Sure, we know that 50 Cent was shot nine times and lived to tell the tale. We know that some famous public figures have suffered from gunshot wounds while serving in the war. But what about those situations that have been gleaned over through the years? Trust us, you will be super surprised as to how many celebrities were accidentally shot throughout the years. Clearly gun control is a huge issue in the United States, but it is so controversial that many people fear that there will never be a unanimous vote. The National Rifle Association will continue to support the freedom to purchase and own firearms. Opponents of the NRA will hark on and on about the attacks and shootings that have killed countless people.
Whatever your position on gun control is, check out this list and learn a bit more about how certain celebrities have dealt with violence in the past. You may be surprised to learn that some extremely successful musicians, artists, and actresses have been seriously injured, and yet these days you wouldn’t even know the difference. Oh, and contrary to popular belief, you do not have to be a rapper or hip hop artist to have experience getting shot. This lists includes people from different backgrounds and career paths who have suffered serious gunshot wounds at all ages. Even as kids!
15. Dr. Dre
Ironically, Dr. Dre started a record studio named Death Row Records. The rapper, music producer, executive, and businessman was shot in the leg four times back in the 1980s. There are very little details about the shooting: who did it, why they did it, and where they did it. What we do know is that Dr. Dre survived and made a full recovery, although it wasn’t the end of the violence and turmoil in his life. Dr. Dre’s family has been terrorized with violence and death, and Dre even left Death Row Records because there were too many fights going on between the executives and the artists. In 2008, Dr. Dre suffered from another loss; his 20-year-old son passed away after a drug overdose. And in a strange turn of events, another record producer, Suge Knight, claimed that Dr. Dre organized a planned murder of Knight with the cops. Dre’s an enigma.
14. Pope John Paul II
The Popes of the world are known for being supremely peaceful and forgiving. And they have to be seriously protected whenever they step out of their abodes. Pope protection probably skyrocketed after the events of May 13, 1981, when Pope John Paul II was shot at Peter’s Square in Vatican City. Mehmet Ali Agca shot the Pope four times, which resulted in serious loss of blood. The Pope had to be rushed to the hospital and he was able to make a grand recovery. Not only that, but Pope John Paul II forgave his shooter, who ended up with a life sentence in Italian prison. Now that is the attitude that a Pope is supposed to have! The Pope even convinced the President of Italy to pardon Agca from his life sentence and live the rest of his life as a free man. In 2000, Agca was deported to Turkey, where we guess he is now.
13. Isaiah Washington
Remember a few years ago when Isaiah Washington was kicked off of Grey’s Anatomy for using a homophobic slur against one of his co-stars? Well, Isaiah had to be rushed to a real hospital when he was younger. As a teenager, he had a pretentious air about him, not surprisingly. He was also an aspiring actor, and he must have spoken to someone the wrong way, causing a misunderstanding that could have been fatal. Isaiah was shot and had to spend some time in the hospital. The hope was that he had learned his lesson and wouldn’t bad mouth other people from then on. But as we could see from his Grey’s Anatomy scandal, that just was not the case. To be fair, Isaiah had some pretty crappy moments in his life. His father was murdered when Isaiah was just 13 years old. The actor also got roughed up in the United States military for a bit.
12. Andy Warhol
Yes, Andy Warhol died back in 1987, but his story deserves to be on this list. We didn’t know that in 1968 a radicalized feminist shot the artist. The shooter, Valeria Solanas, claimed that the artist had too much control over her life and she resorted to trying to assassinate him. Andy recovered, but he was definitely shaken up by the fact that his own life was on the line. Clearly, there were some serious issues in Valeria Solanas’s mind. She was part of a feminist group that wanted to eliminate all men, and yet she had appeared in a film made by Andy Warhol himself titled I, a Man. After the shooting, Andy had to undergo emergency chest surgery, and the doctors had to basically perform a miracle to get his heart beating again. After the initial trauma, Andy had to wear a surgical brace for the rest of his life, and he referred to his injuries in his art.
