16 Big Celebrities Who Nearly Died And How They Reacted Afterwards

#1. Michael J. Fox

Michael J. Fox very nearly met his demise while filming Back to The Future 3. The almost-tragic incident took place while shooting the scene in which Marty is hanging from a noose, before Doc. comes to his rescue. The actor revealed in his autobiography, that at first, he had been standing on a small box while shooting the scene.

Fox was supposed to place his hand between the noose and his neck, but having been filming for a long day, miscalculated and the star was actually hung, for real. Fox had been unconscious half a minute, before anyone realized he was not acting. The actor stated, “It was a full 30 seconds before anyone noticed. Thankfully Bob Zemeckis, a fan of mine though he was, realized that I wasn’t that good of an actor.” Although Fox was okay, he had to take the rest of the day off from filming to settle himself after the shocking incident.



#2. Charlize Theron

Charlize Theron, has long been a supporter of method acting, demonstrating this in many of her movies. However, this style of acting almost cost the star her life; while starring in the science-fiction, spy movie Aeon Flux, released in 2005, Charlize was adamant that she would perform all her own stunts, as much as possible. For this reason, the actress refused a body double for many daring and dangerous stunts. One particular scene, in which the actress was attempting to do a backflip, saw her fall and break her neck.

Describing her injuries, the actress stated: “I did a back handspring, gymnastics back handspring, had done 18 of them back to back and I just slipped and handed on my neck with my body straight out, so with all my weight onto my neck and herniated the disk between my third and fourth vertebrae. I had some nerve damage, it was numb on the right side of my body.” Fortunately, the star made a full recovery from her injuries and made an excellent display of just how dedicated she is to her craft.


#3. Eminem

Eminem was very close to becoming another one of the music industry’s great tragedies, after a drug overdose left the star extremely close to death. After being rushed to the hospital, doctors were fortunately able to save the rapper’s life. Eminem, was informed that he had a huge amount of methadone in his system, the equivalent to shooting up four bags of heroin, to be precise.

The star later revealed: “Even when they told me I almost died it didn’t click” In fact, the star would have most certainly died, had he not reached the hospital when he did as his organs were already beginning to shut down. All things considered, the rapper was not able to get himself completely clean after the incident, but later reflecting on the time, revealed that he was an addict and didn’t realize the severity of his ways. Eminem released Relapse in 2009 and revealed it was the first thing he recorded sober in 7 years. Thankfully, the star has been sober and healthy for a number of years now.


#4. Joaquin Phoenix

In 2006, just a couple of months after checking himself into rehab for alcohol addiction, Phoenix was involved in a car accident. The crash occurred on the Canyon Road, above Sunset Boulevard. It is said that the car brakes failed, causing Phoenix to run off the road and the car to flip a number of times. After the accident occurred, the actor became trapped in his vehicle, with no way to see, due to the airbag. The star explained how he heard a male voice telling him to “just relax” but he was unable to see who was talking to him.

The actor said he told the man that he was relaxed. The man simply replied “No, you’re not.” The man also prevented Phoenix from lighting a cigarette which would have caused the car to explode, due to gas leakage inside. The man turned out to be film director Werner Herzog. When recounting the incident Phoenix stated, “And suddenly I said to myself, ‘That’s Werner Herzog! There’s something so calming and beautiful about Werner Herzog’s voice. I felt completely fine and safe. I climbed out. I got out of the car and I said, ‘Thank you,’ and he was gone.”