Celebrities are not immune to close calls with death. Here is a list of 10 people who came very close to death, either while working or having fun, but lived to tell the tale.
Leonardo DiCaprio came close to death not just once, not twice, but three times. The first time, he was almost eaten by a shark. Leonardo was in a shark cage in South Africa in 2006, watching a great white shark being fed tuna. During the feeding, the shark jumped up into the air to catch the tuna and half of his body landed in the cage Leonardo was in. The shark snapped at him several times but was fortunately unable to reach him.
For the next close call, DiCaprio was on a plane in 2010 where the wing caught fire. The pilot had to perform an emergency landing without any of the engines. Thankfully, everyone was survived the landing.
And the final time Leonardo almost died was during skydiving. When he tried to deploy his chute during the tandem dive, the first one was tangled and would not deploy. The person he was with cut the first chute loose, and they deployed his second chute. That one was tangled too! They were able to shake it enough to untangle it and the second chute eventually properly deployed. Leonardo was pretty close to the ground and would have broken his legs if he had not barrel rolled on landing. He came out of that scrape with just minor injuries.
Isla Fisher is an Australian actress, author and voice actress. While filming the 2013 movie Now You See Me, she became trapped in a water tank, unable to reach the switch that would drain the water out. The crew thought she was just acting when in fact she was drowning. Thankfully, someone on the outside of the tank realized what was happening before she died.
Anne Hathaway is an American actress, producer and singer. During a 2014 vacation in Hawaii, she was caught in a rip tide that she was unable to get herself out of. Luckily, a surfer was nearby and heard her, helping her get out of the rip tide and to shore. Rip tides can be deadly, pulling the person either out to sea or under the water.
Ozzy Osbourne is the lead singer for Black Sabbath and a reality television star. His brush with death was due to an ATV accident in 2003 while filming his MTV show The Osbournes. The near-fatal accident left Ozzy with damaged vertebrae, a broken collar bone and eight fractured ribs, and footage of Ozzy right before and after the accident ended up on his show.
50 Cent (real name Curtis Jackson) is a rapper, actor and entrepreneurial investor. Before he rose to fame, he was shot in 2000, at close range, while sitting in a parked car. He was shot 9 times, in the arm, hand, hip, chest, legs and face. The shot to his face went through his cheek and left behind a bullet fragment in his mouth. This fragment caused a permanent swelling of 50 Cent’s tongue and created his particular rapping voice.
Charlize Theron is a producer, fashion model and actor. She broke her back doing back flips on the set of the 2005 film Aeon Flux. While doing the back flips, her hands slipped, and she landed directly on her neck. Landing on her neck herniated one of the discs in her cervical spine and the disc came very close to her spinal cord. Charlize was lucky to have only suffered nerve damage and some numbness.
Diane Kruger is a German model and actress. While filming a realistically violent scene for 2009’s Inglorious Basterds in which her character is strangled, she was actually strangled by director Quentin Tarantino. Tarantino wanted a realistic strangling scene because in general he considered such movie scenes fake looking. Luckily, Tarantino seems to know what he’s doing and stopped the scene before Kruger lost consciousness.
Michael J. Fox
Michael J. Fox is a Canadian-American actor, author, advocate, and producer. While on the set of Back to the Future III, he had a scene that went horribly wrong. A simple misplacement of his hands led to him being hung during a stunt instead of it just looking like he was hung. It wasn’t until he passed out that the crew realized he wasn’t acting and came to his rescue.
Orlando Bloom is an English actor best known for The Lord of the Rings and Pirates of the Caribbean film franchises. When he was in his early 20s, he was trying to climb up a drain pipe to a rooftop terrace. The drainpipe broke while he was still on it, causing him to fall three stories to the ground. Upon hitting the ground, he broke several of his vertebrae, and was paralyzed for four days. Subsequently, he had many surgeries and a lot of rehab. While he must be cautious of his back, it has not stopped him from performing stunts for his many action films.
In 1968 while filming Kelly’s Heroes, Canadian actor Donald Sutherland developed spinal meningitis after catching pneumonia in the Danube. In Yugoslavia where he was filming, they did not have the antibiotics for his treatment and he had to be sent to a hospital in England. Donald ended up in a coma and actually died for a few seconds. It was six weeks before he was able to return to the set of the movie.