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Top 10 Celebrities Who Survived a Coma

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A coma is a state of unconsciousness, lasting more than 6 hours in which a person cannot be awakened, fails to respond to painful stimuli, light, sound, and lacks a normal sleep-wake cycle. A coma is caused by injury to either the cerebral cortex or the reticular activating system. It is a serious medical condition that creates brain irregularity and causes people to experience post-traumatic amnesia. Depending on the length of the coma, patients will suffer a different recovery time.

If you have experienced a coma, it generally means that you have gone through a life changing event. Many people are intrigued by the stories of people who have been in a coma and returned to life. In some cases, bright lights and vivid dreams are reported. Almost everyone who has experienced a coma comes out of the experience with a different outlook on life, often time not fearing death and making life changes. This article will examine ten celebrities who experienced a coma and lived to tell the story.

Some notable people who were considered for the list, but left out include Canadian actor Donald Sutherland, who fell into a coma after getting spinal meningitis in 1970. American singer Jackie Wilson, who collapsed on-stage in 1975 and subsequently fell into a coma that persisted for nearly nine years, Wilson was left out because he never made a full recovery from his coma. Tupac Shakur, who fell into a coma after being shot on September 7, 1996, American actor Eric Roberts, who fell into a coma after a car accident in Westport, Connecticut, and Johnny Cash, who apparently went into a coma after a degenerative nerve disease gave him problems. Little is written about Cash’s coma, but in an interview with Larry King he was quoted: “I went into a coma and I was there for 12 days. They all thought I was dying and they couldn’t diagnose what was wrong with me. They finally came up with a diagnosis of Shy-Drager syndrome.”


Burt Reynolds


Length of Coma: 8 Hours

Burt Reynolds is an American stand-up comedian and actor. His film debut was in 1961. At the urging of his friend Clint Eastwood, Reynolds used his TV fame to secure leading roles in overseas low budget films, commonly called “Spaghetti Westerns.” In the early 1970s, Reynolds claimed that producer Albert R. Broccoli offered him the role of James Bond, after Sean Connery left the franchise. Reynolds turned down the part, saying “An American can’t play James Bond. It just can’t be done.”

On March 15, 1978, Burt Reynolds earned a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Some of his most famous roles include parts in Twilight Zone, Deliverance, The Longest Yard, Smokey and the Bandit, The Cannonball Run, and All Dogs Go to Heaven.

In 1983, while Reynolds was working on the movie City Heat with Clint Eastwood, he was hit in the head with a chair and broke his jaw. In response to the pain, Reynolds got hooked on a collection of painkillers and became addicted to the sleeping medication Halcion. In 1992, Reynolds gave an interview and said that he nearly died from Halcion. After becoming addicted, he tried to quit the drug cold turkey. In response, his body experienced an immediate reaction and was sent into a coma for eight or nine hours. Reynolds almost died in the attack.

Coma Experience: Burt Reynolds had an out of body experience during the coma. He said: “I had the whole out of body experience. I heard the doctor say that they were losing me and I was going…”


Jayceon Taylor (Game)


Length of Coma: 3 Days

Jayceon Taylor, better known by his stage name Game, is an American rapper and actor. In 2005, Game entered the spotlight as a member of 50 Cent’s Hip hop group G-Unit. Taylor saw success with his debut album, The Documentary, which earned him two Grammy Award nominations. Game then followed the record with two more successful albums. Today, Jayceon is considered to be one of the driving forces in reviving the West Coast hip hop scene, which had been overshadowed by artists from the East and South since the death of Tupac Shakur in 1996.

Jayceon Taylor endured many hardships in his adolescence. At the age of 13, one of Taylor’s older brothers, Jevon, was shot to death outside a gas station. After being kicked out of college, Game started to fully embrace life on the street. He began to sell drugs and run with gangs. On October 1, 2001, Taylor was attacked by two men in his apartment. Taylor thought the men were interested in buying drugs, but instead they assaulted him.

Game was shot five times in an execution-style murder attempt. He was forced to lie on the ground for several minutes while the men robbed him. Taylor then used his cell phone to call an ambulance. Due to the severity of his wounds, Game lapsed into a three-day coma and later emerged with a clear motivation to stop selling drugs.

Coma Experience: “Put your lighters up if you want to. Pull your Dodger cap over your eyes, “til you can’t see.” I want you to go blind, so you can feel how I felt, when I was in that coma.” L.A.X Files.


Stan Getz

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Length of Coma: 3 Days

Stanley Getz was an American jazz saxophone player. He was known as “The Sound” because of his wispy, lyrical tone. Many critics regard Getz as one of the greatest tenor saxophonists in the history of music. He is perhaps best known for popularizing the musical style of bossa nova, which is a fusion of samba and jazz.

