competed in a sprint car race at Canandaigua Motorsports Park, in New York, during which he struck and killed fellow race-car driver Kevin Ward Jr., who was only twenty. Tony’s reps have claimed that he did not see Kevin, but another driver, Paul Kinney, stated: “I saw Kevin clear as day. Nobody else ran into him, either,” which makes us a little suspicious about what really happened that night.
The current general manager of the Edmonton Oilers is known for many things: he had one of the longest NHL careers that lasted eighteen seasons, won four Stanley Cups with two different teams (Edmonton and New York), was the last NHL player in history to compete without a helmet, and is also known for killing a twenty-six-year-old woman in a car accident that occurred while he was driving drunk. MacTavish was found guilty of vehicular homicide and spent a year in jail missing the 1984–85 season while another human being lost her life because of his criminally irresponsible driving.
It’s really hard to picture someone with such a warm, innocent smile as a killer but the fact is that Brandy, no matter how kind-heartened she might be, is responsible for another person’s death. The singer was involved in a fatal crash in 2006 that led to the death of Awatef Aboudihaj, a Los Angeles woman. She claimed responsibility as soon as it happened and agreed to compensate the woman’s family. Many witnesses heard her repeating, “I should have stopped.”
Keith Moon is one of the greatest drummers who has ever lived and one of the most recognizable faces of the legendary band The Who; but these are pretty well-known facts. One of the lesser-known facts regarding Keith Moon, however, occurred on January 4, 1970, when Neil Boland, who was Moon‘s driver and bodyguard, was accidentally run over and killed by Moon’s Bentley. Tragically, neither Moon nor any of the other passengers realized that as the Bentley moved forward, Boland wound up beneath the car and dragged down the road to his death.
Do you remember that beautiful model who became recognizable for being the “Noxzema Girl” and got small roles in several films and TV shows such as Beverly Hills, 90210, Urban Legend, and Scream 2? Now that you probably remember, did you know that she’s also responsible for the death of a nine-year-old boy during an acciden that happened as she was driving through Los Angeles back in 2001? Sorry guys but I hate her guts since then, especially when I found out she got away with paying only a simple fine and a suspended license.
Huddle Ledbetter, better known as Leadbelly, was one of the very first African-American country blues artists to become popular and accepted by a white audience. He was also known for being a womanizer and a heavy drinker who got in trouble pretty often. In 1917, Leadbelly reportedly killed a man over a woman. He was initially sentenced with thirty years of hard labor on a Texas prison farm but after serving eight years he was given a pardon by the governor.
The rock music impresario who’s responsible for hits like “Da Doo Ron Ron,” and “You’ve Lost that Lovin’ Feeling,” shocked the world on February 3, 2003, when he accidentally murdered the beautiful actress and model Lana Clarkson during one of his perverted games. Her body was found slumped in a chair with a single gunshot wound to her mouth with broken teeth scattered all over the carpet. According to documents filed by the prosecution, Spector had previously pulled a gun on four women so it wasn’t the first time he played such dangerous games, but unfortunately this time the whole thing went horribly wrong.
William S. Burroughs
Burroughs is without a doubt one of the three most influential figures of the Beat Generation along with Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg. He became known for his classic novel Naked Lunch and his paranoid, futuristic voice which, combined with his drug habit and open homosexuality, helped him stand out from the conservative society in which he lived.
Despite being gay he got married twice because as he said, he was trying to have a normal family. On September 6, 1951, however, he went way too far when he accidentally shot and killed his second wife, Joan Vollmer, with whom he had a child, during what was reportedly a drunken attempt to imitate William Tell’s feat of shooting an apple off his son’s head.
Michael Jace became known for playing a gay police officer in the TV series The Shield, but in real life he’s on the other side of the tracks in every way. In May of this year he was charged with his second wife’s (April Jace) murder; she was found dead from multiple gunshot wounds in their home. Jace and April had been married eleven years and had two kids together.
On August 5, 1987, after the immense success of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Broderick was vacationing in Northern Ireland with Jennifer Grey, when he veered their rented BMW into the wrong lane on a local country road smashing into a car driven by thirty-year-old Anna Gallagher. Both she and her mother, Margaret Doherty, 63, died instantly while Broderick got away with a fractured leg and ribs, a collapsed lung and a concussion.
He was later convicted of the lesser charge of careless driving and fined $175 in what was described as a “travesty of justice” by the Irish media.
Charles S. Dutton
Charles S. Dutton is known for having one of the brightest smiles and most sympathetic faces in all of Hollywood, but growing up during the late 1960s in the Baltimore ghettos he was more of the aggressive type. When he was seventeen he got into a fight and stabbed the other guy to death. He was charged and convicted of manslaughter, and spent the next seven years in prison.
