Unexpected deaths of celebrities will always be shocking and heartbreaking for everyone. The fans and everybody that appreciates great talent, cannot confront with the news very lightly. Many will start numerous conspiracy theories. But, some people will do everything to celebrate their work in the future. The list of the famous actors and musicians is sadly very long. But, here you can read about the most shocking and unexpected car accidents of great talents by AskMen. It is just a reminder that everybody can be hurt if they aren’t careful on the road.
Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes – April 2002
The hip-hop world was devastated by this news in 2002. Lisa was an outstanding vocalist in the group TLC. Her legacy will live on, but the tragic accident will never be forgotten. Lisa was traveling from La Ceiba to San Pedro Sula and was in the vehicle with her brother and sister, among others. Even if there are many rumors regarding the accident, it is only sure that the world has lost a magnificent talent.
Steve Prefontaine – May 1975
Running would’ve never been on the same level as today if there wasn’t for Steve. His charismatic approach to this sport has made him the celebrity he was in the 70s. By setting numerous records with Oregon University, his future was very bright. But he lost his life in his MG convertible while trying to avoid hitting another car. Two movies and a documentary were made in order to celebrate his life achievements after his death.
Billy Martin – December 1989
Billy is one of the most recognized faces in Yankee history. His managing abilities were impeccable. The five-time manager was well-known for his ambitious pursuit of the ultimate goal. He could’ve made champions from small baseball teams. But after a long night with his friend, they lost control on the icy road in the Broome County town of Fenton. Billy was in the passenger seat, but he wasn’t able to survive the accident on Christmas.
Porfirio Rubirosa – June 1965
The ladies loved him and many will say that he bedded thousands of women. But it is sure that he was married to the two richest women in the world Doris Duke and Barbara Hutton. Of course, there is no way to avoid Ava Gardner, Jayne Mansfield, Eva Peron and Zsa Zsa Gabor. This man never did a proper day of work in his life. But he wasn’t lucky with his Ferrari since he died in a car accident while driving home from a night party.
Jackson Pollock – August 1956
Jackson’s astonishing way of painting had mesmerized the world in the 50s. The sprawling splatter canvases weren’t invented before he showcased his talent. We shouldn’t mention that he was even a stronger inspiration for the young artists and several documentaries. He was drunk while driving his mistress and a friend to his home and lost control of his vehicle and hit a tree.
General George S. Patton – December 1945
Arguably the greatest commander of all times, George has received many prestigious awards. The most memorable are the Distinguished Service Awards and a Purple Heart during the Word War I. Until today, people consider his death mysterious and still unexplained. He was a passenger in a Cadillac that collided with a truck in Germany.
Jayne Mansfield – June 1967
The beautiful Jayne is among the tragic cases in car accident history, too. Many of you remember her because of her astonishing look, but also for her relations with the Kennedy brothers. As an American sex symbol, she was always in the spotlight. But she wasn’t able to control her car that hit a trailer truck in the rear.
Princess Grace Kelly – September 1982
The fans of the movie Rear Window sure remember the beauty and talent of Grace. She was Princess of Monaco, but also had a very good career in Hollywood. It is a tragedy that she had to die in such a tragic way. Grace was driving somersaulted over a cliff to Monaco. The stroke she suffered was the reason for it, and she died a day after the accident.
Princess Diana – August 1997
Broadcasting a funeral isn’t always the best idea. But the funeral of Diana was one of the most watched events in history. Many people loved her for numerous things, but she was also very controversial. She died in a car accident while driving in a tunnel by the Seine. There are a few uncleared things regarding this accident and many people think that it wasn’t an accident.
James Dean – September 1955
James has become legendary with only three movies on his achievement list. His uprising career wouldn’t be even better if there wasn’t for the dare deviling driving on the road in California. Just like Diana’s accident, people believe that Dean wasn’t driving recklessly, at least that day. He will be remembered for the movie Rebel Without a Cause and his charisma.