25 Celebrities Who Died in Horrific Car Crashes

An estimated one million people a year die in road crashes. The Association for Safe International Road Travel also reports that 3,287 people, on average, are killed in car crashes every day. A percentage of those people who lost their lives were famous celebrities.

Some people may think that celebrities are less likely to fall victim to car accidents because they have safer, more expensive cars. However, that is not the case. In fact, most of the crashes in this list were caused by speeding and driving recklessly in a luxurious car.

The celebrities who died in horrific car crashes all left an impression on the world. Some of them were known as Hollywood movie stars while others were artists and singers. To this day, each of these celebrities is greatly missed by their friends, fans, and families.


Jackson Pollock

Pollock https://www.jackson-pollock.org/biography.jsp

Jackson Pollock, an American painter, was born on January 28, 1912, in Wyoming. During the height of his artistic career, his artwork was renowned for his unique painting technique.

At the time, there weren’t many artists who were pouring and splashing paint onto a canvas. Pollock was considered one of the first major figures in the abstract expressionist movement. Pollock passed away at the age of 44 from a single-car accident in 1956. 


John Forbes Nash Jr.


A person must show extensive passion, hard work, and dedication in their field in order to be awarded a Nobel Prize. In 1994, John Forbes Nash Jr. received the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences for the creation of his game theory.

Nash not only dedicated his life to fundamental mathematics but to understanding complex theories of decision-making and chance. Nash was 86 years old when he passed away in 2015.


Heather Bratton


Heather Bratton began her modeling career at a very young age. She was just 15 years old when she decided to attend modeling school. Even though Bratton’s modeling career was cut short, she was able to grace the covers of popular magazines like Covergirl and Vogue.

Bratton was only 19 years old when she was killed in a three-car collision on the New Jersey Turnpike in 2006.


Harry Chapin

Harry Chapinhttps://ultimateclassicrock.com/harry-chapin-dies/

Harry Chapin started off his musical career during his high school years. He sang in the boy’s choir before creating a band with his brothers, Tom and Stephen. After college graduation, Chapin began working as a documentary filmmaker.

However, in 1971 he turned back to his musical roots and formed a new band. They eventually signed with Elektra Records. Sadly, 10 years after returning to music, Chapin was killed in a car accident on the Long Island Expressway.


Marc Bolan


During the early 1970s Marc Bolan, an English singer and songwriter, was considered one of the pioneers of the glam rock movement. He and his band, T. Rex,  were breaking boundaries when it came to traditional rock and roll.

Before Bolan passed away in 1977, the band released four psychedelic rock albums. While the band does have a small collection of hit singles, many fans wonder what might have become of the British band if it hadn’t been for Bolan’s untimely death.


Jessica Savitch


Jessica Savitch was born on February 1, 1947, in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania. After graduating high school, she attended Ithaca College where she earned a degree in Journalism.

Savitch is most commonly known for being the weekend anchor for NBC News in the late 1970s. People would tune in for her charming smile and welcoming personality. She passed away on October 23, 1983, from a fatal road accident.


Adrian Adonis


When Keith Franke was a young man, he trained with wrestling superstar Fred Atkins. He started off his professional wrestling career under his real name. However, sometime in the early 1980s, Franke decided to change his name to Adrian Adonis.

From there, his wrestling quickly became a success. He was known for his flamboyant costumes and garish make-up. Fans often wonder where his career would have taken him if he didn’t pass away at the young age of 34.


Duane Allman


Growing up in Nashville, Tennesee, Duane Allman and his brother were constantly surrounded by music. Around their community, they were known as the Allman Joys for their funky music and go-getter attitudes.

The brothers finally got their big break when they joined the band Hourglass in the late sixties. Unfortunately, Allman was killed in a motorcycle crash just a few weeks after the release of his first successful hit song.


Cliff Burton


On February 10, 1962, Jan and Ray Burton welcomed their youngest child, Cliff Burton, into the world. Burton started playing the piano at the age of six. After his brother passed away, when he was 13, Burton turned his focus to learning how to play the bass.

Burton became famous as the bass guitarist for Metallica. He continued to make music and play with his bandmates until his death in 1986.


Lisa Lopes

Lisa Lopeshttps://www.nytimes.com/2002/04/27/us/lisa-lopes-rapper-dies-in-honduras-crash-at-30.html

Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes was born on May 27, 1971. She grew up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, with a love for music. Lopes began writing and singing her own songs before the age of 10.

By the age of 19, Lopes was involved in a professional musical group called TLC. The R&B girl was extremely successful right up to her death in 2002.


Dražen Petrović

Boston Celtics https://www.basketball-reference.com/players/p/petrodr01.html

Dražen Petrović was born on October 22, 1964, in Šibenik, Croatia. Growing up, Petrović knew he was a bit different from the other children. He was almost always the tallest in his class. Throughout his high school career, Petrović grew to be known as a basketball star.

He took his talents to the European professional basketball league before joining the National Basketball Association in 1989. Nine years after Petrović’s death in a traffic accident, he was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame.


Junkyard Dog

Junkyard Doghttps://prowrestlingstories.com/pro-wrestling-stories/junkyard-dog-family-tragedy/

Much of the world knew Sylvester Ritter by his stage name, Junkyard Dog. He wanted to be portrayed as a fierce wrestler no one wanted to mess with. During his early career, Ritter dreamt of becoming a football player. However, life had other plans for him.

He grew to fame from working as a professional wrestler for the World Wrestling Federation. Tragically, Ritter passed away in 1998 in a single-car accident after returning home from his daughter’s high school graduation. 