11. Kelly Preston
Model and actress Kelly Preston is now 53 years old and has appeared in countless productions and films. Now she is married to John Travolta, but back in the day she was dating Charlie Sheen. This was in the late 1980s, when Charlie wasn’t nearly as neurotic as he is today. Still, it was a strange relationship, and while the couple was all set to get married, there was a freak accident in which Charlie mistakenly shot Kelly in the arm. The shot resulted in her being scared out of her mind and calling off her engagement to Charlie, naturally. Fast-forward to present-day, and Charlie is speaking out and saying that he did not shoot Kelly. Hmm, can he be trusted? The really weird part is that now Kelly is saying that Charlie was a great fiancee and that he didn’t shoot her. Well then who did, Kelly? Who did?!
Timbaland’s resume is extensive: singer, songwriter, record producer, DJ, and rapper. He can also give us a prime example of why a person should not work at Red Lobster. We’re joking of course, but Timbaland would probably not want to go into a Red Lobster ever again. When he was just 14 years old he was shot by a co-worker at the restaurant. The gunshot wound was intense and actually temporarily paralyzed the young Timbaland for nearly a year. There is really no explanation as to why Timbaland was shot by his colleague, but police ruled it to be an accidental shooting. While Timbaland was temporarily paralyzed, he had to resort to using his non-dominant left hand. He stayed active and engaged by practicing his DJing skills as a lefty. It clearly worked, and after he recovered from the shooting, he continued to pursue music. One of his first music partners was Missy Elliott.
9. Jennifer O’Neil
Back in 1982, actress Jennifer O’Neil was alone in her bedroom when she was shot in the stomach. There was a lot of hubbub about it and it was a strange occurrence for a young actress to be shot in their own home. As police continued to investigate, it was surmised that Jennifer had accidentally shot herself when she was trying to determine if the weapon was loaded or not. The gunshot wound was serious and resulted in a lot of blood loss and trauma. The police found that there were actually two other individuals in Jennifer’s home, which led many to speculate that maybe the actress was shot by one of them. Or maybe she was prepping her own gun so that she could shoot them? The entire case was so weird, but Jennifer ended up making a full recovery, which was great. It’s amazing how many people shoot themselves by accident.
8. Bob Marley
Now, come on, who didn’t love Bob Marley? Or actually, let us rephrase that: who doesn’t love Bob Marley? When the Jamaican singer participated in the Smile Jamaica concert in 1976, it was meant to be a non-partisan performance. Bob was not endorsing or supporting any particular party or candidate, but tensions were high in Jamaica at this time. People were angry at the musician for playing at a political event, which saw the dirty conflict between the People’s National Party and the Jamaican Labor Party. Two days before Bob was set to perform at Smile Jamaica, he was shot in the upper arm, and it was such a bad wound that doctors feared removing it because it could cause Bob to relinquish control of his fingers. Therefore, the bullet remained in his arm and Bob even played the concert, saying that if enemies aren’t taking a day off, then neither can he.
7. Vanilla Ice
Vanilla Ice burst onto the rapping scene and made some serious waves in a music genre that was traditionally reserved for Black artists. And while Vanilla Ice constantly had to earn his spot in the rapping world, he was met with lots of success. What some people may not know about Vanilla Ice is that he was caught up in a street fight and was shot and wounded by gun shots. He made a full recovery, and the shooting probably made him feel more legit as a rapper, just saying. In a nasty turn of events, Vanilla Ice attempted suicide, but survived and now has a new take on life. Actually, he is set to appear on Season 23 of the hit ABC series Dancing With the Stars. Now that will be interesting, although it is not the first TV show that he will be on. In 2007, he appeared on The Surreal Life: Fame Games.
6. Suge Knight
Straight out of Compton comes Suge Knight, a head honcho music producer and executive. He has worked with a multitude of successful rappers throughout the years, including Dr. Dre, Tupac Shakur, Outlawz, and Snoop Dogg. While he was charged with murder in 2015, there was an instance years earlier in which Suge Knight was shot by someone else. He was struck in the right leg while supporting one of his clients, Kanye West. Suge Knight was CEO and co-founder of a top-notch recording studio that supported West and he was at the Shore Club in Miami, Florida when a bullet lodged itself into his leg. Suge Knight ended up suing Kanye West because it was Kan’s pre-VMA party in 2008. To be fair, Suge Knight is no stranger to fights, gunshots, and other physical scuffles. He has been in trouble with the police many times, and there were even rumors that he made up the VMA shooting.
