Famous People Who Died in Plane Crashes and Car Accidents - IMDb

Famous People Who Died in Plane Crashes and Car Accidents

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Major League Baseball players Roberto Clemente, Yordano Ventura, Roy Halladay, and Thurman Munson; NBA player Drazen Petrovic; Argentine footballer Emiliano Sala; Notre Dame football coach Knute Rockne; and Major League Baseball manager Billy Martin

DJ and lyricist The Big Bopper; singers Jim Croce, Jim Reeves, Stan Rogers, Melanie Thornton, and Kyu Sakamoto; bassist Berry Oakley; runner Steve Prefontaine; American race car drivers Dale Earnhardt Sr. and Davey Allison; Brazilian race car driver Ayrton Senna; and Scottish rally car driver Colin McRae

Prince Aly Khan; movie producer Dodie Fayed; bandleader Glenn Miller; four members of the R&B group The Bar-Kays; eight members of country singer Reba McEntire's band; rapper Shawty Low; actor and game show host Peter Tomarken; actors Richard Bright and Lamont Bentley; singer-songwriter Harry Chapin; and American politicians Ron Brown and Mickey Leland

Their contributions were numerous and they are sadly missed

1. John Kennedy Jr.

Actor | A Matter of Degrees

John Fitzgerald Kennedy Jr. was born on November 25, 1960, in Washington, DC, to John Fitzgerald Kennedy (President-to-be John F. Kennedy) and Jacqueline Lee Bouvier Kennedy (Jacqueline Kennedy). Three weeks before his birth, his father was elected President of the United States, and the nation ...

Died July 16, 1999, age 39, in Massachusetts when he experienced spatial disorientation and lost control of the plane he was piloting

Kennedy was also recovering from a broken left ankle and was visibly limping before the flight. This could have affected his ability to fly because the plane's pedals are foot-operated. He did not get a medical exam that is required for pilots recovering from a physical injury, and did not have a certificate of fitness to fly

He was en route to his cousin's wedding in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts; his wife and sister-in-law also died in the crash

Was the son of John F. Kennedy, 35th President of the United States and First Lady Jackie Kennedy

Was an attorney, journalist, and publisher of the political magazine "George"

2. Aaliyah

Soundtrack | Romeo Must Die

Talented. Beautiful. Modest. These three words described R&B singer-turned-actress Aaliyah perfectly.

Aaliyah Dana Haughton was born in Brooklyn, New York, to Diane (Hankerson) and Michael Haughton. Her uncle was music manager Barry Hankerson and her brother is director Rashad Haughton. Aaliyah was ...

Died August 25, 2001, age 22, in a plane crash in The Bahamas

The twin-engine Cessna was overloaded by 700 pounds and crashed almost immediately upon takeoff, approximately 200 feet from the end of the runway; all 8 passengers and the pilot were killed

The pilot was not certified to fly that type of plane, and an autopsy revealed he had alcohol and cocaine in his system

Was an actress and hip-hop singer, and five-time Grammy Award winner

3. Steve Allen

Actor | Casino

Although Allen was thought initially to have died of a heart attack, it was eventually determined by the coroner's office that the official cause of death was hemopericardium, a leaking of blood into the sac surrounding the heart, and that this was secondary to a minor automobile accident Allen was...

Died October 30, 2000, age 78, from a ruptured blood vessel in his chest from a traffic accident in Los Angeles, California

The traffic accident had seemed minor, and Allen returned home without seeking medical treatment. He went to his son's home and took a nap, where he died in his sleep

Was an actor, comedian, novelist, lyricist, and television personality best known as the first host of "The Tonight Show" and the TV shows "I've Got a Secret" and "The Steve Allen Show;" was also a Grammy Award winner

4. Duane Allman

Self | The History of Rock 'n' Roll

Duane Allman was born in Nashville, Tennessee in November 1946. On Christmas Day in 1960, Duane was given a motorcycle as a gift while his younger brother, Gregg Allman, got a guitar. A few months later, Duane wrecked his motorcycle in an accident, but traded in the spare parts for a guitar of his ...

Died October 29, 1971, age 24, in a motorcycle accident in Macon, Georgia

Was a guitarist and member of The Allman Brothers Band

5. David Angell

Writer | Frasier

David Angell was a multiple Emmy Award winner as the creator/executive producer, along with Peter Casey and David Lee, of the hit comedy series Frasier. David was born in West Barrington, RI, and he received a bachelor's degree in English Literature from Providence College. He entered the army upon...

Died September 11, 2001, age 55; was aboard the first plane to hit the World Trade Center in New York City in the 9/11 terrorist attack

Was an American TV producer and screenwriter best known for producing the TV shows "Frasier" and "Wings"

6. Lisa Banes

Actress | Gone Girl

Lisa Banes was born on July 9, 1955 in Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA as Lisa Lou Banes. She was an actress, known for Gone Girl (2014), A Cure for Wellness (2016) and Cocktail (1988). She was married to Kathryn Kranhold. She died on June 14, 2021 in Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA.

Died June 14, 2021, age 66, after being struck by a scooter in New York City

Was an actress best known for the movies "Cocktail," "Gone Girl," and the TV show "Nashville"

7. Orson Bean

Actor | Being John Malkovich

Orson Bean, the American actor, television personality and author, was born Dallas Frederick Burrows on July 22, 1928 in Burlington, Vermont to George Frederick Burrows, a policeman who later went on to become the chief of campus police at Harvard University, and the former Marion Ainsworth Pollard...

Died February 7, 2020, age 91, after being struck by two vehicles as he was walking down the street in Venice, California

The first vehicle knocked him down; while on the ground a second vehicle fatally struck him

Was an actor, comedian, game show panelist, and TV host

8. Berry Berenson

Actress | Winter Kills

Born Berinthia Berenson in New York in 1948, Berenson was a noted photographer and actress and was the sister of model-turned-actress Marisa Berenson (of "Barry Lyndon" fame). Berenson met her husband, actor and star of Alfred Hitchcock's original version of Psycho (1960), Anthony Perkins on the ...