Jayne Mansfield

Jayne https://www.biography.com/actor/jayne-mansfield

Many young girls have dreams of growing up and becoming a Hollywood star. Jayne Mansfield made her dream a reality. The young Pennsylvania native moved to Hollywood, Califonia, to start her career off as a nightclub entertainer.

During the early 1950s, Mansfield was known as Hollywood’s sex symbol and rising star. She was also one of the very first Playboy Playmates. Sadly, she passed away at the young age of 34 in New Orleans after a fatal car crash.


Linda Lovelace

Linda lovelacehttps://www.biography.com/performer/linda-lovelace

Linda Susan Boreman, also known as Linda Lovelace, was born in January 1949 in New York. She spent her childhood dreaming of being an actress in films and on Broadway.

However, her career took a turn when she starred in her first adult-rated movie in 1972. She became extremely successful in her new career field. Lovelace had an estimated 100,000 net worth before her death in a traffic collision in 2002. 




Johann Hölzel, also known by Falco, was born on February 19, 1957, in Vienna Austria. His singing career skyrocketed after he recorded the hit single Rock Me Amadeus. The song, inspired by the movie Amadeus, quickly became a number one hit all over the world.

Throughout his career, he went on to have other popular hits like Jeanny, Coming Home, and Out of the Dark. Falco passed away in a car accident at the age of 40, on February 6, 1998.


James Dean

James Deanhttps://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/james-dean-dies-in-car-accident

There are a few actors that go down in history for being a cultural icon. James Dean is one of those celebrities. He grew to popularity after landing his first speaking role as John the Baptist in the television show Hill Number One.

Decades after his fatal car crash on September 30, 1955, he is still loved and adored. Some people speculate that the Porsche he was driving the night of his death was cursed.


Randy Savage

Randy Savagehttps://www.espn.com/espn/news/story?id=6570335

Randy Savage, also known as Macho Man, was an American professional wrestler and actor. He was born on November 15, 1952, in Columbus, Ohio. Savage was most commonly known for his time working at the World Wrestling Federation and the World Championship Wrestling cooperation.

Many were devastated upon hearing news of his passing in 2011. He died shortly after having a heart attack while driving and crashing into a tree.


Sam Kinison


The famous comedian, actor, and former Pentecostal preacher, Sam Kinison, was killed in a horrific car crash in 1992. He is still greatly loved and remembered by his friends, family, and fans.

Kinison’s legacy will live on through his comedic performances, television shows, and movies. Some of his most memorable traits were his intense comedy style, charismatic personality, and overly distinct scream.


Ryan Dunn

Ryan Dunnhttps://jalopnik.com/jackass-star-ryan-dunn-dies-in-car-accident-5813585

Jackass is an American reality comedy franchise starring Bam Margera, Steve-O, Ryan Dunn, and Chris Pontius. On June 20, 2011, the cast of this show and millions of fans were devastated to hear of Ryan Dunn’s untimely death.

The beloved actor died on a Pennsylvania highway after losing control of his Porshe. Police records released that Dunn was driving around 140 mph that fatal night.


Billy Martin


Billy Martin, also known as Alfred Manuel Martin Jr, was an American baseball player who dedicated almost every aspect of his life to his career.

He started off as a second baseman in the American Major Baseball League, then became manager of the New York Yankees towards the end of his career. Martin was 61 years old when he passed from a deadly car accident in 1989.


Paul Walker

Paul Walkerhttps://www.huffpost.com/entry/paul-walker-funeral_n_4448823

The famous Hollywood actor, Paul Walker, was best known for his roles in The Fast and Furious franchise. The movie revolves around illegal street racing, heists, and spies.

It’s unfortunate that Walker then met his untimely demise during a horrific car crash in 2013. Hundreds of close family and friends attended Walker’s funeral on December 14, 2013, at the Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Hollywood Hills.   


Andy Marte

Andy Martehttps://www.baseball-reference.com/players/m/martean01.shtml

One of the beloved members of the professional baseball league was killed on January 22, 2017. Andy Manuel Marte, a Dominican Republic native, sadly passed away in a crash in his home country.

During his baseball career, he played as a third baseman for the Atlanta Braves, Cleveland Indians, and the Arizona Diamondbacks. He was considered to be a passionate player with a good attitude and a positive outlook on life. 


Grace Kelly

Grace Kellyhttps://www.townandcountrymag.com/society/tradition/a26860987/grace-kelly-death-true-story/

Grace Kelly truly lived a fairytale life. She made a name for herself as a beloved American film actress. Then in 1956, she became the Princess of Monaco when she married Prince Rainier III.

Kelly was able to enjoy 26 years of married life before she and her daughter died in a car crash. It is believed they were on their way to a train station when Kelly made a sharp turn that caused the car to go over a cliff.


Princess Diana


The world stood still when news broke of Princess Diana’s death. She was beloved by not only the British community but by the entire world. Diana was considered to be the people’s princess.

Her untimely death came when she was leaving The Ritz Carlton hotel in Paris, France, around midnight. Both she and her romantic lover, Dodi Fayed, were killed.

An estimated 2.5 million people tuned in to watch the beloved princess’ funeral held at the Westminster Abbey in London, England.


Yordano Ventura Hernández


Yordano Ventura Hernández was born on June 3, 1991, in the Dominican Republic. He grew up with dreams of someday becoming a professional baseball player. With hard work, passion, and dedication, Ventura made his dream a reality when he made his MLB debut in 2013.

Sadly, Ventura’s baseball career was cut short when he died in a deadly car crash in Juan Adrian, Dominican Republic. 

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