In 1964, Getz released his most popular single, The Girl from Ipanema, which won the Grammy Award for Record of the Year. In 1963, Getz won the Grammy for Best Jazz Performance (Desafinado), which sold over one million copies. In 1964, Getz released the album Jazz Samba Encore, which also sold more than a million copies. In 1991, at the age of 64, Stan Getz won a Grammy Award for Best Jazz Solo Performance (I Remember You).

In 1954, Stan Getz was in a bad place and addicted to heroin. After several skirmishes with the law, he tried to ease himself off the drug with a combination of alcohol and barbiturates. In February of 1954 Getz found himself in Seattle, Washington, and was desperate for heroin. He entered a drugstore near his hotel and made a clumsy attempt to rob it (no weapons were involved). Stan pointed his finger at the clerk and demanded morphine. After the clerk asked him to see the gun, Getz ran away.

After being tracked by the police, Stan Locked himself in a hotel room and tried to commit suicide by swallowing a fistful of barbiturates. The police arrested him and a photograph of Stan in the back seat of a patrol car, looking sick and scared, was flashed over the news wire. The overdose took effect minutes after he was put in jail and Stan collapsed. He was rushed to a hospital where doctors performed an emergency tracheotomy. Getz entered into a three-day coma and almost died.

Coma Experience: After emerging from the coma, Getz wrote a letter of apology. “When I came out of the coma three days later, with a breathing-tube inserted in my trachea, I realized that God didn’t want to kill me. This was his warning. Next time, I’m sure he won’t let me live.

“As I lay there alive, not wanting to live because of what I had done to my loved ones and all the people who had tried to help me, the nurse came in with a good many letters, telegrams, and phone messages all saying the same thing. They told me not to despair, that people admired my music, and that I should pray as they were praying for me. Most importantly, the letters said they forgave me.”


Martin Lawrence


Length of Coma: 3 Days

Martin Lawrence is an American actor and stand-up comedian. He came to fame during the 1990s with his own television series, Martin, which ran from 1992 to 1997 and a series of movie roles. In the late 1990s, Lawrence established a lucrative Hollywood career as a leading actor, most notably starring in the films Bad Boys, Blue Streak, and Big Momma’s House. Martin has always been known for his erratic behavior and shock comedy. On February 19, 1994, he hosted Saturday Night Live and made crude remarks about women’s genitalia and personal hygiene.

The monologue was completely edited out of NBC reruns and syndicated versions of the show, and Lawrence was banned from Saturday Night Live for life. In 1996, Martin’s co-star, Tisha Campbell-Martin, filed a lawsuit against Lawrence and the show’s producers for sexual harassment and verbal and physical assaults. The lawsuit eventually ended the show. On May 8, 1996, Martin Lawrence was arrested after he reportedly brandished a pistol and screamed at tourists on Ventura Boulevard in Los Angeles. He was hospitalized, with a medical report stating “exhaustion and dehydration.” However, a large collection of witnesses say Martin was high on drugs.

In August of 1999, Martin Lawrence decided to take a jog in 100-degree heat while wearing a number of layers of clothing. After running for a while, Martin collapsed from heat exhaustion and was rushed to the hospital. He slipped into a three-day coma and nearly lost his life. When Martin Lawrence was discovered, he had a body temperature of 107 °F (41.7 °C) and needed a respirator to breathe. When the human body becomes overheated, muscles begin to break down into proteins. The kidney, which cleans the blood, becomes clogged with proteins, which can cause coma and death.

Coma Experience: In his first interview after the incident, Martin Lawrence said: “It kind of woke me up and made me appreciate life. I am just happy to be here. Hopefully when you pass on, somebody can look back and say, wow, they made a difference in some kind of way. After the coma I had to learn to walk again and all kinds of stuff. It was a real traumatic experience. You go under and everything just shuts down.”


Stevie Wonder

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Length of Coma: 4 Days

Stevland Morris, known by his stage name Stevie Wonder, is an American singer-songwriter and activist. Wonder has been blind since shortly after birth. He signed with Motown Records at the age of eleven and continues to perform and record for Motown to this day. Wonder has recorded more than thirty U.S. top ten hits and received 22 Grammy Awards, which is the most for any male solo artist. Stevie Wonder is also noted for his work as an activist and in 2009 was named a United Nations Messenger of Peace.

On August 6, 1973, Stevie Wonder was in a serious automobile crash while on tour in North Carolina. During the accident, a car that was being driven by his cousin John Harris slammed into a logging truck. It is unclear exactly what happened after that, but the most popular report says that Wonder was injured by a log that flew off the truck, crashed through the windshield, and hit him in the face. Another account says that the bed of the truck crashed through the windshield and hit Wonder.

