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TRENDING Famous People Who Died in Car Accidents

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

Car accidents are one of the leading causes of death throughout the world, and even famous people, 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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People Who Died in Car Accidents
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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 was an American actress who, after marrying Prince Rainier III, became Princess of Monaco. After embarking on an acting career in 1950, at the age of 20, Kelly appeared in New York City theatrical productions and more than 40 episodes of live drama productions broadcast during ...more

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Age: Died at 53 (1929-1982)

Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Profession: Fashion Model, Actor, Crown Princess

Credits: High Noon, Dial M for Murder, Rear Window, To Catch a Thief

Also Ranked

#36 on The Best Actresses in Film History

#17 on The Greatest American Actresses of All Time

#74 on People We Wish Were Still Alive

#51 on Which Actor Would You Bring Back for One Final Movie?

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Paul Walker is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People Who Died in Car Accidents
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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 simply lost control of the vehicle.

Paul William Walker IV was an American actor. He began his career guest-starring in several television shows such as The Young and the Restless and Touched by an Angel. Walker gained prominence with breakout roles in coming-of-age and teen films such as She's All That and Varsity Blues. In 2001, ...more

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Age: Died at 40 (1973-2013)

Birthplace: Glendale, California, United States of America

Profession: Film Producer, Model, Actor

Credits: The Fast and the Furious, Furious 7, Fast & Furious 6, 2 Fast 2 Furious

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#47 on Famous Men You'd Want to Have a Beer With

#71 on People We Wish Were Still Alive

#62 on The Hottest Men Over 40

#69 on The All-Time Greatest Action Stars

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Diana, Princess of Wales is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People Who Died in Car Accidents
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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.

Diana, Princess of Wales, was the first wife of Charles, Prince of Wales, who is the eldest child and heir apparent of Queen Elizabeth II. Diana was born into an aristocratic British family with royal ancestry as The Honourable Diana Frances Spencer. She was the fourth child of John Spencer, ...more

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Age: Died at 36 (1961-1997)

Birthplace: Sandringham, England

Profession: Crown Princess

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#6 on The Most Inspiring (Non-Hollywood) Female Role Models

#9 on People We Wish Were Still Alive

#8 on The Most Powerful Women In The World

#38 on The Most Influential People in Fashion

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James Dean is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People Who Died in Car Accidents
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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."

James Byron Dean was an American actor. He is a cultural icon of teenage disillusionment and social estrangement, as expressed in the title of his most celebrated film, Rebel Without a Cause, in which he starred as troubled teenager Jim Stark. The other two roles that defined his stardom were loner ...more

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Age: Died at 24 (1931-1955)

Birthplace: Marion, Indiana, United States of America

Profession: Actor

Credits: Rebel Without a Cause, East of Eden, Giant, General Electric Theater

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#41 on The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)

#88 on The Best Actors in Film History

#3 on The Coolest Actors Ever

#55 on People We Wish Were Still Alive

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Jayne Mansfield is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People Who Died in Car Accidents
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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 was an American actress in film, theatre, and television. She was also a nightclub entertainer, a singer, and one of the early Playboy Playmates. She was a major Hollywood sex symbol of the 1950s and early 1960s and 20th Century Fox's alternative to Marilyn Monroe who came to be ...more

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Age: Died at 34 (1933-1967)

Birthplace: Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Profession: Pin-up girl, Pianist, Model, Actor Singer, + more

Credits: The Match Game, The Wild, Wild World of Jayne Mansfield, Spree The Girl Can't Help It

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Ryan Dunn is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People Who Died in Car Accidents
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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 was an American stunt performer, television personality, comedian, actor, writer and musician. He was a member of the Jackass and Viva La Bam crew. Dunn came to prominence as a member of the CKY Crew along with long-time friend Bam Margera for their extreme stunts and pranks ...more

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Age: Died at 34 (1977-2011)

Birthplace: Medina, Ohio, USA

Profession: Stunt Performer, Film Producer, Actor, TV Personality

Credits: Jackass 3D, Jackass, Viva La Bam, Street Dreams Blonde Ambition, + more

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Sam Kinison is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People Who Died in Car Accidents
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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 "Sam" Kinison was an American stand-up comedian and actor. He was known for his intense, harsh and politically incorrect humor. A former Pentecostal preacher, he performed stand-up routines that were most often characterized by an intense style, similar to enthusiastic preachers, ...more

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Age: Died at 39 (1953-1992)

Birthplace: Yakima, Washington, United States of America

Profession: Comedian, Screenwriter, Actor

Credits: The Sam Kinison Family Entertainment Hour, Back to School, Rodney Dangerfield: It's Not Easy Bein' Me, Sacred Cow Halloween Special

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#25 on The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time

#11 on The Best Ever Howard Stern Interviews

#26 on The Most Original Comedians

#10 on The Best Frequent Howard Stern Guests

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Dale Earnhardt is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People Who Died in Car Accidents
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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, better known as Dale Earnhardt, was an American race car driver and team owner, best known for his involvement in stock car racing for NASCAR. Earnhardt began his career in 1975 when he drove in the 1975 World 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway as part of the Winston Cup ...more

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Age: Died at 50 (1951-2001)

Profession: Race car driver

Credits: BASEketball, Stroker Ace

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#12 on Athletes Whose Careers Ended Too Soon

#2 on The All-Time Greatest NASCAR Drivers

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