Car accidents are one of the leading causes of death throughout the world, and even famous celebrity, with their expensive cars and personal drivers, can fall victim to a terrible car crash. You might also be interested in celebs who died in motorcycle crashes and famous people who died in helicopter accidents. This is a list of famous people who died in car accidents. Celebrities who died in car crashes are listed loosely by relevance and include the famous car accident victims’ birth dates and additional information about them when available. Photos of these famous people who died in car wrecks are included when available. Everyone on this list has car accident as a cause of death somewhere in their public records, even if it was just partially responsible for their death. Celebrities include Jayne Mansfield, Sam Kinison, Ryan Dunn of Jackass, Ernie Kovacs, and Claudia Jennings.
This list contains people like Princess Diana, Barack Obama Sr. and Paul Walker, who are all dead because of a car accident. If you’re searching for a particular celebrity, actor, or actress who was killed in a car accident you can use the “filter” bar to find who you’re looking for. There may be a few people on this list that were struck by a car while on bike or foot rather than getting into a car crash.
Grace Kelly celebrity
Grace Kelly died on September, 14, 1982 when she was 52 years old. She suffered a stoke which caused her to lose control of her vehicle and drive it off a mountainside.
Grace Patricia Kelly (November 12, 1929 – September 14, 1982) was an American film actress who became Princess of Monaco after marrying Prince Rainier III in April 1956. After embarking on an acting career in 1950, when she was 20, Kelly appeared in New York City theatrical productions and more than 40 episodes of live drama productions broadcast during the early 1950s Golden Age of Television. In October 1953, she gained stardom from her performance in director John Ford’s film Mogambo starring Clark Gable and Ava Gardner, which won her a Golden Globe Award and an Academy Award nomination in 1954. Subsequently, she had leading roles in five films, including The Country Girl (1954) with… more
Age: Dec. at 53 (1929-1982)
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America
James Dean celebrity
James Dean died September 30, 1955, when he crashed into another car on U.S. Route 466. Somewhat ironically, at the time, he was driving his Porsche 550 Spyder en route to compete in an auto racing event, and had received a speeding ticket less than two hours before the accident. Reports say his death appeared to have been “instantaneous.”
Photo: 20th Century Fox / Wikimedia Commons / Public Domain
Randy Savage celebrity
Randy Savage died in a car accident on May 20, 2011 when he was 58 years old. He had a heart attack while he was driving and lost control of his vehicle. The heart attack was his actual cause of death.
Age: Dec. at 59 (1952-2011)
Birthplace: Columbus, Ohio, United States of America
Dale Earnhardt celebrity
Dale Earnhardt died on February 18, 2001 at age 49. He died after experiencing severe head trauma due to a car accident in the final lap of the 2001 Daytona 500.
Ralph Dale Earnhardt (; April 29, 1951 – February 18, 2001) was an American professional auto racing driver and team owner, best known for his involvement in stock car racing for NASCAR. The third child of racing driver Ralph Earnhardt and Martha Earnhardt, he began his career in 1975 in the World 600 as part of the Winston Cup Series. Regarded as one of the most significant drivers in NASCAR history, Earnhardt won a total of 76 Winston Cup races over the course of his career, including the 1998 Daytona 500. He also earned seven NASCAR Winston Cup championships, tying for the most all-time with Richard Petty. This feat, accomplished in 1994, was not equaled again for 22 years until Jimmie.
Age: Dec. at 50 (1951-2001)
Birthplace: Kannapolis, North Carolina, United States of America
Bob Simon celebrity
Robert David “Bob” Simon (May 29, 1941 – February 11, 2015) was an American television correspondent for CBS News. During his career, he covered crises, war, and unrest in 67 countries. Simon reported the withdrawal of American troops from Vietnam, the Israeli-Lebanese Conflict in 1982, and the student protests in China’s Tiananmen Square in 1989. During the Persian Gulf War in 1991, he and four of his TV crew were captured and imprisoned by Iraq for 40 days. He published a book about the experience titled “Forty Days.” He became a regular correspondent for CBS’s 60 Minutes in 1996 and, in 1999, for 60 Minutes II. At the time of his death in an auto accident, he served as 60 Minutes senior.