Died September 11, 2001, age 53; was aboard one of the planes that struck the World Trade Center in New York City in the 9/11 terrorist attack

Was an actress and model best known for the movie "Cat People"; was the sister of actor Marisa Berenson; was married to actor Anthony Perkins

9. Hale Boggs

Self | Longines Chronoscope

Hale Boggs was born on February 15, 1914 in Long Beach, Mississippi, USA as Thomas Hale Boggs. He was married to Lindy Boggs. He died on October 16, 1972 in Alaska, USA.

Disappeared October 16, 1972; declared dead December 1972, age 58

Was on a flight from Anchorage, Alaska to Juneau, Alaska when the twin-engine plane he was in disappeared. There was an extensive search, but the plane was never found, and neither were Boggs and the other 3 people on board

Was an American Congressman, House majority leader, and member of the Warren Commission, which investigated the assassination of JFK; was the father of TV journalist Cokie Roberts

10. Marc Bolan

Soundtrack | G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra

Born on September 30, 1947 in London, England, Mark Bolan was always destined to be a star. Even as a teenager, he was already seeking fame. Well known as a sharp dresser, he was employed by a modeling agency and became a "John Temple Boy", wearing John Temple suits in their catalogs as well as ...

Died September 16, 1977, age 29, in a car accident in London, England

Was the leader of the English band T. Rex and one of the pioneers of glam rock

11. Lorenzo Brino

Actor | 7th Heaven

Lorenzo Brino was born on September 21, 1998 in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA as Lorenzo Nathanel Brino. He was an actor, known for 7th Heaven (1996). He died on March 9, 2020 in Yucaipa, California.

Died March 9, 2020, age 21, in a one-car accident when his car struck a pole in San Bernardino County, California

Was a child actor who co-starred on the TV show "7th Heaven"; he was a quadruplet; he and one of his brothers played twins on the show

12. Kobe Bryant

Producer | Dear Basketball

Kobe Bryant was born on August 23, 1978 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA as Kobe Bean Bryant. He was a producer and actor, known for Dear Basketball (2017), Daddy's Home (2015) and The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2018: Live Action (2018). He was married to Vanessa Laine Bryant. He died on January...

Died January 26, 2020, age 41, when the helicopter he was in crashed into the side of a mountain in Calabasas, California; his 13 year-old daughter Gianna, and 7 others also died in the crash

Was an American professional football player who entered the NBA directly from high school; spent his entire professional career with the Los Angeles Lakers

At age 34 became the youngest player in NBA history to reach 30,000 points; had 4 MVP awards, which was a tie for the most in NBA history; had 18 All Star designations

Won numerous other accolades and awards including an Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film

13. Cliff Burton

Soundtrack | Zombieland

Clifford Lee Burton was born on February 10, 1962 in Castro Valley, California, to Janet (Morgen) and Ray Herbert Burton. He had two siblings. His mother was from a German Jewish family, and his father was of British Isles descent.

As a youngster, Clifford always liked music, listening to genres ...

Died September 27, 1986, age 24, in a bus accident in Sweden

Was a guitarist for the heavy metal band Metallica

14. Patsy Cline

Soundtrack | Assassin's Creed

Patsy Cline was born Virginia Patterson Hensley on September 8, 1932 in Winchester, Virginia. Her brush with show business came at age four when she won a prize in an amateur tap dancing contest. By the time she entered grade school, her family was fully aware of her musical talent. On her eighth ...

Died March 5, 1963, age 30, in a plane crash near Camden, Tennessee

The pilot lost control of the small plane shortly after takeoff and crashed into a wooded area. Severe weather was a contributing factor

Was a country music artist who was the first female soloist inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame

15. Eddie Cochran

Soundtrack | Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

Eddie Cochran was born as Ray Edward Cochran on October 3, 1938 in Albert Lea, Minnesota. When Eddie was 14, his parents moved to Bell Gardens, California where he began playing the guitar. In 1954, Eddie joined a local band with songwriter Hank Cochran where Eddie performed as the second vocalist....

Died April 17, 1960, age 21, in England when the taxi he was in struck a lamp post and he was ejected from the vehicle

Was an American singer-songwriter and guitarist; was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

16. Jessi Combs

Actress | Interviewing Monsters and Bigfoot

Jessi Combs was born in the Black Hills of Rapid City, SD. With a lifelong desire to become a race car driver, this fearless young lady found a love for speed and its machines at a very young age. Her family explored everything around them and gave her a solid appreciation for off-roading as well ...

Died August 27, 2019, age 39, in a car crash in the Alvord Desert in Oregon while trying to break the women's land-speed world record

She had accelerated to more than 550 mph (885 kph) before the crash, and Guinness World Records posthumously awarded her the land speed record in June 2020

Was a professional race car driver best known for the TV shows "Mythbusters", "Xtreme 4x4", and "Overhaulin"

17. Lashawn Daniels

Soundtrack | Widows

Lashawn Daniels was born on December 28, 1977 in Newark, New Jersey, USA as LaShawn Ameen Daniels. He is known for his work on Widows (2018), Trainwreck (2015) and The House Bunny (2008). He was married to April and April Daniels. He died on September 3, 2019 in South Carolina, USA.

Died September 3, 2019, age 41, in a car accident in South Carolina

Was an American songwriter and producer who was nominated for 8 Grammy Awards

18. James Dean

Actor | East of Eden

James Byron Dean was born February 8, 1931 in Marion, Indiana, to Mildred Marie (Wilson) and Winton A. Dean, a farmer turned dental technician. His mother died when Dean was nine, and he was subsequently raised on a farm by his aunt and uncle in Fairmount, Indiana. After grade school, he moved to ...

