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by Nathaaan90 As a one-time professional singer, I understand how grueling live performances can be. But, unlike all of the entries on this list, I survived my years in the spotlight. This list looks at twelve people who died in the midst of a performance. 12 Johnny Ace

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Johnny Ace was a rhythm and blues musician, active from 1949 to 1954. Born in Tennessee in 1929 as John Marshall Alexander Jnr., he served his country in the Navy during the Korean War before becoming a musician. On Christmas 1954, Ace was performing in Houston, Texas, when, during a break in the set, he began playing with a .22 cal Revolver as band members often did, shooting at road signs etc. It is widely reported that Ace was either playing Russian roulette during the break, or bragging about how the gun wasnt loaded, when in fact it was. Its reported he had been drinking, and was warned to Be careful as he waved his pistol around, before stating its okay, gun isnt loaded see? while putting it to his head and pulling the trigger. 11 Edith Webster

Edith Webster was an actress who performed on stage in theaters. She was performing in Baltimore, and, while singing her swan song Please dont talk about me when Im gone, collapsed and died, both in the play, and in real life. She had suffered a heart attack at the exact moment her character was meant to collapse and die. Obviously, the audience thought it was part of the act and applauded, unknowingly, at both her death, and the stagehands call for help, thinking it was part of the play. 10 J.I.Rodale

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Real name Jerome Irving Rodale, was a playwright, editor, author and publisher, born in 1898. During his life he published various Organic Farming magazines. While not technically a performer, he died while appearing as a guest on the Dick Cavett show in 1971. Having finished his interview, but still being on-stage, Cavett brought out his second guest, Pete Hamill a columnist for the New York Post. It was during this interview that Rodale let out a snoring sound, which got laughs from the audience, before the camera zoomed in on his face and Hamill said jokingly, This looks bad. Still, the audience laughed, although Cavett wasnt he says he knew Rodale was dead. Two interns rushed on to stage to try and revive him, but couldnt. Ironically, during his interview, he said Im in such good health that I fell down a long flight of stairs yesterday and I laughed all the way, Ive decided to live to be a hundred, as well as I never felt better in my life! He had also previously bragged that Im going to live to be 100, unless Im run down by some sugar-crazed taxi driver. 9 Paul Mantz

Stunt pilots live on the edge of life and death all the time, but Paul Mantz managed to survive a long career as a stunt pilot and racing pilot champion. It was during the filming of The Flight of the Phoenix, in 1965, that Mantz died, while attempting a very low flight over a desert site in Arizona. According to reports, Mantzs plane struck a small
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hillock and he lost control. After trying to save the aircraft, it split in two and nosed into the ground, killing him instantly. Officials have blamed alcohol consumption before the stunt as the reason his judgment and efficiency were not as they should have been. The final credit in The Flight of the Phoenix says, It should be remembered that Paul Mantz, a fine man and a brilliant flier, gave his life in the making of this film 8 Karl Wallenda

Karl Wallenda was a German daredevil born in 1905, and the founder of The Flying Wallendas an international dare devil circus act. He was most famed for his wire walks, which he would perform between two very high structures without a safety net, particularly in his later years. In 1978, at age 73, he died while attempting to cross between two towers of a ten story hotel in Puerto Rico. While crossing the gap, winds of around 30 miles per hour were enough to cause Wallenda to lose his balance and fall 121 feet to his death. He was quoted as saying, Life is being on the wire; everything else is just waiting. 7 Leslie Les Harvey

Leslie Harvey, born in 1945, was a Scottish guitarist for many bands during the 1960s and 1970s, most notably Stone the Crows. Before their formation in 1969, however, Harvey played with the band Cartoone as they toured the United States supporting Led Zeppelin. On 3 May 1972, while performing with Stone the Crows at the Swansea Top Rank Ballroom in Wales, he touched an unearthed microphone with wet hands and was electrocuted. The shock killed him.
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6 Eric Morecambe

