Celebrities Who Have Died In Car Crashes

This subject came up in conversation the other day and I could think of three:

Jayne Mansfield

James Dean

Sam Kinnison

Clifford Brown: a huge loss to jazz music

Isadora Duncan:

Princess Diana

Grace Kelly

Desmond Llewellyn (“Q” from the Bond movies)

Singer Eddie Cochran.

I wanted to say Hank Williams Sr. but no, he died of an overdose. I think it was Dwight Yoakam’s “Long White Cadillac” that made me think Hank died in a car crash.

Ryan Dunn

Duane Allman (motorcycles count?)

Margaret Mitchell

John Holliman

Steve Prefontaine-1970s era distance runner.

Same Wiki, but further down: "Duncan was a passenger in the Amilcar[7] automobile of a handsome French-Italian mechanic Benoît Falchetto, whom she had nicknamed “Buggatti” (sic). "

I think it was Ken Purdy who first corrected that for me. And, er, anyone else who read the book.

Albert Camus

Ayrton Senna

Harry Chapin

Jack Johnson (of “Great White Hope” fame)

Bessie Smith

Albert Camus

Jackson Pollock

Dottie West

Dale Earnhardt

Linda Lovelace (of “Deep Throat” fame)

**Junkyard Dog
Linda Lovelace
Ernie Kovacs

Steve Allen** died as a direct result of a car accident, but not in the actual crash. He was in a crash earlier in the day, went to his son’s place a little later, didn’t feel well and took a nap. Died of a massive heart attack and never woke up. His autopsy found that the accident had caused a blood vessel in his chest to rupture, which led to the sac around his heart to fill with blood, and then the heart attack.

Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes

Other race car drivers would be Neil Bonnett and Gilles Villeneuve.

Also Adam Petty, although is claim to fame at the time of his death was the fact that he was Kyle Petty’s son and Richard Petty’s grandson.

Cozy Powell
Alan J. Pakula
Cliff Burton
Diane Schuler

Director Bob Clark (A Christmas Story, Children Shouldn’t Play with Dead Things, Porkys)

D. Boone, guitarist and singer for the Minutemen

That’s who I came in to mention.

Recently, wrestler Macho Man Randy Savage. Actual cause of death was his heart, but he crashed his car in the process too.

Jessica Savitch, pioneering American female newscaster.

President Ted Kennedy

too soon?