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->''"I think the worst time to have a heart attack is during a game of charades; especially if your teammates are bad guessers. Actually it's probably during a game of Fake Heart Attack, followed by naps."''
-->-- '''Creator/DemetriMartin'''

A performer dies suddenly while on the job.

If the audience doesn't realize what's going on, it's a RealLife example of AllPartOfTheShow. Can be a FunnyAneurysmMoment if (s)he had acted such a scene in character or a comedian's routine involved jokes about their own death. For understandable reasons, a production where a near or actual death occurs is often a TroubledProduction. Film and television usually go around this with a FakeShemp.

Most of these and more can be found on the ''[[{{Website/Snopes}} Snopes.com]]'' listing: [[http://www.snopes.com/horrors/freakish/onstage.asp Died Onstage]]

See also:
* SnuffFilm: the mostly fictional cases where this is done ''deliberately''.
* NotSoFakePropWeapon: the entirely fictional examples of actors being murdered through the replacement of a harmless prop with a real deadly weapon.
* DeadlineNews: if the person who bites the dust is a news reporter, then you'll probably be hearing about it here.
* CasualtyInTheRing: A SubTrope focusing on fighing examples.
* SpectatorCasualty: if it happens to an audience member.
* TheShowMustGoOn: When the rest of the performers make an effort to continue the production.



!!Medical Causes:

* Actor Tyrone Power died of a heart attack after the filming of a duel scene in ''Solomon and Sheba'' and was replaced with Yul Brynner, with much of the film being reshot but Power being visible in distant shots.
* While on location filming ''Wagons East'', John Candy's obesity didn't sit well with the high altitude and desert heat, and he died of a heart attack shortly after completing his scenes.
* Stuntman Frankie Howard contracted a stomach illness during location filming of ''Film/TheBridgeOnTheRiverKwai'' in Ceylon (after having already almost drowned while filming a scene in which he fell into the river) and had to be flown to the Hospital for Tropical Diseases in London; sadly, he did not recover.
* Actor Henry Daniell, who appears uncredited in ''Film/MyFairLady'' as the Hungarian ambassador, died from a heart attack a few hours after completing the dress ball sequences. He was replaced by Alan Napier.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Happened when British comedian Tommy Cooper had a heart attack on live TV in 1984. He was declared dead on arrival at hospital shortly afterward, although going by the video recording on Youtube it (thankfully) seems like he died pretty much within seconds. Since part of Cooper's stage routine involved frequent minor technical mishaps, the audience continued to laugh even as Cooper collapsed, assuming it was [[AllPartOfTheShow just another gag]].
* Yet another heart attack victim: Redd Foxx on the set of ''The Royle Family''. His best known role was on ''Sanford and Son'', which had a RunningGag about his character faking heart attacks; ''and'' the working title for the show he was filming had been "Chest Pains". Due to his role as Fred Sanford, the rest of the cast [[AllPartOfTheShow thought he was just faking it]] until it was too late.
* John Ritter was rehearsing on the set of ''Series/EightSimpleRules'' when he collapsed with a previously unknown heart problem. He died later that day.
* Jerome Irving Rodale, author and publisher of ''Prevention'' magazine, died during a taping of ''The Dick Cavett Show''. Cavett's next guest, journalist Pete Hamill, heard a snore-like sound from Rodale and tipped Cavett and the staff to check on him. Rodale had ''suffered a fatal heart attack'' while sitting on Cavett's couch. The episode never aired. Ironically enough, Rodale made several quips during that very interview that he had "never felt better" and [[TemptingFate "planned to live to 100"]]. He was 72. Legend has it that Cavett said "Are we boring you, Mr. Rodale?" after Rodale's snore, but both Cavett and Hamill later denied this; a transcript of the episode cited in Rodale's 1974 biography says Cavett actually asked Rodale if he was alright upon hearing the sound.
* Italian soccer coach Francesco Scoglio died of a heart attack while on a TV talk show in 2005.
* Dutch actor Coen van Vrijberghe de Coningh, from ''Film/{{Flodder}}'' was attending a party with actors and producers from the series, to celebrate its 5th season. He and his fellow colleagues were dressed as the characters from the show, and as Coen jumped on top of the [[CoolCar Pink Chevrolet]] the series is well known for, he suffered a major heart attack and died on the spot.
* During the late 50s, the British Creator/{{ITV}} series of one-off plays ''Armchair Theatre'' was broadcast live on Sunday night; during a play called ''Underground'' about survivors from a nuclear attack hiding in the London Underground one of the actors, Gareth Jones, had a fatal heart attack when he was just about to make an entrance. The play continued with the other actors covering for his failure to appear, and they managed to improvise right up to the end, with some plot discussion with the director during a commercial break. The actors were not told that Jones had actually died until after the play had finished, but were told only that he was too ill to continue.
* Indian writer/journalist M. N. Vijayan suffered a heart attack in front of a rolling camera while making a speech at Thrissur Press Club. Several reporters rushed to his aid, but ultimately could not save his life.
* Not quite in performance, but Patrick Troughton was wearing his Second Doctor costume preparing for an appearance when he died unexpectedly at an Atlanta ''Series/DoctorWho'' convention.