John Eric Bartholomew, OBE was an English comedian who, together with Ernie Wise, formed the award-winning comedy duo Morecambe and Wise. He took his stage name from the seaside town of Morecombe, in which he grew up. He became a famed presenter and comedian throughout the years, co-hosting the hugely popular The Morecambe and Wise Show, which hit a record 28 million viewers on one of their Christmas Specials. Throughout his career he suffered 2 heart attacks, before succumbing to the third on 28 May, 1984. He was appearing at a comedy show at the Roses Theater in Tewkesbury, and, due to his huge popularity, returned to the stage six times after the end of his show. After his sixth return he announced Thats your lot! before leaving the stage. After walking off-stage, he joked Thank goodness thats over, before collapsing. He was pronounced dead at 4am the next morning. He was 58. 5 Jon-Eric Hexum

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Jon-Eric Hexum was an actor and model, born in the 50s in New Jersey. He played various roles in American television programs before landing his big lead role in the series Cover Up in 1984, in which he played a model turned weapons expert and CIA agent. As with most shows that include guns, the prop .44 Magnum was loaded with blanks, however, it is reported that Hexum was unaware that this prop gun would still shoot out paper wadding which was used to seal gun powder in the shell. During the shooting of a scene where he was to empty the gun of real bullets and load it with blanks, a technical problem meant the scene was delayed, and Hexum fell asleep. Upon waking he realized the scene still wasnt done and began playing with the gun. It is reported he was playing Russian roulette with the gun, which was loading with 3 empty cartridges and 2 blanks. He put it to his head and said Lets see if Ive got one for me before pulling the trigger. While the paper wadding didnt penetrate his skull, it hit with enough force to dislodge a quarter-size piece of skull and propel it into his brain. The accident happened on 12 October, 1984, and, despite 5 hours of surgery, Hexum died 6 days later he was declared brain dead due to the massive bleeding in his brain. His mother flew his body to San Francisco to be harvested for organ transplants before he was buried. 4 Brandon Lee

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Brandon Bruce Lee was the son of martial arts legend Bruce Lee, and was born in 1965. During his relatively short career, he walked in his fathers footsteps and starred in many kung fu and action films throughout the 80s and 90s. In 1992, he landed the starring role in The Crow a film based on an underground comic book about an undead musician. On March 31, 1993, the crew were filming a scene in which Lees character, Eric Draven, finds his girlfriend being beaten and raped by thugs. As he walked onto set, an actor playing one of the thugs was supposed to shoot at Lee with a gun loaded with blanks. Because of various tamperings with the gun, and the blanks being used (the extent of which is still not fully understood), the gun was left with enough primer to push the bullet cartridge out of the gun. Although at a speed much slower than a proper bullet, from close range, it could still prove dangerous. The malfunction went unnoticed and Lee was hit in the abdomen as the bullet traveled through his body and lodged in his spine. The scene was immediately cut and an ambulance called, though it is believed his heart stopped beating on the way to the hospital. Despite a six-hour operation, and 60 pints of blood transfusions, Brandon Lee died at 1:04pm. He was just 28 years old. He was buried next to his father in Washington. 3 Dimebag Darrell

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Dimebag Darrell (real name Darrell Lance Abbott) was an American guitarist famous for being a founding member of the metal bands Pantera and Damageplan. Born in 1966, throughout his music career he was praised and widely regarded as one of the most influential stylists in modern metal. He was killed on stage while performing with Damageplan, on December 8th 2004, by an ex-marine called Nathan Gale. Gale shot Abbott 5 times, including once in the head, before turning on others and shooting a further 10 shots. He killed 3 more people, including an employee of the arena, and Damageplans head of security both of whom tried to wrestle the hand gun from his hands, and an audience member as he tried to perform CPR on Abbott. He also wounded 7 others. He was killed by a policeman who approached him from behind, as he had a hostage in a headlock, and he was shot in the head with a 12-gauge shotgun. A nurse tried to revive Darrell but he was dead by the time paramedics arrived. The reasons for Gales attack have been debated. An initial motive that was theorized was that Gale was angry at the breakup of Pantera and blamed Abbott for this, or that, apparently, Pantera had stolen a song written by Gale. Another theory suggested Gale was a paranoid schizophrenic and was convinced Damageplan members were reading his mind and stealing his thoughts. Darrell Abbott was buried in a KISS casket, with Eddie Van Halens Charvel Hybrid VH2 guitar. 2 Owen Hart