The impact of the crash knocked Stevie Wonder unconscious and put him in a coma for 4 days. After he awoke, Wonder suffered partial loss of his sense of smell and received a long gash over his forehead. Despite the setback, Wonder re-appeared in concert at Madison Square Garden in March 1974 with a performance that highlighted his up-tempo material.

Coma Experience: On August 18, 1973 at the hospital, Stevie Wonder gave his first interview since the accident and was dressed in a green fatigue cap. He declined to go into details about the crash, saying he really didn’t remember much. “The only thing I know is that I was unconscious, and that for a few days, I was definitely in a much better spiritual place that made me aware of a lot of things that concern my life and my future. I have to reach another higher ground.” In 1973, Stevie Wonder released a hit single titled Higher Ground.


Jerry Garcia

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Length of Coma: 5 Days

Jerry Garcia was an American musician known for his guitar work, singing and songwriting with the Grateful Dead. Garcia performed with the Grateful Dead for their entire three-decade career. He is one of the greatest guitarists in history and was known for his “soulful extended guitar improvisations.” Jerry toured exclusively with the Grateful Dead from 1965 until his death in 1995, which included 2,314 shows. He also founded and participated in a variety of side projects. Garcia contributed to a number of albums and was an influential presence in a wide variety of musical genres.

In 1986, Jerry Garcia collapsed and entered into a diabetic coma, which resulted from an infection in an abscessed tooth. He almost died during the event and stayed in the coma for five days. The coma was precipitated by Garcia’s unhealthy weight, bad eating habits, and recent drug use. In the 1980s, Jerry was heavily addicted to heroin, cocaine, and a collection of other drugs. He kicked the habit after a stint in drug rehab, but his health was complicated by diabetes. Rumors persist that Garcia’s hair turned from black to grey while he was in the coma.

Jerry Garcia’s coma had a profound effect on his life. It forced him to have to relearn how to play the guitar, as well as other, more basic skills. Within a handful of months, Garcia quickly recovered and rejuvenated his musical career. He said that the coma inspired him to improve his health and return to the stage. For this reason, Jerry Garcia’s energy peaked in the late 1980s before his untimely death in 1995 at the age of 53.

Coma Experience: During his lifetime, Jerry Garcia spoke about his coma. He said it was surreal: “Well, I had some very weird experiences. My main experience was one of furious activity and tremendous struggle in a sort of futuristic, space-ship vehicle with insectoid presences. After I came out of my coma, I had this image of myself as these little hunks of protoplasm that were stuck together kind of like stamps with perforations between them that you could snap off.”


Ozzy Osbourne


Length of Coma: 8 Days

Ozzy Osbourne is an English heavy metal vocalist and songwriter. In the 1970s, Ozzy rose to prominence as the lead singer of the pioneering English band Black Sabbath, whose dark and hard sound helped spawn the heavy metal genre. Osbourne has achieved multi-platinum status and sold over 100 million albums in his musical career.

Ozzy Osbourne has abused drugs and alcohol for most of his life, but his physical condition is not caused by drug abuse. In 2005, Ozzy Osbourne was diagnosed with Parkin Syndrome, which is a genetic condition very similar to Parkinson’s disease. Ozzy has to take daily medication to combat the involuntary shudders associated with the condition.

On December 8, 2004, Ozzy Osbourne was involved in an all-terrain-vehicle accident on his English country estate. After the crash, it was reported that Osbourne “died twice” and was left in a coma for eight days. The accident happened when he hit a pothole and was catapulted over the handlebars of the vehicle. Ozzy tumbled down a hill and the bike landed on top of him, crushing his chest.

Osbourne’s bodyguard rushed to the scene and gave Ozzy mouth to mouth resuscitation when he stopped breathing. “If it wasn’t for Sam I probably wouldn’t be here. He had to bring me back to life twice.” Ozzy, who was 55-years-old at the time, fractured eight ribs and a vertebra in the accident. Osbourne felt extremely lucky to be alive after the crash. Sharon Osbourne told the newspapers that she would have taken her own life had her husband died. “If Ozzy had gone, I would have gone with him.”

Coma Experience: Ozzy Osbourne described the confusion he felt as he gradually recovered from a coma. “I didn’t know where I was or how long I’d been there. I would often drift in and out of consciousness. Other times there would be a white light shining through the darkness, but no angels, no one blowing trumpets, and no man in a white beard.” Ozzy said that the accident made him “grow up.” “You are bopping along through life and have your ups and downs, but it is amazing how two or three seconds can totally change your life.”


