When you’re a celebrity, every part of you life is in the spotlight: the good parts and the bad parts. While most of these deaths were accidents, they also could have been avoided with some more responsibility.
1. Snoop Dogg
Snoop Dogg changed his name to Snoop Lion years back after being rechristened by a Rastafarian priest in Jamaica. But even being rechristened cannot make up for the fact that Snoop and his bodyguard were charged with the murder of a rival gang member. After years of court battles, Snoop was acquitted of all charges.
2. Lane Garrison
The former Prison Break star has gained more attention for killing a teenager than his acting career ever got him.
Garrison was 27 at the time of his crime. He attended a high school party and offered to drive two teenagers home even though he had been drinking. Garrison’s vehicle slammed into a tree and 17 year old Vahagn Setian was killed. Garrison was sentenced to 40 months in prison but only served half his term.
In December of 2006 Brandy was involved in a car accident in Los Angeles on the 405 Freeway. According to Police Brandy was going approximately 65mph and did not notice traffic had slowed down in front of her. The singer/actor rear-ended 38 year old Awatef Aboudihaj. The mother of 2 was rushed to L.A. Holy Cross Hospital but did not survive her injuries. Huffington Post reports Brandy was not charged in the incident.
In 1993 Tupac Shakur was charged in the shooting of 2 off-duty police officers from an Atlanta, GA suburb. Shakur was charged with 2 counts of aggravated assault and was released on $55,000 bond. According to the NY Times, The two officers were released today from Grady Hospital here; one was wounded in the abdomen, the other was in the buttocks. After investigating Atlanta prosecutors determined they could not press charges against either parties due to lack of evidence. All charges against Tupac Shakur were dismissed.
5. Halle Berry
Granted, Halle did not actually kill anyone, but I feel like this is close to worst. Which is why she gets a dishonorable mention on this list. Halle was responsible for hitting a person with her car. The young woman lived but was in the hospital for a while. But here is the nasty bit: after she hit this woman, Halle rushed away from the scene in the wee hours of the night. She claims not to remember the accident, Berry later turned up at a hospital where she reported the accident to police and received 22 stitches for a gash on her forehead, according to People magazine. The actress, who pleaded no contest, was sentenced to 250 hours of community service, which she fulfilled by volunteering at a battered women’s shelter, and three years’ probation, according to the Associated Press. Jet magazine reported that she later settled a civil lawsuit with the other driver out of court.
6. Oscar Pistorious
On February 13, 2013 Oscar Pistorius shot and killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in his home in Petoria, South Africa. Pistorius shot Steenkamp through the bathroom door of his home alleging that he mistaken her as in intruder.
On September 12, 2014 Pistorius was found guilty of culpable homicide and one firearm-related charge, of reckless endangerment related to discharging a firearm in a restaurant. On 21 October 2014, Pistorius received a prison sentence of a maximum of five years for culpable homicide and a concurrent three year suspended prison sentence for the separate reckless endangerment conviction
7. Bruce Jenner
Olympic champion and Kardashian patriarch Bruce 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. Bruce was not hurt in the wreck.
Police say that Jenner voluntarily submitted to have his blood drawn for a blood alcohol test and that he was not speeding at the time. After passing a field sobriety test, he initially claimed that he was being chased by the paparazzi, but police do not believe that to be true.
8. OJ Simpson
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.
9. Laura Bush
Former First Lady Of The United States and wif of George W. Bush, At the age of 17, was driving with a friend. Laura ran a stop sign and crashed into another car which instantly killed her classmate Michael Dutton Douglas.
This tragic accident caused her to lose her faith and question God.
10. Rebecca Gayheart
In 2001, The model was convicted of vehicular manslaughter when she hit and killed a 9 year old boy with her car. Gayheart, who was on her cell phone at the time, didn’t see the boy as he crossed the street and she struck him resulting in his death.
Gayheart was sentenced to three years of probation.