These famous stars luckily escaped death after terrifying incidents that nearly cost their lives.
Nobody can escape death, not even the world’s most renowned celebrities. While many famous stars died due to illness, incidents and even suicides, some others luckily got second chances when they had a brush with death. Here are a few of those who had terrifying near-death experiences.
Anne Hathaway‘s Hawaiian vacation in 2014 turned into a nightmare after she almost drowned while swimming in the ocean. “The Devil Wears Prada” star got caught in a powerful riptide and was unable to swim back to the shore. Fortunately, a surfer saw what happened and immediately saved Anne. The “Les Miserables” actress was said to have injured her foot, but it wasn’t serious.
Last year, Ellie Goulding and photographer Conor McDonell were driving along a frozen lake in Norway when suddenly their belt wagon crashed onto the ice in the middle of the lake. Luckily, they managed to get out of their car before things got worse.
Conor later took to Instagram to tell everyone the horrifying story. “So me and @elliegoulding weren’t going to post about this but we decided that it’s too mad of a story not to tell. This photo is from when we were in Norway a few weeks ago,” he captioned a photo of the drowning car.
“That moment when you’re in -25 in the middle of nowhere in Norway in the pitch black and your belt wagon crashes through the ice in the middle of a lake and you have to emergency evacuate through the roof. ‘Oh s**t we’re in’ was my first though,” Conor recounted. “Second was to take photos. We were in the front cabin. That is pretty much under water in this photo. A few minutes later it was all completely gone under the water and ice for good.”
Orlando Bloom had one incident that he would never forget. When he was 21 years old, the “Elizabethtown” actor almost died while climbing a rooftop terrace with his friend. He fell three stories when the drainpipe he was climbing collapsed. Orlando ended up breaking several vertebrae in his back and was paralyzed for four days.
After multiple surgeries and 18 months of rehab, he was healthy enough to continue his acting career. “I’m grateful for [the incident],” Orlando told. “I’m always working on my back. It hasn’t prevented me from doing anything. But it’s a constant reminder.”
George Clooney injured his spine while filming “Syriana“, causing him to blow spinal fluid out of his nose. He was later hospitalized, but the pain was almost too much for George to handle that he considered committing suicide.
“I was at a point where I thought, ‘I can’t exist like this. I can’t actually live,’ ” he recalled in an interview with. “I was lying in a hospital bed with an IV in my arm, unable to move, having these headaches where it feels like you’re having a stroke, and for a short three-week period, I started to think, ‘I may have to do something drastic about this.’ ”
“You start to think in terms of, you don’t want to leave a mess, so go in the garage, go in the car, start the engine. It seems like the nicest way to do it, but I never thought I’d get there,” he continued. “See, I was in a place where I was trying to figure out how to survive.”
Leonardo DiCaprio can either be the luckiest or the unluckiest man on Earth. While most people almost die only once before they eventually pass away, Leo had at least two memorable near-death experiences.
“The Revenant” star was almost eaten by a shark while diving in South Africa. “A great white jumped into my cage when I was diving in South Africa. Half its body was in the cage, and it was snapping at me,” he revealed in an interview with . “I sort of fell down to the bottom and tried to lie flat. The great white took about five or six snaps an arm’s length away from my head. The guys there said that has never happened in the 30 years they’d been doing it.”
Leo had another terrifying incident when he was flying to Russia. “Then there was this Delta Airlines flight to Russia. I was in business class, and an engine blew up in front of my eyes. It was right after ‘Sully’ Sullenberger landed in the Hudson,” he shared. “I was sitting there looking out at the wing, and the entire wing exploded in a fireball. I was the only one looking out at the moment this giant turbine exploded like a comet. It was crazy.”
50 Cent may be a prove that humans also have nine lives. Back in 2000, the rapper was shot nine times in front of his grandmother’s house in South Jamaica. He was sitting inside his car when someone approached him and fired nine shots. As a result, 50 Cent injured his legs, arm, hip, right hand, the left side of his face and chest. The alleged shooter, Darryl “Hommo” Baum, was killed three weeks later.
He talked about the incident in his autobiography “From Pieces to Weight: Once upon a Time in Southside Queens”. “After I got shot nine times at close range and didn’t die, I started to think that I must have a purpose in life,” he wrote. “How much more damage could that shell have done? Give me an inch in this direction or that one, and I’m gone.”