Sharon Stone

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Length of Coma: 9 Days

Sharon Stone is an American actress and former fashion model. In 1992, Stone achieved international recognition for her role in the erotic thriller Basic Instinct. Following Basic Instinct, Stone was listed by People magazine as one of the 50 most beautiful people in the world. In 1995, Sharon received a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress (Casino). Some of her other famous roles include major parts in the films Total Recall, The Quick and the Dead, Sliver, Intersection, Sphere, and Cold Creek Manor.

On September 29, 2001, Sharon Stone was hospitalized after experiencing a subarachnoid hemorrhage, which was diagnosed as a vertebral artery dissection rather than the more common ruptured aneurysm. She was listed in critical condition and experienced a nine-day coma as doctors tried to figure out what was wrong. After the problem was discovered, Stone underwent a seven-hour procedure and surgeons stabilized the torn artery with 22 platinum coils and stopped the bleeding.

“By the time I was admitted to the hospital, I had bled into my spinal column. My brain was pushed forward into my face and I lost 18 percent of my body mass.” In 2012, Stone spoke out about her life, including the brain hemorrhage, miscarriages, and adoption.

Coma Experience: Sharon Stone told Katie Couric that she had a “white light experience” during her brain scare. “When the event hit me I felt like I’d been shot in the head. That’s the only way I can really describe it. It hit me so hard it knocked me over on the sofa. I had a real journey that took me places both here and beyond that affected me so profoundly that my life will never be the same. I am not afraid of dying and I get to tell other people that it’s a glorious and beautiful thing. A giant vortex of white light was upon me. It took off into this glorious, bright white light and I started to see some of my friends. It was a very fast experience and I was suddenly back in my body and the room.”


Evel Knievel


Length of Coma: 29 Days

Evel Knievel was an American daredevil, entertainer, and motorcycle enthusiast. During his career, Knievel performed over 75 ramp-to-ramp motorcycle jumps between the years 1965 and 1980. In 1974, at the height of his career, Evel attempted to launch himself across the Snake River Canyon in a Skycycle X-2 steam-powered rocket (essentially an unguided missile). After the launch, the parachute on the rocket deployed, which slowed the vehicle. The missile reached the opposite side of the canyon, but the wind blew it back. The rocket floated to the ground and crashed just a few feet away from the river’s edge. Knievel suffered only minor injuries, but if the rocket had landed inside the Snake River, he would have drowned.

Evel Knievel holds the record as the person who has survived the “most bones broken in a lifetime” with 433 broken bones. In 1966, Evel Knievel set up his first daredevil show. The following year he came to national attention when Evel persuaded the owners of Caesars Palace in Las Vegas to let him jump their fountain on New Year’s Eve. During the jump, Knievel experienced an unexpected deceleration in his motorcycle and crashed short of the safety ramp. He flew over the handlebars and skidded to rest in the Dunes parking lot. As a result of the crash, Evel suffered a crushed pelvis and femur. He broke his hip, wrist, both ankles, and experienced head trauma that kept him in a coma for 29 days. After Evel woke up from the coma, doctors told him that he might never walk again, but Evel made almost a full recovery from the crash.

Coma Experience: After Evel Knievel was asked what it was like to be in a coma. He replied: “How the fuck do I know, I was in a coma.”


Gary Busey


Length of Coma: 33 Days

Gary Busey is an American film and stage actor. He has appeared in a large number of films since making his debut in Angels Hard as They Come (1971). In 1978, Busey received an Academy Award nomination for his role as Buddy Holly in The Buddy Holly Story. In the film, all the actors did their own singing and played their own instruments. Busey lost 32 pounds in order to get the part. He has appeared in over 150 films and television shows during his career. Some of his most popular roles are in the movies Silver Bullet, Lethal Weapon, Predator 2, Point Break, Under Siege, and Black Sheep.

On December 4, 1988, Gary Busey was severely injured in a motorcycle accident. He was not wearing a helmet during the crash and fractured his skull. Due to intense swelling and bleeding, doctors initially feared that Gary would suffer from permanent brain damage, but he miraculously emerged from a coma after 33 days. During the crash, Busey slid on a patch of gravel at 40 mph, flipped over the handlebars of his motorcycle, and hit his head on the curb. After a period of recuperation and rehabilitation, Busey returned to his film career and has been working as an advocate for traumatic injury prevention ever since.

Busey is a strong supporter of helmets. “I want people to understand that life is very important and that if you’re riding a motorcycle, skateboard, or bicycle without a helmet, you’re challenging the face of death.”