Died September 30, 1955, age 24, in a car accident in San Luis Obispo County, California when his Porsche slammed into an approaching car that turned left in front of him

Dean's passenger and the driver of the other car both survived the crash; Dean had been ticketed for speeding 2 hours before the accident

Is the only actor to have been nominated posthumously two times for the Academy Award; the nominations were for the movies "Giant" and "East of Eden"

19. John Denver

Soundtrack | Armageddon

His birth occurred on Friday, December 31st, 1943, as the son of an Air Force officer, Denver was constantly moved from state to state and country to country. It was in Tucson, Arizona, that his grandmother gave him his first acoustic guitar, a gift that would prove an icebreaker when meeting other...

Died October 12, 1997, age 53, in Monterey, California

His pilot's license had been revoked a year earlier due to a medical condition that was not publicly disclosed. He had bought the plane a mere two weeks earlier

Was an American singer, songwriter, and actor

20. Brandon De Wilde

Actor | Shane

Born into a theatrical family, he made a much-acclaimed Broadway debut a "The Member of the Wedding," when he was 9 years old. He was the first child actor to win the Donaldson Award, and went on to repeat his role in the film version (directed by Fred Zinnemann in 1952). As the blond-haired, ...

Died July 6, 1972, age 30, in a one-vehicle accident near Denver, Colorado when his camper van slid off the road, hitting a guard rail and then a fence

Was best known for starring in the movie "Shane," for which he was nominated for an Academy Award at age 11

21. Princess Diana

Self | The Sun James Bond 'For Your Eyes Only' Television Commercial

Princess Diana was a member of the British royal family. She was the first wife of Charles, Prince of Wales, and the mother of Prince William and Prince Harry. Diana's activism and glamour made her an international icon and earned her an enduring popularity.

Diana was born into the British nobility ...

Died August 31, 1997, age 36, in a car accident in Paris while fleeing the paparazzi

Dodie Fayed, son of billionaire Mohamed El Fayed, also died in the crash, as did the driver

Was a member of the British royal family; was the former wife of Prince Charles and the mother of Princes William and Harry

22. Isadora Duncan

Writer | Isadora

Isadora Duncan was an American dancer and innovative educator known for interdisciplinary and cross-cultural projects, and a hectic marriage to the famous Russian poet Sergei Esenin.

She was born Isador 'Dora' Angela Duncan on May 26, 1877, in San Francisco, California. Her father, Joseph Duncan, ...

Died September 14, 1927, age 50, in a car accident in Nice, France when her long scarf became entangled in the wheels of the car in which she was riding

Was an American dancer known as "The Mother of Dance"

Was portrayed by Vivian Pickles in the BBC biopic "Isadora Duncan, The Biggest Dancer in the World" and by Vanessa Redgrave in the film "Isadora" for which Redgrave received an Academy Award nomination

23. Ryan Dunn

Actor | Close-Up

Ryan Dunn (June 11, 1977 - June 20, 2011) was an American reality television personality, actor and stunt man. He was a member of the Jackass and Viva La Bam crew.

Ryan Matthew Dunn was born in Medina, Ohio, to Linda Sue (Reese) and Ronald James Dunn. He came to prominence as a member of the CKY ...

Died June 20, 2011, age 34, in a car accident in suburban Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

His blood alcohol level was .20, more than twice the legal limit; it was estimated he was traveling approximately 135 mph in a 55 mph zone (217 kph in a 89 kph zone)

Was an actor and stuntman best known for being a member of the "Jackass" reality show

24. Falco

Soundtrack | Atomic Blonde

He was born as Johann Hölzel in Vienna, but was mostly called "Hans". Very young, he was considered as a new Mozart and decided to have a musical career. He started playing the bass guitar in local bands such as "Drahdiwaberl" or "The Hallucination Company". Around that time he changed his name to ...

Died February 6, 1998, age 40, in a car accident in the Dominican Republic

Was an Austrian singer-songwriter best known for the song "Rock Me Amadeus"

Austria issued a commemorative postage stamp in 2017 on what would have been his 60th birthday

25. Shain Gandee

Actor | Buckwild

Shain Gandee was born on November 1, 1991 in Sissonville, West Virginia, USA as Shain Lelyn Gandee. He was an actor, known for Buckwild (2013), Buckwild: WV to the NYC (2013) and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (2009). He died on April 1, 2013 in Sissonville.

Died April 1, 2013, age 21, in Sissonville, West Virginia; he and his two passengers died of carbon monoxide poisoning when the car they were in became stuck deeply in mud

Starred on the MTV reality show "Buckwild"

26. Carlos Gardel

Soundtrack | True Lies

Known as El Zorzal Criollo, the songbird of Buenos Aires, Carlos Gardel is a legendary figure in Uruguay and Argentina. He was born on December 11st, 1890, in Toulouse (France). His place of birth have been claimed by the Uruguayans and Argentinians, however, his Birth Certificate and his Will ...

Died June 24, 1935, age 44, in a plane crash in Medellin, Colombia

Was an Argentine singer and actor born in France; birth name was Charles Romuald Gardès

Was known throughout Latin America for his ballads of the tango

27. Troy Gentry

Soundtrack | Best of CMT Music Awards

Troy Gentry was born on April 5, 1967 in Lexington, Kentucky, USA as Troy Lee Gentry. He was married to Angie McClure and Kia Bradley Gentry. He died on September 8, 2017 in Medford, New Jersey, USA.

