You Might Recognize These Celebs. But I’ll Bet You Had No Idea About This Deadly Secret They Have.

We often forget that celebrities are people too, and some of those celebrities have things in their past that they would prefer be forgotten.  These 39 celebrities all have something in common… they are all connected, if not responsible for, a tragic death.  Here are their stories:

1. Dog The Bounty Hunter

You Might Recognize These Celebs. But I'll Bet You Had No Idea About This Deadly Secret They Have.“In 1976, Jerry Oliver was shot to death by one of Dog the Bounty Hunter’s friends when they went to buy marijuana from him. Though Dog was outside waiting in the car at the time, he was still convicted of first degree murder.  He served 18 months of a five-year sentence and has been barred from the UK.”

2. Rebecca GayheartYou Might Recognize These Celebs. But I'll Bet You Had No Idea About This Deadly Secret They Have.“In 2001, “Noxzema Girl” Rebecca Gayheart hit a 9 year-old with her car and he later died from his injuries. She was convicted of vehicular manslaughter, a charge to which she plead ‘no contest.’ “

3. Lillo Brancato, Jr.

You Might Recognize These Celebs. But I'll Bet You Had No Idea About This Deadly Secret They Have.“In 2005, Bronx Tale and ‘The Sopranos’ actor Lillo Brancato, Jr. was arrested after the murder of an off-duty police officer. His accomplice, his girlfriend’s father, was convicted of the murder, and Brancato was arraigned for second-degree murder. Though he was found not guilty, he was convicted of first-degree attempted burglary and sentenced to 10 years in prison. He was released from prison on parole on December 31, 2013.”

4. Don King

You Might Recognize These Celebs. But I'll Bet You Had No Idea About This Deadly Secret They Have.“Boxing promoter Don King killed two men in separate incidents. King killed the first man in self-defense when the man was trying to break into his gambling operation. King was convicted of second-degree murder for the second incident, in which he stomped to death an employee who owed him $600.”

5. Keith MoonYou Might Recognize These Celebs. But I'll Bet You Had No Idea About This Deadly Secret They Have.“On January 4, 1970, the Who drummer Keith Moon accidentally killed his friend and bodyguard, Neil Boland, by hitting him with his car. Moon was trying to drive away from pub patrons who were harassing him, and he did not see his friend in the road. Moon was charged with Boland’s death, for driving without a license or insurance, and for driving under the influence. Though the death was ruled an accident, Moon pleaded guilty to the driving charges. He was haunted by the incident until the time of his own death in 1978.”

6. Laura BushYou Might Recognize These Celebs. But I'll Bet You Had No Idea About This Deadly Secret They Have.“When Laura Bush was in high school, she neglected to stop at a stop sign when she was driving. She hit another car and killed its driver, Michael Dutton Douglas, who happened to be a close friend and classmate.”

7. Matthew Broderick

You Might Recognize These Celebs. But I'll Bet You Had No Idea About This Deadly Secret They Have.“In 1987, Matthew Broderick and his then girlfriend and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off co-star, Jennifer Grey, were on vacation in Ireland. Broderick mistakenly drove the wrong way on a street and crashed into an oncoming vehicle. The driver and passenger in the other car both died from their injuries.”

8. Sid ViciousYou Might Recognize These Celebs. But I'll Bet You Had No Idea About This Deadly Secret They Have.“Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious stabbed his girlfriend, Nancy Spungen, to death in 1978. When first questioned, he claimed to have found Spungen dead on the bathroom floor of their hotel room, but later he admitted that he stabbed her, but did not intend to kill her. Though he was charged with her murder, Vicious never stood trial, he died of a drug overdose while out on bail.”

9. Ted Kennedy

You Might Recognize These Celebs. But I'll Bet You Had No Idea About This Deadly Secret They Have.“In 1969, Ted Kennedy drove his car off a bridge on Chappaquiddick, an island near Martha’s Vineyard. The car went into the water, and though Kennedy swam free, his passenger, Mary Jo Kopechne, drowned in the overturned vehicle. Kennedy fled the scene and waited nine hours to report the incident. He later pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of an accident.”

