Celebrities are everyday people like you and me. That tends to get lost in all the glitz and glamour that accompanies a lifestyle of wealth and fame. While celebrities lives are definitely less stressful, they do still face the daily challenges of humans in general. They have to deal with traffic on the way home from work or the power might go out at their house. Sometimes they have to deal with much larger problems though. We hear about celebrities being involved in crimes all the time. Usually it involves tax evasion or other financial related crimes. DUI’s, drug charges and even assault charges are common on media outlets like TMZ. There are times though when the crimes go from minor, to unconscionable. When celebrities end up killing someone, it always ends up being big news. Here are the stories of 25 celebrities and how they deliberately or accidentally killed someone. The amount of celebrities who have killed people is pretty staggering. Some of the names on this list will shock you.
1. 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. 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. 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.
4. 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. 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. 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. 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.
8. S’ex 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. 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. 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. 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.”
12. 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. 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.
14. 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. 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.
16. 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 19 years to life in prison.
17. 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.
18. 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. 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. 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. 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.
22. 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. 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.
24. 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. Actor Gig Young and his wife were both found dead in their home in 1978. After surveying the scene, police reported that Young shot his wife and then killed himself.