Died September 8, 2017, age 50, in a helicopter crash in Medford, New Jersey

Was one-half of the country music duo Montgomery Gentry

28. Bill Graham

Actor | Bugsy

Bill Graham was born on January 8, 1931 in Berlin, Germany as Wulf Wolodia Grajonca . He is known for his work on Bugsy (1991), The Doors (1991) and Apocalypse Now (1979). He was married to Bonnie B MacLean. He died on October 25, 1991 in Vallejo, California, USA.

Died October 25, 1991, age 60, in a helicopter crash near Vallejo, California

The helicopter was flying in inclement weather when it hit a high-voltage tower and burst into flames on impact

Was an actor and rock concert promoter

29. Kylie Rae Harris

Self | Lone Star Roads

Kylie Rae Harris was born on May 15, 1989 in Wylie, Texas, USA. She was an actress, known for Lone Star Roads (2013) and Troubadour, TX (2011). She died on September 4, 2019 in New Mexico, USA.

Died September 4, 2019, age 34, in a car accident near Taos, New Mexico

Her blood alcohol level was three times the legal limit, and she was driving 95 mph (153 kph) when the crash occurred; the driver of the car she struck also died

Was a singer and songwriter best known for appearing on the TV show "Troubadour, TX"

30. Buddy Holly

Soundtrack | Mr. Nobody

Buddy Holly was born on September 7, 1936 in Lubbock, Texas, USA as Charles Hardin Holley. He is known for his work on Mr. Nobody (2009), Big Fish (2003) and Evil (2003). He was married to Maria Elena Santiago. He died on February 3, 1959 in Clear Lake, Iowa, USA.

Died February 3, 1959, age 22, in a plane crash near Mason City, Iowa; singer Ritchie Valens and DJ/songwriter The Big Bopper also died in the crash

Was a musician and singer-songwriter who was one of the pioneers of rock and roll

His life was portrayed in the biopic "The Buddy Holly Story" starring Gary Busey, for which he received an Academy Award nomination

31. James Horner

Music_department | Titanic

James Horner began studying piano at the age of five, and trained at the Royal College of Music in London, England, before moving to California in the 1970s. After receiving a bachelor's degree in music at USC, he would go on to earn his master's degree at UCLA and teach music theory there. He ...

Died June 22, 2015, age 61, when the turbo prop plane he was piloting crashed in the Los Padres National Forest near Santa Barbara, California

Was a composer and conductor who scored over 100 films, including "Avatar," "Star Trek: Wrath of Khan, "Cocoon," and many others; won two Academy Awards, six Grammy Awards, and two Golden Globes

32. Leslie Howard

Actor | Pygmalion

Leslie Howard Steiner was born in London, to Lilian (Blumberg) and Ferdinand "Frank" Steiner. His father was a Hungarian Jewish immigrant, and his English mother was of German Jewish, and mostly English, descent. Leslie went to Dulwich College. After school, he worked as a bank clerk until the ...

Died June 1, 1943, age 50, when the commercial plane on which he was flying was shot down by German aircraft en route from Lisbon, Portugal to Bristol, England

Was an English actor, director, and producer

33. Pedro Infante

Actor | Tizoc (Amor indio)

Undoubtedly, Pedro Infante was, and still is, the idol of Mexico. Because of his movies (59 including 55 leading roles and four cameos), records (366 songs recorded between 1943 and 1956) and public appearances in Mexico and Latin America, Infante became a star and the most beloved human being in ...

Died April 15, 1957, age 39, when the plane he was co-piloting suffered engine failure upon takeoff in Merida, Mexico

He had survived two previous plane crashes

Was a popular Mexican ranchera singer and actor who appeared in more than 60 films and recorded more than 350 songs

34. Grace Kelly

Actress | Dial M for Murder

On November 12, 1929, Grace Patricia Kelly was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to wealthy parents. Her girlhood was uneventful for the most part, but one of the things she desired was to become an actress which she had decided on at an early age. After her high school graduation in 1947, Grace ...

Died September 14, 1982, age 52, in a car accident in Monaco; her daughter, Princess Stephanie, was injured but survived

Doctors believe she suffered a stroke while driving, causing her to lose control of the car

Was an Academy Award-winning actress who became Princess of Monaco after marrying Prince Rainier

35. Sam Kinison

Actor | Back to School

Sam Kinison was born on December 8, 1953 in Yakima, Washington, USA as Samuel Burl Kinison. He was an actor and writer, known for Back to School (1986), Married... with Children (1987) and Savage Dawn (1985). He was married to Malika Kinison, Terry Marze and Patricia Adkins. He died on April 10, ...

Died April 10, 1992, age 38, in a car accident in Nevada when his car was struck head-on by a 17-year-old drunk driver

Was a stand-up comedian and actor

36. Ernie Kovacs

Actor | The Ernie Kovacs Show

Author, actor, comedian, composer and producer. He was educated at the New York School of Theatre, and received the Sylvania Television Award. Joining the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) in 1957, he composed a number of songs and themes, a number of which were used in ...

Died January 13, 1962, age 42, in a car accident in Beverly Hills, California

Was an American comedian, writer, and actor

37. Sammi Kane Kraft

Actress | Bad News Bears

Sammi Kane Kraft was born on April 2, 1992 in Livingston, New Jersey, USA. She was an actress, known for Bad News Bears (2005) and Today (1952). She died on October 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

Died October 11, 2012, age 20, in a car accident in Los Angeles, California

Was a child actress who appeared in "The Bad News Bears"

38. Joe Lara

Actor | Doomsdayer

Joe Lara was born in San Diego, California. He was cast to play "Tarzan" in "Tarzan: The Epic Adventures" in the early 1990s. He worked in many countries, including South Africa, Bulgaria, and Russia. He co starred in many film to video projects that were filmed in Bulgaria, Russia, and Africa.

