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10 Famous Celebrities Who Died In Helicopter Crash

10 Famous Celebrities Who Died In Helicopter Crashes

You could hardly escape death, if you have a helicopter crash, no matter what. Nobody knows what is going to happen next. Matter of fact, you might want to know the celebrities who died in a helicopter crash. Sad to say, we are covering the topic of famous celebrities who recently died in a tragic accident.

Here we have the list of popular people who can’t even say goodbye to this world before they died. This record contains people like Kobe Bryant, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Vic Morrow, Bill Graham, and Troy Gentry. Let’s understand in detail what actually happened to those people. Also, let’s discuss their Biography, profession in brief.

1. Kobe Bryant

The 41-year-old retired National Basketball Association (NBA) player and his daughter Gianna Bryant were in a helicopter that crashed near Calabasas, Calif, involving nine casualties. Also, the crash took the life of a college baseball coach.

Legend who died too early, Kobe Bryant, Famous Celebrities Who Died In Helicopter Crashes
A legend who died too early, Kobe Bryant, isportconnect

Kobe Bean Bryant (August 23, 1978-January 26, 2020) was a professional player in American basketball. Moreover, he played with the Los Angeles Lakers for 20-years.

Among his philanthropic endeavors, as part of the Kobe & Vanessa Bryant Family Foundation, the great basketball has collaborated with the charity After-School All-Stars. Bryant was also the founder of an annual summer camp called the Akademie Kobe Basketball.

2. Stevie Ray Vaughan

Stevie Ray Vaughan was a blues guitarist throughout his career who received six Grammy Awards in all. On the hazy evening of 27 August 1990, after playing a concert, at the Alpine Valley Music Theater in East Troy, Wisconsin, Vaughan and three members of Eric Clapton’s band were killed in a helicopter crash.

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Stevie Ray Vaughan, IMDB

Further, Stephen Ray Vaughan (October 3, 1954-August 27, 1990) was an American musician, singer, songwriter, and record producer, and one of the most influential guitarists in the 1980s ‘ revival of blues.

Also See: Legendary Guitarist Who Died Too Early

3. Vic Morrow

Vic Morrow was an American actor who starred on the “Combat!” show. He was killed while filming “Twilight Zone: The Film,” when a helicopter crashed on top of him due to faulty pyrotechnics of helicopter. Moreover, Two child actors Myca Dinh Le and Renee Shin-Yi Chen both died from the crash, on 23 July 1982.

Vic Morrow, Famous Celebrities Who Died In Helicopter Crashes
Vic Morrow, wiki

Victor Morrow (born Victor Morozoff, 14 February 1929 – 23 July 1982) was an American actor and director whose credits included a starring role in the 1960s ABC TV series Fight!. He starred in the movie Blackboard Jungle (1955), King Creole (1958), God’s Little Acre (1958), Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry (1974), and The Bad News Bears (1976), Morrow also got a notice for his roles.

4. Bill Graham

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rock concert promoter, Bill Graham

Bill Graham was the famous music promoter, who owned San Francisco’s Fillmore Auditorium. He died in a bad weather induced helicopter crash on October 25, 1991. Bill Graham (born Wulf Wolodia Grajonca; 8 January 1931 – 25 October 1991) was a German-American impresario and rock concert promoter from the 1960s until his death in 1991. He died in a tragic helicopter crash which made the world speechless.

5. Davey Allison

Davey Allison, who won the Daytona 500 in 1992, was a NASCAR driver. Moreover, he died in a helicopter crash on July 12, 1993, during which he was flying the helicopter to the Talladega Superspeedway to see a friend drive. He died the next day from his injuries.

 Davey Allison, Famous Celebrities Who Died In Helicopter Crashes
Davey Allison, Pinterest


David Carl Alexander Allison (25 February 1961 -13 July 1993) was a driver of the NASCAR. Further, He was best remembered for racing No. 28 Texaco-Havoline Ford in the Winston Cup Series (now the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series) for Robert Yates Racing.

6. Philippa Schuyler

Philippa Schuyler was a talented and prodigious young artist who later worked as a journalist. She died on May 9, 1967, after flying in a helicopter crashing into the water where she was finally drowned. Further, the helicopter was on a mission to rescue orphaned Vietnamese.

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Philippa Schuyler, YouTube

Philippa Duke Schuyler (2 August 1931 – 9 May 1967) was an American child genius and pianist who became famous in the 1930s and 1940s.

7. Frank Wells

Frank Wells died in a helicopter crash on April 3rd, 1994 as he was returning from his ski trip to Clint Eastwood. He was born on 4 March 1932. Moreover, Frank served as President of The Walt Disney Company.

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Frank Wells, Wiki

Frank went to Pomona College and later obtained a bachelor’s degree in arts from Oxford University. After finishing education, he worked as an army for two years and served the USA as an infantry first lieutenant.

8. Guadalupe Larriva

Guadalupe Larriva was a politician from Ecuador who served as President Rafael Correa’s Defense Minister. She died when the helicopter crashed with her another helicopter on 24 January 2007. Larriva was born on 28 July 1956. Moreover, she was the eldest daughter of Deifilio Larriva Polo and Teresita Gonzalez Harris.

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Guadalupe Larriva. El Pais

Also, Larriva had five siblings Silvana, Tania, Luz Marina, Mercedes and Tamara and two brothers, Mauricio, and Francisco. She was married to Rodrigo Avila and gave birth to Rodrigo, Priscilla, and Claudia. Additionally, she received a doctorate in geography from the University of Cuenca, State University of Cuenca.

9. Thierry Sabine

Thierry Sabine was a Paris Dakar French motorcyclist and organizer. Sabine died in a helicopter crash on January 14, 1986, along with Daniel Balavoine, with whom he had been working on an African fund-raising campaign, and three others.

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Thierry Sabine, Alchetron

In 1977, during the Abidjan-Nice Rally, he lost his way in the Tenere Desert and realized that the desert would be a good place for a daily rally where amateurs could test their skills. Moreover, he organized a race from Paris to Dakar in December 1977 and devoted the rest of his life to organizing it.

Sabine was killed during a sudden sandstorm at 7:30 p.m. when his Ecureuil helicopter crashed into a dune in Mali.

10. Mathew Harding

Matthew Harding was a British businessman who was Chelsea’s football club’s vice-chairman. He died in a helicopter crash when he flew back from a Chelsea match at Bolton Wanderers on 22 October 1996.

Matthew Harding
Matthew Harding, Daily Express

Mathew Harding was born on 26 December 1953. Furthermore, he was the vice-chairman of the Chelsea football club and New Labor’s major financial supporter.

In addition to Chelsea’s football club’s vice-chairman, he previously was a captain of the colts cricket team and was also a member of the hockey second XI. Similarly, he was also a member of the badminton First team for which he was awarded half-colors.

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