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Famous Skiing Deaths: Celebs Who Died in Ski Accidents

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Skiing accident deaths are now expected every ski season. Famous skiing deaths include actress and wife of Liam Neeson, Natasha Richardson, and singer/actor/US Congressman Sonny Bono. Ski accident deaths can happen to even the most experienced skier. Below you will see that the mountain or ski resort where they had their accident is listed as well.

What celebrities died skiing? Well, one actress killed in a skiing accident who you will recognize is Natasha Richardson, of The Parent Trap. Who are some famous people who died in ski related accidents? There have sadly been many tragic accidents on the slopes in Hollywood throughout the years. There are also people on this list who died snowboarding. 

There are a lot of skiing fatalities among pro athletes and Olympians, likely because they are attempting tricks and routes that most novices wouldn't venture anyway near. Learn more about these tragic celebs in ski accidents below. 

  • Actress Natasha Richardson died on March 18, 2009, at 45 years old. She suffered an epidural hematoma after striking her head in a skiing accident while in Quebec. 

    Natasha Jane Richardson (11 May 1963 – 18 March 2009) was an English-American actress of stage and screen. Richardson was a member of the Redgrave family, being the daughter of actress Vanessa Redgrave and director/producer Tony Richardson, and the granddaughter of Michael Redgrave and Rachel Kempson. Early in her career, she portrayed Mary Shelley in Ken Russell's Gothic (1986) and Patty Hearst in the 1988 biopic film directed by Paul Schrader, and later received critical acclaim and a Theatre World Award for her Broadway debut in the 1993 revival of Anna Christie. She also appeared in The Handmaid's Tale (1990), Nell (1994), The Parent Trap (1998), Maid in Manhattan (2002) and The White  ...more
    • Born: 1963-05-11
    • Birthplace: London, England, UK
    • Nationality: United States of America, United Kingdom

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    Singer-turned-politician Sonny Bono died in a skiing accident on January 5, 1998. He hit a tree while at the Heavenly Mountain Resort in South Lake Tahoe, California. 

    Salvatore Phillip "Sonny" Bono (; February 16, 1935 – January 5, 1998) was an American singer-songwriter, producer, actor, and politician who came to fame in partnership with his second wife Cher, as the popular singing duo Sonny & Cher. He was mayor of Palm Springs, California from 1988 to 1992, and the Republican congressman for California's 44th district from 1995 until his death in 1998. The United States Copyright Term Extension Act of 1998, which extended the term of copyright by 20 years, was named in honor of Bono when it was passed by Congress nine months after his death. Mary Bono (Sonny's last wife) had been one of the original sponsors of the legislation, commonly known as the  ...more
    • Born: 1935-02-16
    • Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States of America
    • Nationality: United States of America

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    Journalist John McWethy died on February 6, 2008, just a few weeks shy of his 61st birthday. He died from a skiing accident after he missed a turn and struck a tree

    John Fleetwood McWethy (February 28, 1947 – February 6, 2008) was an American journalist. McWethy was born in Aurora, Illinois and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1969 from DePauw University, where he was a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity. In 1970, he graduated from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. McWethy was a 1965 graduate of Lyons Township High School in La Grange, Illinois. In 1993, he was inducted into the high school's Hall of Fame.McWethy began his career with U.S. News & World Report, starting as a science editor in 1972, before becoming the magazine's White House correspondent in 1977. McWethy joined ABC News in 1979. He was the network's  ...more
    • Born: 1947-02-23
    • Birthplace: Aurora, Illinois, United States of America
    • Nationality: United States of America
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    Michael LeMoyne Kennedy

    Lawyer Michael LeMoyne Kennedy died on December 31, 1997 at the age of 39. He was playing football on skis with the rest of the Kennedy family when he hit a tree without wearing a helmet or other protective gear. 

    Michael LeMoyne Kennedy (February 27, 1958 – December 31, 1997) was an American lawyer and activist. He was the sixth of eleven children to Robert F. Kennedy and Ethel Skakel.   ...more
    • Born: 1958-02-27
    • Birthplace: Washington, D.C.
    • Nationality: United States of America