5. Peter Fonda
You might know Peter Fonda as a great American actor; brother of Jane Fonda and son of Henry Fonda. He comes from an extremely popular, wealthy, and talented family. Perhaps intelligence was in short supply? On the day when he turned 11 years old, Peter Fonda accidentally shot himself in the stomach. Why he was fiddling around with a gun, we have no idea, but the experience stayed him Peter for a long time. He spent months recovering and was on the brink of death. Fortunately, he survived and he used that experience to inspire the Beatles song “She Said She Said.” Peter was able to relate the feeling of being shot with taking LSD; it was a really psychedelic thing going on between him and John Lennon. Anyway, we have a hard time separating Peter’s mother’s suicide with his accidental shooting. There was only a year between the two events.
Wow, Akon is in his 40s now, who would’ve thought that? Anyway, Akon is a rapper from Senegal who once had total control of the American music charts. Things have simmered down, but he is still a popular guy. Back in 2005, Akon was caught up in a drive-by murder attempt. During the attack, Akon was shot in the shoulder, while his manager was suffered fatal gunshot wounds and passed away. Akon’s Konvicted album was dedicated to his fallen manager Robert Montanez. The Konvictedalbum featured high-profile collaborations between Akon and other pivotal rap figures, such as Eminem and Snoop Dogg. Akon is now five albums into his career and he has contributed to other albums and artist projects, such as Gwen Stefani’s “Sweet Escape.” If only Akon could have managed to escape those gunshots. His latest studio album is called Stadium and is being released in four album segments.
3. Trace Adkins
If you love yourself some country music, then you know about Trace Adkins. He is famous for country hits such as “(This Ain’t) No Thinkin’ Thing,” “You’re Gonna Miss This,” and “Ladies Love Country Boys.” Even at 54 years of age, Trace Adkins is still a force to be reckoned with, and he has inspired many country music artists. Little do some people know is that the country singer was shot in the chest by his second wife. They were in the middle of an argument when she pulled a gun on him and shot straight in the chest. Surprisingly, Trace never pressed charges against her, but he was left scarred, both literally and figuratively. Now we’re not trying to be mean, but if someone shot us in the chest – even by accident – we would definitely be pursuing some legal action. Perhaps Trace just has so much money that it doesn’t matter to him.
2. James Arness
Actor James Arness passed away at the end of 2011 when he was 88 years old. He was best known for his roles in Gunsmokeand How the West Won. JAmes was one of the most iconic actors in old-time American westerns, and he still lives on today (just turn on TV Land.) Anyway, James died of natural causes, but back in the day he was shot in the leg and knee. You see, James was injured while serving in the United States military. He was just 21 years old when he served with the U.S. Army during World War II. German machine guns fired bullets into his knee and leg, injuries that he would survive and be awarded the Purple Heart and Bronze Star for. This was the pivotal scenario of Operation Shingle, which took place in Anzio, Italy and featured James leading his U.S. 3rd Infantry Division.
1. Lil’ Wayne
The 33-year-old rapper from New Orleans, Louisiana has become one of the most well-known rappers in the country. And while he is definitely a hit or miss kind of a guy, there are plenty of people who like to listen to his music. Other people…not so much. Anyway, back in the day, Lil’ Wayne accidentally shot himself in the chest when he was just 12 years old. He suffered gruesome gunshot wounds and was actually in intensive care for 2 weeks. Incredibly, Lil’ Wayne made a full recovery and you wouldn’t know about this accident unless he told you about it. Plus, he has a huge amount of tattoos to cover up any scars that resulted from his embarrassing accident. This is a prime example of why we need to keep guns away from kids. They may think that they’re just playing around, but a loaded weapon can be fatal.