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Owen James Hart was a Canadian wrestler, born in 1965, who won multiple titles during his career, most notably during his time at the WCW, and the WWF. He started his wrestling life in Japan, wrestling for the NJPW (new Japan pro wrestling) circuit, and gained popularity throughout his time in America. He was most memorable for his relationship with his brother, Bret, and his feud with Jerry Lawler, as well as winning his tag team title with Yokozuna. Hart died on May 23rd, 1999, during his arrival to the ring for an Intercontinental Championship match with The Godfather, during the Over-The-Edge pay-per-view event. He was supposed to be lowered into the ring on a harness, where he would be dropped a meter or so from the surface for comedic effect. Tragically, his harness malfunctioned and released Hart too early. He fell 78 feet (24 meters) into the ring and landed chest first on the top rope before being propelled into the middle of the ring. He was able to sit up for a short while after the accident, before losing consciousness. He was rushed to hospital, but pronounced dead on arrival. Hart had died from internal bleeding, due to a severed aorta. 1 Tommy Cooper

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Tommy Cooper was a welsh-born, British prop comedian and magician, famous for the red fez he always wore, and the persona he crafted of a magician whose tricks always go wrong. Cooper died on April 15, 1984, as he performed live on television for a variety show entitled Live from her Majestys. During a sketch in which he was to pull numerous objects from a gown, just after his assistant helped him put the gown on, Copper collapsed and sat against the curtain while the audience and his assistant laughed, thinking it was an impromptu part of his act. He then fell backwards onto his back, creating more laughs. However, as the minutes passed, it was apparent that something had actually gone wrong, and it wasnt part of his act. Another curtain was closed to hide where he had fallen, and other acts carried on on the front of the stage. People backstage tried to resuscitate him but couldnt. He was pronounced dead on arrival at Westminster hospital, from a heart attack. He was 63 years old. Controversy later arose from the fact the video of him collapsing was posted on YouTube. It can be found by searching Tommy Cooper death. Like this list? Share it with friends, or submit to your favorite sites:
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Donna 19 weeks ago Died a few times on stage myself....not in the same way thou. Cool list!!! :o) Reply 1 reply active less than 1 minute ago

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PuroresuPride18 19 weeks ago Mitsuharu Misawa. Greatest pro wrestler in history also died during a match. RIP MIsawa. Reply 2 replies active 5 weeks ago

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Mateba 19 weeks ago What about Molire ? Reply 1 reply active 19 weeks ago

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lindawn 19 weeks ago

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what a sad, yet interesting list. i'd not heard of some of these people.... thank you so much for a great read! loved it. D Reply Report

astraya 73p 19 weeks ago

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There's a story that an opera singer died at an (in)appropriate moment of an opera. One version gives the opera as Verdi's "The Force of Destiny", and the line as "O fatal cup of destiny". I just did a quick search and couldn't 't find anything, but I remember reading it in opera/classical music/bizarre deaths sources several times. Reply 3 replies active 18 weeks ago Report

bluesman87 19 weeks ago RIP Dimebag -awesome gent. Nice list . Reply

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necropenguin 19 weeks ago good list. sad, but good. i've never heard of most of these people. Reply

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11/28/2010 12 People Who DiedPerforming pretty sad that someone saw the need to post tommy cooper's death on youtube...man was a bare legend

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@RavinDave 19 weeks ago You forget: Dick Shawn ("The Producers") ... died on stage; audience thought it was a gag. Redd Foxx ... died on set, other actors thought it was a gag. Vic Morrow ... "The Twilight Zone" movie accident Tiny Tim ... suffered a heart attack while performing (though died en route to the hospital) Reply 2 replies active 19 weeks ago

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the mick 19 weeks ago while i am sure that there are many more that could've been on this list, i will contribute this one: actor Victor "Vic" Morrow. Died while filming a scene for ' Twilight Zone: The Movie'.