In the past ten years, Gary Busey has earned the public reputation for erratic and bizarre behavior. He has experienced a series of arrests and been featured on some of America’s most trashy reality TV programs. At the recommendation of Dr. Drew Pinsky, Busey was seen by psychiatrist Dr. Charles Sophy. Sophy suspected that Busey’s brain injury might have had a greater effect on him than initially realized. He described it as essentially weakening his mental “filters” and causing him to speak and act impulsively.

Coma Experience: Gary Busey said that during his coma he experienced a vision of the afterlife that changed his life forever. “I remember being aware of only two things during that ordeal. The first was that I entered and returned from a spiritual realm, and that the experience has been the foundation of my faith ever since. The second, and equally important experience, was the healing love and support of the people who surrounded me.” During his surgery, Busey said he was surrounded by angels. “They didn’t appear in the form that people see on Christmas cards. The angels were big balls of light that floated and carried nothing but love and warmth.”


Kurt Cobain


Kurt Cobain was an American singer-songwriter, best known as the lead singer and guitarist of the grunge band Nirvana. In the 1990s, Nirvana was labeled “the flagship band” of Generation X, and Cobain hailed as “the spokesman of a generation.” Cobain was uncomfortable and frustrated with his representation in the media. During the last years of his life, he struggled with heroin addiction, illness, and depression.

On March 1, 1994, Kurt Cobain was diagnosed with bronchitis and severe laryngitis following a tour stop in Munich, Germany. He flew to Rome the next day for medical treatment, and was joined by his wife, Courtney Love. On March 3, 1994, Love awoke to find that Cobain had overdosed on a combination of champagne and Rohypnol. Kurt was immediately rushed to the hospital, and spent the rest of the day in a coma. After five days in the hospital, Cobain was released and returned to Seattle.

The strange thing about the life about Kurt Cobain is that some reports paint his personality as a suicidal rocker, while others a family man. Upon his arrival in Rome, newspapers described Kurt as being “in great spirits. He was happy to be going to Rome. He feels comfortable there and was looking forward to having some time off from the tour with his family.” On April 8, 1994, Kurt Cobain’s body was discovered at his Lake Washington home by an electrician who arrived to install a security system. He was 27-years-old.

Coma Experience: “Drugs are a waste of time. They destroy your memory and your self-respect and everything that goes along with your self-esteem. They’re no good at all.” Kurt Cobain.

  • pjh5000

    Since when has Burt Reynolds ever done a stand up comdey routine?

    • No no no no no, Bryan meant the OTHER Burt Reynolds; you know Bert Renolds…. performs in Miami bars & occasionally in Kentucky.

    • GrammerNazi

      I think they have him confused for the impersonator on Saturday Night Live: Celebrity Jeopardy. If you haven’t seen the Celebrity Jeopardy skits you definitely should. In my opinion it’s some of the funniest work they have done. The highlight of the show is Sean Connery, he is hilarious on them :)

    • BryanJ

      His Wikipedia page says that he was a stand-up comedian, but I can’t find much evidence in other places. I agree that Norm Macdonald did a good impression of Reynolds on Saturday Night Live.

      • GrammerNazi

        Great list by the way. I had no idea about any of these.

  • Whydoicomebackhere

    What about Richard Hammond (may only be know in the UK), his accident was filmed as part of Top Gear for the BBC.

    • Abbie

      Whenever I saw this list I thought he’d be on it…Hate the guy but what a recovery.

      • Dogmatix

        Whats wrong with the Hamster? :P

    • Rudi

      Literally just checked this list to see if Hamster was on it.

      The guy was driving a rocket car! If there’s a more awesome way to put yourself in a coma then I haven’t found it.

  • nolagirl

    Nice but disturbing

    • Notimpressed

      I know its repetitive, but…

      Too American

      • GrammerNazi

        America is the only country with celebrities known around the world. How does it feel? Aussie Aussie Aussie, oi oi oi.

        • yeah right !
          I’m belgian ( you know , another part of the world :) )
          and i myself was looking for the hamster ( and the basplayer from the deftones.)

        • Zach

          “Around the world” being the key phrase here.

  • gretchen

    surreal 4 me 2 read this particular article on MY b-day as it reminds me of my coma experience 15 years ago. my life is heading in a new direction now (sort of a new beginning) very timely subject & would not have thought of it in that way had the list not shown up. thanks, so much!

  • Will Trame

    There were a few cases here I wasn’t aware of. A creepy unsettling list, but definitely food for thought. Jerry Garcia’s experience reputedly influenced “Touch of Grey”, the Dead’s only top ten single. As far as Ozzy goes, it’s a miracle that man is still alive considering all the substance abuse he went through.