10. Brandy Norwood

You Might Recognize These Celebs. But I'll Bet You Had No Idea About This Deadly Secret They Have.“In 2006, singer and “America’s Got Talent” judge Brandy Norwood was involved in a freeway pile-up that caused the death of Awatef Aboudihaj. Though Aboudihaj had struck the vehicle in front of her before Brandy hit her rear bumper, witnesses on the scene said the singer claimed responsibility for the accident, repeatedly saying, ‘I should have stopped.'”

11. William S. BurroughsYou Might Recognize These Celebs. But I'll Bet You Had No Idea About This Deadly Secret They Have.“Naked Lunch author William S. Burrourghs shot and killed his wife, Joan Vollmer, in 1951. He was not charged with murder as the event stemmed from a drunken evening where the couple was playing a game of ‘William Tell.’ “

12. John HustonYou Might Recognize These Celebs. But I'll Bet You Had No Idea About This Deadly Secret They Have.“In 1933, Director John Huston struck a woman with his car and killed her. Huston was not charged with any crime in the incident.”

13. Vince NeilYou Might Recognize These Celebs. But I'll Bet You Had No Idea About This Deadly Secret They Have.“In 1984, Motley Crue frontman Vince Neil was involved in a drunk driving accident in which his passenger, Nicholas “Razzle Dingley, was killed. The two individuals in the other car also suffered brain damage. Though Neil’s blood alcohol level was at .17 at the time of the accident, he spent only 15 days in jail.”

14. Howard Hughes

You Might Recognize These Celebs. But I'll Bet You Had No Idea About This Deadly Secret They Have.“In 1936, billionaire entrepreneur Howard Hughes hit a pedestrian with his car. The man died, but Hughes was not charged with any crimes as a result of the incident.”

15. Robert Blake

You Might Recognize These Celebs. But I'll Bet You Had No Idea About This Deadly Secret They Have.“In 2002, Robert Blake was charged with the murder of his wife, Bonnie Lee Bakley, who was shot to death. He was later acquitted, but he was found liable for wrongful death in a civil lawsuit.”

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You Might Recognize These Celebs. But I'll Bet You Had No Idea About This Deadly Secret They Have.“In 2003, Lana Clarkson was found dead from a gunshot wound in Phil Spector’s home. He was charged with murder, and in 2009, Spector was found guilty and sentenced 19 years to life in prison.”

17. Felicia PearsonYou Might Recognize These Celebs. But I'll Bet You Had No Idea About This Deadly Secret They Have.“When ‘The Wire’ actress Felicia Pearson was 14, she was convicted of second-degree murder in the shooting death of Okia Toomer. Though she was sentenced to serve two consecutive 8-year terms, she was released after just 6.5 years at Maryland Correctional Institute.”

18. John Wilkes BoothYou Might Recognize These Celebs. But I'll Bet You Had No Idea About This Deadly Secret They Have.“Actor John Wilkes Booth, a well-known member of the prominent Booth acting family, famously assassinated President Abraham Lincoln at Ford’s Theater on April 14, 1865. After announcing that he had avenged the South from tyranny, Booth fled the scene.  Twelve days later, he was found hiding in a barn. Union soldiers set the barn on fire and shot Booth while he moved around inside. He died hours later.”

19. Lead Belly

You Might Recognize These Celebs. But I'll Bet You Had No Idea About This Deadly Secret They Have.“Blues legend Lead Belly had a bad temper, and he was charged with murder for killing one of his relatives. The two men were fighting over a woman.”

20. Aaron HernandezYou Might Recognize These Celebs. But I'll Bet You Had No Idea About This Deadly Secret They Have.“Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez is currently awaiting trial for first-degree murder charges. In 2013, his friend, Odin Lloyd, was found dead in an industrial park a mile from Hernandez’s house, having been shot several times.”