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The scene involved Morrow and two children (who where also killed). He was holding the kids as a helicopter ( a real one, not a prop or model) hovered only 25 feet above them. Pyrotechnics that were used (it was a scene from the Vietnam war era and therefore they were trying to simulate battle conditions) actually damaged the chopper which came down on all three. Reply 2 replies active 16 weeks ago Report

kickass 19 weeks ago Some of these deaths could have been avoided if people had just been a tad more careful. Brandon lee died early just like his legendary father Bruce lee did. he followed in his father's footsteps all the way. R.I.P Reply 1 reply active 16 weeks ago

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skydropco 19 weeks ago Carry on legend Sid James had a heart attack and died on stage, the audience thought it was a gag. Reply

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leon 19 weeks ago harry houdin(i) Reply 2 replies active 18 weeks ago

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This is a really sad list, but they will always be remembered for the performances they gave, and I bet they all wanted to go out with a bang and they did just that! It's a shame that so many were so young. RIP. Reply Report

deadchemicalangel 19 weeks ago a laudable list......notably the addition of Dimebag......a couple more: Irene "Granny" Ryan (The Beverly Hillbillies) died of a stroke while performing in a musical.... Richard Versalle ...opera singer....had a heart attack onstage..... I think John Ritter may have passed away on the set of his last television show.... Reply 1 reply active 19 weeks ago

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WillMcIntyre 19 weeks ago I was going to say Red Foxx... But you guys took it. "I'm coming, Elizabeth!" I like watching Sanford & Son. Reply

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Lede 19 weeks ago The British comedian Marty Feldman would also be a good candidate for this list. Reply 1 reply active less than 1 minute ago

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God 19 weeks ago RIP Dimebag you were one of the greats!! Reply

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plum 19 weeks ago No one mentions Kenny? You barstuds! Reply

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Clark 19 weeks ago Michael Jackson? Does his death count as 'died performing'? Reply 2 replies active 19 weeks ago
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Teacherman 19 weeks ago No Miriam Makeba? For shame! Reply

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bluesman87 19 weeks ago

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wait could the crocodile hunter also count for this list ? He did crazy shit for our entertainment on his TV show , but i dunno if HE would call it performing ? Reply Report

vanowensbody 50p 19 weeks ago Great list. Talk about "the final curtain call". How about the drummer for Spinal Tap? He exploded right on stage. Reply 1 reply active 19 weeks ago

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Cath 19 weeks ago

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If you're going to include Paul Mantz as "dying while performing," by rights, shouldn't Dale Earnhardt be on here too? Reply Report

Holvy 19 weeks ago Didn't Harry Houdini die on stage? Reply 2 replies active 19 weeks ago

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Surya 19 weeks ago

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Item 9 has a strange sentence: "After trying to save the aircraft, it split in two and nosed into the ground, killing him instantly". A brilliant list, anyway, Reply 1 reply active 5 weeks ago Report

dreamongirl 19 weeks ago

Gosh, I didn't know any of these except for Brandon Lee. I did know about Vic Morrow, who I know some of you already mentioned. I think it's really terrible when something happens to someone because of an accident that could have been avoided. Reply
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CurtShmurt 19 weeks ago

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What about Judge Dread? He was a British bouncer turned reggae singer who suffered a heart attack on stage...One of my favorites by him was "Donkey Dick" among others. John Candy anyone? I believe he suffered a heart attack in his trailer while in Mexico filming "Wagons East" Can't think of any others right now... Reply 1 reply active 11 weeks ago Report

bucketheadrocks 71p 19 weeks ago The best people always die too young... Reply

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oouchan 77p 19 weeks ago

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Sad but well done list. I will miss Dimebag. Also, as someone above mentioned, Marty Feldman would have been a good choice as well. Loved him in 'Young Frankenstein' and his Tasmanian devil act was hilarious. Good list. Reply Report

joshpincusiscrying 19 weeks ago

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I have written about two performers who have died onstage. Tiny Tim__Tiny Tim (as mentioned earlier) and Harry Einstein (father of comedians Bob "Super Dave" Einstein and Albert Brooks). Einstein was known professionally as "Parkyakarkus". Reply Report

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I was told that Vic Morrow ("The Twilight Zone" movie accident) was decapitated by the helicopter blades. A lot of these tragedies could have been avoided if there was more time taken on safety. Owen Hart's fall and Brandon Lee's shooting deaths should NEVER have happened. Darrell Abbott's tragic "on stage" shooting death, goes to show how "crazy" some fans actually are. R.I.P. Dimebag! Reply Report

SanityInspector 61p 19 weeks ago

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Fun list! I'd add Keith Relf. The former singer for the Yardbirds electrocuted himself on an improperly grounded electric guitar, while rehearsing in 1976. Also ethnic comedian Harry "Parkyakarkus" Parke, who keeled over at a a Friar's Club Roast of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz on November 24, 1958.
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11/28/2010 12 People Who DiedPerforming There's even a wiki list of deaths onstage, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_people_who_d...

