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Celebrities Who Had Near Death Experiences

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Death is inevitable, yet many fear it. It's fear of the unknown - what really happens when you die? Some believe something greater than life exists after death, others disregard what can never be known. But what if there were proof of an afterlife? What if someone could tell you exactly what it looked like, and how they felt traveling there?

A select few claim they've experienced the other side. They've seen heaven, or a white light that pulls them to a peaceful paradise filled with lost loved ones and angelic figures. Some of these individuals, be they lucky or delusional, are celebrities, and therefore have mass media as their disposal, so they can describe their experiences with of believers.

Other lists describe celebrities who had near death experiences; this list looks at celebrities who actually saw the light. Their stories are compelling, thought-provoking, and can give you something to hope for when your time is eventually up. 
  • Comedian Tracy Morgan Takes a Trip to Heaven

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    In June 2014, Tracy Morgan was involved in a horrific six-car accident that left him severely injured, and killed one of his friends. The actor was rushed to the hospital for emergency surgery, and slowly rehabbed back to health.

    Morgan spoke with Oprah on Super Soul Sunday, explaining how the accident changed his life in many ways. He claims that he went to heaven following the accident, and was met by his late father, who passed away when Morgan was a teen.

    Experiencing near-death made Morgan cherish all he has in life. He told Oprah, "Something's different. The way I am with people, something's just different. I find myself saying 'I love you' 200 times a day to strangers, I don't care – I don't gotta know you to love you, I love you!" 
    • Sharon Stone Sees the Afterlife After Having a Stroke

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      In 2004, actress Sharon Stone sat down with Oprah to discuss her life and career. The discussion touched upon Stone's near-death experience in 2001, when she learned she had had a stroke.

      Stone described getting an MRI at the hospital and seeing a "white light." The actress insists she actually experienced the afterlife, and it felt very peaceful. 
      • Jane Seymour's Out of Body Experience after Going into Shock

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        Jane Seymour, famously known as Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman, claims to have had an out-of-body experience in 1988. While filming a movie in Spain, the British actress became extremely sick and was rushed to the hospital. 

        While at the hospital, Seymour was given too much of an antibiotic and went into anaphylactic shock. She stated that, in that moment, she could feel herself leave her body, and see doctors treating her below.

        She explained to Britain's Sunday Express, "Mercifully I was resuscitated, but there was a period where I left my body and clearly saw this man screaming on the telephone, and my naked body lying on the bed with syringes in my backside."

        This out-of-body experience isn't the only paranormal phoenomenon the actress has experienced in her life. She has also experienced multiple premonitions, which she detailed in the TV series The Extraordinary
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          William Petersen Rides an Escalator into the Light

          CSI actor William Petersen explained in an interview with Playboy that a near-death experience in the '80s assured him of an afterlife. 

          Peterson nearly cut his finger in half while performing on stage. As he was rushed to the hospital, he passed out from loss of blood. He swears he heard doctors working on him, saying they lost his vital signs. The actor described being on an escalator and seeing a white tunnel of light. Before making it to the top, a voice told him it wasn't time, and he returned to his body.