18 Celebrities Who Survived Tragic & Near Fatal Accidents (PHOTOS)

Dwyer Frame | Nov 9, 2015 Celebrities

Having all the money and fame in the world doesn't mean much if you don't have your life and health. Many of your favorite stars have overcome the odds and survived near tragic accidents.

Whether the accident was on the set of a blockbuster film, a childhood car crash, or a freak accident, these celebrities were lucky and made it out with their lives.


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  • Orlando Bloom


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    At 21, Bloom fell three stories when a drain pipe he was scaling broke off. Bloom was paralyzed for four days and suffered several broken vertebrae. It took him 18 months to recover.

  • Isla Fisher


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    Performing an underwater stunt for the film Now You See Me almost led to her drowning when her chains got tangled, making it impossible for her to hit the safety button. Thankfully she escaped in the nick of time. 

  • Gerald Butler


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    Filming Chasing Mavericks in 2011 almost turned deadly when Butler wiped out surfing and was held under water for a full minute.

  • Rachel Bilson


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    A joyride with the wrong crowd left The O.C. actress in a coma for several days after a head-on collision with a truck.

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  • Bethany Hamilton


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    A 2003 shark attack took this former pro-surfer's left arm, but that didn’t stop her from competing and inspiring all with her autobiography and movie, Soul Surfer

  • Charlize Theron


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    A slip while doing a back handspring left her with a herniated disc and out of filming for six weeks while filming Aeon Flux.

  • Harrison Ford


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    Much like the characters he is famous for, Ford escaped death when a plane he was flying lost the engine and he needed to crash land on a golf course, leaving him in the hospital for a month with broken bones and a laceration on his head.

  • Halle Berry


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    The Oscar-winning actress is no stranger to injuries on set. Some include a head injury in Catwoman, a broken foot in Cloud Atlas, and nearly choking to death on a fig in Die Another Day. 

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  • Chevy Chase


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    Chase was electrocuted filming a scene for the 1980 movie Modern Problems when the lights attached to him short-circuited and left him unconscious. 

  • Sandra Bullock


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    Life imitated art when a plane she was traveling in to Jackson Hole, Wyoming, crash-landed, causing major damage to the plane. Miraculously no one was severely injured.

  • Padma Lakshmi


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    The Top Chef TV host isn’t afraid to show off the scars on her arm from a car accident she was in at 14 that also broke her pelvis.  

  • Mariska Hargitay


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    A 1967 car wreck instantly killed her mother, Jayne Mansfield, on a New Orleans interstate but spared her and her two brothers, who were in the backseat. 

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  • Niki Taylor


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    Model Taylor was truly lucky to survive a car crash that left her with a collapsed lung, severe internal injuries, liver damage, and two steel rods in her back.

  • Bono


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    A bike ride in New York City's Central Park almost cost the U2 lead man his career. The crash left him with a facial fracture, three shoulder blade fractures, and a fracture of the left arm. 

  • Tracy Morgan


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    A 2014 accident with his limo bus and a truck was no laughing matter for the SNL alum, who suffered many broken bones and brain trauma. 

  • Sean Kingston


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    Upon leaving the hospital after suffering near-fatal injuries from a 2011 jet ski accident, Sean Kingston felt a stabbing pain in his chest. Thankfully doctors were able to perform surgery and discovered that he had a torn aorta. 

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  • Gloria Estefan


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    Her career came to a halt when a truck slammed into the back of her tour bus, leaving her with a shattered vertebrae that required titanium rods to be fused to her spine.

  • Gary Busey


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    In 1988, Busey fractured his skull when he crashed on his motorcycle and was not wearing a helmet. 


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