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idansimeoper 19 weeks ago Tiny Tim, anyone?! Come on. Good list, though it should've extended to maybe 15 or 20 and rearranged a bit. Reply

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crazysruzz 25p 19 weeks ago

The only one I knew of was Dimebag, because I have the same name as his killer and I like to google myself. This is a good list, but i would've it rather have been an amount divisible by five, 12 is just too weird, that's my ocd talking. Reply Report

R.S. 19 weeks ago Great list. But hey, you also left out Morphine's vocalist MARK SANDMAN, who died onstage in Rome.

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And since you included sportsmen, what about the football/soccer stars who died on the pitch? Like the Hungarian striker MIKLOS FEHER, star of Portuguese champions SL Benfica, who died in 2004, during a match... while it was being broadcasted live on TV! There's lots more here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_footballers_... Reply 3 replies active 11 weeks ago Report

Mel 19 weeks ago Eric Fleming Reply

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Bobby 19 weeks ago

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The suicide of that archor woman in the 70s. Not sure if that counts. Probably not on tape since it was the early 70s. Reply Report

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John-Eric Hexum starred in the great, albeit short-lived, time travel/sci-fi show "Voyagers!" from '82 to '83. His character was named Phineas Bogg. Reply 1 reply active less than 1 minute ago Report

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undaunted warrior 1 68p 19 weeks ago Only knew 3 of them - sad but they died going what they enjoyed best. Nice read thanks. Reply

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david 19 weeks ago Umpire John McSherry died from a heart attack on opening day of the 1996 baseball season. Reply

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rain 19 weeks ago what about steve irwin? God rest his soul Reply

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Woyzeck 65p 19 weeks ago Budd Dwyer, roffle. Woyzeck likes this list. Reply

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spidahmonkey 37p 19 weeks ago So many listverse! comments on the Tommy Cooper video Reply

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RedMan 19 weeks ago

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The Brandon Lee part isn't quite accurate. The gun was purchased at a pawn shop and no one checked the barrel of the gun where a bullet was lodged. It was then loaded with blanks which used the same amount of powder as a regular bullet. When the gun was fired it had enough force to dislodge the bullet in the barrel and hit Brandon in the stomach. He didn't die from loss of blood he died because the bullet pierced his stomach and the acids got into his organs and bloodstream which there is nothing doctors can do. Sad list but especially sad are the ones killed moving up in their careers. Reply Report

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Johnny Ace and Jon-Eric Hexum 's deaths seem like masked suicides, not just because of the fact they they shot THEMSELVES in the head, but there is a certain level of shall we say, suicidalness one has to possess to even raise a fake or real gun to ones head and pull the trigger.
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11/28/2010 12 People Who DiedPerforming alcohol or not, joking or not. subconsciously both of those dudes must've wanted it.!

eitherway stellar list, i didn't know of lots of these men! w00t! death! Reply Report

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Actor Roy Kinnear died while falling off a horse during the filming of the movie "The Return of the Musketeers". He played Veruca Salt's father on Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Reply Report

Squiz 19 weeks ago what a sad thing to have to die with people laughing at you. :( Reply 2 replies active 19 weeks ago

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enucleator 19 weeks ago very interesting list but.... no Molire? i was expecting to see him, the case is pretty famous.... Reply

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enucleator 19 weeks ago ... but still it's ok, the list enlights lesser know death, so it's kinda ok if Molire is not there.. R.I.P. to all these people...... Reply

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TEX 19 weeks ago

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LIFE IS SO WEIRD - I have never heard of #1 Tommy Cooper in my life - and TWO DAYS AGO I was doing a google search for something I cant even remember and up popped that exact video Tommy Cooper dies on stage - I clicked and watched, IM WATCHING A GUY DROP DEAD - I must have done a thousand thousand searches over the years - what are the odds I would stumble across it and then check the list today - up pops LV home page and theres the guys face - WTF!!!!!! Reply 2 replies active 19 weeks ago Report

segues 82p 19 weeks ago

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Seems as if everyones been covered. So, how about a close call...? I was at the Hollywood Bowl, enjoying a Ella Fitzgerald concert when, just before the break, she walked off the front of the stage!
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11/28/2010 12 People Who DiedPerforming Naturally, that ended the first half of the performance, and the intermission was exceptionally long. To everyone's amazement, Ms. Fitzgerald came out after the break, all bandaged up, sitting on a chair, and sang the rest of the show. I believe it was the last live performance she ever gave. Not long afterward she lost one of her legs to diabetes.