* Mark Sandman, the lead singer and bassist of the cult alternative rock band Morphine died in 1999 of a heart attack in the middle of a sold out show in Rome, Italy.
* Folk singer Music/TinyTim collapsed during a live performance of "Tiptoe Through The Tulips" in 1996. He lost consciousness and died shortly afterward.
* Country Dick Montana, lead singer of the alt-country band The Beat Farmers died of a heart attack near the beginning of a performance in British Columbia in 1995.
* Famed actor and baritone Nelson Eddy died of a stroke while performing in Miami in 1967.
* Fejez (real name Paolo Panigada), member of the Italian band Music/ElioELeStorieTese, died of a brain hemorrhage while performing on stage in December 1998.
* Devon Clifford, drummer for the Canadian indie rock band You Say Party! We Say Die!, collapsed on stage during a gig in Vancouver in 2010 and died two days later in a hospital. After his death, the band changed their name to You Say Party, then split up the next year (they've since reunited with a new drummer).
* War percussionist Papa Dee Allen suffered a fatal heart attack in 1988 during the band's performance of "Gypsy Man"; the band retired the song from its set list in his memory.
* Blues singer/guitarist Music/JohnnyGuitarWatson died of a heart attack in the middle of an intense guitar solo while on stage in Japan. His last words were the title of one of his earlier songs: "Ain't that a bitch..."
* Operatic baritone Leonard Warren died from a cerebral hemorrhage during a performance of Music/GiuseppeVerdi's ''La forza del destino''. His final aria started with the words "Morir, tremenda cosa (to die, a momentous thing)".
** More trouble with Verdi: Conductor Giuseppe Sinopoli suffered a fatal heart attack while conducting a performance of ''Aida'' in 2001.
** And in September 2013, Argentinian singer Florencia Fabris, just 38, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wXHYA40QnxE had a stroke onstage]] in the middle of Verdi's ''Requiem'' and died two days later.
* 63-year-old character tenor Richard Versalle as legal clerk Vitek in Leos Janacek's ''Makropulos Case''[[note]]It's about a lady who is over 300 years old[[/note]], was up on a ladder looking at the records of a hundred-year-old case. Saying ''Too bad you can only live so long,'' he promptly had a heart attack, fell from the ladder and died.
* French virtuoso organist and composer Louis Vierne gave the performance of his life one evening at Notre Dame de Paris - then collapsed and died of a massive stroke while preparing stops for his encore. He purportedly told his assistant, Maurice Duruflé, before beginning the concert: "I think that I'll die tonight."
* Famed African pop singer Miriam Makeba had a heart attack and died while performing at a concert in Italy in 2008.
* Conductor Felix Mottl died of a heart attack in 1911 while conducting ''Tristan and Isolde''.
* Delayed example: Jackie Wilson, who collapsed during a concert from a heart attack. He suffered a severe blow to the head and fell into a coma, from which he never recovered and died eight years later. He was singing his big hit, "Lonely Teardrops," when he suffered the heart attack. Specifically, the line "My heart is crying, crying..."
* Tenor saxophonist Warne Marsh died of a heart attack onstage in Los Angeles in 1987 in the middle of playing the standard "Out of Nowhere", allegedly right after he finished taking a solo.
* Not actually performing, but still technically on the job: pianist Music/VinceGuaraldi (creator of the legendary jazz scores in the early ''{{Peanuts}}'' animated specials) suffered a fatal heart attack in 1976 while resting in-between concert sets.
* Mike Scaccia, guitarist for the metal bands Music/{{Ministry}} and Rigor Mortis, died after collapsing onstage during a concert three days before Christmas in 2012. Although it was initially reported that he had suffered a fatal seizure from the venue's strobe lights, the coroner listed his cause of death as a heart attack.
* British psychedelic musician, scenester and journalist Mick Farren collapsed with a heart attack during a reunion show by his band The Deviants, and died soon afterwards.
* Michael Been - the singer for the American alternative band The Call - died of a heart attack while working as sound technician for his son's band, indie rock group Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. This took place at the same festival as the suicide of Charles Haddon (see below).
* Gospel pianist Anthony Burger died of a massive heart attack while performing during a Gaither Gospel Cruise.
* The famed Congolese singer and bandleader Papa Wemba died of a heart attack during a gig in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire in 2016.
* Italian singer Mango died of a heart attack while performing his most well-known song "Oro". His last words were "excuse me", and then he slumped over his piano.
* Nick Menza, former drummer of Music/{{Megadeth}}, died of a heart attack during a 2016 concert with his new band, after just three songs played.
* Blues legend Tommie Johnson died of a heart attack while playing at a house party in Mississippi in 1956.
* Col. Bruce Hampton, a veteran guitarist who led the 1960s psychedelic band Hampton Grease Band and the 1990s jam band The Aquarium Rescue Unit, died after collapsing while playing guitar at his own 70th birthday tribute concert in 2017. According to other musicians present, they [[AllPartOfTheShow thought for some time]] that he had dropped to the ground pretending to worship one of the other guitarists.
* Symphonic electronic musician Alberto "Brainbug" Bertapelle, best known for the 1997 club hit "Nightmare", had a heart attack while playing guitar at a concert in Tavagnacco of Udine, Italy on November 23, 2016. Despite the efforts by a group of nurses in the audience to resuscitate him, he was pronounced dead at the scene.
* On July 1, 1987, guitar virtuoso Philip Charles Lithman, better known as Snakefinger, died of a heart attack at the Posthof Club in Linz, Austria, a night before he and his band, The Vestal Virgins, were scheduled to perform on their European Night tour.
* Laudir de Oliveira, a Brazilian percussionist and former member of the band Music/{{Chicago}}, died of a heart attack during a September 2017 performance in Rio de Janeiro.
* Drummer Sib Hashlan, the original drummer for the classic rock group Music/{{Boston}}, died of a heart attack in March 2017 during a concert on a "Legends of Rock" cruise near the Bahamas.

[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* ''ComicStrip/{{BC}}'' cartoonist Johnny Hart died of a stroke at his drawing desk in 2007.
* Original ''ComicStrip/ModestyBlaise'' artist Jim Holdaway died while working on a strip (though there are conflicting reports whether he died at his drawing desk or not); another artist completed the work, intentionally emulating Holdaway's style for continuity.
* Jimmy Bancks, the creator of the long-running Australian comic strip ''Ginger Meggs'', died of a heart attack at his drawing desk in 1952, halfway through drawing a ''Ginger Meggs'' comic.

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* British ProfessionalWrestling disappeared from television networks and nearly vanished altogether after a wrestler named King Kong Kirk suffered a fatal heart attack in the ring in late August 1987.
* Similarly, [[http://www.cracked.com/blog/5-reasons-pro-wrestlers-are-best-actors-in-world_p2/ a young woman died in-ring]] due to unknown causes, but she'd mentioned to her opponent prior to going to the ring that she had a terrible headache. Her death actually got 3 people arrested for manslaughter until authorities realized she had no injuries from the match.
* Pro wrestler "Iron" Mike [=DiBiase=] had a heart attack during a match in June 1969. Despite an attempt from his friend Wrestling/HarleyRace to perform CPR, [=DiBiase=] died shortly thereafter. His death was later used to explain the gimmick of his son, "The Million Dollar Man" Wrestling/TedDiBiase: the family's life insurance payout was what kick-started Ted's wealth.
* Wrestling/ChrisCandido died from a blood clot in his leg, resulting from a bad reaction to surgery. He was having surgery as a result of a botch suffered at Wrestling/{{TNA}}'s 2005 Lockdown event, making this a combination of medical and accidental (although the medical cause was the ultimate cause of death).

* Theater critic and writer Alexander Woollcott died in 1943 of a heart attack while participating in a live radio current events talk show.
* Veteran New York DJ Jack Spector had a fatal heart attack during a live show in 1994 (the station staff noticed a long stretch of dead air after a song and found him dead on the floor).

* UsefulNotes/AssociationFootball had [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_association_footballers_who_died_while_playing quite a few cases.]]
* Loyola Marymount University basketball star Hank Gathers collapsed and died of heart failure during a West Coast Conference tournament game in 1990. Gathers had collapsed during a game earlier in the season and was diagnosed with an abnormal heartbeat. He didn't respond well to medication and LMU's notorious fast-paced offense (which averaged 122 points a game) probably didn't help matters.
** Similarly to Gathers' was the Reggie Lewis incident three years later. Lewis played for the [[UsefulNotes/NationalBasketballAssociation NBA's]] Boston Celtics, having emerged as their best player following the retirement of Larry Bird and veterans Kevin [=McHale=] and Robert Parish aging. However, during Game 1 of the 1993 1st round playoff series against the Charlotte Hornets, Lewis collapsed to the floor. Lewis briefly attempted to return in the 2nd half but was pulled after continued wobbling. He was then hospitalized at New England Baptist Hospital and diagnosed with advanced heart disease, but Lewis, claiming he and his wife weren't given opportunities to discuss the initial diagnosis, transferred to another Boston hospital, Brigham and Women's Hospital, where he was diagnosed with a benign nerve problem. Sadly, two months after the initial collapse Lewis collapsed a second time while shooting baskets at the Celtics practice facility and died soon after.
* Pair skater Sergei Grinkov suffered a fatal heart attack on November 20, 1995 while he and his wife Ekaterina Gordeeva were practicing for the 1995-1996 Stars on Ice tour.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chuck_Hughes Chuck Hughes]], a wide receiver for the Detroit Lions, suffered a fatal heart attack near the end of a game between the Lions and the Chicago Bears on October 24, 1971. He remains the only NFL player to die during a game.
** The only other NFL player who died during any official on-field activity was Minnesota Vikings tackle [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Korey_Stringer Korey Stringer]], who died of heat stroke during a pre-season practice in 2001.
* John [=McSherry=], a veteran umpire for Major League Baseball, had a fatal heart attack only a few pitches into the opening game of the 1996 baseball season. He collapsed shortly after signaling for the second base umpire to cover him at home base. Despite his long career as a Major League umpire, his death is perhaps best known for it resulting in [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_McSherry#Death one of many]] of then-Cincinnati Reds owner Marge Schott's insensitive comments.
* 1967 UsefulNotes/FormulaOne World Driver's Champion Denny Hulme succumbed to a heart attack while taking part in the 1992 Bathurst 1000 Touring Car race. Fortunately, he was able to get his car off the track and out of the way of the other drivers.
* Steeplechase jockey Frank Hayes, riding a horse named Sweet Kiss, died of a heart attack during a steeplechase race at Belmont Park on June 4, 1923. Hayes and Sweet Kiss won anyway, making Hayes the only dead jockey to ever win a horse race. See this [[http://fultonhistory.com/newspaper%202/Auburn%20NY%20Citizen/Auburn%20NY%20Citizen%201923%20pdf/Newspaper%20Auburn%20NY%20Citizen%201923%20-%200358.PDF contemporary account]].
* During the 2013 German VLN Endurance Racing Championship, Wolf Silvester died of what was apparently a heart attack, either before or after losing control of his car.
* During the 1967 UsefulNotes/TourDeFrance, cyclist [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Death_of_Tom_Simpson Tom Simpson]] died of a heat stroke on a particularly hard section of the course, where temperatures were reportedly as high as 54 degrees Celsius (about 129 Fahrenheit). His ingesting of amphetamines and alcohol was a contributing factor to his death, which helped lead to bans on doping in cycling.
* Legendary Scottish football manager Jock Stein, who was then in charge of Scotland's national team, collapsed and died at the end of World Cup Qualifying match against Wales on September 10, 1985.
* On-ice heart conditions have become an alarmingly common occurrence with professional hockey players. [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sergejs_Žoltoks Sergei Zholtok]] and [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexei_Cherepanov Alexei Cherepanov]] both died on the bench after a shift from heart problems (cardiac arrhythmia and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, respectively).
* Italian footballer [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piermario_Morosini Piermario Morosini]] had a fatal heart attack while playing in an exhibition match in April 2012.
* On January 3, 1946, jockey George Woolf, most famous for riding Seabiscuit in several of his most famous races, passed out due to complications from his lifelong diabetes, fell from his horse Please Me, and suffered fatal head injuries on hitting the ground. He died in the hospital the next day.
* NBA legend "Pistol" Pete Maravich died of a heart attack in 1988 while playing in a pick-up basketball game at a church in California. He was just 40 years old.
* Iranian cyclist Bahman Golbarnezhad died of a heart attack following an in-competition crash at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio De Janero.