Died May 29, 2021, age 58, in a plane crash near Nashville, Tennessee

The small jet crashed shortly after takeoff. His wife and the other 5 people on board were also killed

Was an actor best known for playing Tarzan in two TV movies and a TV series

39. Billy 'Froggy' Laughlin

Actor | Rover's Big Chance

His mother enrolled him in a dramatic class to overcome his self-consciousness. His gravel voice was exploited by an MGM talent scout. After his test and positive public reaction he was signed to a term contract to Our Gang. His favorite sport was bicycling. After Our Gang was over, Froggy was ...

Died August 31, 1948, age 16, in La Puente, California when the motor scooter on which he was riding was struck by a truck

Was a child actor best known for appearing in the "Our Gang" TV series

40. Carole Lombard

Actress | To Be or Not to Be

Carole Lombard was born Jane Alice Peters in Fort Wayne, Indiana, on October 6, 1908. Her parents divorced in 1916 and her mother took the family on a trip out West. While there they decided to settle down in the Los Angeles area. After being spotted playing baseball in the street with the ...

Died January 16, 1942, age 33, when the plane in which she was riding crashed into a mountain near Las Vegas, Nevada

All 22 people on board were killed, including Lombard's mother

Was an classic American actress who starred in several comedy and drama films; was married to actor Clark Gable at the time of her death; also formerly married to actor William Powell

41. Lisa 'Left Eye' Lopes

Soundtrack | Nothing to Lose

Controversial, flamboyant, and spontaneous are probably the best words to describe Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes. Born in Philadelphia, and raised throughout the world as the daughter of a U.S. Army serviceman, Lisa Lopes became one of the most important trendsetters in the 1990s music scene. After ...

Died April 5, 2002, age 30, in a car accident in Honduras

Lopes swerved to avoid an oncoming car, and she and her 3 passengers were ejected from the vehicle when it rolled over several times; her passengers survived the crash

Was a member of the R&B group TLC before embarking on a solo career; TLC won 4 Grammy awards

42. Kirsty MacColl

Soundtrack | Run All Night

English songwriter and singer Kristy MacColl had hits with such albums as "Kite" (1989), "Titanic Days" (1994) and "Tropical Brainstorm" (2000). Her first hit as a songwriter was "They Don't Know" for Tracey Ullman in 1983. Her trademark style is a sharp wit allied to strong melodies. Her work ...

Died December 18, 2000, age 41, after being struck by a powerboat while diving in Cozumel, Mexico

Was a British singer-songwriter who had several hit songs in the 1980's and 1990's

43. Jayne Mansfield

Actress | The Girl Can't Help It

One of the leading sex symbols of the 1950s and 1960s, film actress Jayne Mansfield was born Vera Jayne Palmer on April 19, 1933 in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, the only child of Vera J. (nee Palmer; later Peers) and Herbert W. Palmer. Her parents were well-to-do, with her father a successful attorney ...

Died June 29, 1967, age 34, when the car in which she was riding crashed into the back of a tractor-trailer near New Orleans, Louisiana

Was an actress and sex symbol formerly married to Mr. Universe, Mickey Hargitay

Was the mother of actress Mariska Hargitay, who was in the car with 2 of her siblings, all of whom survived the accident with only minor injuries

44. Rocky Marciano

Actor | College Confidential

Rocky Marciano was born on September 1, 1923 in Brockton, Massachusetts, USA as Rocco Francis Marchegiano. He was an actor, known for College Confidential (1960), Captain David Grief (1957) and The Knockout Parade (1953). He was married to Barbara Cousins. He died on August 31, 1969 in Newton, Iowa...

Died August 31, 1969, age 45, when the small private plane he was in hit a tree while attempting to land near Newton, Iowa

He died one day before his 46th birthday

Was a professional boxer who is the only undefeated heavyweight champion in history

45. Nathaniel Marston

Actor | One Life to Live

Nathaniel Marston was born on July 9, 1975 in Sharon, Connecticut, USA. He was an actor and producer, known for One Life to Live (1968), The Craft (1996) and As the World Turns (1956). He was married to Rita Bias. He died on November 11, 2015 in Reno, Nevada, USA.

Died November 11, 2015, age 40, from injuries he received 12 days earlier when his truck flipped over several times near Reno, Nevada

Was an actor who starred on the soap operas "As the World Turns" and "One Life to Live"

46. Dean Paul Martin

Soundtrack | Hell Ride

The son of Rat Pack member Dean Martin, Dean Paul Martin initially showed interest in a singing career, and was also a talented tennis player, which served him well in his role opposite Ali MacGraw in Players (1979). An avid pilot and a captain in the California Air National Guard, Martin was ...

Died March 21, 1987, age 35; the plane he was piloting crashed in the San Bernardino Mountains in California during a military training flight

Was an actor best known for the movie "Players" and the TV series "Misfits of Science;" was also a member of the singing group Dino, Desi, and Billy

Was the son of comedian, actor, and singer Dean Martin; was married to actress Olivia Hussey and Olympic skater Dorothy Hamill

47. Jordi Mestre

Actor | Centro médico

Jordi Mestre was born on September 14, 1981 in Barcelona, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain as Jordi Mestre Molina. He was an actor, known for Centro médico (2015), Cuéntame (2001) and Born (2014). He died on June 6, 2020 in Madrid, Spain.

Died June 6, 2020, age 38, in a motorcycle accident in Madrid, Spain when he struck a lamp post

Was a Spanish model and actor best known for the TV series "Centro Médico"

48. Eve Meyer

Actress | Eve and the Handyman

Sultry, buxom and shapely blonde looker Eve Meyer was born Evelyn Eugene Turner on December 13, 1928 in Griffin, Georgia. Eve was a popular high profile pin-up model throughout the 50s who was the Playmate of the Month in the June, 1955 issue of "Playboy." Other men's magazines Meyer did pictorials...