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segues 82p 19 weeks ago of course, that should be "An Ella Fitzgerald concert..." Reply 2 replies active 19 weeks ago

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Jesper 19 weeks ago Seems like number 5 died from stupidity. There are probably others more deserving of the honor of being on this list. Reply

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bassbait 19 weeks ago

Dimebag = number one in my book, and I would hope everyone else's. His death was probably the most tragic of them all, considering just how great of a musician he was. My dad always puts it like this: "Dimebag was different from all the other guitarists in that he could write really good riffs, knew all of the techniques on a guitar, and could still write great solos". I agree, the reason he was great is because he didn't only know how to use his guitar, but he knew how to APPLY it. Sorry to any fans of guitarists that I might offend, but I can't say the same for Dragonforce or Zakk Wylde. Too much gimmicky techniques on their ends, but not enough great application (like in Cemetary Gates). It's also a shame that my dad was going to go see The Melvins, but didn't go because the place was packed. It turns out, it was packed because Damageplan was playing there. Bummer. Reply Report

Golz 19 weeks ago aother inclusion: P C Sorcar Senior died on stage while on stage .. his last words bein: as this curtain falls so shall my bodyl Reply

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Gr8flDdFn 19 weeks ago What about Vic Morrow? Reply 2 replies active 5 weeks ago

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Vic Morrow should be #1. Tiny Tim #2. They and their deaths were known worldwide. If you are including athletes then you have to put race car driver Dale,Sr. and basketball player Len Bias on the list. Otherwise a sad, interesting but very entertaining list. Reply 1 reply active 15 weeks ago Report

MTJ 19 weeks ago Hank Gathers not Len Bias. Although they both died, Gathers died during a game. My bad. Reply

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maroua 19 weeks ago

there's also jean-batiste poquelin aka "molire" he also died on stage and he was wearing green, that's why wearing green while performing is considered bad luck. Reply Report

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I remember Jon-Eric Hexums accident very well. He had a promising career. He was just goofing around on the set between takes and did something stupid. I also remember that some people were upset when they found out that his transplanted heart went to a guy in Vegas that owned an escort service. I remember thinking a life is a life and who knows maybe after the operation, he will be a changed man and do something to help people. Keep in mind this was 26 years ago when I was young and Im sure a little more nave. It would be interesting to find out what happened to that guy. Reply Report

magician 19 weeks ago

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Harold Houdini died while performing too! He attempted to bury himself alive but failed, and died of suffocation I guess.. Why do you think Criss Angel attempted to do it? Good thing he survived (: Reply 4 replies active 5 weeks ago Report

dalis 19 weeks ago

Iron Mike DiBiase (stepdad of the Million Dollar Man) was a professional wrestler who suffered a massive heart attack in the ring during a match with Mountain Man Mike on July 2, 1969 in Lubbock, TX and died on the way to the hospital. Reply Report

Rino Rubino 19 weeks ago

hallo,great list,i think that die while performing it's not so bad compared to the many other way we have to leave this world. I would like to make an addiction,even if it's an italian musician and many of you never heard of him,Paolo "feiez" Panigada died
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11/28/2010 12 People Who DiedPerforming while performing with his band "Elio e le Storie Tese",it was a great loss for the italian music and for music in general IMO.

