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Famous people who died in accidents.

A list of celebrities and other famous people who died in accidents such as car crashes, drownings, plane crashes, helicopter crashes and falls, etc.

This list is ordered by the person's date of death.

Naya Rivera

Actress. Deceased
Died on July 8th, 2020
Died at the age of 33
Drowning.

Kobe Bryant

Basketball player. Deceased
Died on January 26th, 2020
Died at the age of 41
Helicopter crash.

The King of Random

Youtube personality. Deceased
Died on July 29th, 2019
Died at the age of 38
Paramotoring accident.

Emiliano Sala

Argentine soccer player. Deceased
Died on January 21st, 2019
Died at the age of 28
Plane crash.

Cilla Black

Singer / Media personality. Deceased
Died on August 1st, 2015
Died at the age of 72
Suffered a stroke following a fall in her home.

Jules Bianchi

French race car driver. Deceased
Died on July 17th, 2015
Died at the age of 25
Race car accident.

Greg Plitt

American fitness model. Deceased
Died on January 17th, 2015
Died at the age of 37
Hit by a train.

Junior Malanda

Belgian soccer player. Deceased
Died on January 10th, 2015
Died at the age of 20
Car crash.

Paul Walker

Actor. Deceased
Died on November 30th, 2013
Died at the age of 40
Car crash.

Johnny Lewis

Actor. Deceased
Died on September 26th, 2012
Died at the age of 28
Fell from a roof after killing his landlady.

Rodney King

Historical figure. Deceased
Died on June 17th, 2012
Died at the age of 47
Drowned in his swimming pool due to drugs and alcohol.

Ryan Dunn

Jackass member. Deceased
Died on June 20th, 2011
Died at the age of 34
Car crash.

Natasha Richardson

English actress. Deceased
Died on March 18th, 2009
Died at the age of 45
Skiing accident.

Colin McRae

Scottish rally driver. Deceased
Died on September 15th, 2007
Died at the age of 39
Helicopter crash.

Eddie Griffin

NBA player. Deceased
Died on August 17th, 2007
Died at the age of 25
His car was struck by a moving train.

Steve Irwin

Wildlife expert. Deceased
Died on September 4th, 2006
Died at the age of 44
Pierced in the chest by a stingray barb.

Left Eye

Rapper. Deceased
Died on April 25th, 2002
Died at the age of 30
Car crash.

Thuy Trang

Actress. Deceased
Died on September 3rd, 2001
Died at the age of 27
Car accident.

Aaliyah

Singer. Deceased
Died on August 25th, 2001
Died at the age of 22
Plane crash.

Dale Earnhardt

Stock car driver. Deceased
Died on February 18th, 2001
Died at the age of 49
Race car crash.

John F. Kennedy Jr.

American lawyer. Deceased
Died on July 16th, 1999
Died at the age of 38
Plane crash.

Owen Hart

Canadian wrestler. Deceased
Died on May 23rd, 1999
Died at the age of 34
Wrestling accident.

Sonny Bono

Singer. Deceased
Died on January 5th, 1998
Died at the age of 62
Skiing accident.

John Denver

American singer. Deceased
Died on October 12th, 1997
Died at the age of 53
Light airplane crash.

Princess Diana

Princess of Wales. Deceased
Died on August 31st, 1997
Died at the age of 36
Car crash.

Dražen Petrović

NBA player. Deceased
Died on June 7th, 1993
Died at the age of 28
Car accident.

Brandon Lee

American actor. Deceased
Died on March 31st, 1993
Died at the age of 28
Accidentally shot while filming a scene for The Crow.

Stevie Ray Vaughan

Musician. Deceased
Died on August 27th, 1990
Died at the age of 35
Helicopter crash.

Cliff Burton

Bassist. Deceased
Died on September 27th, 1986
Died at the age of 24
Bus crash caused by black ice.

Christa McAuliffe

American school teacher. Deceased
Died on January 28th, 1986
Died at the age of 37
She died after the Space Shuttle Challenger broke apart.

Natalie Wood

Actress. Deceased
Died on November 29th, 1981
Died at the age of 43
Drowned during a boat trip.

William Holden

Actor. Deceased
Died on November 12th, 1981
Died at the age of 63
Bled to death following a fall at his home.

Marc Bolan

Musician. Deceased
Died on September 16th, 1977
Died at the age of 29
The car he was a passenger in struck a fence and tree in southwest London.

Brian Jones

Musician. Deceased
Died on July 3rd, 1969
Died at the age of 27
Drowned in a swimming pool.

Otis Redding

Singer. Deceased
Died on December 10th, 1967
Died at the age of 26
Plane crash.

Buddy Holly

Musician. Deceased
Died on February 3rd, 1959
Died at the age of 22
Plane crash.

James Dean

Actor. Deceased
Died on September 30th, 1955
Died at the age of 24
Car crash.

George S. Patton

US General. Deceased
Died on December 21st, 1945
Died at the age of 60
Car crash.

Amelia Earhart

American aviation pioneer. Deceased
Died on July 2nd, 1937
Died at the age of 39
Unknown. Disappeared during flight.

Harry Houdini

Illusionist. Deceased
Died on October 31st, 1926
Died at the age of 52
Peritonitis and a ruptured appendix.

Statistics.

A few statistics about the people above.

  • Using the list above, the average age for a celebrity to die in an accident is 37.
  • The median age is 35.5.
  • Men made up the majority of the celebrity deaths in this category. 75% of these accidents were male, whereas only 25% were female.

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