* Actor/comedian Dick Shawn died of a heart attack onstage. It took time for anyone to realize he was dead, as [[AllPartOfTheShow the audience thought it was part of his act]] (one of the routines of the show in question featured Shawn as a politician spouting such cliches as "If elected, I will not lay down on the job"; the audience assumed that his collapse was a callback to this routine), and [[TemptingFate Shawn told the stage crews at his shows that he was liable to do anything, including falling flat on his face, and they were not to react under any circumstances]].
* Beloved British comedian [[Creator/MorecambeAndWise Eric Morecambe]] also had a heart attack during a stage performance in 1984, and died the following day. In that stage show, ironically enough, he joked about the death of Tommy Cooper (whose death recounted above happened a month prior) and how he'd "hate to die like that".
* Sid James is rumored to haunt a dressing room at the Sunderland Empire Theatre after he had a heart attack and died onstage while performing there in 1976. The rest of the cast thought he was messing around when he failed to deliver his next line, and ad-libbed to cover. Then, when the truth was discovered, the initial request "Is there a doctor in the house" was met with a round of laughter. [[note]]Incidentally, Les Dawson once used that dressing room and then refused to ever play the venue again.[[/note]]
* Irene Ryan (best known as "Granny" on ''Series/TheBeverlyHillbillies'') died several days after suffering a stroke onstage during a performance of ''Theatre/{{Pippin}}'' on Broadway.
* OlderThanSteam: 17th-century playwright/actor Jean Baptiste Poquelin aka Creator/{{Moliere}}, who suffered from [[IncurableCoughOfDeath pulmonary tuberculosis]], collapsed during a last show and died a few hours later after he was taken home. [[{{Irony}} Ironically]] he was playing the title character Argan in ''Le Malade Imaginaire'' (literally, The Imaginary Invalid; commonly, The Hypochondriac), meaning he was deathly ill while playing the part of a character who only thinks that he's sick. Contrary to urban legend, however, he did not die on set before the end of the show.
* Beloved Danish film and theater actor Dirch Passer suffered a heart attack at age 54 in 1980, during a performance at the Tivoli's Revue, and passed away a couple of hours latter at the local hospital. According to stories, he asked for someone to turn up the dim lights shortly before he collapsed on the scene. Rather tragically, after decades of being known as the hardest working man in Danish showbiz, often working 2 or 3 theater or movie productions at the same time, he had finally given in and agreed with his then-girlfriend that [[{{Retirony}} he would take the summer off and relax]].
* Comedian Harry "Parkyakarkus" Parke -- the father of comedians Creator/AlbertBrooks and Bob Einstein, aka Super Dave Osborne -- had a heart attack and slumped into Milton Berle's lap while on stage for the 1958 Friar's Club Roast of [[Series/ILoveLucy Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz]]. An attempt to restart his heart after he was carried offstage was unsuccessful.
* Swedish comedian and actor Lasse Eriksson died on stage on March 3rd 2011. At the end of his last performance he collapsed and was brought to the nearest hospital, less than a mile away, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.
* The baritone Frederick Baker, known by the stage name of Frederick Frederici, died of a heart attack during a production of ''{{Faust}}'' at the Princess Theatre in Melbourne, Australia in 1888. His ghost reputedly haunts the theatre.
* Broadway veteran David Burns died of a heart attack in the middle of a preview performance of ''70, Girls, 70!'', a musical comedy about senior citizens.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* George O'Hanlon, who voiced George Jetson in all incarnations of ''WesternAnimation/TheJetsons'', died of a stroke in the recording studio right after recording some of his lines for ''WesternAnimation/JetsonsTheMovie'' in 1990. Likewise, Creator/MelBlanc (Mr. Spacely) recorded his lines in the hospital, in what turned out to be ''his'' last VA role before his death. Neither of the two had completed their work, so Creator/JeffBergman picked up the slack.
* Creator/OrsonWelles was on his deathbed when he recorded his lines for Unicron in ''WesternAnimation/TransformersTheMovie''. Contrary to rumors, he did manage to complete his lines before passing.

!!Accidental Causes:

