Believe it or not, several famous people and celebrities have killed other people. Many celebrities were involved in tragic accidents that resulted in deaths, while others committed cold-blooded murder. Others were war heroes who served in the military and engaged in combat during wartime. Some celebs have served time in prison stemming from convictions, and others have gotten away with murder; sure, maybe they were wrongly accused, or maybe they just had great lawyers.
Tennis star Venus Williams got into a car accident in June 2017 which left one man dead. Williams was driving in Palm Beach Garden, FL, when she rushed into an intersection, despite not having the right of way. She was T-boned by the car.
The car’s driver survived, but her husband – 78-year-old man – was sent to the ICU. He died two weeks later.
According to a police report obtained by TMZ, Williams was responsible for the accident.
Birthplace: Lynwood, California, United States of America
Profession: Tennis player, Entrepreneur, Writer
Olympic champion and reality TV star Caitlyn Jenner was involved in a fatal car accident on the Malibu stretch of PCH in February 2015. According to eyewitnesses, Jenner’s SUV rear-ended a white car and sent it careening into oncoming traffic. It was then struck by a Hummer. The driver of the white car was killed, and seven others sustained injuries. Jenner was not hurt in the wreck.
Police say that Jenner voluntarily submitted to have her blood drawn for a blood alcohol test and that she was not speeding at the time. After passing a field sobriety test, she initially claimed that she was being chased by the paparazzi, but police do not believe that to be true.
Jenner later released a statement saying, “My heartfelt and deepest sympathies go out to the family and loved ones, and to all of those who were involved or injured in this terrible accident. It is a devastating tragedy, and I cannot pretend to imagine what this family is going through at this time. I am praying for them. I will continue to cooperate in every way possible.”
Birthplace: Mount Kisco, New York, United States of America
Profession: Public speaker, Socialite, Businessperson, Actor, Athlete, + more
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.
Birthplace: Midland, Texas, United States of America
Profession: Librarian, Author, Teacher
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 on oncoming vehicle.
The driver and passenger in the other car both died from their injuries.
Birthplace: New York City, Manhattan, USA, New York
Profession: Actor, Voice acting, Singer, Film Director
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.
Age: Dec. at 77 (1932-2009)
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America
Profession: Statesman, Politician, Lawyer
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.
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Profession: Promoter, Actor
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..
Age: Dec. at 32 (1946-1978)
Birthplace: Wembley, London, United Kingdom
Profession: Record producer, Songwriter, Musician, Model, Actor, + more
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 pled “no contest.”
Birthplace: Hazard, Kentucky, United States of America
Profession: Model, Actor
Legendary actor James Stewart was a pilot in the U.S. Air Force Reserve during World War II. During this time, Stewart participated in several bombings that resulted in the deaths of enemy soldiers and civilians. He received numerous honors for his service, including the Distinguished Flying Cross with Oak leaf cluster and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Age: Dec. at 89 (1908-1997)
Birthplace: Indiana, Pennsylvania, United States of America
Profession: Pilot, Television director, Military Officer, Actor
Naked Lunch author William S. Burroughs 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.”
Age: Dec. at 83 (1914-1997)
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States of America
Profession: Novelist, Screenwriter, Actor, Writer
Rapper Snoop Dogg and his bodyguard were charged with the murder of a rival gang member. Snoop Dogg was defended by Johnny Cochran and was acquitted after years of court battles.
Birthplace: USA, Long Beach, California
Profession: Film Score Composer, Record producer, Rapper, Television producer, Musician, + more
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.
Age: Dec. at 22 (1957-1979)
Birthplace: Lewisham, London, United Kingdom
Profession: Bassist, Songwriter, Musician, Composer, Singer
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.”
Birthplace: McComb, Mississippi, United States of America
Profession: Record producer, Songwriter, Television producer, Film Producer, Singer-songwriter, + more
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.
Age: Dec. at 71 (1905-1976)
Birthplace: Texas, USA, Humble
Profession: Pilot, Investor, Entrepreneur, Film Producer, Philanthropist, + more
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.
Birthplace: Denver, Colorado, United States of America
Profession: Bail bondsman, Television producer, Actor, Bounty hunter
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 spend only 15 days in jail.
Birthplace: Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, United States of America
Profession: Film Score Composer, Songwriter, Musician, Singer
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.
Age: Dec. at 29 (1983-2012)
Birthplace: Los Angeles, USA, California
Profession: Painter, Poet, Actor, Writer, Philanthropist
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 fatal shots were fired through a locked bathroom door, and Pistorius claims that he thought he was firing at an intruder.
Birthplace: Sandton, South Africa
Profession: Athlete, Track and field athlete
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.
