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List of famous people who died in car crashes. Celebrities who died in car wrecks are listed alphabetically and include the famous car accident victims’ birthdates and additional information about them when available. Photos of these famous people who died in car crashes are included when available. Everyone on this list has car wreck as a cause of death somewhere in their public records, even if it was just partially responsible for their death. (13 People)
David Halberstam is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People Who Died in Car Crashes
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David Halberstam was an American journalist and historian who had won the Pulitzer Prize in 1964. Known for his work on the Vietnam War, the Civil Rights movement, and sports, Halberstam died in 2007 in a car accident when his driver ran a red light at a protected left and was broadsided.

David Halberstam was an American journalist and historian, known for his early work on the Vietnam War, his work on politics, history, the Civil Rights Movement, business, media, American culture, and his later sports journalism. He won a Pulitzer Prize for journalism in 1964. ...more

Age: Died at 73 (1934-2007)

Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA

Profession: Journalist, Historian, Screenwriter, Author, Writer

Credits: Rowing Through, The Teammates: A Portrait of a Friendship

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Eddie Cochran is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People Who Died in Car Crashes
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Rockabilly musician Eddie Cochran died while on tour in the U.K. when his taxi blew a tire out and lost control. 21-year-old Cochran threw himself over his girlfriend to protect her, but then flew out of the vehicle when the door opened. He died the next day of severe head injuries. The taxi driver was sentenced to 6 months in prison, was fined 250 pounds, and had his driver's license suspended for 15 years.

Edward Raymond 'Eddie' Cochran was an American musician. Cochran's rockabilly songs, such as "C'mon Everybody", "Somethin' Else", and "Summertime Blues", captured teenage frustration and desire in the late 1950s and early 1960s. He experimented with multitrack recording and overdubbing even on his ...more

Age: Died at 22 (1938-1960)

Birthplace: Albert Lea, Minnesota, United States of America

Profession: Guitarist, Musician, Singer-songwriter, Singer

Credits: Caddy Shack, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, This Boy's Life, La Bamba

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Darrell Russell is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People Who Died in Car Crashes
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Darrell Russell was a NHRA drag racer and 2001's Rookie of the Year. He died while competing in the Sears Craftsman Nationals in Madison, Illinois. He crashed just past the finish line and was rushed to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Darrell Anthony Russell, Jr. was an American football defensive lineman for the Oakland Raiders and Washington Redskins of the National Football League. He died in a car crash near Los Angeles after being indefinitely banned from the NFL for repeated violations of the league's substance abuse ...more

Age: Died at 29 (1976-2005)

Birthplace: Pensacola, Florida, United States of America

Profession: American football player

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Luc Bourdon is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People Who Died in Car Crashes
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Luc Bourdon was a Canadian ice hockey player for the Vancouver Canucks. He died instantly in 2008 when he lost control of his motorcycle and crashed into a tractor-trailor after losing control due to gusty winds.

Joseph Luc Bourdon was a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman who played for the Vancouver Canucks of the National Hockey League and their American Hockey League affiliate, the Manitoba Moose, from 2006 until 2008. After overcoming childhood arthritis, he was selected third overall in the ...more

Age: Died at 21 (1987-2008)

Birthplace: Canada, Americas, Shippagan

Profession: Ice Hockey Player

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