The world of a celebrity can be very strange as they live their lives under a microscope. With the public watching their every move, it makes it all the more shocking and heartbreaking when they cause another person’s death.
Some of your favorite stars have actually taken and been accused of taking another person’s life. Many times, it’s by accident. But other times, it’s actual murder. Here’s a list of actors, musicians, famous athletes, and even a former first lady who have killed other people.
1. Matthew Broderick
Back in 1987, actor Matthew Broderick was driving on a Northern Ireland roadway with his then-girlfriend and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off co-star, Jennifer Grey, when a terrible crash occurred.
At one point, and perhaps out of his American habit, Broderick mistakenly crossed over onto the right side of his lane. The actor’s rented vehicle ended up colliding with another car driven by Anna Gallagher, 28. She and her mother, Margaret Doherty, 63, who was the passenger, both died of their injuries shortly after the accident.
Broderick was charged with causing death by dangerous driving, which was later reduced to careless driving and fined $175.
Next: This reality TV star was also involved in a fatal crash.
2. Caitlyn Jenner
Caitlyn Jenner was involved in a deadly car crash in 2015. While driving on a highway in Malibu, California, Jenner’s SUV rear-ended a Lexus driven by Kim Howe, 70. The impact sent Howe’s vehicle careening into oncoming traffic. Her Lexus was then hit by a Hummer and she was killed. Seven other people were hurt in the crash, but Jenner was not.
The former Olympian was eventually cleared of any wrongdoing in the accident and reached a settlement to pay $800,000 to the members of Howe’s family.
Next: This athlete’s trial for double murder was dubbed the “trial of the century.”
3. O.J. Simpson
The image of former NFL star and actor O.J. Simpson sitting in a courtroom on trial for the murder of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ronald Goldman, is one many people will never forget.
In June 1994, the two were found brutally stabbed to death at Brown Simpson’s residence and the ex-Buffalo Bills running back was charged with their murders.
In October 1995, Simpson was acquitted, but he was later found liable for the slayings in a wrongful death suit.
Next: A crash involving this former first lady caused another death.
4. Laura Bush
Former first lady Laura Bush was in car accident that killed a friend and classmate of hers when she was in high school.
In her 2010 memoir Spoken from the Heart, she opened up about the 1963 car crash that took the life of 17-year-old Michael Douglas. Bush was with another friend driving along a dark country road when she blew through a stop sign and struck Douglas’ car, killing him.
No one was ever charged with the accident, but Bush admitted that she carried around the guilt of what had happened for several years.
Next: This rapper and his bodyguard were accused of murder.
5. Snoop Dogg
In 1993, hip-hop artist Snoop Dogg, whose real name is Calvin Broadus, and his bodyguard, McKinley Lee, were accused of murder in the shooting death of a rival gang member named Philip Woldemariam.
Prosecutors said Broadus and Lee shot Woldemariam in the back as he tried to flee from them after a confrontation, while the defense attorneys said Woldemariam was the aggressor and tried pulling a gun on the two men first. The case dragged out for years and then, in 1996, the rapper, who was represented by Johnny Cochran, and Lee were acquitted of the murder charges.
Next: This model and actress hit and killed a child.
6. Rebecca Gayhart
In 2001, former Noxzema girl Rebecca Gayhart struck and killed 9-year-old Jorge Cruz Jr. with her car in Los Angeles.
The actress was charged with vehicular manslaughter and pleaded no contest to the charge. She ended up getting probation, a fine, having her license revoked for a year, and serving community service.
In addition, the parents of the boy filed a wrongful death suit against her.
Next: This TV star shot his wife in front of their children.
7. Michael Jace
In May 2014, terrifying calls were made to 911, claiming that The Shield star Michael Jace fatally shot his wife while their two small children were present.
According to authorities, the actor, who actually was one of the people who called the murder in, was upset that April Jace wanted to divorce him and was possibly seeing other men. So he shot her once in the back and twice in the legs. He confessed to shooting her, but said he only wanted her to be in pain, not die.
In 2016, a jury convicted him of second-degree murder and he was sentenced to 40 years to life in prison.
Next: This tennis star got into a crash that left one person dead.
