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21 Celebrities Who Are Lucky To Be Alive

These celebs have escaped near-death experiences

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    Many of your favorite stars have found themselves in some dangerous and scary situations. Keep clicking to find out the stories behind their near-death experiences:

    Tracy Morgan was recently in a terrible car accident. The comedian/actor was involved in a multi-car crash leaving one person dead and Tracy in critical condition. While traveling home on the New Jersey Turnpike from a tour date in Delaware, a truck collided with Morgan’s chauffeured SUV. Tracy suffered a broken femur, broken nose, and several broken ribs. Fellow comedian James McNair, who was traveling with Tracy, was killed. Two other passengers in the car were also seriously injured.

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    An almost-fatal drug overdose in 1987 caused Nikki Sixx to have an out-of-body experience. The rock star basically died and came back to life after two shots of adrenalin to his heart - which inspired the song "Kick Start My Heart." Nikki cold CNN, "I saw things I shouldn't have been able to see. I saw the hotel hallway, the ambulance, the limo that was there. I couldn't have seen that because there was a sheet over me."

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    Gary Busey nearly lost his life when he crashed his motorcycle while going 75 MPH. He underwent brain surgery following the accident and told Larry King that he died on the table and had an out-of-body experience including a "spiritual awakening."

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    While filming the movie City Heat Burt Reynolds hurt his jaw. The injury was so painful, he was taking a prescription sleep aid and (according to a TV Guide article) was popping up to 50 pills a day. The actor eventually quit his addiction cold turkey, but as a result slipped into over an eight hour coma. Apparently during the ordeal, he had an out-of-body experience and heard his doctors say they were losing him.

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    Ozzy Osbourne got into a horrifying ATV accident where the ATV landed on his chest. The rocker went into an eight-day coma and recalls seeing a "white light" while going in and out of consciousness.

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    Tony Bennett's wife had to revive him by pounding on his chest after drugs almost took his life. In the 1970s, to deal with the rough time he was going through, Tony often self-medicated with cocaine and weed, which eventually led to this scary incident.

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    Travis Barker almost lost his life after a terrifying plane crash. The drummer and DJ AM were leaving South Carolina after playing a show in Columbia in a private plane which did not make it off the ground while taking off. The plane ended up in flames after hitting an embankment after it skidded off the runway. Thankfully, both Travis and DJ AM made it out of the crash alive, but suffered major burns. Several other passengers and the pilot and co-pilot died in the horrible accident. Barker told Rolling Stone "I was lying next to AM as the plane was exploding, and I was screaming, 'Are we alive?'"

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    While filming a scene for the movie Modern Problems in 1980, Chevy Chase got electrocuted! In the scene, Chevy was required to wear lights on his arms to simulate an airplane's landing lights. Tragically, the lights shorted out and gave Chevy the shock of his life. The worst part was as he was being electrocuted, everyone on set thought the actor was joking and let the incident continue!

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    George Lucas' life almost ended at only 19 years old after a horrific car crash. The Star Wars creator had once dreamed of being a race car driver, but the accident left him fighting for his life for days right before he was supposed to graduate high school. Following the crash he was hospitalized for two weeks.

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    Johnny Depp and The Rum Diaries director Bruce Robinson were on a plane when suddenly the plane shut down and the sound of the engines stopped. The actor and director both thought the plane was going to crash, but had an unexpected reaction to the scary moment. Johnny told Live Magazine, "Nobody said a word except for Bruce and I, sitting next to each other saying, 'Oh sh** This is death; I guess this is how it goes down.' Then we burst into hysterical laughter at the idea that this was how we were going to die." Thankfully, the planes engines started back up again not long after.

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    Jason Priestley was involved in an almost fatal car crash while driving a race car during a practice run at Kentucky Speedway going 180 MPH. The actor crashed into a wall and suffered a concussion, broken back, nose, and feet, among other injuries. Eventually he recovered.

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    In 2010 Bret Michaels was left in critical condition when doctors discovered a massive subarachnoid hemorrhage. The hemorrhage is believed to have been caused by an accident at the Tony Awards the year prior. Bret had been struck in the back of the head after a piece of the set fell on him.

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    Sum 41's Deryck Whibley was hospitalized this year after years of hard drinking caused his liver and kidneys to collapse. In a recent blog post, Deryck explained that doctors had told him that he "will die" if he has one more drink and that the experience has scared him straight. He is now recovering and is choosing to focus on making new music.

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    Leonardo DiCaprio's career almost ended like a scene out of JAWS when he came face to face with a great white shark! The actor was filming Blood Diamond in 2006 and while filming in the water, he got stuck in a cage with a great white. He revealed to Ellen DeGeneres on her talk show, "It was a gigantic great white. It was in the cage with me. They actually said, 'In 30 years this has never happened.'" He continued, "Half of its body was in and out, and I'm flattened down at the bottom. It was this far away and it chomped a few times, but I survived it."

    What a trooper! How has he not won an Oscar yet?!

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    Talk about dedication to your career. Gerard Butler nearly drowned in 2012 while filming Chasing Mavericks. The movie was centered around surfing and while in the water he was hit by a big wave causing him to be trapped in the undertow. He told USA Today, "And then I started thinking, I just wanted to scream. And I was so deep underwater. I wanted to scream 'Help, somebody!'"

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    Seth MacFarlane was actually scheduled to be on American Airlines Flight 11 from Boston to Los Angeles on September 11, 2001 - the same flight which was hijacked and flown into New York City's World Trade Center. Seth had missed the flight by a mere 10 minutes.

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    James Hetfield was seriously burned on stage after a pyrotechnic device struck him in 1992 during a show in Montreal. The rocker suffered second and third degree burs and if that doesn't paint a picture for you, bandmate Lars Ulrich described him as looking like "the torch that they carry up the stairs to light the Olympic fire."

    Ouch!

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    Keith Richards has had a number of near-death experiences. In 1965, he was electrocuted and knocked unconscious during a show. He also managed to set his bed on fire in 1971 with a lit cigarette, and only a few years later was caught in another house fire. More recently, in 2006 the rocker fell from a coconut tree and underwent brain surgery as a result.

    Like a cat, he must have nine lives.

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    Robert Plant got into a serious car accident while on vacation in 1975. After losing control of the car, he suffered a broken ankle and elbow, and his recovery took a few years with him at one point being in wheelchair.

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    In his memoir My Appetite For Destruction, Steven Adler revealed that over his lifetime he has overdosed on drugs 28 times.

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    In 2010, Josh Homme underwent knee surgery and suffered complications from anesthesia. He was reportedly declared dead on the operating table at one point. He eventually pulled through, but was on bed rest for three months following the surgery.

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