1. Paul Walker (1973 – 2013)
Paul Walker died on November 30, 2013. He was 40 years old. Paul Walker was an actor and movie star. He was mostly known for his roles in Fast and Furious movie franchise. He appeared five of seven movies in the franchise and played one of the leading roles, Brian O’Conner.
As a twist of fate, after playing a car and race loving LAPD officer in Fast and Furious movies, Paul Walker died in a car accident while driving with his friend Roger Rodas. Walker was the passenger in deed, while Rodas was driving the car. They were driving from an event for Walker’s charity organization. They were in Rodas’ car, a Porsche Carrera GT and they were declared to be driving at a speed of 100 miles per hour. And they crashed into a concrete lamppost and two trees on Hercules Street. Rodas was declared dead because of multiple traumatic injuries. Walker was declared dead because of combined effects of traumatic and thermal injuries. However no alcohol or drugs were found in the system of the two victims. The spot they have crashed is said to be a popular spot for cars to race and drift. It is still unclear if they were in a race or something. Some people believe so, while some other not.
2. James Dean (1931 – 1955)
For many, he was the symbol of rebellion and marginality, while at the same time he was the symbol of masculinity. Young women loved her rebellious ways and young men wanted to look like him. He was known for his messy hair, very unlikely of the time, and his leather jacket, in a time when all the men used to wear some boring suits. He was almost a rock star. However he died so soon, while was only 24 years old.
Jim Stark of Rebel Without A Cause (1955), he was the rebel itself. And he had a dangerous hobby, he loved to race cars. He was literally Brian O’Conner, the infamous character of Paul Walker’s. He wanted to develope a career about racing cars, as well as being an actor. So in his earlu 20s, Dean developed an interest in car races. And sooner he began to practise his passion in the streets of California, which finally led him die. When the accident happened, Dean was driving a Ford. He had some injuries, but the most fatal injury of his was his broken neck. Thus he died immediately. And it was almost an unbelievable accident. As a young loss, James Dean literally turned into a legend, an unforgettable figure of popular culture. He is one of the most iconic people of all time.
3. Grace Kelly (1929 – 1982)
Once a princess of Hollywood, soon she became the Princess Of Monacco. And she was always the princess of the hearts. Grace Kelly was one of the most important actresses and natural talents of Hollywood’s golden age. She was a naive and gente young lady. Just like Audrey Hepburn, she was a fashion and popular culture icon. Young women loved the way she looked and wished to look like her. Young men wanted to date women like Grace Kelly. When she was at the peak of her career, she prefered to leave Hollywood and marry the prince of his dreams, Prince Rainier III of Monacco. Some people still believe she was unhappy in Monacco, however there are many evidence that she was a very happy lady in his home.
Grace Kelly died on September 13, 1982. Grace Kelly and his daughter Stéphanie were driving back to Monaco from their country home in Roc Agel. While driving the car herself, Kelly had a stroke and lost the control of her Rover P6 3500. The car fell over the mountainside. Stéphanie tried to regain the control, however she couldn’t. That was one of the most tragic moments of history, some journalists wrote. Everybody was in shock. She hand’t make a movie since years, however she still was the actress of the hearts. Her husband never re-married while he was insisted to re-marry for countless times as a Prince.
4. Jayne Mansfield (1933 – 1967)
Jayne Mansfield was everything once Hollywood offered. She was an actress both in cinema and theatre. She also appeared on television. She was a nightclub entertainer and a singer. Jayne Mansfield was one of the top sex symbols of all time, since she was one of the early Playboy Playmates ever. Since her death, she continued to be a sex symbol. Even today she is accepted as one of the sexiest women ever.
Nothing was a secret about Jayne Mansfield’s life. Her personal life was always very well-publicized. She often had some “wardrobe malfunctions”. As a blonde, which Hollywood and people loved back in 50s, Mansfield is one of the most important popular culture icons. She is a legend, because just like Marilyn Monroe, she is also among the people who died too early. When she died, the driver was driving the car and they were hit by a truck. Jayne Mansfield, her driver and her boyfriend died in the accident, while Mansfield’s three children survived with minor injuries.
5. Princess Diana (1961 – 1997)
Princess Diana’s sudden death was one of the sooner deaths, and yet one of the most controversial ones. There are millions of people around the world that believe the Royal family had her killed. It seems we’ll never know the truth about her death. Another controversy was the reporters who followed Diana and Dodi Fayed. It was said that they had to fasten the car to get rid of the reporters, that’s why they crashed. However it’s the second possibility for many.
Princess Diana or Princess of Wales was the princess of the “first”s. She was the first non-noble princess. She was just an ordinary English woman who happen to fall in love with a prince. Just like in fairy tales. She was also the first noble figure who was interested in public. Diana also was the first to divorce in entire English crown history, probably since Henry VIII.
