Life and death are the parts of a cycle that every human being goes through. People die everyday, and so do the celebrities. However, unnatural and untimely deaths of celebrities have always made headlines. There have been tragic cases in which renowned celebs from various fields either died due to drug overdose or committed suicide. Then, there are some celebrities who lost their lives in fatal car accidents that shook the world. Here are five celebrity deaths that shook the world.
On July 29, 1966, Bob Dylan , a popular American singer, songwriter and artist, crashed his 500cc Triumph Tiger 100 motorcycle in Woodstock, New York. Extent of his injuries still remains a mystery. Dylan had claimed that he had broken several vertebrae in his neck. Surprisingly, he wasn’t hospitalized. Dylan’s autobiography also says, “I had been in a motorcycle accident and I’d been hurt, but I recovered. Truth was that I wanted to get out of the rat race.”
Afterwards, he cut himself completely from the world and didn’t show up for almost next eight years.
Albert Camus, a French Nobel Prize-winning laureate, author and journalist, broke his neck in a car accident near Sens, in Le Grand Fossard in the small town of Villeblevin. His friends confirmed that he never liked long car trips, especially fast cars. He always preferred public transport. The day he died, an unused ticket was found in his coat pocket, which hinted he had planned to travel by train with his wife and children, but was forced by his publisher to travel with him in his car.
Richard George Farina, an American writer and folksinger, was celebrating his wife’s 21st birthday party in Carmel Valley, California when he decided to take a ride on his guest’s Harley-Davidson. The driver, Willie Hinds, lost control of the bike at a speed of 90 mph on a road meant for only 30 mph. Hinds survived, but Farina was killed instantly. It’s believed that Farina had just finished signing copies of his new novel “I’ve Been Down So Long It Looks Like Up to Me” right before his last ride.
Paul Jackson Pollock
He was professionally know as Jackson Pollock and was an influential American painter and major figure in the abstract art. He was also famous for his unique style of drip painting. He had transformed modern art through his abstract expressionism. On August 11, 1956, Pollock got into his Oldsmobile convertible and some sources say two young women accompanied him. Annoyed with the ladies because they wanted to take him to a party he didn’t want to go, he pinned the accelerator until his car skidded, bounced off a tree and rolled several times at speed of between 70-80 mph. Pollock was decapitated and died.
James Byron Dean
James Byron Dean, an American actor, is considered a cultural icon of teenage disillusionment and social estrangement. He was fond of racing cars. He had bought a $7,000 Porsche 550 Spyder, which was also known as “Little Bastard.” On September 30, 1955, Dean and German Porsche mechanic Rolf Wutherich were on their way to a race in Salinas, California. At an extraordinary speed, Dean hit a 1950 Ford Tudor that was passing through an intersection. Dean was killed on the spot. The accident took place in Cholame, California and it’s said that the accident could have been easily avoided as the driving conditions were very good.