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This was a pretty interesting list Nathaaan, thanks. My only critique would be, and not to be overly pedantic here, but some of these stretch the idea of dying while actually performing. I see the ideal examples (for lack of a better way to put it) as being ones like Edith Webster, Dime, Les Harvey, and a couple of the others who were actually in front of an audience and/or in midperformance. But for example, Johnny Ace was not performing, he was on a break, backstage. Hexum wasnt performing, he was fooling around between takes, as opposed to Lee (and Morrow mentioned in the comments) whos death was actually during the scripted performance. Morecambie collapsed during a performance (actually, right after) but died the next day. Keith Relf (mentioned in the comments only) was not performing either btw. And as others have mentioned, with the inclusion of an athlete (ok, an entertainment athlete) in Owen Hart, there are myriad other athletes who have died on the field of play or in the boxing ring or the automobile race track who could also be mentioned. This isnt intended as a criticism but rather just an observationhell man an entire list can be made of athlete deaths alone. Reply 4 replies active 19 weeks ago Report

matt 19 weeks ago I can't believe only one person's mentioned Steve Irwin.

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Also, I feel sorry for the people who died while trying to protect others during the Dimebag Darrel incident. Especially the guy trying to give a victim CPR. Nathan Gale was a fucking douchebag. Sad that he was a part of our Marines. Reply Report

metoo 19 weeks ago Cary Grant had a massive stroke while rehearsing a stage performance. He died later that day. Reply 1 reply active less than 1 minute ago

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ben 19 weeks ago

Karel Soucek. The guy who died doing a stunt off the Astrodome in the 80's certainly qualifies, as do many others. Great list though Reply Report

Marco Pederzoli 19 weeks ago

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Henry Blight Halicki, stuntman, starring and director of now famous Gone in 60 Seconds (original version, of course). Died filming Gone in 60 Seconds 2 while driving a car. Reply Report

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These are all tragic instances, but Brandon Lee's death still saddens me today. He was a great actor who would have made some great movies. The Crow is just a fantastic movie. Reply Report

psychosurfer 19 weeks ago Wallenda's death is also on youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LT6Joy2fPQU His son completed the walk several years later as a tribute to his father. Reply 2 replies active 19 weeks ago

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The addition of some bullfighters would have been a good contribution, you can find at least two of them in youtube (Paquirri and Yiyo) the former one got his heart sliced in half by the bull's horn. Ouch! Reply 5 replies active 18 weeks ago Report

kidfromvault101 41p 19 weeks ago Hmmmmm. Was Expecting Selena. But either way its a good list Reply 1 reply active 19 weeks ago

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Nigel Martinez 19 weeks ago Very interesting list. The video for number one is so ironic and messed up. Surprised his family hasn't decided to take them down yet. Reply

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metoo 19 weeks ago

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How about John Ritter. He suffered an aortic tear while rehearsing his TV show and collapsed. He died a few hours later. Reply Report

darkles 19 weeks ago Didn't Red Fox die while taping his new show or something? Reply
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General Tits Von Chodehoffen 67p 19 weeks ago This is a sweet list. Good job! Reply

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Doc 19 weeks ago No Dick Shawn?! Reply

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Jacynta Rigby 19 weeks ago

I'll give points for using lesser known personalities (lesser known to me anyway) who died performing, but I really would of liked to have seen Vic Morrow added. Or maybe split it into 2 lists, 1 for those who died in front of an audience and 1 for those were either rehearsing or filming. Guess it gets complicated then huh. Bret Hart was seriously sad, same as Dimebag. Either one being able to be avoided hypothetically anyway. Reply Report

mjdolorico 50p 19 weeks ago That is such a weird way to go, dying in front of an audience.... I've heard of several items on this list, especially J.I. Rodale, Owen Hart and Brandon Lee... Weird topic, but good list nonetheless.. :$ Reply

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Boffo 19 weeks ago

This is very ironic. I just saw, for the first time, and episode of 'Voyagers". I wondered if the actors involved with such a terrible show had acted in anything else, so I looked them up and learned about Jon-Eric Hexum and his stupid decision. Reply Report

Vlad 19 weeks ago what about Red Fox? Reply

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CanyonRick 19 weeks ago Leonard Warren was the opera star who died onstage at the Met in Forza del Destino. He was very, very famous, as was his death. which remains one of the iconic moments in the history of the Metropolitan Opera. Ray Chapman (baseball) and Bill Masterton (hockey) are two pro athletes who died
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11/28/2010 12 People Who DiedPerforming while playing. Chapman (Cleveland Indians) was hit in the head by a pitch in 1920. Masterton (Minnesota North Stars), not wearing a helmet, died after hitting his head on the ice in 1967 or 68.