Died March 27, 1977, age 48, in a plane crash

Died when the KLM flight she was on collided on the runway with a Pan Am plane in Tenerife, Canary Islands; it is the deadliest air crash in aviation history, with 583 fatalities

She was an American pinup model, Playboy centerfold, actress, and producer; was formerly married to producer-director Russ Meyer

49. Margaret Mitchell

Writer | Gone with the Wind

Margaret Mitchell was born on November 8, 1900 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA as Margaret Munnerlyn Mitchell. She is known for her work on Gone with the Wind (1939), Luan shi yao ji (1956) and E o Vento Levou (1956). She was married to John R. Marsh and Berrien Kinnard "Red" Upshaw. She died on August 16...

Died August 16, 1949, age 48, after being struck by a drunk driver while crossing the street in Atlanta, Georgia

The driver was convicted of involuntary manslaughter, and served 11 months in jail

Was a writer who only wrote one novel, the classic "Gone With the Wind" for which she won a Pulitzer Prize; the movie based on her novel won 10 Academy Awards

50. Vic Morrow

Actor | Combat!

Vic Morrow was born in the Bronx, New York, to Jean (Kress) and Harry Morrow, an electrical engineer. His parents were Russian Jewish immigrants. Morrow dropped out of high school at 17 to join the U.S. Navy. When he left the Navy, he used the G.I. Bill to study pre-law at Florida State. While ...

Died July 23, 1982, age 53, in a helicopter crash near Santa Clarita, California

Died while filming a scene for the "Twilight Zone" movie; two child actors also died in the crash. Director John Landis and 4 others were charged with involuntary manslaughter, but all were acquitted after a nine-month trial

Was an American actor best known for the movies "Blackboard Jungle", "Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry" and the TV show "Combat"

Was the father of actress Jennifer Jason-Leigh

51. Audie Murphy

Actor | To Hell and Back

Audie Murphy became a national hero during World War II as the most decorated combat soldier of the war. Among his 33 awards was the Medal of Honor, the highest award for bravery that a soldier can receive. In addition, he was also decorated for bravery by the governments of France and Belgium, and...

Died May 28, 1971, age 46, in a plane crash in the mountains near Roanoke, Virginia

Was an American actor who was purportedly the most decorated U.S. soldier of World War II

Played himself in the biopic about his life, "To Hell and Back"

52. Ricky Nelson

Actor | The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet

Ricky Nelson was born on May 8, 1940 in Teaneck, New Jersey, USA as Eric Hilliard Nelson. He was an actor, known for The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet (1952) and Rio Bravo (1959). He was married to Kristin Harmon. He died on December 31, 1985 in De Kalb, Texas, USA.

Died December 31, 1985, age 45, in a plane crash near De Kalb, Texas when the pilot attempted an emergency landing because the plane was on fire

Was an American singer and actor; was the son of actors Ozzie and Harriet Nelson, brother of actor David Nelson, and father of actor Tracy Nelson

53. Barbara Olson

Self | Politically Incorrect

Barbara Olson was born on December 27, 1955 in Houston, Texas, USA as Barbara Kay Bracher. She is known for her work on Politically Incorrect (1993), Loose Change: Final Cut (2007) and To the Contrary (1992). She was married to Ted Olson. She died on September 11, 2001 in Arlington, Virginia, USA.

Died September 11, 2001, age 45; was aboard the plane that struck the Pentagon in Washington, DC in the 9/11 terrorist attack

Was an attorney and TV commentator for CNN and Fox News

54. George S. Patton

Self | Nazi Concentration Camps

George S. Patton III was a highly successful and highly controversial general who held Corps- and Army-level commands during World War II. Because of his great competence as a battlefield commander, Patton might have led the American troops during the invasion of Normandy; however, his impolitic ...

Died December 21, 1945, age 60, in Germany from injuries he received in a car accident 12 days earlier

Was a United States General in WWII; was portrayed by George C. Scott in the movie "Patton"

55. Shawn Phelan

Actor | Toy Soldiers

Shawn Phelan was born on January 7, 1975 in Stoughton, Massachusetts, USA as Shawn Michael Phelan. He was an actor, known for Toy Soldiers (1991), Grand (1990) and Breaking the Rules (1992). He died on September 27, 1998 in Houston, Texas, USA.

Died September 27, 1998, age 23; he had been comatose for 4 years following a car accident near his home in Houston, Texas

Was an actor best known for the movie "Miles from Nowhere"

56. Jackson Pollock

Art_department | American Gothic

Jackson Pollock was born on January 28, 1912 in Cody, Wyoming, USA as Paul Jackson Pollock. He is known for his work on American Gothic (2016), Works of Calder (1950) and The New York School (1972). He was married to Lee Krasner. He died on August 11, 1956 in Springs, New York, USA.

Died August 11, 1956, age 44, in a car accident near his home in the Hamptons, New York

Was an American abstract painter

57. Wiley Post

Actor | Air Hawks

Wiley Hardeman Post (1898-1935) was interested in aviation from his boyhood days in Texas, and became a parachute jumper with an aerial-exhibition team. After an oil-field accident in which he lost an eye, he purchased an airplane and learned to fly it in 1927. He than became a 'barnstormer." After...

Died August 15, 1935, age 35, in a plane crash near Point Barrow, Alaska in an aircraft he was piloting; famed actor and newspaper columnist Will Rogers also died in the crash

The plane was a hybrid he built himself using salvaged parts from two different Lockheed aircraft. Lockheed had refused to make the modifications on the grounds that the two parts were incompatible and therefore dangerous

Was the first pilot to fly solo around the world

58. Otis Redding

Soundtrack | Top Gun

Otis Redding was born on September 9, 1941 in Dawson, Georgia, USA as Otis Ray Redding Jr. He is known for his work on Top Gun (1986), Mr. Nobody (2009) and Road House (1989). He was married to Zelma Atwood. He died on December 10, 1967 in Madison, Wisconsin, USA.

