Actors who died on a movie set: At the risk of stating the obvious, celebrities differ from us work-a-day folk in a variety of ways. I mean sure, they also walk to the convenience store in their sweatpants when they have a sudden craving for Doritos at 12 am, but that doesn’t come without the added bonus of being on the front page of theNational Enquirer’s “Shocking Photos of Celebs Without Their Makeup” edition. Most of the time it almost seems as if they live in an entirely different world, one made up of screening phone calls for stalkers and 15 million dollar riverside mansions rather than scraping leftover macaroni and cheese off of dinner plates and dreading the arrival of the water bill every month.
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Due to said differences, it’s also hard to remember that, because they’re also human beings, celebrities occasionally have to endure sickness, age, and death just like we do. In the cases of some well-known actors, death took them in its vice grip right when they were doing what was supposed to make them eternal; performing. In that moment, they were as vulnerable as the rest of us. So without further ado, from sudden heart attacks to ill fated stunts, here are 10 actors who tragically lost their lives on set.
10. Brandon Lee – Fake Gunfire Leads To Death
Although at the time of his death he was on the cusp of sharing his father’s success, being the son of Bruce Lee did not make Brandon Lee indestructible. While shooting a scene for Alex Proyas’ 1993 film The Crow, Lee was required to walk through a doorway carrying a grocery bag while actor Michael Massee fired blank rounds at him from approximately 15 feet away. Lee activated a toggle switch underneath the bag to set off a “squib”; a device often used to simulate gunfire. He was then hit in the abdomen by a projectile, which lodged itself in his body. He died later that day at the age of 28.
9. Tyrone Power – Suffered A Massive Heart Attack
Tyrone Power dominated Hollywood’s golden era. His hands and feet were placed in cement at Grauman’s Chinese Theater on May 31 1937, a mere six months after his breakout performance inLloyd’s of London. From 1939 to 1941, he was aptly nicknamed “King of the Movies” by compiling an impressive and versatile resume of dramas, westerns, comedies, and even musicals. In November of 1958, he suffered a massive heart attack while filming a dueling scene for the epic Solomon and Sheba.He passed away before he reached the hospital.