HOLLYWOOD – With the recent and unexpected death of actor Paul Walker, NDJ gives tribute to a few other stars who died in a car crash.
1 James Dean:
He is possibly the most famous of all celebrities to die in a car crash. Filmicon James Dean died in 1955 when his Porsche 550 Spider had a head on collision in Cholame California. He was just 24 years old.
His passenger Rudolph Wütherich was thrown out the vehicle and survived the crash.
Interestingly enough, Dean had just finished recording a video campaign the day before his death, that warned people not to drive too fast.
2. Grace Kelly:
She was a Hollywood actress who became the Queen of Monaco. She died in a car crash in 1982 when her Rover P6 flipped over at the Route de la Turbie, nearby Monaco.
Grace Kelly died by her daughter Princes Stéphanie survived. She was 53.
Eddie was riding in a taxi in 1960 when a sudden flat tire slammed the vehicle against a light post nearby Chippenham in the UK. Gene Vincent and Sharon Sheeley, who were in the taxi with Eddie survived the crash. Eddie Cochran didn’t.
4. Jayne Mansfield:
Actress and pinup model Jane Mansfield was riding as a passenger in a Buick Electra on route to New Orleans on June 29, 1967, when the car slammed head on into a tractor.
The car went under the tractor, killing the driver, Jayne Mansfield and her friend and attorney Sam Brody instantly. Mansfield was just 34 years old.
5. Princess Diana:
Princess Diana died in the summer of 1997 when the Mercedes, in which she rode as a passenger, driven by Paul Henri, crashed against a pillar in a tunnel in Paris.
Princess Di, her friend Dodi al Fayed, who sat beside her at the backseat, and the driver were all killed in the crash. Diana’s bodyguard Trevor Rees-Jones survived the impact. Princess Diana was 36 years old.
6. Lisa Lopes:
Lopes was a singer in the R&B trio ‘TLC’, who became best known with their mega hit ‘Waterfalls‘.
She got killed in a car crash in La Ceiba, Atlántida, Honduras on April 25 2002 when she tried to avoid an oncoming vehicle, slamming her car into two trees.
Lopes and three other individuals who were with her in the vehicle were thrown out the car’s windows. She died from her injuries at the age of 30.
There are plenty more celebrities who have died in a car crash, including renowned artist Jackson Pollock (1956 – 44), porn actress Linda Lovelace (2002 – 53), Marc Bolan, singer of the rock band T-Rex (1977 – 30), Cozy Powell, drummer for Whitesnake and Rainbow (1998 – 50).
And there are plenty more … . Sadly, most of them died because they were driving too fast; the same reason Santa Clarita police believe why the Porsche Carrera GT driven by Paul Walker’s friend George Rodas, slammed into a lamp post and a tree before bursting in flames on Saturday.
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