* Long running television actor [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vic_Morrow Vic Morrow]] and child actors My-Ca Dinh Le and Renee Shin-Yi Chen (both working illegally, without proper work permits and at 2AM, far later than the times allowed for child actors), were killed when a stunt helicopter crashed near them during the filming of ''Film/TwilightZoneTheMovie''. This led to nearly a decade's worth of lawsuits, changes in the law about child actors doing stunts, and fewer helicopter scenes in movies thereafter until CGI made it possible to put them in digitally. Director Creator/JohnLandis was acquitted of manslaughter charges, but his career went into decline after this.
* Brandon Lee was fatally shot on the set of ''Film/TheCrow'' in an accident. The B-unit filming Eric Draven's murder had no professional armorer with them, and built their own dummy rounds (for a shot of the cartridges in the revolver) by simply pulling the gunpowder from it. The trigger was pulled at some point, and the force generated by the primer exploding shoved the bullet into the barrel. When a blank was loaded in for a wide angle shot, nobody had checked the gun and the blank fired the bullet into Brandon Lee's chest.
* Actor Kevin Smith ([[Creator/KevinSmith no relation]]), best known for playing Ares on ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'', died just after wrapping filming on ''Film/WarriorsOfVirtue 2'' when he fell from a prop tower on a nearby set.
* Conway Wickliffe, a special effects technician working on ''Film/TheDarkKnight'', crashed the Batmobile while preparing a stunt.
* During the production of ''Film/YouOnlyLiveTwice'', John Jordan lost a foot in a helicopter accident. Years later, he was Second Unit Director of ''Film/CatchTwentyTwo'', and refused a safety harness while filming in an airplane. He was subsequently sucked out of the plane when the door opened and fell to his death.
* ''Film/TopGun'' is dedicated to Art Scholl, a stunt pilot who died in a plane crash during the filming of the flat spin scene. Scholl's LastWords, as his Pitts Special spun past its safe recovery altitude, were, "There's a problem - there's a real problem here."
* During a production shoot on location in the Philippines for the Creator/ChuckNorris film ''Film/BraddockMissingInActionIII'', a Philippine Air Force helicopter hired by the Cannon Film Group crashed into Manila Bay killing four Filipino soldiers and wounding five other people, including a member of the film crew.
* In ''Film/DeltaForce2TheColombianConnection'', five people (including a cameraman and one of the actors) were killed in a helicopter accident and two others were injured when the engine failed.
* Famous stunt pilot Paul Mantz was killed in the filming of ''Film/TheFlightOfThePhoenix1965'' when he misjudged the rate of descent and crashed into a small hillock.
* The 1928 production ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Noah%27s_Ark_%281928_film%29 Noah's Ark]]'', directed by [[Film/{{Casablanca}} Michael Curtiz]], had three stuntmen drowning in the scene of the flood (plus [[TroubledProduction the main actress getting pneumonia, one of the actors breaking two ribs, and an extra needing a leg amputation]]). This film directly led to the creation of the Screen Actor's Guild to prevent such a thing from happening again.
* In October 2011, stuntman Kun Liu [[http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-15499964 died while filming a stunt for]] ''Film/TheExpendables2'' in Bulgaria.
* On August 2, 1920, during the filming of the silent film ''The Skywayman'', stunt pilots Ormer Locklear and Milton "Skeets" Elliott were flying a biplane during a nighttime shoot. At the end of the scene, they were supposed to make it look like they crashed the plane. The sky was lit with several floodlights. Locklear had instructed that, because he would not be able to see the ground at night, the floodlights had to be turned off as they approached the ground so he would know to pull up. For some reason, this instruction was ignored. Locklear and Elliott died when the plane hit the ground going at full throttle.
* Angela Basset's stunt double fell to her death on the set of the 1995 film ''Film/VampireInBrooklyn''.
* H.B. Halicki was crushed by a telephone pole felled by a broken cable during the filming of an unfinished sequel to the original ''Film/{{Gone in Sixty Seconds|1974}}''.
* In ''Film/XXx'', stuntman Harry O'Connor was killed when he crashed into the side of Palacky Bridge instead of going under it. The footage, up to the point where he disappears behind one of the bridge columns, was used in the final film. The director points it out in the commentary.
* Roy Kinnear died after accidentally falling from his horse on the set of ''The Return of the Musketeers''.
* A stuntman died during the filming of ''Film/TheRightStuff''. He was in the scene where Chuck Yeager bails out of the a crashing F-104 prototype. There are conflicting reports on it, but his helmet filled with smoke, which either knocked him out, and prevented him from opening the chute, or screwed up his sense of when to open it.
* Stuntman Paolo Rigonu became the first fatality on a Film/JamesBond movie when he was killed when the bobsled he was driving overturned while shooting a chase scene in ''Film/ForYourEyesOnly''.
* During filming of a scene in ''Film/GoneFishin'' where a boat was supposed to jump over a ramp, fly over a hedge of mangroves, land between two other boats, and stop in the water, the boat slid off the side of the ramp, flipped over, and landed on a crowd of crew and extras, killing stuntwoman Janet Peters Wilder, and injuring both her husband Scott Wilder and his father Glenn R. Wilder.
* Roger Delgado, during the filming of ''Bell of Tibet'' in Turkey, was killed with two Turkish film technicians while riding in a car that plunged off the road into a ravine. This deeply affected his close friend Creator/JonPertwee, who was the [[TheNthDoctor Third Doctor]] on ''Series/DoctorWho'' at the time of the accident, with Delgado cast his archenemy, [[TheMaster the Master]]. Two years later, he left the role and Creator/TomBaker took over. However, Delgado's untimely demise made it difficult to bring back the Master, and he did not return for several more years until his role was eventually recast to Peter Pratt, with the Master returning as a decrepit husk of his former self.
* ''Midnight Rider'', an adaptation of the autobiography by Gregg Allman, ended up being shelved due to this. After filming a DreamSequence scene illegally on a train track which involved the lead actor lying on a hospital gurney, the cast and crew tried to remove the equipment from the track before an oncoming train approached their filming location when the hospital gurney got stuck on the track. When the train hit the gurney, second camera assistant Sarah Jones was in turn struck by the gurney before being propelled by the recoil into the train's path where she was struck again, dying instantly. The accident wouldn't have occurred had director Randall Miller listened to others that the scene was too dangerous to film at the location he'd picked, or if he had simply arranged with a railroad company somewhere to film the scene legally at a time when trains weren't running. An [[NoOSHACompliance OSHA investigation]] on the incident led to Miller being charged with manslaughter and the film being canned.
* Silent film actress Martha Mansfield died from burns sustained on the set of ''The Warrens of Virginia'' in 1923. She was burned when a carelessly tossed cigarette ignited her frilly Civil War-era dress.
* In 1907, the Clarendon Film Company attempted to shoot a ChainedToARailway scene with a local resident, Mr Zeitz, playing the part of the victim. Thanks to a series of communication errors, [[http://www.bromley-coppard.com/Stoatsnest/ Zeitz was run over by the train and killed.]]
* While filming ''Film/{{Deadpool 2}}'', stuntwoman Joi SJ Harris was killed when she lost control of her motorcycle and crashed into a building.
* Rob Stewart, creator of the documentaries ''Sharkwater'' and ''Revolution'', disappeared on February 4, 2017 while on a deep sea dive filming for a sequel to ''Sharkwater'' at the wreck of the ''Queen of Nassau''. Two days layer, his body was found about 300 feet from where he went missing.
* While filming ''Film/ResidentEvilTheFinalChapter'', a crewman was hit by a US Army Hummer and crushed.
* Creator/EricFleming was accidentally drowned in a capsized canoe which swept him away with the current while filming an MGM adventure film called ''High Jungle'', which was never completed.
* A stunt performer drowned off the coast of Malibu during the filming of the skydiving sequence in wacky sex comedy ''Film/DontMakeWaves''.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* [[Series/CrocodileHunter Steve Irwin]] was filming his own documentary, ''Ocean's Deadliest,'' when he was fatally stabbed in the chest by a stingray spine while snorkeling at the Great Barrier Reef. Irwin was completely unaware of the stingray's presence until it stabbed him. The episode being filmed wasn't about stingrays. And stingrays aren't even all that dangerous; they're usually quite docile unless you step on one. Even then, while painful, the sting isn't deadly. It just happened to stab him in the heart, and on top of that Irwin instinctively pulled the stinger out, leading him to bleed to death.
* Stuntman Tip Tipping was killed when his parachute failed to open while he was filming an episode of the British series ''999'', which was - ironically enough - a show with the premise of reenacting dangerous accidents.
* Boris Sagal, director of ''Film/TheOmegaMan'' and father of actress Katey Sagal, died like Vic Morrow; he was nearly decapitated when he walked into a helicopter blade during the filming of the miniseries ''Series/WorldWarIII''.
* In 1986, a man named Michael Lush fell to his death while rehearsing a bungee stunt for Creator/TheBBC's VarietyShow ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Late,_Late_Breakfast_Show The Late Late Breakfast Show]]'', which included an item called "the Whirly Wheel" in which audience members were trained to do a different stunt each week. The death followed at least two potentially-fatal screw-ups involving earlier contestants, which had been covered up or {{played for laughs}} (one woman was injured doing a human cannonball act, and a car jumping act led to one vehicle crashing into a crowd, and a second landing on its roof and leaving the contestant with multiple injuries). The show was cancelled immediately and the scandal nearly ruined presenter Noel Edmonds' career. Lush's death prompted serious tightening of safety regulations for all stunt sequences on BBC shows, and a total ban on dangerous stunts involving members of the public.
* Actor Ken Steadman died when he flipped a dune buggy on the set of ''Series/{{Sliders}}''.
* TV actor Jon-Erik Hexum accidentally killed himself with a [[NotSoFakePropWeapon blank cartridge]] on the set of the CBS series ''Cover-Up'' by firing it into the side of his head. He was goofing around with the prop in an attempt to lighten the mood on set, and apparently he either thought the gun had been unloaded between takes or was simply unaware that blanks were still dangerous when fired at close range. The muzzle pressure generated by the blank proved sufficient to blow a plug of his own skull completely through his brain in much the the same way some nail guns use blank cartridges to drive nails into concrete and steel.
* A jeep crane driver was killed during the filming of the ''Series/KraftSuspenseTheatre'' episode "The Jack Is High".
* During production of the season 8 premiere of ''Series/TheXFiles'', one crew member was killed and six others were injured when a power line struck a scaffolding, sending a 4,800 volt charge through the 15-foot-high structure.
* Brazilian soap opera star Domingos Montagner [[http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-37381477 drowned]] after deciding to take a swim in a river near where the soap ''Velho Chico'' was being shot after a day of filming, but quickly found himself overcome by the currents. One of his co-stars tried calling for help as he was swept downstream but the locals apparently thought that they were shooting a scene from the soap and did nothing to help.
* In Phoenix, Arizona on July 27, 2007, [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2007_Phoenix_news_helicopter_collision two helicopters]] from stations KTVK and KNXV-TV collided in mid-air over a public park while covering a police pursuit, killing all four: pilot Scott Bowerback and photographer Jim Cox in the KTVK chopper, pilot Craig Smith and photographer Rick Krolak on the KNXV side. Smith's last words were "Oh jeez!" right before the crash.