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America
Profession: Television director, Stunt Performer, Television producer, Film Producer, Screenwriter, + more
In 1933, Director John Huston struck a woman with his car and killed her. Huston was not charged with any crime in the incident.
Age: Dec. at 81 (1906-1987)
Birthplace: Nevada, Missouri, United States of America
Profession: Film Producer, Screenwriter, Actor, Voice acting, Film Director
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.
Birthplace: Nutley, New Jersey, United States of America
Profession: Soldier, Television producer, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Actor
In 2003, Lana Clarkson was found dead from a gunshot wound in Phil Spector’s home. He was charged with the murder, and in 2009, Spector was found guilty and sentenced 18 years to life in prison.
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
Profession: Record producer, Businessperson, Songwriter, Session musician
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 the Maryland Correctional Institute.
Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Profession: Rapper, Actor
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.
Birthplace: California, United States of America
Profession: Film Producer, Actor, American football player
Former Dallas Cowboys cornerback Dwayne Goodrich was convicted of two counts of criminally negligent homicide in 2003. While driving on a Dallas freeway, he struck and killed two motorists who were on the side of the road trying to rescue a man from a burning car. He was sentenced to seven years in prison, and he later had five more years added.
Birthplace: Oak Lawn, Illinois
Profession: American football player
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.
Birthplace: Bristol, Connecticut
Profession: American football player
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 seven years in prison.
Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, United States of America
Profession: Television director, Television producer, Actor, Film Director
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.
Age: Dec. at 27 (1838-1865)
Birthplace: Bel Air, Maryland
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.
Birthplace: New York City, Area code 917, Contiguous United States, New York, United States of America, + more
Profession: Television director, Soldier, Television producer, Film Producer, Screenwriter, + more
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.
Birthplace: Dallas, Texas, USA
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 with in the NHL for 17 seasons. He is now general manager of the Edmonton Oilers.
Birthplace: London, Canada
Profession: Ice Hockey Player, Coach
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.
Birthplace: USA, Trenton, New Jersey
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 30.
Birthplace: Freehold Borough, New Jersey
Profession: Basketball player
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.
Age: Dec. at 46 (1887-1933)
Birthplace: Smith Center, Kansas, United States of America
Profession: Comedian, Screenwriter, Actor, Film Director
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 December 31, 2013.
Birthplace: Bogotá, Colombia
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.
Age: Dec. at 50 (1958-2008)
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America
Profession: Welder, Actor
The Shield actor Michael Jace was arrested in May 2014 in Los Angeles in the fatal shooting of his wife, April Jace, in front of their two children. Neighbors called 911 after they heard gunshots. Michael himself also called 911 to report the murder. According to Jace, he was upset with this wife and believed her to be cheating on him.
At trial, he pleaded not guilty and claimed that he was only trying to inflict pain by shooting her in the leg. Despite his claims, he was convicted of second-degree murder by a jury in 2016.
Birthplace: USA, Paterson, New Jersey
In 2010, bit-part actor Michael Brea reportedly decapitated his mother with a 3 ft.-long samurai sword while screaming Bible passages.
Birthplace: New York City, New York
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 found guilty of first degree murder, Carruth was convicted conspiracy to commit murder and sentenced to 18-24 years in prison.
Birthplace: Sacramento, California
Profession: American football player
In 2014, during an event at the Canandaigua Motorsports Park, NASCAR driver Tony Stewart hit and killed another driver, 20 year-old Kevin Ward, Jr., who was walking on the track. Video footage shows that the two drivers’ cars had made contact before Ward’s car hit the outside wall during lap 14 of a 25-lap race.
As Ward angrily got out and left his crashed car, Stewart came around the half-mile track again and apparently struck him with his right rear tire. Ward died in an ambulance on the way to the hospital.
Birthplace: Columbus, Indiana, United States of America
Profession: Race car driver, Radio personality
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.
Birthplace: Kansas City, USA, Missouri
Profession: Businessperson, Actor, Voice acting
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.
Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America
Profession: Rapper, Actor
The Internet-famous interviewee and vagrant known as “Kai the Hatchet-Wielding Hitchhiker” is currently on trial for murder. In 2013, McGillvary stayed with 73 year-old lawyer Joseph Galfy, who was found murdered in his New Jersey home.
Birthplace: Edmonton, Canada
Profession: Transient laborer
Bit-part actor Skylar Deleon was convicted of three counts of first degree murder for the murders of Tom and Jackie Hawks. In 2004, he convinced the couple to take him on a test cruise on their yacht, which he pretended to want to buy. While at sea, he tied them to the anchor and pushed them overboard, still alive.
He was also convicted of the 2003 murder of Jon Jarvi, who was found in Mexico with his throat slit. Deleon was sentenced to death in 2009.
Birthplace: Sun Valley, Los Angeles, California, United States of America