    • Missy

      Definitely an unsettling list, you are right there. My dad knew Jerry Garcia quite well. I should ask him about the coma.
      A little bit too heavy handed with the Americans though. What about some famous Aussies?

  • Interesting list. I love Evel Knievel’s response when asked about his coma.

    • Arsnl

      Yeah but after: ” “most bones broken in a lifetime” with 433 broken bones” you kind of think: hmm. Maybe he isnt THAT good at what he’s doing.

      • House M.D

        I was his primary physician. He broke his wiener bone on many separate occasions, actually every time he came into the office it was broken, it just wasn’t hard and erect like a bone should be. I assumed it was broken, though I have no idea how it was broken so many times. I had to reinforce it with metal rods. His pump was broken also, you know the sack of air below the penis. It is a pump to fill it with air in case it breaks. So I just took it off and put rubber one with 2 marbles, he couldn’t tell the difference. He was able to repair his bones because I put milk on them, and injected him with milk either with a needle or i.v. Or I would give him and milk sponge bath, worked like a charm!! I am an old fashioned guy, but I still use the most advanced medicine around. I found that if you hit someone over the head with a skillet they will fall asleep for a month, no need to waste money on sleeping pills. The big name doctors and pharmaceutical companies are trying to shut me down, obviously they are paying the doctors off. Pharmaceutical companies will lose trillions when people stop buying sleeping pills. Stop by my office anytime, I am open 25/7, 366 days a year.

      • Maggot

        Maybe he isnt THAT good at what he’s doing.

        Heh, man have you ever seen the famous footage of Knievel’s Caesar’s crash? Painful to even watch; it’s like so many bones are broken that his body flops around like rubber. Interestingly, it is his son Robbie Knievel who 22 years later becomes the first person to successfully make this jump. But not before anther disastrous attempt by Gary Wells that almost kills him.

        To anyone interested, you can see all three jumps in this clip:

        • Arsnl

          Thanks for the footage. Now i know crash test dummies behave like real human beings in a crash.
          But i think he messed up the jump. He went to much backwards when in air so when the front wheel touched the ramp ot was quite a violent impact. Basically you can see his arms letting go of the handle bars. (or whatever that thing is called).

        • GrammerNazi

          Gary Wells says someone moved the ramp. Even if the ramp was in the place he landed, he still would have been headed towards the same concrete barriers. I think that some poor planning went into his stunt.

  • Zair

    Great topic i would never imagine a topic like this but it works great list :) man I cant imagine what it would be like to be in a coma for days and how your family would cope with it anyways I am glad these guys on the list survived

  • odaltyr

    Sharon Stone : “Some of her other famous roles include major parts in the films Total Recall…”

    Actually, her part in Total Recall is very small… Which is unfortunate, since she’s insanely hot in that film :p

    I never understood why Schwartzy would want an “exotic athletic brunette” on Mars when he has a girl like Sharon Stone at home.

  • jeffthemaori

    Man, the things I would do to Sharon Stone if I ever found her in a coma/extremely drunk/in a drug induced high!

    • Meghan

      Are you my creepy neighbor?

  • p00pc0rn

    I honestly really had hoped to see Chi Cheng of Deftones on here. He was in a coma for a few YEARS, and has just recently began to recover. Perhaps there will be an additional list in the future?

    • wottur

      I was expecting Chi on this list as well. His coma has lasted since 11/08 and began to move his legs about two months ago. I hope that he is now on the road to recovery; however, it seems, as much as I hate to say, he is not out of the blue, yet. Get better, Chi!

  • Andyman

    Wow, when did Ozzy ever look that good?

    • Meghan

      I thought the same thing! Must have been before hard living and his illness set in.

  • oouchan

    I wasn’t aware of even half of these incidents….maybe cause I don’t follow celebrity news. A bit on the morbid side of life with the topic but interesting in spite of that. I like how Ozzy tells of his experience in a coma….that he ‘grew up’ because of it. He is still amazing….even if you can’t understand a word he says. :D

    Nice list again from Bryan…even if it’s a bit disturbing.

  • Gemfyre

    Molly Meldrum is currently recovering from being in an induced coma for 12 days around Christmas. He fell off a ladder and suffered a pretty bad head injury.

    I’m not sure if anyone outside of Australia knows who he is though.

    • girl

      i know who he is. i’m not australian but i live there. his accident happened on my birthday.

  • ipresnel

    This list was AMAZING. Best list in a while. Did you write those biographies yourself or did you get them from somewhere else?

