These seven famous actors died on the job.
Seven actors who died in bizarre ways while on TV or movie film sets listed in no particular order.
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Steve Irwin was known as The Crocodile Hunter and starred in his own TV show with the same name. Famous for getting really close to dangerous creatures like crocodiles, poisonous snakes and sharks, Irwin was killed in 2006 while filming an episode for his daughter Bindi’s TV show by a stingray. Stingray’s have a spine in their tail which they will force upward and release to sting and ward off threats. Rarely do stingrays kill people but on September 4, 2006, Irwin was swimming right above a stingray while the cameraman was filming directly in front. The stingray felt boxed in and forced the spine in its tail upwards and it went right into Irwin’s heart. Irwin instinctively grabbed the spine and removed it from his chest and promptly died. A month later a Florida man had the same thing happen to him and he left the spine in his chest to be removed by doctors and survived. If Irwin had left the spine in his chest he may have survived as the removal apparently tore arteries and blood vessels causing a fatal heart attack.
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While acting in the live UK television broadcast of the Armchair Theatre play Underground in 1958, Gareth Jones suffered a massive heart attack between scenes while in makeup and died. The Director of the play, William Kotchoff, who would go on to direct 18 feature films including Rambo: First Blood starring Sylvestor Stallone, was forced to improvise with the cast to continue and finish the live broadcast. In a strange twist of fate, the character Gareth Jones was playing was to suffer a heart attack during the play. Some might say Jones took character acting to a different level.
Hexum was one of the lead actors of the television series, Cover Up. In 1984 during a break in filming a scene which called for Hexum’s character to replace a loaded gun with blanks, Hexum was fooling around and put the gun to his head and pulled the trigger. The gun was loaded with blanks but Hexum did not realize that blanks use paper or plastic wadding to seal gun powder into the shell and that this wadding is propelled out of the barrel of the gun with enough force to cause severe injury or death if the weapon is fired within a few inches of the body. The paper wadding from the blank did not penetrate Hexum’s skull but struck his forehead with enough force to shatter a quarter-sized piece of his skull and propel the pieces into his brain causing massive hemorrhaging. Hexum was rushed to the hospital and underwent immediate surgery but the damage was too severe and six days later he was declared brain dead and taken off life support once his vital organs were removed for transplants by order of his mother. His heart saved the life of a Las Vegas escort agency owner.