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Dieles 19 weeks ago And Robert Johnson? And the Titanic's violinists? And the TITANIC's VIOLINISTS? Reply 1 reply active less than 1 minute ago

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AndyV 19 weeks ago - Steve Irvin - Crocodile Hunter - Raman Lamba - Indian Cricket player died while playing cricket - Aryton Senna - F1 driver died while in a F1 race - Dale Earnhardt - NASCAR driver - died in the last lap of 2001 Daytona 500 and we should not forget - All soldiers who died while fighting for their countries - All pilots and stewards who died in air crashes Reply

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AndyV 19 weeks ago another would be George Mallory - Mountaineer - died while climbing Mount Everest in 1924.

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Mallory is famously quoted as having replied to the question "Why do you want to climb Mount Everest?" with the retort: "Because it's there". Reply Report

peter 19 weeks ago Owen Hart above Dimebag. bad list. Reply

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annie 1p 19 weeks ago When did the Edith Webster thing happen? Reply

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muzli 19 weeks ago Miriam Makeba from South Africa passed away while performing on stage in France. Reply

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Andy 19 weeks ago Lee Morgan, a incredible jazz trumpet player was shot on the bandstand by his jealous wife in 1973. Reply

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SanityInspector 61p 19 weeks ago

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I remember seeing a news segment about the man who received an organ transplant from Jon-Eric Hexum. He was grateful for Hexum's family's gift, and had set off on a regimen of physical fitness, to take care of his new heart. Reply Report

imongrel 8p 19 weeks ago Interesting read. I had no idea Dimebag Darrell was dead! And in such a violent fashion too :/ Reply

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SanityInspector 61p 19 weeks ago

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Hank Gathers, if he hasn't already been mentioned. An American college basketball star, died of a heart attack during a televised game, in 1990 IIRC. Reply Report

Anon 19 weeks ago via a Wikipedia entry about DICK SHAWN :

On April 17, 1987, while performing on stage at UC San Diego's Mandeville Hall, Shawn began a comedy bit about himself and the audience surviving nuclear war. At one point in the act, Shawn portrayed a politician reciting campaign clichs, including: "If elected, I will not lay down on the job"; later, when he collapsed face down on the stage, the audience thought it was part of the act, unaware that he had actually suffered a massive heart attack (See Tommy Cooper for a similar onstage death). After some time had gone by, there were catcalls. Finally, someone appeared on stage, knelt down to examine Shawn, stood up and asked: "Is there a doctor in the house?" Another person came on stage, turned him over and began administering CPR. The audience was told to go home, but almost no one left since it appeared to be part of Shawn's act. When paramedics arrived, bewildered audience members began leaving, still unsure of what they had witnessed. A notice in the following day's San Diego Union newspaper clarified that Shawn had indeed died during the performance.[2] Dick Shawn was 63. [edit] Filmography Reply Report

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Lifeschool 66p 19 weeks ago A very sad list; well written; but sad. Reply

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Will Trame 19 weeks ago Astraya (#6). The opera singer you were referring to was Leonard Warren. Reply

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Rkan 19 weeks ago

What about Lane Frost the bullrider who tragically died while in the ring?? The bull gored him and shoved one of his ribs through his heart. Reply Report

mordechaimordechai 67p 19 weeks ago "Guns are always loaded" said Jeff Cooper. Meaning not that actually every guns is loaded at any given time, but that firearms must be treated as such. Reply

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Jacobian 19 weeks ago well that's interesting.many of them died of a stupid death.better be careful then. Reply 1 reply active 11 weeks ago

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The DOC 19 weeks ago

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Dan McLaine, aka "Country Dick Montana," a strictly local rock legend in San Diego (insane diego?) had put together the early-era Punk Rock group The Penetrators, for which he played drums. One of many sidelines was "Country Dick and The Snuggle Bunnies. His truly sensational act was as the leading personality for The Beat Farmers. McLaine died on stage in the middle of a set, while touring in Canada, of a massive coronary. Having twice been operated on for cancer in recent years, his demise was no surprise. While I do not remember the exact date, this happened circa the early 1990s. In one song, close friend Mojo Nixon blames record producer Mike Curb for putting him on tour when he should have been resting. If nothing else, all readers of this little obit owe it to themselves to search for "happy boy song" ("Happy Boy") on YouTube. Reply Report

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