At the risk of stating the obvious, celebrities differ from us work-a-day folk in a variety of ways. I mean sure, they also walk to the convenience store in their sweatpants when they have a sudden craving for Doritos at 12 am, but that doesn’t come without the added bonus of being on the front page of the National Enquirer’s “Shocking Photos of Celebs Without Their Makeup” edition. Most of the time it almost seems as if they live in an entirely different world, one made up of screening phone calls for stalkers and 15 million dollar riverside mansions rather than scraping leftover macaroni and cheese off of dinner plates and dreading the arrival of the water bill every month.
Due to said differences, it’s also hard to remember that, because they’re also human beings, celebrities occasionally have to endure sickness, age, and death just like we do. In the cases of some well-known actors, death took them in its vice grip right when they were doing what was supposed to make them eternal; performing. In that moment, they were as vulnerable as the rest of us. So without further ado, from sudden heart attacks to ill fated stunts, here are 11 actors who tragically lost their lives on set.
11 Jon-Erik Hexum - Blast Impact Of Empty Gun Killed Actor
10 Brandon Lee - Fake Gunfire Leads To Death
9 Tyrone Power - Suffered A Massive Heart Attack
8 Martha Mansfield - Passerby Tossed Cigarette Into Her Car
7 7. John Ritter - Heart Attack
6 Vic Morrow - Helicopter Pyrotechnics Explosion
5 Roy Kinnear - Fell Off Horse, Then Had A Heart Attack
4 Jean Harlow - Kidney Failure
3 Redd Foxx - Heart Attack
2 Eric Fleming - Eaten By Piranhas
1 Oliver Reed - Died Following Drinking Game
Oliver Reed was often recognized for his uber-macho roles in films like The Trap (1966), Oliver! (1968), Women in Love (1969), Hannibal Brooks (1969), The Devils (1971), The Three Musketeers (1973), Tommy (1975), Lion of the Desert (1981), and Castaway (1986). Unfortunately, he was perhaps even better known for his raging alcoholism and excessive binge drinking. During a break from filming the 2000 film Gladiator on May 2 1999, Reed entered a bar in Valletta, Malta, where he allegedly got caught up in a drinking game. In between drinks, he was stricken with a heart attack and fell out of his chair. He died on the way to the hospital at age 61.
Sources: blogspot, latimes
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