8. Venus Williams
In the summer of 2017, tennis star Venus Williams’ car was hit when she tried crossing an intersection. Williams and the other driver were not hurt but the elderly passenger, Jerome Barson, in the car that struck her was taken to a hospital and died from his injuries two weeks later.
In December 2017, authorities in Florida decided not to charge Williams in the crash, even though it was initially thought that she did not have the right of way when she entered the intersection. Officials said they determined that neither the athlete or the other driver were at fault, and it was actually a third vehicle that caused the accident.
That vehicle and the driver have not been identified.
Next: This actor served almost a decade in prison for this crime.
9. Lillo Brancato Jr.
The Sopranos and A Bronx Tale star Lillo Brancato Jr. was charged with second-degree murder for his role in the shooting death of off-duty police officer Daniel Enchautegui in 2005.
The actor’s accomplice, which was his girlfriend’s father, was convicted of the murder and sentenced to life in prison. Brancato Jr. was found not guilty of murder. However, the jury did find him guilty of first-degree attempted burglary and he served eight years behind bars before his release in 2013.
Next: This singer and actress admitted fault after a freeway pile up.
10. Brandy Norwood
In 2006, R&B singer Brandy Norwood was in a wreck, which involved several vehicles, on a Los Angeles highway and blamed the accident, and death of another woman, on herself. The Moesha star failed to stop in time when she approached a pile up on the freeway. She ended up hitting a car driven by Awatef Aboudihaj, who died as a result of the impact.
Witnesses at the scene told TMZ that Norwood was extremely distraught and continuously blamed the accident on herself, saying she should have stopped.
Next: This rocker’s drunk driving cost another musician their life.
11. Vince Neil
In 1984, Motley Crue frontman Vince Neil was operating a vehicle while intoxicated and got into an awful crash that killed his passenger and seriously injured two other people.
Neil was driving his car when he lost control and veered into oncoming traffic. He ended up smacking into another car and the two passengers in that vehicle suffered brain damage. The passenger in his car, Nicholas “Razzle” Dingley, who was the drummer of the Finnish metal band Hanoi Rocks, died from injuries sustained in the collision.
Neil was charged with vehicular manslaughter and driving under the influence. He received a sentence of 30 days in jail and five years probation. He only served half of that time in prison though, as he was released on good behavior.
Next: This actress was convicted of murder when she was just a teen.
12. Felicia Pearson
At the age of 14, The Wire actress Felicia Pearson was convicted of second-degree murder. Pearson has said that she got into a life of crime at a very young age growing up in Baltimore. Her dangerous lifestyle eventually landed her in prison for the shooting death of a girl named Okia Toomer.
She was sentenced to two eight-year terms, to be served consecutively, at the Maryland Correctional Institute, but was released after serving just six and a half years.
Next: This actor was charged with killing his wife.
13. Robert Blake
Actor Robert Blake was arrested and charged with the murder of his own wife in 2001. Bonny Lee Bakley was fatally shot while she sat in her husband’s car outside an Italian restaurant waiting for him to exit the eatery. Blake was charged with the murder and prosecutors alleged that he either pulled the trigger himself or hired someone else to do it.
A jury ultimately found the Baretta star not guilty of the murder, but he was found liable in a wrongful death civil lawsuit and ordered to pay $30 million to Bakely’s children.
Next: This TV actress was drinking and driving when this happened.
14. Amy Locane-Bovenizer
In 2010, Melrose Place actress Amy Locane-Bovenizer got behind the wheel of her SUV after she had been drinking heavily and got into an accident that killed one person. Locane-Bovenizer smashed into a car driven by a man named Fred Seeman as he was pulling into his driveway. The driver survived, but was seriously injured. His wife, Helen Seeman, however, was killed.
Locane-Bovenizer’s blood alcohol level at the time of the crash was three times the legal limit. She was convicted of vehicular homicide and sentenced to three years in prison.
Next: He said he stabbed his girlfriend, but didn’t mean to kill her.
15. Sid Vicious
We’ve reached the final tragic tale on our list, which goes back to 1978 when Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious stabbed his girlfriend, Nancy Spungen, to death in a hotel room in New York City.
After first saying he had no idea how she died, the rocker confessed to authorities that he did in fact stab her, but didn’t mean to kill her. He never stood trial for her murder though because, just a few months after her death, he was found dead of a drug overdose while out on bail.
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