You may be surprised by how many near-death experiences some of your favourite celebrities have had. George Clooney almost died after breaking his back, Ryan Reynolds almost died while skydiving, and Leo DiCaprio was almost eaten by a shark. We can't imagine a world without them.
Leo was almost bitten by a shark while diving in South Africa. He was watching a great white through a shark cage that was meant to protect him while it was feeding on some tuna. But when a wave came that flipped the cage, the shark landed with half its body inside. Leo laid flat at the bottom of the cage, narrowly escaping when the shark snapped five or six times at him.
Anne Hathaway almost drowned while on vacation in Hawaii. She was swimming in the ocean when she got caught up in a dangerous riptide. A surfer was able to find the Oscar-winning actress and pull her to shore.
George Lucas had a near fatal car accident in high school. The Star Wars creator was driving home from school when a car slammed into the side of his vehicle - causing it to flip more than seven times. The filmmaker was left with several broken ribs and two collapsed lungs.
Sylvester Stallone almost died on the set of Rocky IV. During a fight scene, Stallone proposed to Dolph Lundgren (who played Draco) that they spar for real to get some really good shots for the film.
Lundgren agreed to not hold back, and as soon as shooting began, he rocketed his fist directly into Stallone's chest, putting him down for the count instantly. As it would later turn out, Lundgren had hit Stallone with force comparable to that of a car, to make his heart crash against the inside of his own chest causing it to swell up and nearly kill him.
Johnny Depp almost died in 2011 when he was flying in a small plane with director Bruce Robinson. They were mid-air when the engines suddenly died. Depp said: "The sound of the engines stopped. There was silence. Bruce and I were looking at each other and I think I said, 'Is this it?' It was like this weird extended moment when you're just floating for a second, and you could feel this unpleasant descent." Moments later the engines kicked back on, and a moment of relief overcame the two.
Black Sabbath frontman Ozzy Osbourne almost died in an ATV accident in 2003. He suffered from a broken collarbone, eight fractured ribs, pinched blood vessels, and a damaged vertebrae in his neck. Regarding the incident, Ozzy said "The bloody thing nearly killed me. I am lucky to be here today and not paralyzed."
Sarah Silverman suddenly came down with a rare case of epiglottitis in summer 2016 - a condition that essentially blocks airflow to the lungs. She was rushed to the hospital, where she credits the doctors with saving her life.
Throughout the ordeal, she managed to keep her sense of humor - apparently while on her meds, Silverman "stopped a nurse, furiously wrote down a note and gave it to her. When she looked at it, it just said, "Do you live with your mother?" next to a drawing of a penis."
Kanye West almost died in a car accident in 2002. West recalled the event, saying: "Well, the only thing this accident is saying is, 'I am about to hand you the world, just know at any given time I can take it away from you.' To nearly lose your life, to nearly lose your mouth, your voice, your whole face, as a rapper... and I had to be on TV! My face looks crazy to me now... But I have to just thank God for the situation that I am in..." West wrote a song "Through the Wire" about the accident.
In 2016, Ellie Goulding almost drowned after he car crashed through a frozen lake while traveling through Norway. Photographer Conor McDonnell said he and Goulding had to climb out of the roof of the car in the pitch black and in -25C weather to escape.
Blink 182 drummer Travis Barker almost died when he was involved in a plane crash in 2008. He described the horrifying incident: "I opened a door, and my hands caught ?re. I ran to get out of the plane, but I fell through a wing. I immediately soaked up with jet fuel and caught ?re. And then I was on ?re, running like hell. I was running for my family: I didn't care about anything except being with my dad, my sister, Shanna, my three kids. I'm completely naked, holding my genitals -- everything else is on ?re --- and I'm running, trying to put myself out." Sadly four people died in the plane crash.
Orlando Bloom almost died when he was 21 after he fell three stories after attempting to climb a drain pipe. The injury left the actor paralyzed for several days.