    I always wonder how much Kurt Cobain would cringe if he could see all the phones wearing his Nirvana T-shirts :)

    • BryanJ

      Thanks man, I took facts about the people from a wide variety of sources, mainly Wikipedia and then wrote some parts to piece things together. I tried to keep the descriptions interesting.

  • ipresnel

    That’s what I said.

  • GrammerNazi

    While I was ready Gary Buseys story, I didn’t believe a word he said about what he saw in the coma. It’s kind of sad to see a grown man in his condition, especially someone with as many opportunities as him. He was on t.v and he is filling for bankruptcy, and has less than 500,000.

  • This list put me to sleep. Not a coma, just like a real deep nap. *snore*

  • mom424

    Excellent job Bryan. I knew about Evil Knievel and Gary Busey, and vaguely recall Ozzy’s accident, but the rest are news to me. It appears that Martin Lawrence’s accident was fortuitous – he really was a d*ck. And he appears less so now. Burt Reynolds? Not so much.

    PS: Although in a coma for only a short time, I agree with some of the other comments; it’d be nice to see mention of Richard Hammond of Top Gear fame. That’s a miraculous recovery.

    • BryanJ

      Good call, Hammond definently could have been included.

  • GrammerNazi

    That ad that slides across the screen is one of the most annoying ad I have seen. I try to exit it as it slides, but I can’t :( And I have to watch it move knowing I can do nothing. I can feel it laughing at me the entire time knowing I can do nothing.

  • musicfan09

    What about Matthew Leone of the rock group Madina Lake? He was in a coma for nearly a week in July of 2010.

  • Frantique

    I don’t really get the Kurt Cobain reference tacked on the end. Does sleeping off drugs really constitute a coma?

    • Meghan

      It says he ‘spent the rest of the day in a coma’. I had to read that part twice to get it too. I don’t know the specific medical requirements for declaring someone to be in a coma, but I guess he must have fit them, even if only for a short period of time. A coma can be disastrous no matter how long someone is in one.

      Gallagher was recently in a coma, but that was medically induced so maybe that would be more fitting in a different list.

  • Bothell, WA

    My friends father was the electrician who found Kurt. He said when he first saw Kurt on the bed he originally thought it was just a pile of dirty laundry… He was so deformed from the shotgun blast…. He doesn’t think Kurt killed himself either… Said it looked like a murder scene to him….

    • Annoyed
    • girl

      i reckon there’s somthing weird about kurt’s death to. his “suicide” letter isn’t really about suicide it’s about leaving the music industry. well the last few lines are but some handwriting specialists say those lines weren’t written by him.

      • Dogbolter

        Omfg, is there anything you yanks won’t attach a conspiracy theory to? Why can’t you accept the truth for what it is?

        • girl

          i’m not saying he didn’t kill himself because it is pretty likely with all the heroin and stuff, but i definately wouldn’t be surprised if he was murdered because there is a fair bit of evidence that supports that. what’s with all these cool musicians dying young anyway?

          • Dogbolter

            It’s called drugs. Seriously, are you going to think that Amy Winehouse was killed for some idiotic conspiracy theory (Oh hey, she was an undercover British Spy who had information to bring down the monarchy!) rather than an idiot who drank and drugged herself to death?

          • girl

            great, now i look like some weird conspiracy nut. i tend to overthink things and just confuse myself.

    • Maggot

      He said when he first saw Kurt on the bed he originally thought it was just a pile of dirty laundry… He was so deformed from the shotgun blast

      Oh BS, you couldn’t be more full of it. First of all, he wasn’t found on a bed, he was on the floor. There is a well-circulated photo of the scene (which also appeared in various newspapers at the time, so it’s not a fake) in which you can clearly see his leg and arm…quite obviously a person, it looks nothing like a “pile of laundry”. In fact, the electrician, Gary Smith, has been quoted as saying he thought it looked like a mannequin.

      Excerpt from the Seattle Police Dept’s incident report:

      “On 04/08/94 at about 0840 hrs, (name blacked out) arrived at 171 Lk. WA Blvd. E. to perform some electrical work. (name blacked out) walked onto the west facing deck of the garage, and observed the victim through the window panes in the French door. The victim was laying on the floor, with a shotgun across his body, and a visible head wound.”

      • Pauly

        Actually, I shot Kurt. I had to make sure he didn’t end up doing reality television by now. Sorry.

      • Oh BS, you couldn’t be more full of it. First of all…

        Lol I’ve missed this, Maggy! ;) *swoons*

    • Meghan

      Well, an electrician isn’t a forensic analyst. Although, I am not convinced he did it to himself either. I feel bad for him because he seemed to deal with depression for most of his life and never got the help he needed. Even if he didn’t do it to himself, he was clearly struggling.

