It’s often the case that stars live life to the max, and the combination of rich celebrities and powerful cars sometimes proves to be a fatal mix. Here are details of three sad occasions when they really did live fast and die young. Unfortunately, it’s apparent there will be plenty more to talk about in the coming years.
A wonderfully talented singer and a member of the successful trio TLC, Lisa ‘Left Eye’ Lopes had everything to live for. When she died in a horrific traffic accident in Honduras in 2002, it sent shock waves through the music industry. Her car, a Mitsubishi Montero Sport, left the road and rolled several times, hitting trees along the way.
Her funeral was held in her native state of Georgia, and her casket was inscribed with some lyrics from TLC’s worldwide hit Waterfalls. Later, her mother went on to sue Mitsubishi after a consumer report highlighted the propensity the Monteiro Sport had for rolling over. To this day, Lisa’s legacy lives on in her band’s songs, which enjoy regular airplay throughout the world.
It’s difficult to imagine now what an effect the death of James Dean had on his fans all around the world. The Indiana-born actor was the coolest, most fashionable rebel figure on the planet after appearing in a handful of influential movies, and was set to become perhaps the biggest star in the whole world.
In September 1955 his Porsche 550 Spyder collided head-on with another car in California, leaving Dean with fatal injuries. He was just 24 years old at the time. His death deprived the world of a genuine superstar, and left his many fans in mourning. The small community of Cholame, the site of the accident, is home to a memorial sculpture.
One of the most beautiful women to grace the Golden Era of Hollywood, Philadelphia-born Grace Kelly starred in some of the best movies of the time, including Dial M For Murder, Rear Window and High Noon. She went on to marry Prince Rainier of Monaco, in turn becoming Princess Consort of the principality.
In 1982, while driving with her daughter, she suffered a stroke at the wheel of her car which then left the road. Although she was pulled alive from the wreckage, she had suffered terrible injuries. She passed away in hospital on the following day. Her legacy includes a public rose garden in Monaco.