The former first lady of the United States was involved in a fatal car accident that took place in Texas back in the early 1960s, when she was only seventeen. Apparently, Laura was driving her Chevy sedan to a local drive-in when she ran a stop sign and crashed into another car, killing a seventeen-year-old student named Michael Douglas. Thank God it wasn’t Hollywood’s well-known playboy of the same name.
One of the most famous punk rockers in history, Sid Vicious, will mainly be remembered for his wild lifestyle and even wilder live performances as a member of the Sex Pistols, but also for stabbing his twenty-year-old girlfriend, Nancy Spungen, to death in a room at New York’s Chelsea Hotel. Only three months after committing the crime his mother found him dead from a heroin overdose, adding his name to the long list of cursed poets and rock stars of the twentieth century who lived fast and died young.
Back in 1993 a young Snoop Dogg wasn’t as chill and peaceful as he appears nowadays. He was involved in the death of Philip Woldemariam, a gang member who was shot and killed by Snoop and McKinley Lee, the rapper’s bodyguard. However, thanks to their lawyer, Johnnie Cochran, both Snoop and his bodyguard were found not guilty on grounds of self-defense
Back in 1984 a Finnish hard rock band called Hanoi Rocks was in Los Angeles for a show and the band partied with Neil at his house. When they ran out of alcohol, Neil and Hanoi Rocks drummer Nicholas Dingley decided to go to the local liquor store to restock. On the way there, a drunken Neil lost control of his sports car and smashed into another car. The two people in the other car were seriously injured but survived.
Dingley was not so lucky and died instantly. Neil’s blood alcohol level was .17, almost twice the California legal limit of .10 at the time and he shockingly got away with it, serving only thirty days in jail.
C-Murder is a forgotten rapper who had some success during the late 1990s and was known for being Master P’s brother, who also used to be a top-selling rapper during the ‘90s. However, eventually his life and career took a wrong turn when in 2002 he beat, shot, and murdered a sixteen-year-old fan of his music, Steve Thomas, at a Louisiana nightclub. The question is: If he treats his fans like they’re not even human what would he do to those who actually don’t like his “art”? Scary thought!
Despite Chris’s dedicated fans claiming that this was a conspiracy and that he never murdered his family, we’re afraid the results of the investigation and autopsy indicate otherwise. On June 25, 2007, the famous wrestler most likely first killed his wife, Nancy, then strangled their seven-year-old son, Daniel, and then hanged himself in what may be one of the greatest family tragedies involving a professional athlete.
Jim Gordon was one of the most talented musicians and songwriters of the ‘60s and ‘70s who worked with some of the greatest music artists of all time, such as George Harrison, Alice Cooper, John Lennon, and Eric Clapton, with whom he co-wrote the epic “Layla.”
Unfortunately Gordon’s life is also one of the most tragic and dramatic since June 3, 1983, when he murdered his mother during a schizophrenia episode, which had not yet been diagnosed, and was subsequently sentenced to life in a psychiatric prison.
The most corrupt boxing promoter in history was an even worse man outside the ring. Back in the mid-1950s he shot and killed an unarmed man named Hillary Brown, who was attempting to rob one of his gambling houses, and King got away with it since the court ruled it a “justifiable homicide.” Then in 1966 he killed a second man, an employee who owed him $600, but this time he was sent to prison for fifteen years, though he served just short of four years. After that he went on to become a rich and famous boxing promoter, a fact that makes you seriously question the morals of our society.
A man spilling his drink accidentally onto Aaron Hernandez while dancing in a crowded nightclub was enough for the former New England Patriots player to commit murder. Hernandez felt terribly disrespected by the incident as he later confessed during the investigation; for this reason he followed the man and his friends, opened fire on their car, killing two and wounding a third.
If Hernandez gets away with it, too, then we will totally lose trust in the justice system and in humanity as a whole.
Oscar Pistorius shot and killed his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkampon, on Valentine’s Day 2013 but he denied he did it on purpose from the start, saying he believed she was an intruder who broke into his house. Even though nobody believed his odd claims and crocodile tears, according to the even more humorous South African justice system he was found not guilty of murder yet guilty of manslaughter.
Rae Carruth’s case is probably the worst on this list seeing as the former NFL star dreamed up and organized the crime with a sane mind when in 2001 he hired his friend and nightclub manager Van Brett Watkins to beat and murder his girlfriend and unborn son. Carruth was at the scene and fled as soon as shots were fired.
Unfortunately the woman died, but the doctors managed to save her son, Chancellor Lee Adams, who was born with a severe case of cerebral palsy and has to spend the rest of his life in a wheelchair thanks to his “daddy.” Carruth and his accomplice are in prison, rotting away as they should be.