* Les Harvey, guitarist for Scottish rock band Stone the Crows, was electrocuted live on stage in 1972. During a sound check, he took hold of a microphone; unfortunately, his hand was covered in sweat (which, given its salt content, is a great conductor). A roadie tried to save him by unplugging the amp, but the damage was done.
** An accident very like this one -possibly based on it, possibly a coincidence- featured in an educational film for young children about the dangers of electricity in the mid-90s.
* Troy Dixon, more well known as Trouble T-Roy, a backup dancer for [[Music/HeavyD Heavy D and the Boyz]] died falling off a stage. The classic rap song "They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.)" by Pete Rock & CL Smooth is dedicated to him.
** The stage part is actually an urban legend. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_5Gdr9fA-1M#t=184 From Heavy D's own account]], after the group had finished a live performance, they were goofing around on the fourth tier of a parking structure outdoors with some other friends. One of said friends rolled a plastic garbage dumpster towards Heavy and the Boyz as a prank. However, due to never actually seeing a plastic dumpster prior to this, they assumed it was metal, and scattered. Troy hopped onto the ledge of the structure, and lost his balance, falling two stories to the ground, landing on his head. The group rushed him to a nearby hospital, but he ended up dying on arrival.
* Music/CurtisMayfield: equipment falling on him caused severe injuries. He was paralyzed from the neck down though he continued to record. His paralysis, as well as diabetes, eventually caused his death, but it would take 9 years. He still recorded one more album, ''New World Order'', entirely on his back (so that he had enough breath to do vocals).
* Bill Duffield, the lighting director for Music/KateBush's 1979 Tour of Life, died when he fell through the rigging and onto the stage shortly before the tour's first performance in Poole, England. His death deeply affected Bush and is often rumored to be one of the reasons she [[ReclusiveArtist stopped touring]] for thirty-five years after the Tour of Life finished.
* Ty Longley, guitarist for the band Great White was on stage in West Warwick, Rhode Island when pyrotechnics used by the band's crew created a spray of sparks that ignited the foam soundproofing material in the ceiling around the stage. 100 people died in [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Station_nightclub_fire the resulting fire]], including Longley.
* Scott Johnson, the drum technician for the British rock band Music/{{Radiohead}} was killed [[http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-18479402 in a stage collapse in Toronto in June 2012]]. The band was about to start their soundcheck, and the collapse happened only an hour before a sold-out concert was to start. Radiohead spent several years urging for a criminal investigation into Johnson's death and were [[https://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/judge-halts-radiohead-stage-collapse-trial-w501369 not]] [[https://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/radiohead-press-for-justice-in-delayed-case-of-dead-tech-w512991 happy]] when proceedings were first delayed and then stalled altogether.
* The French baroque composer Jean-Baptiste Lully accidentally stabbed his own foot while beating time on the floor with a heavy stick during a musical performance. The wound became infected and he died from gangrene.
* [[http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/tragic-singer-bitten-cobra-stage-7699476 Indonesian singer Irma Bule]] was famous for "wearing" snakes during her performances. In April 2016, Bule danced with a king cobra that had not been defanged and stepped on its tail by accident. The cobra bit her and she died less than an hour later.
* In 2015, the Romanian metal band Goodbye to Gravity were performing a free concert at the club Colectiv to celebrate the release of their ''Mantras of War'' album when the stage pyrotechnics set off a fire. The club's owners had deliberately ignored fire-safety regulations, and so the fire spread rapidly. 65 people died, including all members of the band except for lead vocalist Andrei Galut. Colectiv's owners were arrested on various charges following the fire.
* In July 2017, up and coming French singer Barbara Weldens died onstage, after being electrocuted by a faulty piece of equipment she stepped on, while performing barefoot in the French village of Gourdon. Making it more tragic was the fact that she had released her first album, to massive critical acclaim in her home country, in February of that year.

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* Wrestling/OwenHart fell to his death in the Kemper Arena during WWE's ''Over the Edge'' pay-per-view show in 1999, while preparing for a big stunt entrance that would see him, as his Wrestling/HulkHogan parody character The Blue Blazer, being lowered in from the rafters. He had done so in a rehearsal earlier in the day with no problems, but unlike Wrestling/{{Sting}}'s harness circa 1997, which had multiple connection points and a full vest that took a good amount of time to remove once he actually landed, Owen's contraption was held with [[NoOSHACompliance a single release point around his chest]] that could be (and probably was) triggered simply by breathing too deeply. Regardless, he ended up falling nearly seventy-eight feet while being lowered, where his chest impacted the top rope. He managed to survive until arriving at the hospital, but was soon after pronounced dead from a severed blood vessel near the heart.
** Morbidly and sadly ironic in that, rumor has it, he was ''supposed'' to fall and look like a doofus as part of the work, except from a much shorter and safer height (and falling on the mat, not the top rope). Sadly, to accomplish this, a harness without safety backups had to be used, otherwise the stunt could not be performed properly.
** This led to a series of disputes and lawsuits between Wrestling/VinceMcMahon's company and the Hart family. The latter was divided into two camps, and the bitterness got to the point where one side faxed important case information to Vince, which forced a settlement.
** [=DC101=] radio show personality Bryan "Flounder" Schlossberg conducted a phone interview with wrestler [[Wrestling/JakeRoberts Jake "The Snake" Roberts]] shortly afterward. Flounder mentioned Hart's death, with Roberts' reaction showing this was the first time he had heard; Roberts abruptly said goodbye and hung up at that point.
* Legendary Japanese pro wrestling star Wrestling/MitsuharuMisawa died in 2009 after an internal decapitation from taking a "typical" backdrop suplex, a common FinishingMove in puroresu. This is part Medical in that Misawa had taken many neck, head and upper shoulder bumps like the one for this move for many years and never got his neck checked out for exams or took an extended leave of absence, leaving his neck in a very weakened state. He had also been complaining about neck pains and numbness since earlier that year and maybe the previous one.
* On May 28, 2001, during a training session, Dalip Singh (The Great Khali) hit Brian Ong with a move called the flapjack, but Brian suffered a concussion and died. ''All Pro Wrestling'' was found liable because the two did not train with protective padding and Brian had been ordered to continue training by the higher-ups despite having suffered a previous concussion.
* On March 21, 2015, in ''AAA'', Wrestling/ReyMysterioJr attempted to set up Perro Aguayo Jr. for his patented 619 maneuver, but Aguayo's neck snapped when it hit the ropes. Wrestling/{{Konnan}} tried to revive him, but Aguayo was pronounced dead in the hospital a few hours later.