      • Meghan

        The censoring on this site is redonk.

  • Dogbolter

    Such an American-centric list. What about other actors like Gordon Kaye?

    • Annoyed

      This list was too Americanized.

  • Bambi L’amour

    I’ve survived 3 cardiac arrests and 2 comas. I just turned 24.

    • Bambi L’amour

      The hallucinations were amazing too.

  • Alex Lopes

    You(Bryan Johnson) plagiarized quite a few sentences for your bit on Stan Getz. it’s on this website under the subtitle “Problems…” what a crook.

    • BryanJ

      (Alex Lopes) I was trying to get an idea of what happend to him. Please give exact quotes for the sentences you are referring to and tell me how I am a “crook” for rephrasing them.

  • petet2112

    @pjh5000. Look up his comedy with side-kick, the late Dom DeLuise on You Tube. You might find something there. But Burt did have a comedic side to him. I just think that he was typecast from the movie “Deliverance”. But watch him in the movie, “The Longest Yard”. You have to admit, he was pretty darn funny in a lot of the scenes from that movie.

  • petet2112

    @ GrammerNazi. I totally agree with you on SNL and Celebrity Jeopardy. Burt Reynolds was portrayed by regular cast member Norm McDonald, complete with the moustache and always chewing on a piece of gum with that macho attitude. But Darrell Hammond as Sean Connery was beyond priceless. Here are a few that I remember. He always called Trebek (played by Will Farrell) as a “Canadian Rogue”. Farrell would make a wise remark to him and Hammond would say, “That’s not what your mother said to me last night”. One time there was a topic on the board called “Therapists”, Hammond said, “I’ll take “The Rapists” for $200. Then there was the Final Jeopardy part. Farrell in his utter frustration said “Just write a word, any word !” He approaches Hammond and writes the word “Below”. Farrell in his complete surprise says, “Why Mr. Connery, that is a word, Below. So what was your wager. Underneath the word was his wager. It was “Me”. “Below Me…..Yes Mr. Connery, Blow Me. And Hammond as Connery did that laugh. And Mother of God did I laugh as well !!

  • petet2112

    What about Nikki Sixx, the bassist for Motley Crue. He was clinically dead for 4 minutes from a heroin overdose and what saved him was a large shot of adrenaline by the paramedics who were rushing him to the hospital. So what does Sixx do ? He’s in the hospital for 2 days and sneaks out of the hospital, goes directly to his heroin supplier and asks him to fix him up again. He’s now clean and sober. Good for him. Read his book entitled ‘The Heroin Diaries” It will make you think.

    • Ummz.. not sure if you’re misunderstanding the topic or what, Petet.. but being clinically dead for 2-4min doesn’t constitute being in a coma.

    • Kate

      Wow, these are AWESOME. The baby is adorable and then you add the cute and ielrndibce positions and perspectives. This is very impressive. My 17 y.o. dtr is contemplating photography as a major; I pray she can get to this

  • tassie devil

    Anyone who claims Gary Busey didn’t suffer brain damage isn’t familiar with his shithouse rat crazy antics.

  • Lifeschool

    This list is one of the best I’ve seen in ages on here. Really interesting in the extreme. A real head banger! Thanks for posting. :)

  • pariahfish

    Great list, the near death experiences described by some are fascinating. Visit for in depth studies on this phenomenon.

  • pariahfish

    Great list. The near death experiences described by some of these people are fascinating.a great website that explores ths phenomena is

  • Ryan F

    I was surprised Mel Blanc wasn’t on this list.

  • TJ

    Never really cared much for Cobain. Even with him here, great list.

  • pat rice

    are you sure stevie wonder wasn’t driving the car? that would explain the accident

  • piperlauderdale

    What an interesting list! Sharon Stone is the most surprising. I never heard about that, probably because it happened in September of 2001, when news desks in the USA were slightly preoccupied.

  • stan

    I heard that Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx’s heart stopped after a drug overdose, not sure if it counts as a coma though.

  • I know all about number 4, my dad was posted outside of his hospital room the entire time to make sure no uninvited visitors came in (reporters mainly). Was strange to me when I found out about it, was a fan of his music then too. He got my brothers friend a signed photo, who was a huge fan of him :D

  • Kioo

    Marianne Faithfull was in a 6-day coma.

  • Give it some welly

    Prince Friso of the Netherlands is in a coma right now, after being buried by an avalanche for 20 some minutes..

  • whatevs

    anything less than a week is a pussy-ass coma.

  • jakob

    What about Eminem? When he was younger he was beaten up so bad that he went into a coma

  • Jadee

    Lou Rawls, mate.

    Lou Rawls.

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