Being an actor isn’t all Hollywood glitz and glam. In fact, sometimes it can be downright dangerous. Take these 10 Hollywood stars, for example. They all have one morbid thing in common: they died from incidents that occurred while on the set of the show or movie they were filming. While there are some celebrity deaths that are just hoaxes and there are plenty of other famous actors — like Heath Ledger — who died before finishing a project, not all of them died from something on set. Some of these deaths were the result of natural causes, while others met a more gruesome end. Here’s a look at 10 actors whose lives ended before they finished filming their projects.
1. Jon-Erik Hexum
An unintentional gunshot wound to the head on the set of the CBS adventure series Cover Up killed Hexum in 1984, writes Access Atlanta. He played Mac Harper, the Green Beret-turned-model in the TV show that delved into international mystery and fashion photography. According to Entertainment Weekly, Hexum had been napping on October 12, 1984, during delays in filming. When he learned there would be more delays, he jokingly picked up a .44 Magnum pistol loaded with blanks, said ”Can you believe this crap?” and pulled the trigger. The blast’s impact fractured his skull, which drove a bone fragment the size of a quarter into his brain, causing massive bleeding. He was rushed to the hospital where surgery was performed, however, he remained comatose and was then pronounced brain dead on October 18, writes Entertainment Weekly.
Cover Up, a show about a fashion photographer and veteran special forces soldier who went on missions around the world, continued production with a new actor, but never made it past the first season.