Diana and her boyfriend Dodi Fayed was fatally injured in a car crash in the Pont de l’Alma road tunnel in Paris on 31 August 1997.
6. Albert Camus (1913 – 1960)
How ironic the sorrowful deaths of dolorous writers of the literature. Albert Camus, is one of the most important and most well-known figures of 20th century literature. He is very important figure for existentialism. His works were unique, absurd and nihilist, while at the same time they managed to be existentialist works. He was one of the most influential writers ever. However he died young when he was 46 years old.
Camus died on January 4, 1960 in a car accident near Sens, in Le Grand Fossard, France. After the crash some train tickets were found in his pocket. In reality he had planned to travel by train with his wife and children, however at the last minute he had to accept his publisher’s proposal to travel with him, which caused his death. His publisher also died in the accident.
7. Linda Lovelace (1949 – 2002)
Everybody knows the “deep throat” Linda Lovelace. She was a great celebrity in 70s. The low-budget erotic movie she played immediately went viral and she became the most famous woman of United States. Her movies sold millions of copies and people loved to see her “deep throating”. However nobody knew that time that she did all those movies because of her abusive husband Chuck Traynor.
In 80s, Lovelace bacame a very important figure in anti-porn movement. Lovelace began to tell an untold story, a story that was never heard before. She told all about porn industry and abusive husbands and men of that industry. She was literally reborn. She came together with her family and re-married. Linda Lovelace is now a very important figure for international feminist movements and many other women’s rights organizations. She symbolizes the porn-ification of women. Linda Lovelace in fact never wanted to be a porn star, she was a devoted Christian. However she ended up becoming one, because of her husband.
On April 3, 2002 Linda Lovelace had a car crash. She had another accident in 1970, however this one was very much serious. Linda Lovelace suffered massive trauma and internal injuries. On April 22, 2002 her life support had to be taken off and therefore she died at the age of 53.
8. Sam Kinison (1953 – 1992)
Samuel “Sam” Kinison was a very famous stand-up comedian and actor. Kinison was especially known for his intense and “politically incorrect” humor. He had a style which has almost all the “black humor” aspects in it. He was a noteworthy and remarkable comedian. He generally talked about human sexuality, politics and politicians, world agenda and popular culture. He was at the same time a former Pentecostal preacher.
On April 10, 1992 Kinison died in a car accident in California. He was 38 years old and he was driving a Pontiac Trans Am. He was hit by 17-year-old Troy Pierson who had been drinking and driving all that day. Kinison was traveling to Nevada to perform at a all sold-out show. After his death, Kinison was alwyas remembered as an important comedian figure of American culture. He had many celebrity friends who never let him to be forgotten.
9. Steve Allen (1921 – 2000)
Stephen “Steve” Allen was a television personality, actor, composer, musician, comedian, and writer. He was a man of many talents. Allen began his career in radio. However he gained popularity by television. For many aspects, Steve Allen is the inventer of “late night talk show” genre. He is the first host of The Tonight Show. Steve Allen also hosted numerous game and variety shows, such as The New Steve Allen Show, The Steve Allen Show and I’ve Got a Secret.
Allen was also a musician and an incredible pianist. He is said to be the composer of thousands of songs. Yes right, thousands songs. Some of them were recorded by Steve Lawrence, Perry Como, Les Brown, Margaret Whiting, Eydie Gorme and Gloria Lynne. Allen won the 1964 Grammy Award for Best Original Jazz Composition. The winner song was written with Ray Brown, and it was called “The Gravy Waltz”. Steve Allen wrote more than 50 books as well. He was such a personality and a very productive name in show business.
On October 30, 2000 Allen had a car accident. He was just driving to his son’s home in California. However his car was struck by a car. Neither Allen nor the other driver believed that he was injured at all, since the damage to both cars was so very minimal. Then they exchanged insurance information and left. Just after he arrived at his son’s apartment, Allen appeared to be confused. He also lost his balance and fell. Then he said he needed to go to the bathroom, where he was found making some noises and sitting there. He was immediately taken to the hospital, where he died the same day.
10. Falco (1957 – 1998)
Known as Falco, Johann Hölzel was an Austrian pop and rock musician and he was also a rapper. Falco was a famous figure of his time and he had several international hits, such as Rock Me Amadeus, Coming HomeDer Kommissar, Vienna Calling, The Sound of Musik and Jeanny. One of his hit songs, Rock Me Amadeus reached No.1 on the Billboard charts in US. That made him the only German speaking singer that got into the US charts. He has sold 20 million albums and 15 million singles. Falco was the best selling Austrian singer of all time. He is still remembered with respect in Austria and Germany.
Falco died on 6 February 1998. He was 40 years old. And it was just a few days before his 41st birthday. His car, Mitsubishi Pajero, collided with a bus on the road in the Dominican Republic. Falco died of severe injuries. Later on it was stated that the bus driver was speeding. The bus driver served three years in prison, however Falco died immediately.