NFL linebacker Junior Seau made headlines yesterday by driving his car off a cliff. This would make total sense if he was still playing for the San Diego Chargers, but Seau is retired. Today he was released from the hospital after being treated for minor cuts and bruises, and is now the subject of intense media scrutiny. After all, it’s not everyday a celebrity drives off a cliff. That being said, it has happened before. So without further ado, I give you five celebrities who have driven off a cliff. Enjoy!
Charlie Sheen (Honorable Mention)
This one is a bit of s stretch, since Sheen himself was not behind the wheel. But the fact that two of Sheen’s cars have ended up going over a cliff in less than a year gets him an honorary mention on this list. In February of 2010, Sheen’s car was stolen out of his driveway and found a few miles away at the bottom of a ravine. In June, another car was stolen, this time from within Sheen’s garage. This vehicle was also rolled off a cliff. Both cars were empty upon impact, and no suspects have been arrested as of yet. In both cases, Sheen admitted to leaving his keys in the ignition, a mind-bogglingly stupid move that goes a long way toward explaining why he resonates with fans of “Two and a Half Men.”
The son of television legend Johnny Carson, Richard was driving in Cayucos, CA, near California’s famous highway one, when something went wrong. Authorities speculate that he became “distracted” while driving, drove off a cliff, and fell more than 100 ft to his death. Later reports claimed Carson was taking pictures while driving, which is plausible, considering he was an avid photographer. His father paid tribute by featuring Richard’s photographs on “The Tonight Show.” Looking back, I guess Carnac didn’t see that one coming.
Grace Kelly (a.k.a. Princess Grace)
Princess Grace was like the Paris Hilton of her era, except she was smart, attractive, and talented. At the age of 26, the Oscar-winning actress married the Prince of Monaco, Rainier III. In hindsight, Kelly should have married a prince from a country with less mountains. In 1982, she lost control of her automobile, went off a cliff, and died the next day. Here’s hoping Paris Hilton moves to Monaco very soon.
James Heselden was an impressive fellow. A former coal miner, Heselden was laid off from his job in the mid-80’s. Rather than blow his severance pay on steak and kidney pie, like most Englishmen are apt to do, Heselden rented a workshop and began developing the Hesco bastion barrier system. I have no idea what that is, but apparently the U.S. army does, because they bought a shit ton of them for use in various war-zones around the world. With the millions he made selling his invention, Heselden purchased Segway Inc., maker of the Segway personal transport system. It turned out to be a very poor investment, as Heselden was soon found dead at the bottom of a cliff. Authorities speculate he lost control of his own Segway unit, which probably hasn’t done much for the company’s PR department.
Adrian Adonis was a well-known professional wrestler in the 70’s and 80’s. Although he was known by many names, he is perhaps best remembered as the "Adorable" Adrian Adonis, a gimmick that featured the the 300 plus lbs. athlete in women’s clothing and makeup. Unfortunately, Adonis was so busy as a cross-dressing wrestler that he apparently never learned to swim. In July of 1988, Adonis was driving in Canada with a group of fellow wrestlers when their van went off a cliff and into a lake.