13 Celebs Who Cheated Death
The saying goes “But by the grace of God go we” and luckily these celebs who cheated death had a little more than luck on their side after surviving a near-death experience.
Tracy Morgan started his career in stand up and after the long-running sitcom “30 Rock,” went off of the air, Morgan returned to his roots. Several months ago, the “SNL” alum was returning from an engagement at a casino in Delaware when a trucker driving a Walmart tractor-trailer plowed into the limousine bus Morgan was riding in. Morgan’s friend and longtime collaborator James McNair was killed in the crash while Morgan was in critical condition. He was rushed to the hospital suffering from a broken leg and femur, broken nose, and several broken ribs. Two months after the crash, Morgan is still struggling to recover from his injuries and plans to sue Walmart.
Sometimes it takes a near death experience to slap some sense into someone. That was the case with rapper Eminem. Even though he was a gifted lyricist, the Detroit native was normally a shy person and turned to popping pills as a means to overcome his anxiety and fears of stardom. But that soon turned into an addiction and the “Lose Yourself” rapper overdosed and nearly died. “I had overdosed in 2007,” Eminem said. “I pretty much almost died. I pulled through and went home and relapsed less than a month later and I literally shot back up to the amount of pills I was taking, shot right back up to where I overdosed… I scared myself, like, ‘Yo… I need help. Like, I can’t beat this on my own’.”
Before he was the braggadocio rapper that we all know and love (or hate), Kanye West was a producer trying to make it big as an artist himself. Back in 2002, West was involved in a near fatal car crash that left his jaw wired shut. He was driving back home after a late night studio session and after totaling his car, the Chicago rapper had to have reconstructive surgery on his jaw. Two weeks later he was in the studio rapping through the pain and wires recorded his chart-topping song “Through The Wire,” which helped propel Yeezy as a rapper.
Tennis star Serena Williams has dominated the courts for almost a decade but there was a time in her career not too long ago when her life and future on the court was in jeopardy. What started out as a cut on her foot from a freak accident turned into traveling blood clots that had the tennis star thinking this was the end. Williams had to undergo emergency surgery after doctors discovered a blood clot in her lung. “I was literally on my deathbed at one point,” the Grand Slam champion said. “The doctors said I had several clots in both lungs and a lot of people die from that condition because they don’t realize they exist.”
Before he was a chart-topping rapper, 50 Cent was a drug dealer from Queens that was looking for a way to support his newborn son. Fiddy resorted to a life of crime early on but after he became a father, he knew he wanted to provide more for his child. Determined to make it as a rapper, 50 Cent was sidelined when a gunman pumped nine bullets in his body. It was a slow road to recovery and was chronicled in the movie “Get Rich or Die Tryin’.”
Even though The Game has publicly beefed with fellow rapper 50 Cent for years, the two actually have something in common: they were both nearly killed by guns. In 2001, the Cali rapper was held up and robbed by gunpoint. Back when he was a fulltime drug dealer, one of his regular customers came knocking on The Game’s door late one night with a few friends. Before he could react, the rapper turned reality star was shot five times. He was able to call an ambulance for himself before slipping into a three-day coma.
Martin Lawrence had one of the funniest shows on television but two years after his show went off of the air, the comedian almost died. It’s no secret that Lawrence has battled with some personal issues. Going for a run one particular hot day almost cost him his life. The “Big Momma’s House” actor passed out after jogging on a 100 degree day wearing several layers of clothing. Lawrence was in a coma for three days after his body temperature rose to a dangerous 107 °F.
Former B2K member Raz B could have lost his life with a cut across his hand following a freak accident. The R&B singer was over in China when he slipped and fell through a glass door while in his hotel room. A piece of broken glass tore through his wrist and ripped it to pieces, tearing through ligaments, nerves, tendons right down to the bone. Raz B lost a lot of blood in no time and passed out. Luckily, someone was on hand to call for help. Rushed to the hospital, it took doctors more than five hours to repair his hand.
Most times it’s the lead vocalist or guitarist that’s in charge of the band but in the case of Travis Barker, the drummer became used to stealing the show. The Blink-182 star’s skills were in such demand that he frequently collaborated with various hip-hop artists and DJs. He was returning from a performance in South Carolina with his pal DJ AM when their private plane suffered a blown tire during take off and ended up in a fiery crash. Both Barker and DJ AM were hospitalized in critical condition but they fared better than the other passengers because they were the only survivors. Barker had a long road back to recover after having second and third-degree burns over much of his body.
What started out as some fun in the water ended up nearly killing Sean Kingston. The “Beautiful Girl” singer was manning a jetski off the coast of Miami during Memorial Day weekend back in 2011 when he crashed into the side of a bridge. Kingston and his female passenger were thrown from the jetski. He spent 10 days in the ICU with a torn aorta, broken jaw, fractured wrist and water in his lungs and when he was ready to be released from the hospital, an intense stabbing feeling in his chest had him back on the operating table. “He tried to die a couple of times with us, but we refused to let him die,” one of Kingston’s doctors said on the “Today Show.”
Most rappers talk about drugs and violence in their lyrics but things got a little too real for rapper 2 Chainz. The “Feds Are Watching” rapper was in San Francisco for a performance when he was approached by two gunmen in broad daylight. Luckily, he saw the gun right away and he took off with bullets chasing him. Some of the fragments ended up in his signature locks. “I saw the gun before I saw him,” 2 Chainz said recalling the incident. “It was so heavy he couldn’t really hold it … the gun was so big, that’s what made me take off running.”
Sexy actor Liam Hemsworth has been catapulted to a new level of stardom thanks to the widely popular “Hunger Games” franchise. The Australian star grew up surfing with his two older brothers but he almost lost his life one day in a freak accident while splashing around in the water. “When I was a kid, one time I got my leg rope wrapped around my whole body like a ball, under water,” Hemsworth told “Men’s Health” magazine.”Couldn’t get up. I was in waist-deep water, but I almost drowned. You know, I’ve had a few times.”
Gary Busey is certainly one of the more eccentric celebrities. And after surviving a near fatal accident, Busey became the poster child for wearing a helmet. Back in the 80’s, the “Under Siege” star wiped out riding his motorcycle. He suffered from severe head trauma and had to undergo brain surgery. Busey said he died for a short time while on the operating table and got a glimpse of what heaven was like. “I was surrounded by angels,” Busey told Larry King back in 2005. “And they don’t look like what they look like on Christmas cards. They’re big balls of light that float and carry nothing but love and warmth.”