15 Celebrities Who Have Had A Near-Death Experience

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You may have a lot of money and fame, but neither of them makes you immortal. And while some are afraid to talk about their near-death experiences, some are very open about it. The 15 celebrities on this list are the ones who publically talked about their life-changing, scary experiences and most of them assert that what happened to them changed their outlook on life forever!

1. Johnny Depp


Depp almost died in 2011 with Director Bruce Robinson in a small plane when the engines cut out. Thankfully the engines responded to an emergency start and nothing really happened. Here’s what Johnny Depp said about the incident: “The sound of the engines stopped. There was silence. Bruce and I were looking at each other and I think I said, ‘Is this it?’ It was like this weird extended moment when you’re just floating for a second, and you could feel this unpleasant descent.”

2. Sharon Stone


Sharon Stone was almost killed by a serious brain aneurysm in 2001. It was so severe that she felt like she had been shot in the head and it took two years for her to learn to read, talk without a stutter, and walk again. “I called my mom and I said, ‘Mom, I’m calling you from the emergency room…I’m having a brain hemorrhage…I had to learn to walk, hear, write, talk, remember and everything all over again. I thought that I was dying for a long time, even after I came home.”

3. Kanye West


A near-fatal car crash in 2002 inspired him to write the song “Through the Wire.” “My face looks crazy to me now,” he told. “Look at my mouth … You can’t even see my bottom teeth when I talk. You always see the top teeth and that’s not how I used to be.”

4. Anne Hathaway


In 2014 during her vacation to Hawaii, the actress nearly died in a forceful rip tide. A local surfer pulled her out of the water.

5. Leonardo DiCaprio


He loves scuba diving. But once, during a diving trip in South Africa, he was almost attacked by a shark when half a tuna fish got wedged in the cage. “The guys there said that has never happened in the 30 years they’d been doing it,” he says.

6. George Clooney


George Clooney sustained a serious head and spinal injury in 2005 while filming Syriana. He was hit over the head with a chair in a violent torture scene. It was so serious it left the actor contemplating suicide for a time. “I was at a point where I thought, ‘I can’t exist like this. I can’t actually live. I was lying in a hospital bed with an IV in my arm, unable to move, having these headaches where it feels like you’re having a stroke, and for a short three-week period, I started to think, ‘I may have to do something drastic about this. You start to think in terms of, you don’t want to leave a mess, so go in the garage, go in the car, start the engine. It seems like the nicest way to do it, but I never thought I’d get there. See, I was in a place where I was trying to figure out how to survive.”

7. Eminem


Eminem nearly died from abusing prescription drugs. He says that he thought he had control over the drugs he was using because they weren’t of the illegal variety.

8. Drew Barrymore


In 2001, Drew Barrymore came close to perishing in a house fire with her then-husband Tom Green, but luckily their pet dog, Flossie, woke the couple and allowed them to flee.

9. Joaquin Phoenix


In 2006, Joaquin Phoenix had a close call when his car flipped on a winding Los Angeles side road. Luckily, the director Werner Herzog was nearby to rush to the star’s aid. “I remember this knocking on the passenger window. There was this German voice saying, ‘Just relax.’ There’s the airbag, I can’t see, and I’m saying, ‘I’m fine.’ I am relaxed. Finally, I roll down the window, and this head pops inside. And he said, ‘No, you’re not.’ And suddenly I said to myself, ‘That’s Werner Herzog.”

10. 50 Cent


A would-be killer once shot him nine times, lodging bullets in his hand, arms, hips, legs, chest and face. He spent 13 weeks in the hospital and used the experience to inspire the album and film Get Rich Or Die Tryin.

11. Charlize Theron


While filming Æon Flux, Theron landed on her neck while performing a backflip. “I did a back handspring, gymnastics back handspring, and I had done 18 of them back to back and I just slipped and landed on my neck with my body straight out so with all my weight onto my neck I herniated the disk between my third and fourth vertebrae. And it had slipped and was really loose and was close to my spinal cord and I was hospitalized for five days in Berlin and then came back here and saw some doctors. I had some nerve damage, it was numb and on the right side of my body. I think that we all realized that it was a pretty serious injury, especially when I came back here and did some tests and saw some doctors. I don’t really like the drama of it, but I realize I was pretty lucky.”

12. Orlando Bloom


In 1998, the then 21-year-old Orlando Bloom fell off a three-story roof and broke his back. He was told he would never walk again as a result. He still has a large scar where screws and plates were installed to support his spine. “It hasn’t prevented me from doing anything. But it’s a constant reminder,” he says.

13. Jason Statham


Jason Statham almost died during the filming of Expendables 3. The brakes of a truck he was driving broke and it was catapulted into the ocean. Somehow, Statham managed to rescue himself from the vehicle. Jason Statham’s castmate, Sylvester Stallone, explained: “He faced death. He was test-driving a three-ton truck and the brakes ran out. It went down 60ft into the Black Sea and became impaled…If anyone else had been in that truck we would have been dead because we were all wearing heavy boots and gun belts. We would have drowned. But because Jason is an Olympic-quality diver he got out of it.”

14. Gerard Butler


Butler was trapped underwater after being hit by a succession of waves while filming in California. He has been shooting Of Men and Mavericks based on the true life story of a tragic young surfer Jay Moriarty.

15. Owen Wilson


In 2007, Owen almost committed suicide by overdosing on pills and slitting his wrists at the same time. Thankfully, his brother found him and saved his life before it was too late.

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