No doubt, death in a road accident comprises enormous horror and intrigue, but it becomes more painful when the victim is a larger-than-life individual. For common folks, lives of celebrities are considered as most secured, but one should always remember that mortality has no limits. Commending the fact that “death is the ultimate truth,” TopYaps lists ten famous celebrities who died in road accidents.
10. Lisa Lopes (May 27, 1971 – April 25, 2002):
Four-time Grammy Award winner, Lisa Lopes aka “Left Eye” was a notable singer, rapper, dancer and songwriter. She was also a member of TLC, an American band of girls famous for R&B, funk, soul and hip-hop. On April 25, 2002, Lisa was injured in a road accident in Honduras when her Mitsubishi Montero Sport collided with a vehicle. She was quickly rushed to a local hospital but died of head trauma and neck injuries.
9. Porfirio Rubirosa (January 22, 1909 – July 5, 1965):
Famous for his legendary image of international playboy and the biggest source of inspiration for the fictional character of James Bond, Porfirio Rubirosa was an eminent Dominician diplomat. Buff of polo, car racing and gorgeous girls, Rubirosa was killed on July 5, 1965, when his Ferrai 250 GT clashed into a chestnut tree during the dawn. He was returning from an all-night celebration organized at “Jimmy’s,” a famous nightclub of Paris.
8. Jackson Pollock (January 28, 1912 – August 11, 1956):
Counted among one of the most celebrated painters of America, Jackson Pollock was famous for inscribing representational elements in his paintings. It is a matter of fact that Pollock hated the conventioanl lifestyle of a celebrity and enjoyed his solitariness with alcoholism. On August 11, 1956, at 10:15 pm, he smashed his Oldsmobile convertible into a mound and died almost instantly. He was driving under the influence of alcohol.
7. Steve Prefontaine (January 25, 1951 – May 30, 1975):
Steve Prefontaine was a famous middle and long-distance runner of the United States who helped in propagating the “running boom” of 1970s. On May 30, 1975, he met a fatal accident when his 1973 MGB convertible flipped near the campus of University of Oregon. A bystander approached Prefontaine, trapped beneath the wreckage of his car, but ran to get help after failing to lift the vehicle. By the time others arrived at spot, he was killed by the weight of the car on his chest.
6. Duane Allman (November 20, 1946 – October 29, 1971):
A renowned guitarist with improvisational skills and co-founder of “The Allam Brothers Band,” Duane Allman was killed on October 29, 1971, when his high speeding Harley Davidson met an accident with a flatbed truck. According to bystanders, Allman and his bike skidded for almost ninety feet after the accident. He was rushed to the hospital but eventually died because of massive internal injuries.
5. Jayne Mansfield (April 19, 1933 – June 29, 1967):
Better known for her sandglass figure, sensual eyes and clevage-revealing costumes, Jayne Mansfield was an eminent Hollywood actress and a blonde bombshell. In the wee hours of June 29, 1967, her 1966 Buick Electra 225, crashed into the rear portion of a tractor-trailer, on U.S. Highway 90. After hitting the trailer from back, her car straightforwardly went under it, decapitating Mansfield and killing two others.
4. Grace Kelly (November 12, 1929 – September 14, 1982):
Princess consort of Monaco and a celebrated American actress, Grace Kelly is widely admired by movie lovers for her outstanding performance in “The Country Girl,” for which she won the Oscar. On September 13, 1982, Princess Grace suffered a stroke while driving her Rover P6, amid her way to the French side of the border. Her imbalanced car went down a mountainside, contributing fatal injuries.
3. General George S. Patton (November 11, 1885 – December 21, 1945):
Better known for his disputed outspokenness and kookiness, General George Smith Patton, headed the United States Army during World War II. On December 9, 1945, Patton’s Cadillac Series 70 V-8 was hit by a cargo truck of Army, at a relatively slow speed. However, the collision was minor but General Patton was seriously injured by a metal partition between the fron the rear seats. He was quickly rushed to the military hospital for further treatment but eventually on December 21, “the crazy cowboy general” died of injury in spinal cord.
2. James Dean (February 8, 1931 – September 30, 1955):
A cultural icon and a legendary Hollywood actor, James Dean gained massive popularity and fame by his majestic performances in three movies: “Rebel Without a Cause”, “Giant” and “East of Eden”. His magnificent career was cemented on September 30, 1955, when his Porsche 550 met a frontal collision with a Ford, driven by a college student from the opposite end. He was taken to a nearby hospital but was pronounced dead by doctors.
1. Princess Diana (July 1, 1961 – August 31, 1997):
Counted among one of the biggest celebrities of the 20th century and a lovely person inside and out, Princess Diana will be always remembered for her global charity works and openheartedness. On August 31, 1997, this godsend soul died almost instantly, when her Mercedes-Benz W140 crashed in a tunnel in paris, at an estimated speed of 65 mph.
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