Today’s tragic news of Ryan Dunn’s passing away left us thinking of all the other celebrities who experienced untimely deaths.
Death never comes on time, but for some, it just seems way too soon. Today, we’re remembering some celebrities who passed away in unfortunate accidents.
James Dean: Dean was killed at the height of his career, in 1955, while he was driving his Porsche 550 Spyder, which he named “Little Bastard”. He became the first person to win Best Actor posthumously. A week before his death, Dean showed off the car to actor Alec Guinness, who warned: “If you get in that car, you will be found dead in it by this time next week.”
Princess Diana: The world was shocked in 1997, when it was announced that Princess Diana was involved in a fatal car crash with boyfriend Dodi al Fayed. Their chauffeur slammed into a pillar while trying to escape paparazzi in Paris.
Grace Kelly: Grace Kelly, Princess of Monaco, had a stroke while driving down a mountain road. She lost consciousness before driving off the mountainside in 1982.
Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes: In 2002, Lopes swerved her car off the road to avoid an oncoming truck. She was thrown from the vehicle. Before this fatal accident, Lopes said she had been a passenger in a car accident that killed a child whose last name was Lopez. Lisa was haunted by his death and said it was an omen of her own death.
Aaliyah: After shooting a video in the Bahamas in 2001, Aaliyah boarded a twin engine plane that crashed seconds after takeoff. All nine passengers died. Producer Quincy Jones said of the incident: “[Aaliyah] was like one of my daughters. I loved her and respected her and I am absolutely devastated.”
Macho Man Randy Savage: In May of 2011, wrestling lost one of its greats when Macho Man Randy Savage died in a car accident in Florida. The wrestler suffered a heart attack, losing control of his vehicle.
Dale Earnhardt: He was a legendary race car driver, but in the end, Dale Earnhardt’s career got the best of him. In 2001, Earnhardt died during the Daytona 500 while taking a turn at 150 mph.