Died December 10, 1967, age 26, in a plane crash in Lake Morona in Madison, Wisconsin; 4 members of the R&B group The Bar-Kays also died in the crash

Was an R&B singer best known for the song "Sitting on Dock of the Bay" for which he posthumously won two Grammy Awards

59. Natina Reed

Actress | Bring It On

Natina Reed was born on October 28, 1980 in New York City, New York, USA as Natina Tiawana Reed. She was an actress and composer, known for Bring It on (2000), Honey (2003) and Blaque: I Do (1999). She died on October 26, 2012 in Duluth, Georgia, USA.

Died October 26, 2012, age 31, after being struck by a car while crossing the street near Lilburn, Georgia

Was a member of the girl group Blaque, whose debut album went platinum; also starred in the hit movie "Bring It On!" and the dance film "Honey"

60. Randy Rhoads

Soundtrack | Ghost Rider

Randy Rhoads was born on December 6, 1956 in Santa Monica, California, USA as Randall Williams Rhoads. He is known for his work on Ghost Rider (2007), It's a Boy Girl Thing (2006) and Megamind (2010). He died on March 19, 1982 in Leesburg, Florida, USA.

Died March 19, 1982, age 25, in a plane crash in Leesburg, Florida

His tour bus driver, who was also a private pilot, had taken a small private plane from a nearby airstrip and tried to buzz the tour bus as a prank. The plane spiraled out of control, hit a nearby barn, and burst into flames

Was an American heavy metal guitarist who played with Ozzy Osbourne, Black Oak Arkansas, and Quiet Riot

61. Jenni Rivera

Actress | Filly Brown

Dolores Janney "Jenni" Rivera was a Mexican-American actress, singer-songwriter, T.V. producer, spokesperson, philanthropist & entrepreneur known for her work within the banda and norteña music genres. She began recording in 1992, and her recordings often have themes of social issues, infidelity & ...

Died December 9, 2012, age 43, in a plane crash near Monterrey, Mexico

Was a Mexican-American actress and singer-songwriter

62. Will Rogers

Actor | Steamboat Round the Bend

World-famous, widely popular American humorist of the vaudeville stage and of silent and sound films, Will Rogers graduated from military school, but his first real job was in the livestock business in Argentina, of all places. He transported pack animals across the South Atlantic from Buenos Aires...

Died August 15, 1935, age 55, in a plane crash near Point Barrow, Alaska; famed aviator Wiley post was piloting the plane and also died in the crash

Was an American actor, humorist, and vaudeville performer; made 71 films and wrote more than 4000 newspaper columns

63. Jessica Savitch

Actress | Nasty Habits

Jessica Savitch was born on February 1, 1947 in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania. Her father suddenly died when she was just 12 years old. It was he that encouraged her for a career in broadcast journalism. Jessica first considered a career in broadcasting while in high school. A friend then got her a ...

Died October 23, 1983, age 36, in a car accident in New Hope, Pennsylvania

The driver had accidentally plunged into a canal, and he and Savitch were trapped inside the car; they both died by drowning

Was a TV news anchor and broadcast journalist

64. Bob Simon

Self | 60 Minutes

Bob Simon was born on May 29, 1941 in Bronx, New York, USA as Robert David Simon. He was a producer, known for 60 Minutes (1968), 60 Minutes Wednesday (1999) and CSI: NY (2004). He was married to Françoise. He died on February 11, 2015 in Manhattan, New York City, New York.

Died February 11, 2015, age 73, in a car accident in New York City when the limousine he was in rear-ended a car at a stoplight

The driver of the limousine had 9 previous license suspensions in the previous 4 years

Was a TV correspondent for "CBS News" and "60 Minutes" who had received 27 Emmy Awards

65. Bessie Smith

Soundtrack | Angel Heart

Bessie Smith was born on April 15, 1894 in Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA as Elizabeth Smith. She is known for her work on Angel Heart (1987), Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004) and Water for Elephants (2011). She was married to Jack Gee. She died on September 26, 1937 in Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA.

Died September 26, 1937, age 43, in a car accident near Clarksdale, Mississippi

Was an American singer nicknamed "The Empress of the Blues"; was portrayed by Queen Latifah in a movie about her life, "Bessie"

66. Samantha Smith

Actress | Lime Street

Samantha Smith was born on June 29, 1972 in Houlton, Maine, USA as Samantha Reed Smith. She was an actress, known for Lime Street (1985), Charles in Charge (1984) and The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962). She died on August 25, 1985 in Auburn, Maine.

Died August 25, 1985, age 13, in a plane crash in Auburn, Maine

Was an American child actress who became famous for writing a letter to Soviet leader Yuri Andropov during the Cold War

She was dubbed "America's Youngest Ambassador"; the Soviets issued a stamp in her name, named a mountain after her, and erected a statue of her in Moscow

67. Payne Stewart

Actor | Home Improvement

Payne Stewart was born in Springfield, Missouri, on Wednesday, January 30th, 1957. He and his wife, Tracy Stewart (nee, Ferguson), were married on Tuesday, November 10th, 1981. They had 2 children, Chelsea, and William Aaron. Over the course of his PGA career, he won eleven PGA Tour events, ...

Died October 25, 1999, age 42, in a plane crash in South Dakota

The cabin of the Learjet in which he was flying failed to pressurize on takeoff, and all 6 passengers immediately lost consciousness due to lack of oxygen; the plane continued to fly on autopilot for nearly 4 hours until it ran out of fuel and crashed in a field

Was an American pro golfer who won 11 PGA tours

68. Mike Todd

Producer | Around the World in 80 Days

Film producer Michael Todd was one of the major contributors to technical innovation in the film industry in the 1950s. Having worked with Fred Waller and Cinerama, he got tired of the three-panel format, left the company and tried to find the process for making "Cinerama coming from one hole". He ...

