5 Fatal Celebrity Car Accidents

Including one whose death was predicted by a fellow celeb

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Jun 22, 2014 12:52 PM CDT

(Newser) – With Tracy Morgan recovering after a car accident that killed friend and fellow comedian James McNair, Radar looks back on 11 more deadly crashes involving celebrities. Five notable ones:

  • Ryan Dunn: The 34-year-old Jackass star had a blood alcohol level of .196 and was going 130mph when his Porsche flew off a Pennsylvania road in 2011, smashed through a guardrail, traveled into the woods, and erupted in flames. He and his passenger both died.
  • James Dean: Of Dean's Porsche Spyder 550, actor Alec Guinness warned the 24-year-old, "If you get in that car you will be found dead in it by this time next week." Indeed, a week later, on Sept. 30, 1995, Dean collided with another car and was killed.

  • Grace Kelly: The 52-year-old actress and princess of Monaco suffered a stroke while driving, missed a turn, and went off a 120-foot cliff in 1982. She died, but her daughter, Princess Stephanie, survived.
  • Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes: The TLC member was driving an SUV while on vacation in Honduras when she swerved to avoid another car, hit two trees, and flipped over. She died in the 2002 accident; she was 30 years old.
  • Randy "Macho Man" Savage: He had a heart attack while driving his Jeep Wrangler in 2011 and ended up driving into oncoming traffic before colliding head-on with a tree. The 58-year-old died (he was killed by heart disease, not the crash), but his wife survived.
Click for the complete list, including one 30-year-old star who never learned to drive out of fear that he would die young.

In this Sept. 7, 1995, photo, the band TLC, left to right, Rozanda "Chilli" Thomas, Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins and Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes, pose before the start of the 12th Annual MTV Video Music Awards.   (AP Photo/Adam Nadel, File)
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