* Radio traffic reporter Jane Dornacker[[note]]also a punk rocker, comedian, and [[BattleaxeNurse the formidable Nurse Murch]] in the 1983 movie Film/TheRightStuff[[/note]] of WNBC in UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity died on October 22, 1986, when [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0e6sfiylUGY her helicopter crashed]] right in the middle of her traffic report. Her last words were, "The outbound Lincoln Tunnel looks a lot better for you. In New Jersey... Hit the water! Hit the water!" It's likely that she yelled for her pilot to hit the water because six months earlier she had been in a similar helicopter crash while doing a traffic report. That helicopter crashed into the Hackensack River in New Jersey. Both she and her pilot survived and were able to swim to shore. However, in the second crash the helicopter clipped a chain-link fence and flipped over, trapping Dornacker and her pilot underwater in the Hudson River (Her pilot was seriously injured, but survived).
* Radio traffic reporter Bruce Wayne (Bruce F. Talford) of KFI in UsefulNotes/LosAngeles died on June 4, 1986, shortly after the KFI traffic plane took off from the Fullerton Airport.

* There are many incidents of athletes dying during competition from either accidents or medical reasons. Wiki/TheOtherWiki lists these [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Deaths_in_sport here]] and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_sportspeople_who_have_died_during_their_playing_career here]] (although the latter list also includes athletes who died during their career, but not during competition).
* Improvements to safety equipment, race tracks and medical care since the 1980s mean that motor sports are far less dangerous than they once had been, but several notable racers have been killed in recent decades (a more complete list of drivers who have died in motorsports crashes can be found [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Driver_deaths_in_motorsport here]]):
** Legendary [[UsefulNotes/{{NASCAR}} stock car racer]] Creator/DaleEarnhardt died on February 18, 2001 on the last lap of the 2001 Daytona 500, one of the most televised races in NASCAR history, when Sterling Marlin took the air off his spoiler and caused him to lose control, hooking on the front of Ken Schrader's car and smashing headlong into the wall at 155 to 160 MPH and suffering a fatal basilar skull fracture. He was the fourth NASCAR driver in fourteen months killed by a basilar skull fracture, after Adam Petty, Kenny Irwin Jr., and Tony Roper, all of whom were killed in similar crashes. The death of Earnhardt was the last straw for NASCAR, who mandated the Head and Neck Restraint (HANS device) for all drivers, installed the [=SAFER=] barrier at all tracks, and created the Car of Tomorrow, the latter of which was met negatively due to the lack of differences between manufacturers, and degradation of the racing product; the car also heralded a DorkAge for NASCAR, in which fans began accusing NASCAR of throwing cautions for debris that didn't exist so they could manipulate the outcome of the race in favor of whatever driver they wanted to win. A few even began to believe the series had become scripted like WWE.
** In October of the same year as Dale Earnhardt's fatal crash, ARCA racer Blaise Alexander attempted to pass Kerry Earnhardt (Dale Earnhardt's son, and Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s older half-brother) for the lead of the race, and as he came up past Kerry, he collided with Kerry's fender and got turned up into the wall, smashing headlong into it, and flipping Kerry's car. Kerry Earnhardt was unhurt but Blaise suffered a fatal basilar skull fracture in the wreck. This crash caused HANS devices to become mandatory in ARCA races.
** In 1994 triple UsefulNotes/FormulaOne champion Ayrton Senna died on lap seven of the San Marino Grand Prix. His car failed to negotiate a fast left hand corner (possibly through steering failure, although the cause has never been fully determined) and he went straight into a wall. Though what killed him wasn't the force of the crash but the wheel's suspension parts that flew back and hit his crash helmet. He was airlifted to a nearby hospital but didn't survive. That same weekend rookie Roland Ratzenberger died in another high speed accident and Rubens Barrichello was injured in yet another. The FIA ordered redesigns of the track and more developments in car safety.
** During the last race of the 2011 UsefulNotes/IndyCar season, Dan Wheldon - who had won the Indianapolis 500 that year - was involved in a major accident that flung his car, cockpit first into the catch fence, tearing away the safety hoop and giving Dan unsurvivable head injuries. He died later that day, and the race was cancelled after 12 laps due to Wheldon's death and how long it was taking to make repairs; the accident was one of the most violent in recent memory. The race was held at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, which [=IndyCar=] had not raced at for years, and in that time, the track had been reconfigured specifically for NASCAR. Factors included the narrowness of the track, and the simple fact that there were 34 cars (keep in mind, this is bigger than the Indianapolis 500 field). The huge pack that quickly formed, combined with several rookies racing on a track they had zero experience on, conspired to create a massive 15-car pileup, killing Wheldon, seriously injuring Will Power, J.R. Hildebrand, and Pippa Mann, and severely damaging both the catchfence and the racing surface itself. Adding to the tragedy of the day was the fact that this was Danica Patrick's final [=IndyCar=] before she moved to NASCAR fulltime. Since the race was called, she never finished her final race in the series.
** [=MotoGP=] rider Marco Simoncelli died after an incident during the 2011 Malaysian Grand Prix just a week after the death of Dan Wheldon. He lost control of his motorcycle and had already gone to the run-off area (with Simoncelli holding on its side) when the bike suddenly regained its grip and cut back across the track into the path of other riders and was struck in the head and neck by Valentino Rossi, and in the chest by Colin Edwards; with Rossi's impact resulting in his helmet becoming dislodged. The race was stopped and then cancelled after the extent of Simoncelli's injuries became apparent. He died in the circuit's medical centre after 45 minutes of CPR.
** During the 2010 San Marino motorcycle Grand Prix, [=Moto2=] rider Shoya Tomizawa was fatally injured when he fell down in the track's very fast right hand turn right in front of two other riders, Scott Redding and Alex de Angelis. The two ended up running over Tomizawa, as there are no other way to go when Tomizawa fell down.
** During the second practice session of 2016 Catalonia motorcycle Grand Prix, [=Moto2=] rider Luis Salom lost his life when he fell down at the Europcar corner. As the bike hit the air-fences and bounced upwards, Salom ended up slid directly underneath the bike, resulting in the bike crushing Salom's body. The practice session was stopped immediately and he was rushed to the hospital, but he died at 16:50 local time. As a result, the event temporarily uses the UsefulNotes/FormulaOne layout to reduce speed in the part where Salom crashed before said track layout changes are made mandatory in the following season.
** The 2013 UsefulNotes/TwentyFourHoursOfLeMans broke its streak of nearly thirty years without a fatal crash during the race and sixteen years without a fatal crash during the event as a whole when driver Allan Simonsen lost control of his Aston Martin Vantage GTE and smashed into the Armco barrier, driver side first, at speeds approaching 105 miles an hour, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-lhCiyaPTTs demolishing the car]] and suffering a fatal aortal separation. It is likely he would have survived the accident if the spot where he hit the barrier had not had a mature, solid tree on the other side.
** A week before Allan Simonsen's death, former NASCAR driver Jason Leffler was fatally injured when his sprint car rolled over several times causing severe blunt force injuries to his neck. He died a few hours later.
** The most notorious accident at the Le Mans 24 hours took place in 1955, when Pierre Levegh's Mercedes-Benz went out of control due to a glancing collision, crashed into a stand full of spectators at high speed, and caught fire, fuelled by the high magnesium content in the bodywork. Levegh and 83 spectators were killed, driving significant safety improvements in motor racing.
** Top Fuel Funny Car racer Scott Kalitta was killed in 2008 when his car's engine exploded during a qualifying run, preventing his parachutes from deploying and causing his car to crash into a concrete pillar at 300mph.
** On August 9, 2014, during a dirt race in Canandaigua, New York, Sprint car driver Kevin Ward Jr. was angrily pointing at NASCAR driver Tony Stewart, who was also racing at the track that night (Stewart had knocked him into the wall) while standing in the middle of the track, when Stewart struck and killed him, briefly dragging his body under his sprint car.
** In 2009, during a Formula 2 race, Jack Clarke spun out and hit a tree, sending his wheel assembly bouncing across the track. Said assembly hit Henry Surtees square in the head, causing injuries that he succumbed to later that day.
** in July 2015, UsefulNotes/FormulaOne driver Jules Bianchi succumbed to head injuries he suffered during a driving rain in the 2014 Suzuka Grand Prix, where he lost control of his car and crashed into the tractor that was removing the stricken car of Adrian Sutil. Other racers were split on whether the race should have continued as long as it had, because the track was still soaked and it was getting dark and hard to see where the puddles were. (To make matters more galling, many of the support races had been moved to earlier in the day because a ''typhoon'' was predicted to make landfall, but not the F1 race itself.)
** On August 22, 2015 IndyCar driver Justin Wilson suffered a massive head injury when the nosecone on Sage Karam's car came off when he hit the wall and hit Wilson in the head. He died the next day, prompting renewed calls for open wheel cars to have closed cockpits, being the latest in a series of incidents where drivers have suffered head injuries from being hit by objects, and coming less than two months after Jules Bianchi's death from head injuries.
** NHRA driver Darrell Russell was killed in 2004 after a tire blew out on his dragster, splitting it into three pieces and sending metal shrapnel from the engine into his head.
** You don't even need to be a driver to risk dying in motorsports. For example, in the last race of the 1990 NASCAR season, while coming down pit road, Ricky Rudd spun out and accidentally crushed Bill Elliott's right rear tire changer Mike Ritch between their two cars, fatally injuring him. This incident led to the implementation of pit road speed limits in NASCAR.
** Three time Indy 500 driver Bryan Clauson was killed in a midget car race in August 2016, when his car clipped a lapped car and rolled over several times, followed by being hit by another car. He had been trying to run 200 races that year, and died in his 119th.