Died March 22, 1958, age 50, in a plane crash in New Mexico when his twin-engine Lockheed suffered engine failure

The plane was overloaded and was flying in icy weather

Was an American film producer best known for the movie "Around the World in 80 Days" which won an Academy Award for Best Picture

Was married to actress Elizabeth Taylor at the time of his death; had previously been married to actress Joan Blondell

69. Thuy Trang

Actress | Mighty Morphin Power Rangers

Thuy Trang was born on December 14th of 1973 in Saigon, Vietnam. After the fall of Saigon in 1975 to Communist forces, her father who had fought in the Vietnam War, traveled to the United States to seek political asylum. However, his entire family, unable to follow, were left behind.

In 1979, Thuy ...

Died September 3, 2001, age 27, in a car accident in California

The driver of the car survived, as did the other passenger, actress and model Angela Rockwood; she became paralyzed from the neck down

Was an actress best known as the Yellow Power Ranger in the TV series "Mighty Morphin Power Rangers"; also appeared in the movie "The Crow"

70. Ritchie Valens

Soundtrack | Grease

Ritchie, the 'California Kid' was from a family of poverty stricken fruit pickers and was the first rock star to originate from the West Coast and one of the innovators of 'Latino rock. In an eight month career he scored three hits with 'Come On Let's Go', 'Donna' and 'La Bamba' before being killed...

Died February 3, 1959, age 17, in a plane crash near Mason City, Iowa; singer Buddy Holly and DJ/songwriter The Big Bopper also died in the crash

Was a singer and guitarist best known for the songs "La Bamba" and "Donna"; was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

His life was portrayed in the biopic "La Bamba" starring Lou Diamond Phillips

71. Ronnie Van Zant

Soundtrack | Kingsman: The Secret Service

Ronnie Van Zant was born on January 15, 1948 in Jacksonville, Florida. He was the oldest son of six children (3 sisters and 2 brothers - musicians Donnie and Johnny). Ronnie attended Lee High School in Jacksonville with fellow band members Gary Rossington and Allen Collins. They soon formed what ...

Died October 20, 1977, age 29, in a plane crash outside of Gillsburg, Mississippi when the plane ran out of fuel

Bandmember Steve Gaines and backup singer Cassie Gaines also died in the crash, along with three others

Was frontman for the band Lynyrd Skynyrd

72. Stevie Ray Vaughan

Soundtrack | Unbreakable

Stevie Ray Vaughan was born on October 3, 1954 in Dallas, Texas, USA. He was an actor, known for Unbreakable (2000), Multiplicity (1996) and From Dusk Till Dawn (1996). He was married to Lenora "Lenny" Darlene Bailey. He died on August 27, 1990 in East Troy, Wisconsin, USA.

Died August 27, 1990, age 35, in a helicopter crash in East Troy, Wisconsin

Was an American guitarist and singer-songwriter

73. Paul Walker

Actor | The Fast and the Furious

Paul William Walker IV was born in Glendale, California. He grew up together with his brothers, Caleb and Cody, and sisters, Ashlie and Amie. Their parents, Paul William Walker III, a sewer contractor, and Cheryl (Crabtree) Walker, a model, separated around September 2004. His grandfather, William ...

Died November 30, 2013, age 40, in a car accident in Santa Clarita, California

The driver of the car was going 80-90 mph in a 45 mph zone when he lost control and hit a concrete lamp post (137 kph in a 72 kph zone)

Was best known for co-starring in the "Fast and the Furious" movie franchise

74. Dottie West

Actress | The Aurora Encounter

Dottie West was one of country music's greatest female stars for 30 years. Her career began in 1959 when she made her first recording for Starday Records. She first made the national charts in 1963 and the following year had a blockbuster country hit with "Here Comes My Baby Back Again" which would...

Died September 4, 1991, age 58, 5 days after a car accident in Nashville, Tennessee

The driver of the car was speeding and had a blood alcohol level of .08; he pleaded no contest to reckless endangerment; he served no jail time

Was a Grammy Award-winning country music singer-songwriter

75. Ben Woolf

Actor | American Horror Story

Ben Woolf was born on September 15, 1980 in Fort Collins, Colorado, USA as Benjamin Eric Woolf. He was an actor, known for American Horror Story (2011), Woggie (2012) and Haunting Charles Manson (2014). He died on February 23, 2015 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

Died February 23, 2015, age 34; was struck by a car while crossing the street in Los Angeles, California

Was an actor best known for appearing in the TV series "American Horror Story"

76. Bruce Yarnell

Actor | Irma la Douce

Bruce Yarnell was born on December 28, 1935 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Bruce Altomari Yarnell. He was an actor, known for Irma la Douce (1963), The Legend of Robin Hood (1968) and Bonanza (1959). He was married to Joan Patenaude and Frances L. Chadwick. He died on November 30, 1973 in ...

Died November 30, 1973, age 37, when the plane he was piloting developed electrical problems and crashed into a mountain in Los Angeles County, California

Was a singer and actor best known for the movie "Irma la Douce" and the TV show "Outlaws"

77. Anton Yelchin

Actor | Star Trek

Anton Yelchin was an American actor, known for playing Bobby in Hearts in Atlantis (2001), Chekov in the Star Trek (2009) reboot, Charlie Brewster in the Fright Night (2011) remake, and Jacob in Like Crazy (2011).

He was born in Leningrad (now St. Petersburg), Russia, USSR, to a Jewish family. His ...

Died June 19, 2016, age 27, when his car rolled down his steep driveway and pinned him against a pillar at his home in Los Angeles, California

Was a Russian-American actor best known for starring in three "Star Trek" films; was named one of People magazine's "100 Most Beautiful People in the World" in 2009

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