Isla Fisher almost drowned when filming Now You See Me. She was performing a stunt underwater when she became trapped for several minutes. "My chain got stuck. I had to really swim to the bottom; I couldn't get up. Everyone thought I was acting fabulously. I was actually drowning. No one realized I was actually struggling," she recalls. Fisher was saved from drowning but remained terrified from the whole experience.
Ryan Reynolds nearly died during a skydive when his parachute failed to open. "I'm falling to the ground thinking that it was great and then I pulled my cord and, nothing," Reynolds recalled. He was so terrified his reserve parachute might also malfunction that he almost couldn't bring himself to pull the cord. Reynolds eventually managed to pull himself together and pull his back-up parachute successfully. Reynolds also said that he was put off skydiving for life when his instructor died shortly afterwards during a jump.
Chevy Chase almost died in 1981 when he was electrocuted on the set of Modern Problems. He lost consciousness and had a near-death experience.
In 2005, Eminem almost died of a methadone overdose. He said, "My doctor told me the amount of methadone I'd taken was equivalent to shooting up four bags of heroin. Even when they told me I almost died, it didn't click."
The "Family Guy" creator had a ticket for American Airlines Flight 11 on September 11, 2001. Fortunately for him, MacFarlane was quite hungover, and he had been given the wrong departure time. He arrived at the airport 10 minutes too late to board the the plane that later crashed into the North Tower of the World Trade Center.
George Clooney almost died when he broke his back while filming Syriana. The pain of the injury even made Clooney think about committing suicide. He recalls, "I was lying in a hospital bed with an IV in my arm, unable to move, having these headaches where it feels like you're having a stroke, and for a short three-week period, I started to think, 'I may have to do something drastic about this' ... but I never thought I'd get there."
Hugh Hefner almost died when he choked on a sex toy. When asked, the Playboy founder recalled, "What is the closest I've come to death? There was a moment when I was having sex with four Playmates and I almost swallowed a Ben Wa ball."
Jason Statham almost died during the filming of Expendables 3. The brakes stopped working in a truck he was driving, and he was propelled into the ocean. Somehow, Statham managed to free himself from the vehicle and swim to safety.
The pair almost died in 2001, when the house she shared with then-husband Tom Green caught on fire. Their dog luckily was able to wake them up in the middle of the night, saving their lives.
Martin Lawrence almost died after suffering intense heat stroke in 1999.The comedian was jogging in the heat while wearing several layers of clothing in an attempt to lose weight for an upcoming role. When he returned home, he had a temperature of 107. Lawrence was rushed to the hospital where he slipped into a coma, but later recovered.
Elizabeth Taylor was actually pronounced dead while undergoing surgery. She claimed that she "went to that tunnel, saw the white light." Then, in 1958, she was scheduled to be on a plane that crashed, killing her (third) husband Mike Todd and the three others on board. She declined to get on the flight because she had a cold.
Nikki Sixx, the bassist from Motley Crue was declared dead for two minutes after a heroin overdose in 1987. He says that he had an out-of-body experience while he was temporarily dead.
In 1988, Gary Busey was involved in a terrible motorcycle accident. Busey suffered from a cracked skull, and doctors worried he may have permanent brain damage. He was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash, but luckily survived.
Martin Sheen almost died of a heart attack while filming Apocalypse Now. At the time, he was shooting deep in the jungle and had to crawl for help until a security guard found him and carried him to help. He recovered after a few weeks.
Jackie Chan, one of the all-time greatest stuntmen almost died while performing a stunt on the set of Armour of God. Jackie misjudged his landing when jumping onto a tree. He fell to the ground and smashed his head, almost killing him. Luckily he survived and now has a plastic plate in his head.
Actress Jaimie Alexander almost died on the set of Thor when she slipped on a metal staircase while filming a stunt. She slipped a disc in her spine, chipped 11 of her vertebrae, dislocated her left shoulder, and tore a rhomboid on her left side. After the incident Jaimie kept her sense of humor, "everyone thinks it's really funny to tease me about staircases now that I fell down one... I'm walking in heels again though, so that's a good sign." (Article Source)