13 People Who Narrowly Escaped Death on 9/11

Did you know that there are a bunch of celebrities who narrowly escaped death on 9/11? The terrorist attacks that took place on September 11, 2001, claimed over 3,000 lives in New York City, Washington D.C., and Shanksville, PA. Those who died on that September morning are lauded as heroes, saints, and true Americans. Thankfully, however, there are also many stories about people who narrowly escaped death on 9/11. Several celebrities, chefs, flight attendants, musicians, and employees at the World Trade Center cheated death when they avoided boarding one of the flights that were taken hostage that morning, or when they failed to go to work at the Twin Towers that day. Amidst all the deaths there are some truly amazing stories of little tweaks that saved lives.

Both ordinary people and celebrities alike made small decisions that morning that ended up being the difference between life and death. Some of these seemingly insignificant changes to their routines included train delays, a chance encounter with Gwyneth Paltrow, a hangover, a last minute need for an eyeglass repair, a flight change, and a cigarette break. If these people hadn't made these exact choices that morning, it's unlikely that they would have survived 9 1 1.

Some still carry survivor's guilt for their near brushes with death on 9/11, while others chalk it up as a miracle that they're still alive. Still others have brushed it off as mere coincidence, and refuse to allow their lives to be defined by what could have happened that day. One of the famous survivors, Mark Wahlberg, later landed himself in hot water for claiming had he been on one of those planes, he would've fought the attackers and saved the day. Seth Macfarlane, however, was just grateful he missed his flight, which ended up being one of the planes that crashed into the Twin Towers.      

Join us in remembering September 11th, 2001 by honoring the heroes who died in the attacks that day, as well as those who lived to tell their tales.