21. Charles S. Dutton

You Might Recognize These Celebs. But I'll Bet You Had No Idea About This Deadly Secret They Have.“When actor Charles S. Dutton was 17, he got into a fight with another man and killed him. He was convicted of manslaughter and spent 7 years in prison.”

22. John LandisYou Might Recognize These Celebs. But I'll Bet You Had No Idea About This Deadly Secret They Have.“Director John Landis was charged with involuntary manslaughter after an accident on the set of his film, ‘The Twilight Zone’ caused the deaths of actor Vic Morrow and two children, who were extras. Landis was later acquitted of the charge, but he paid $2 million to each of the families of the children who died.”

23. Oscar Pistorius  You Might Recognize These Celebs. But I'll Bet You Had No Idea About This Deadly Secret They Have.“Four-time Paralympics gold medal runner and double amputee Oscar Pistorius is currently on trial for the 2013 murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. The three tattle shots were fired through a locked bathroom door, and  Pistorius claims he thought he was firing at an intruder.”

24. Oliver StoneYou Might Recognize These Celebs. But I'll Bet You Had No Idea About This Deadly Secret They Have.“Director Oliver Stone enlisted in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam war and requested combat duty. He killed several enemy soldiers with a grenade and participated in more than 25 helicopter combat assaults. He was awarded the Bronze Star with “V” device for his heroism in ground combat, as well as a Purple Heart with an Oak Leaf cluster.”

25. Gig YoungYou Might Recognize These Celebs. But I'll Bet You Had No Idea About This Deadly Secret They Have.“Actor Gig Young and his wife were both found dead in their home in 1979. After surveying the scene, police reported that Young shot his wife and then killed himself”

26.  Lane Garrison You Might Recognize These Celebs. But I'll Bet You Had No Idea About This Deadly Secret They Have.“Actor Lane Garrison plead guilty to vehicular manslaughter in 2001 after he was involved in a drunk driving accident that killed the passenger of his car. At the time of the accident, Garrison had a blood alcohol level of .20 and there was cocaine in his system.”

27. Michael Jace

You Might Recognize These Celebs. But I'll Bet You Had No Idea About This Deadly Secret They Have.“‘The Shield’ actor Michael Jace, 51, was arrested in May 2014 in Los Angeles in the fatal shooting of his wife, April Jace. She was 40 years old. Neighbors heard gunshots after Michael shot her, and called 911, and Michael himself called 911 to report the murder.”

28. Johnny Lewis

You Might Recognize These Celebs. But I'll Bet You Had No Idea About This Deadly Secret They Have.“In 2012, “Sons of Anarchy” actor Johnny Lewis broke into the home of 81 year-old Catherine Davis, ransacked her home, and then killed her and her cat. Witnesses then saw Lewis jump over a fence, assault a neighbor, and return to the Davis house. He fell or jumped from a roof and died. Lewis had been born into a Scientologist family and worked for the church’s drug rehab group Narconon. Despite a later history of drug use, an autopsy report showed that Lewis had no drugs or alcohol in his system when he died.”

29. Craig MacTavishYou Might Recognize These Celebs. But I'll Bet You Had No Idea About This Deadly Secret They Have.“In 1984, Boston Bruins center Craig MacTavish pleaded guilty to DUI and vehicular homicide following a car crash. He struck 26 year-old Kim Radley, who died four days after the accident.  Though he served a year in jail, MacTavish ultimately played within the NHL for 17 seasons. He is now general manager of the Edmonton Oilers.

30. Amy Locane
You Might Recognize These Celebs. But I'll Bet You Had No Idea About This Deadly Secret They Have.“In 2010, “Melrose Place” actress Amy Locane hit another car with her own while driving with a BAL 3 times over the legal limit. The collision killed 60 year-old Helene Seeman and seriously injured her husband, Fred. Locane was convicted of vehicular homicide and sentenced to 3 years in prison, though the victims’ family has appealed the ruling.”

