50+ Celebrities Who Have Almost Died  

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List of celebrities who have almost died, loosely ranked by fame and popularity. Every day, people all over the world are involved in incidents that could easily be fatal. Celebrities have almost died due to accidents, overdoses, and illness. Several famous actors and actresses nearly died while performing stunts for their films.

Who is the most famous person who almost died? George Clooney tops our list. Clooney almost died when he broke his back while filming Syriana. Other public figures and actors who almost died on a film set include Jackie Chan, Chevy Chase, and Jaimie Alexander. Coincidentally, two of the stars of Ted almost died in the September 11 attacks. "Family Guy" creator Seth MacFarlane had a ticket to board American Airlines Flight 11 on 9/11. MacFarlane arrived at the airport 10 minutes too late to board the plane that later crashed into the North Tower of the World Trade Center. Mark Wahlberg was booked on that same flight, but he changed his plans last-minute, opting to travel to Toronto before heading to LA. Blink 182 drummer Travis Barker survived a celebrity private jet crash.

Do you think having a near death experience changes the way you live your life? Go ahead and check out all the public figures and celebrities who have undergone near death experiences.

Emilia Clarke is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 50+ Celebrities Who Have Almost Died
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Shortly after filming the first season of Game of Thrones, actress Emilia Clarke suffered from two brain aneurysms. The symptoms from the first aneurysm sent her to the hospital, where she underwent surgery that revealed a second aneurysm which grew and required more surgery. The surgeries and recovery caused her great pain and Clarke was convinced she would not survive.

Her health continued to be affected as filming began for Game of Thrones season two and the Clarke recalled that at the time "every minute of every day I thought I was going to die."


Emilia Isobel Euphemia Rose Clarke (born 23 October 1986) is an English actress. She studied at the Drama Centre London, appearing in a number of stage productions, including one by the Company of Angels. After making her screen debut in a short film, her television debut came with a guest appearance in an episode of the British medical soap opera Doctors in 2009. The following year, she was named as one of the UK Stars of Tomorrow by Screen International magazine for her role in the Syfy film Triassic Attack (2010). Clarke rose to international prominence for her breakthrough role as Daenerys Targaryen in the HBO fantasy television series Game of Thrones (2011–2019). The role has garnered ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 31

Birthplace: London, United Kingdom

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Sarah Silverman is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 50+ Celebrities Who Have Almost Died
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In the summer of 2016, Sarah Silverman suddenly came down with a rare case of epiglottitis - a condition where the epiglottis (the cartilage covering the windpipe) becomes inflamed  and blocks airflow to the lungs. She was rushed to Cedar-Sinai hospital where she credits the doctors with saving her life. "I was drugged just enough to not feel the pain and have no idea what was happening or where I was. They had to have my hands restrained to keep me from pulling out my breathing tube," she explained.

Through it all, she managed to keep her sense of humor. Apparently while high on meds, Silverman "stopped a nurse - like it was an emergency - furiously wrote down a note and gave it to her. When she looked at it, it just said, "Do you live with your mother?" next to a drawing of a penis."

Sarah Kate Silverman (born December 1, 1970) is an American stand-up comedian, actress, singer, producer, and writer. Her comedy addresses social taboos and controversial topics, such as racism, sexism, politics, and religion, sometimes having her comic character endorse them in a satirical or deadpan fashion. For her work on television, she has won two Primetime Emmy Awards. Silverman was a writer and performer on Saturday Night Live, and starred in and produced The Sarah Silverman Program, which ran from 2007 to 2010 on Comedy Central, for which she was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series. She released an autobiography The Bedwetter in 2010. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 48

Birthplace: Manchester, New Hampshire, United States of America

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Isla Fisher is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 50+ Celebrities Who Have Almost Died
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Isla Fisher almost drowned when filming Now You See Me. She was performing a stunt underwater when she became trapped for over three minutes. "My chain got stuck. I had to really swim to the bottom; I couldn’t get up. Everyone thought I was acting fabulously. I was actually drowning. No one realized I was actually struggling," she recalls. The safety latch was eventually pulled, and Fisher was saved.


Isla Lang Fisher (; born 3 February 1976) is a Scottish-Australian actress, voice actress, and author who began her career on Australian television. Born to Scottish parents in Oman, she moved to Australia at age six. After appearing in television commercials at a young age, Fisher came to prominence for her portrayal of Shannon Reed on the soap opera Home and Away from 1994 to 1997, garnering two Logie Award nominations. Fisher made a successful transition to Hollywood in the live-action film adaptation of Scooby-Doo (2002), and has since achieved fame for her roles in Wedding Crashers (2005), Confessions of a Shopaholic (2009), The Great Gatsby (2013), and Now You See Me (2013). Her other ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 39

Birthplace: Muscat, Oman

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Ellie Goulding is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 50+ Celebrities Who Have Almost Died
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In 2016, Ellie Goulding almost drowned in a frozen lake while traveling through Norway on the European leg of her tour. Photographer Conor McDonnell said he and Goulding had to climb out of the roof of the car in the black of night and in -25C weather to escape.

Elena Jane Goulding ( GOHL-ding; born 30 December 1986) is an English singer and songwriter. Her career began when she met record producers Starsmith and Frankmusik, and she was later spotted by Jamie Lillywhite, who later became her manager and A&R. After signing to Polydor Records in July 2009, Goulding released her debut extended play, An Introduction to Ellie Goulding later that year.In 2010, she became the second artist to top the BBC's annual Sound of... poll and win the Critics' Choice Award at the Brit Awards in the same year. She released her debut studio album, Lights, in 2010; it debuted at No. 1 on the UK Albums Chart and has sold over 850,000 copies in the United Kingdom. In ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 32

Birthplace: Lyonshall, United Kingdom

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