- Age: 79
- Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
- Gender: Male
St. Louis Cardinals prospect Oscar Taveras died on October 26th, 2014, in a car crash that also killed his girlfriend.Oscar Francisco Taveras was a Dominican-Canadian professional baseball outfielder who played one season for the St. Louis Cardinals of Major League Baseball. Known as “El Fenómeno” in the Dominican Republic, the Cardinals signed him at age 16 in 2008 as an international amateur free agent and he made his MLB debut in 2014. Over six minor league seasons, he batted .321 with a .519 slugging percentage. He played all three outfield positions while spending most of the time in center field. With prodigious batting skills, Taveras was a consensus top-five minor league prospect in 2013 and 2014. He elicited comparisons to former MLB outfielder and fellow Dominican Vladimir Guerrero – with a…
Birthplace: Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic
Sam Kinison died on April 10, 1992 when he was 38 years old. He was killed in a car accident when a 17 year old drunk driver stuck his car, causing a head-on collision.
Samuel Burl Kinison (; December 8, 1953 – April 10, 1992) was an American stand-up comedian and actor. A former Pentecostal preacher, he performed stand-up routines that were most often characterized by an intense style, similar to charismatic preachers, and punctuated by his distinct scream.
Age: Dec. at 39 (1953-1992)
Birthplace: Yakima, Washington, United States of America
Ryan Dunn died on June 20, 2011 when he was 34 years old. He died in a drunk driving accident. Dunn’s blood alcohol level was at 0.196% at the time of his death.
Ryan Matthew Dunn (June 11, 1977 – June 20, 2011) was an American stunt performer, comedian, and one of the stars of the MTV reality stunt show Jackass. Dunn rose to fame in the late 1990s as a member of the CKY Crew with his long-time friend, Bam Margera, for their extreme stunts and pranks recorded on camera, which led to the rise of Jackass. Dunn also hosted Homewrecker and Proving Ground, and appeared in the feature films Blonde Ambition and Street Dreams, as well as in Margera’s films Haggard and Minghags. Dunn died in a car crash in 2011.
Age: Dec. at 34 (1977-2011)
Birthplace: Medina, Ohio, United States of America
Jayne Mansfield died in a car accident on June 29, 1967 when she was 34 years old. She suffered severe head trauma after the vehicle she was riding in crashed into a tractor that was in front of them.Jayne Mansfield (born April 19, 1933 – June 29, 1967) was an American film, theater, and television celebrity. She was also a nightclub entertainer, a singer, and one of the early Playboy Playmates. She was a major Hollywood sex symbol during the 1950s and early 1960s, while under contract at 20th Century Fox. She was also known for her well-publicized personal life and publicity stunts, such as wardrobe malfunctions. Although Mansfield’s film career was short-lived, she had several box-office successes and won a Theatre World Award and a Golden Globe. She enjoyed success in the role of fictional actress Rita Marlowe, both in the 1955–1956 Broadway version and the 1957 Hollywood film version
Age: Dec. at 34 (1933-1967)
Birthplace: Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, United States of America
- Age: Dec. at 24 (1931-1955)
- Birthplace: Marion, Indiana, United States of America
- Gender: Male
Diana Princess of Wales
Diana, Princess of Wales died on August 31, 1997 when she was 36 years old. She was killed in a car accident when her driver, who was accused of being drunk, lost control of the car due to the aggressive pursuit of the paparazzi.
- Age: Dec. at 36 (1961-1997)
- Birthplace: Sandringham, England
- Gender: Female
Paul Walker Actors
Paul Walker celebrity died on November 30, 2013 when he was 40 years old. He was driving with his friend, a professional race car driver, when his 2005 Porsche Carrera GT crashed into a light pole. Walker was the passenger and it is believed that his friend simply lost control of the vehicle.
- Age: Dec. at 40 (1973-2013)
- Birthplace: Glendale, California, United States of America
- Gender: Male