** While the minimally restricted Group B was already on thin ice in 1986 after [[SpectatorCasualty three spectators were killed in a rally earlier that year]] as well as several casualties throughout said year, it was ultimately done in by the deaths of Henri Toivonen and his co-driver Sergio Cresto at the Tour de Corse in Corsica, when their Lancia Delta [=S4=] left the road and rolled down the hill several times, bursting into flames. The two were burned to death, unable to get out of their car, which was made of [[EveryCarIsAPinto kevlar reinforced plastic over an aluminum roll cage]], which burned so rapidly and so hot that the car was unrecognizable as one when rescuers finally got there (though reports indicate it took them half an hour to get there)
** One of the more gruesome deaths in motorsports was that of NASCAR Sportsman Division driver Russell Phillips in 1995. The accident involved his car being shoved roof-first against the track's catch fence and grinded at high-speed. The roof was quickly sheared away, leaving Phillips to be literally [[LudicrousGibs torn apart]] by the force.
* Boxing has a high death toll for obvious reasons. One of the more infamous boxing deaths was that of Duk Koo Kim, who collapsed into a coma on his stool [[YouAreAlreadyDead moments after getting knocked out]] by Ray Mancini in 1982. He was taken off in a stretcher and was pronounced brain dead in the hospital soon after. The fight had been nationally televised in America by CBS.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rZk0F5EeRWA On February 6, 1994]], Sgt. Dana Bowman and Sgt. Jose Aguillon, members of the US Army's elite Golden Knights skydiving team, were performing the Diamond Track maneuver[[note]]where two jumpers streak away from each other for about a mile, then turn 180 and fly back towards each other, criscrossing[[/note]], and collided with each other [[NotTheFallThatKillsYou at a combined speed of 300 mph]]. Aguillon was killed instantly by the impact; Bowman, although having his legs sheared off, survived.
** On August 14, 2015, another Golden Knights skydiver, Sgt. 1st Class Corey Hood, collided with Timmy Holland of the US Navy Leap Frogs during a "bomb burst" group maneuver at the Chicago Air and Water Show, and was knocked unconscious; some witnesses thought it was AllPartOfTheShow. Although Hood's reserve chute deployed, he struck a building, falling thirty stories, and died at Northwestern Memorial Hospital that afternoon. By contrast, Holland only suffered a broken leg upon landing at North Avenue Beach.
* On August 16, 1920, Cleveland Indians shortstop Ray Chapman was hit in the head by a pitch from the New York Yankees' Carl Mays and died of a massive skull fracture the following day. The ball was very dirty, making it incredibly hard to see and much heavier. This was before the days of batting helmets too.
* Mike Coolbaugh was the first-base coach for the Tulsa Drillers, a Double-A affiliate of the Colorado Rockies. On July 22, 2007, during a game against the Arkansas Travelers (Double-A affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels), a foul line-drive hit by the Drillers' Tino Sanchez hit Coolbaugh in the neck, crushing his left vertebral artery and causing a fatal brain bleed. As a direct result of this incident, Major League Baseball now requires all base coaches to wear helmets.
* American football players who have died of injuries suffered during a game include [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Howard_Glenn two]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stone_Johnson players]] for the American Football League who died of neck injuries during the early 1960s, and Arena Football League player [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al_Lucas_(American_football) Al Lucas]], who also died of a neck injury in 2005.
* There have been several players who have been killed during college football games since the 1890s, although these slowed considerably after the 1920s and the game evolved into a less brutal form. Fatal incidents on field have been extremely rare since the mid-1960s, with the most prominent cases being those of University of Arkansas tackle Claude Smithey in 1966 and University of Akron tight end Chris Angeloff in 1975. When Midwestern State University cornerback Robert Grays Jr. died of a neck injury during a game in September 2017, he was the first college player to die in a game since 1990.
* One NHL hockey player has died as a result of injuries on the ice. In 1968, Bill Masterton of the Minnesota North Stars fell backwards and hit his head on the ice after being checked. Before he lost consciousness he was heard to whisper "Never again. Never again." Masterton died two days later without regaining consciousness. He was not wearing a helmet; it would be 11 more years before the NHL made helmets mandatory. The Bill Masterton Trophy is now given to players who exhibit "perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to ice hockey."
* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lud%C4%9Bk_%C4%8Cajka Ludek Cajka's]] death in 1990 from a broken neck in a Czechoslovakian league hockey game resulted in the changing of the icing rule in hockey to no-touch throughout almost all of European hockey for 15 years. Interestingly, while most leagues overseas do still use it, the Czech Republic has returned to touch icing starting in 2005.
* Although the ''X Games'' has portrayed several incredibly violent-looking wipeouts, only once has such an accident resulted in a death: Caleb Moore died of injuries sustained from a snowmobile stunt wreck at the 2013 Winter Games in Aspen. Made even more gut-wrenching in that he ''walked away'' from that wreck.
* While not as noticeable as human athletes, racehorses, particularly thoroughbreds, have a very high propensity to accidents that lead to their deaths while racing. Current breeding of thoroughbreds has led to animals with incredibly strong muscles, but bones that are fragile. Pretty much any broken bone, even a fracture, in any leg of a horse leads to euthanasia. [[http://www.horsedeathwatch.com/ This site in particular has sobering statistics]].
** One of the most notable came during the 2008 Kentucky Derby. Eight Belles, a filly which had just finished in second place, collapsed from exhaustion and suffered serious ankle fractures. She was euthanized right on the track, in front of spectators and the live television audience, before the race was even finished.
* In ancient Rome, death during chariot races was so routine that it was considered part of the show. The result was that the Catholic Church actually refused to baptize chariot racers and anyone who was associated with chariot races and imposed strict penances for watching a chariot race.
* In a freak accident (as in the injury it caused was very rare and and only one other case resulted from a cricket ball), Cricketer Phillip Hughes was struck in the neck by a bouncer bowled by Sean Abbott, leading to internal bleeding; he died in hospital 2 days later.
** Just short of a year later, Namibian cricketer Raymond van Schoor suffered a stroke while playing in the South African domestic 50-over competition, leaving him in a coma; he passed away in hospital 5 days later.
* On September 10th 1983, American tennis linesman Dick Wertheim was officiating at the 1983 US Open when an errant serve by a then 13-year-old Stefan Edberg [[GroinAttack struck him in the groin]]... and caused him to [[DeathByFallingOver fall out of his chair backwards, then hit his head on the hardcourt]]. He died in the hospital five days later.
* Cycling can be a dangerous sport, with long and fast descents, proximity to motorcycles and a drug problem that the sport has been trying to end.
** On May 9th 2011, Belgian cyclist Wouter Weylandt died during stage 3 of Giro d'Italia, crashing on the descent of Passo del Bocco.
** On August 26 1960, Danish cyclist Knud Enemark Jensen collapsed while participating in the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome and suffered a fatal skull fracture. It later emerged that he had been taking a cocktail of drugs including amphetamine and nicotinyl alcohol prior to the fatal collapse, making his death one of the first major doping scandals in the sport's history.
** On July 13th 1967, British cyclist Tom Simpsons died during stage 13 of UsefulNotes/TourDeFrance, cycling up Mont Ventoux. The official cause of death was heart failure caused by exhaustion. He had taken amphetamines and alcohol prior to the incident
** On July 14th 1935, Spanish cyclist Francisco Cepeda died during Tour de France, crashing while making the descent from Col du Galibier.
** On July 18th 1995, Italian cyclist Fabio Casartelli died during stage 15 of Tour de France, crashing on the descent from Col de Portet d'Aspet. His head collided with concrete blocks along the road.
** On March 12th 2003, Kazakh cyclist Andrey Kivilev crashed into two other rider during stage 2 of Paris-Nice, fell to the ground without a helmet and hit his head so bad that he could not recover. This death caused UCI to make helmets mandatory for professionals.
** On June 1 2008, Mexican cyclist Alejandro Alvarez was killed when a drunk driver plowed into his team during a race on the highway between the towns of Playa Bagdad and Matamoros. The moment of impact [[http://www.toledoblade.com/image/2008/06/03/Driver-plows-into-bike-race-in-northern-Mexico-1-killed-2.jpg was captured on camera]] by local photographer Jose Fidelino Vera Hernandez
** On March 27th 2016, Belgian cyclist Antoine Demoitié crashed during the one day race Gent-Wevelgem, and was subsequently his by one of the motorcycles that follow the race, leading to fatal injuries.
* On Jan 17, 2015, former Army Ranger turned fitness model and {{YouTube}}r Greg Plitt was filming a promotional video that had him [[TooDumbToLive attempting to outrun a train]], when he stumbled while crossing the track and was run down.
* On July 19, 1982, during the fencing World Championships in Rome, foilist Vladimir Smirnov of the Soviet Union was fencing Matthias Behr of West Germany when Behr's foil snapped and the broken blade penetrated Smirnov's mask and went [[EyeScream through his eye orbit]] into his brain. He was kept on life support during the championship, but died on July 28.
* Rodeo meets (especially bull riding) have definitely had their share of deaths in the ring. Most prominent of these is the 1989 death of Lane Frost, who had his ribs broken and pushed into his heart from a collision with the horn from the bull he was riding.
* Several ''[[TorosYFlamenco toreros]]'' (bullfighters) [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Bullfighters_killed_in_the_arena have been gored]] by the bulls they're supposed to fight. Some of them are: [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ignacio_Sanchez_Mejias Ignacio Sánchez Mejías]] (whose death was the inspiration for a poem by none other than Federico García Lorca), [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manolete Manolete]], [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paquirri Paquirri]] (husband of the singer Isabel Pantoja) and [[http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/moment-prized-matador-ivan-fandino-10644059 Iván Fandiño]] (who actually tripped on his supplies and ''then'' got gored).

