Gerard Butler's 'Close Call' and Other Celebs With Near-Death Experiences

January 6, 2012 By:
Gerard Butler's 'Close Call' and Other Celebs With Near-Death Experiences

Gerard Butler needs a raise. Next time you complain about your job, take solace in the fact that at least you didn’t almost die at work. And if you did almost die at work, well--you need a raise, too.

Last month, the 42 year-old actor was seriously injured in a surfing accident while filming the movie Mavericks.

Gerard said the accident “was maybe one of the few times that reports were not exaggerated. It was a pretty close call."

He added that a series of giant waves "just took me in, and I couldn't get up. It was pretty hairy."

Butler isn’t the first celebrity to open up about a near-death experience. Here are 5 more stars who saw their lives flash before their eyes.


Kanye West: When Kanye was in the studio for his debut album, “College Dropout,” he fell asleep at the wheel and crashed into an SUV going 50 mph. Not a good way to start your career. Kanye rapped all about it in Through The Wire.


Drew Barrymore: In 2001, when Drew was engaged to Tom Green, the two woke up in the middle of the night to find their house engulfed in flames. They escaped from the back entrance just as the flames took the house down. The fire was started by an electrical malfunction and surprisingly wasn’t a massive stunt for The Tom Green Show.


Sharon Stone: Sharon Stone felt a sharp pain in her head back in 2001, and she thought she was having a stroke and said the pain felt like she "had been shot in the head." After arriving at the ER, she revealed that she had bleeding in the brain due to a brain hemorrhage. When that happens, people sometimes don’t even make it to he hospital alive. Close call!


Sean Kingston: Last year, Sean was involved in a skiing accident that left him in critical condition. After spending weeks in the hospital’s trauma unit, Sean was finally released, and he looked very healthy--and slimmer. Not an easy way to lose weight, but hey, whatever it takes.


Kathy Griffin: The comedienne almost went down in a plane crash back in 2006. She was taking a private jet from Burbank to Northern California and a fire sparked in the cockpit. Thankfully, the pilots landed back in LA, and Kathy was safe.