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Famous People Who Died in Car Accidents

List Criteria: Only famous people whose primary cause of death was car accident.

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.

This list contains people like Princess Diana, Barack Obama Sr. and Paul Walker. If you're searching for a particular celebrity who died from 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.

Update 10/26/14

Tragedy struck St. Louis as Cardinals outfield prospect Oscar Taveras and his girlfriend were killed in a car accident while visiting the Dominican Republic. Oscar had a bright future ahead of him as a ball player, and was only 22 years old when he died. 

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  1. Died at 53 (1929-1982) 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.

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  2. Died at 40 (1973-2013) Paul Walker 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

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  3. Died at 24 (1931-1955)

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  4. Died at 34 (1977-2011) 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.

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  5. Died at 34 (1933-1967) 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.

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  6. Died at 39 (1953-1992) 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.

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  7. Died at 50 (1951-2001) 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.

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  8. Died at 36 (1961-1997) 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.

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  9. Died at 59 (1952-2011) 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.

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  10. age 23 St. Louis Cardinals prospect Oscar Taveras died on October 26th, 2014, in a car crash that also killed his girlfriend. 

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  11. Died at 41 (1957-1998)

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  12. Died at 60 (1885-1945) George S. Patton died on December 21, 1945 when he was 60 years old. He died after being involved in a car accident while on his way to a hunting trip with his friends.

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  13. Died at 79 (1921-2000) Steve Allen died on October 30, 2000 when he was 78 years old. He was involved in a minor fender bender earlier in the day, but his death was the result of a heart attack.

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  14. Died at 30 (1949-1979) Claudia Jennings died on October 3, 1979 when she was 29 years old. She died in a car accident on Pacific Coast Highway.

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  15. Died at 53 (1949-2002)

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  16. Died at 69 (1930-1999) Pete Conrad died on July 8, 1999 at age 69. He died as a result of internal bleeding that was caused during a motorcycle accident.

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  17. Died at 46 (1952-1998) Junkyard Dog died on June 2, 1998 when he was 45 years old. He died in a car accident after falling asleep at the wheel.

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  18. Died at 65 (1915-1980) Roland Barthes died on March 26, 1980 when he was 64 years old. He died from injuries that he sustained after being struck by a truck one month prior.

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  19. Died at 47 (1913-1960) Albert Camus died on January 4, 1960 when he was 46 years old. He died in a car accident. Some believe that his death may have been the result of a Soviet plot.

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  20. Died at 49 (1900-1949) Margaret Mitchell died on August 16, 1949 at age 48. She died after being struck by a drunk driver. She died in the hospital five days after the accident.

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  21. Died at 36 (1974-2010)

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  22. Died at 21 (1971-1992) Ben Alexander died on June 21, 1992 when he was only 20 years old. He died in a drunk driving car accident. His blood alcohol level was at 0.14 at the time of his death.

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  23. Died at 50 (1877-1927) Isadora Duncan died on September 14, 1927 when she was 50 years old. She died after a scarf she was wearing became tangled in the wheel of a convertible in which she was riding. She was thrown from the car and her neck was broken.

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  24. Died at 31 (1971-2002)

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  25. Died at 21 (1971-1992) Monisha died on December 5, 1992 when she was 21 years old. She died in a car accident in Alappuzha.

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  26. Died at 47 (1888-1935) T.E. Lawrence died on May 19, 1935 when he was 46 years old. He died in a motorcycle accident after he swerved to avoid hitting two boys on bicycles.

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  27. Died at 24 (1962-1986)

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  29. Died at 47 (1859-1906) Pierre Curie died on April 19, 1906 when he was 46 years old. He fell in the road and his skull was crushed under the wheel of a horse drawn cart.

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  30. Died at 43 (1919-1962) Ernie Kovacs died on January 13, 1962 when he was 42 years old. He died after being involved in a car accident in which he lost control of the car when trying to light a cigar.

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  31. Died at 32 (1950-1982) Gilles Villeneuve died on May, 8 1982 when he was 32 years old. He died in a car accident while participating in a qualifying round at the Belgian Grand Prix at Zolder.

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  32. Died at 25 (1946-1971) Duane Allman died on October 29, 1971 when he was 24 years old. He died as a result of horrible injuries that he sustained in a motorcycle accident.

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  33. Died at 34 (1954-1988)

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  34. Died at 28 (1942-1970) Jochen Rindt died on September 5, 1970 when he was 28 years old. He died in a car accident during a practice round at the 1970 Italian Grand Prix in Monza.

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  35. Died at 41 (1949-1990)

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  36. Died at 36 (1947-1983) Jessica Savitch died on October 23, 1983 when she was 36. She drowned as a passenger in a car that fell 15 feet into a river. It was an extremely rainy evening and weather was a factor in the accident.

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  37. Died at 79 (1872-1951) Albert C. Barnes died on July 24, 1951 when he was 79 years old. He was killed instantly when he missed a stop sign and was hit by a truck.

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  38. Died at 44 (1912-1956)

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  39. Died at 30 (1947-1977)

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  40. Died at 59 (1932-1991)

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  41. Died at 69 (1928-1997) Eugene Merle Shoemaker died on July 18, 1997 when he was 69 years old. He died after being involved in a head-on car accident in Australia.

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  42. Died at 39 (1942-1981)

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  43. Died at 24 (1982-2006) Audrey Lindvall died on August 2, 2006 when she was 23. She died after she fell off her bike and was run over by a truck.

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  44. Died at 20 (1951-1971) Carol Willis died on November 6, 1971 when she was only 22 years old. She died in a car accident in Laguna Beach, California.

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  45. Died at 73 (1934-2007)

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  46. Died at 60 (1880-1940)

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  47. Died at 19 (1987-2006)

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  48. Died at 47 (1899-1946)

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  49. Died at 67 (1939-2006)

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  50. Died at 16 (1932-1948)

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