31.  J.R. SmithYou Might Recognize These Celebs. But I'll Bet You Had No Idea About This Deadly Secret They Have.“In 2007, NBA player J.R. Smith drove through a stop sign, causing an accident that killed the passenger in his vehicle. After pleading guilty to vehicular manslaughter, Smith was sentenced to 90 days in jail but only served 24.”

32. Roscoe “Fatty” ArbuckleYou Might Recognize These Celebs. But I'll Bet You Had No Idea About This Deadly Secret They Have.Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle was charged with manslaughter when a woman named Virginia Rappe died after the actor allegedly raped her. Rappe was found very ill in Arbuckle’s hotel room after drinking bootleg alcohol, which irritated her chronic cystitis. She died of a ruptured bladder. When a friend of Rappe’s told police Arbuckle had raped her, police concluded that the weight from the actor’s body caused the  distress to her organs. Arbuckle went through two highly publicized mistrials before being cleared of all charges at the third trial. Still, his name was sullied, his films largely banned or destroyed, and Arbuckle was effectively shunned in Hollywood for more than a decade.”

33.  Christian BrandoYou Might Recognize These Celebs. But I'll Bet You Had No Idea About This Deadly Secret They Have.Actor Christian Brando, son of Marlon Brando, pleaded guilty to manslaughter after he shot and killed the boyfriend of his half-sister Cheyenne, Dag Drollet. Though Brando maintained that the May 1990 shooting was accidental, he also said it happened during a confrontation about Cheyenne’s claim that Drollet was abusing her. Brando was originally charged with first-degree murder, and he served five years of a ten-year sentence.  Notably, Cheyenne Brando gave birth to Drollet’s son, Tuki Brando, only a month after his death, and she hanged herself in 1995.

34.  Salman Khan
You Might Recognize These Celebs. But I'll Bet You Had No Idea About This Deadly Secret They Have.“Bollywood superstar Salman Khan is currently awaiting trial for a charge of culpable homicide. In 2002, he drove his car into a bakery, killing one person and injuring three others.”

35. Michael Brea

You Might Recognize These Celebs. But I'll Bet You Had No Idea About This Deadly Secret They Have.“In 2010, bit-part actor Michael Brea reportedly decapitated his mother with a 3 ft. long samurai sword while screaming Bible passages.”

36. Rae Carruth

You Might Recognize These Celebs. But I'll Bet You Had No Idea About This Deadly Secret They Have.“Former Carolina Panthers wide receiver Rae Carruth is currently in prison for charges related to the murder of his pregnant girlfriend, Cherica Adams. In 1999, Adams was in her car when Carruth pulled his own vehicle in front of hers to block her. His friend Van Brett Watkins drove up in a third vehicle and shot Adams four times. She was eight months pregnant at the time of the incident, and after a month in a coma she died from her injuries. Though not guilty of first degree murder, Carruth was convicted conspiracy to commit murder and sentenced to 18-24 years in prison.”

37. Michael Massee

You Might Recognize These Celebs. But I'll Bet You Had No Idea About This Deadly Secret They Have.“Actor Michael Massee is the actor who accidentally shot and killed Brandon Lee on the set of ‘The Crow.’ A prop gun on set was improperly prepared for the scene they were filming, and a stuck bullet caused the tragic accident, but Massee said he still has nightmares about the event.”

38. C-Murder

You Might Recognize These Celebs. But I'll Bet You Had No Idea About This Deadly Secret They Have.“Rapper C-Murder, born Corey Miller and brother of Percy “Master P” Miller, Uncle of Lil’ Romeo, and cousin of producer Mo B. Dick, is currently serving a life sentence for murder. He was convicted of second-degree murder following the 2002 beating and shooting of a 16 year-old fan, Steve Thomas, at a Louisiana nightclub.”

39. O.J. Simpson

You Might Recognize These Celebs. But I'll Bet You Had No Idea About This Deadly Secret They Have.“O.J. Simpson was arrested and charged with the murder of his ex-wife Nicole Brown and her friend Ronald Goldman. Though he was eventually found not guilty, many believe that Simpson literally got away with murder.”

 

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