* British stage magician William Robinson, who performed in {{Yellowface}} as Chung Ling Soo, died in 1918 when his "bullet catch" trick failed. A poorly-maintained gun fired the actual bullet as well as the harmless blank charge.
* Part of what made Creator/HarryHoudini so successful as a stage magician was that he was exceptionally strong and flexible, particularly being famous for being able to NoSell punches to the stomach. A visitor at an event once asked him about the rumor, and when told it was true, went to town on him. Problem was, Houdini had been suffering from appendicitis at the time. A common belief around the time was that the punches actually ruptured his appendix because the visitor just started punching with no warning, and if he'd had time to prepare and flex his abs he might have survived; it's [[ScienceMarchesOn now instead believed]] that the punches didn't actually rupture his appendix, but rather when it ruptured on its own some time later, Houdini misattributed the pain from that as lingering soreness from the punches, and didn't seek medical treatment because he didn't realize how serious it was. In either case, he collapsed on stage several days later from the peritonitis that led to his death shortly after.
* Actor Antony Wheeler accidentally hanged himself while performing Judas' climactic suicide scene in ''Theatre/JesusChristSuperstar''.
* Karl Wallenda, patriarch of the famous Wallenda family of acrobats, fell to his death while walking on a wire between two buildings in Puerto Rico in 1978.
** Several other Wallendas had died during a performance before Karl's accident. In 1962, a performance of their famed pyramid stunt resulted in an accident which killed three family members and caused life-long injuries to two more. Karl's sister-in-law died from an in-performance fall in Nebraska the next year. Karl's son-in-law died in a rigging-related accident in 1972.
** Nik Wallenda was forced to have a harness attached despite his wishes during his Niagara Falls wire walk stunt precisely to avoid this because it was recorded live and the network didn't want to risk his death airing on live TV if he failed, although he was successful. In his later Grand Canyon crossing he was allowed to do it sans safety equipment, but the recording had a 10 second delay to give the network time to stop the broadcast if he fell, but again, he was successful.
* There is an apocryphal story of a production of ''Theatre/{{Macbeth}}'' in which Duncan's murder was shown onstage. The prop daggers the title character used to stab him were somehow replaced with real daggers and the actor playing Duncan was stabbed to death. Whether this is a true story or just used to remind the cast and crew to be careful with stage weapons is difficult to say, but it certainly fits the particular [[TheScottishTrope superstitions]] about the play.
* One ''Literature/UncleJohnsBathroomReader'' book relates the story of a PassionPlay where Longinus' actor grabbed a real spear instead of a prop spear with a retractable blade, a fact which wasn't discovered until ''after'' he stabbed the actor playing Jesus, who shouted "Jesus Christ, I've been stabbed!" and was immediately rushed to the hospital.
* On June 29, 2013, Sarah Guyard-Guillot, a performer in Creator/CirqueDuSoleil's ''Theatre/{{KA}}'', fell to the underbelly of the stage area during the climactic WireFu sequence. Her injuries proved fatal, making her the first Cirque performer to die from an onstage mishap. A second on-stage death occurred on March 17, 2018 in Tampa, during a performance of the show ''Theatre/{{Volta}}'', when aerialist Yann Arnaud fell to the stage and died later that day in hospital.
* Wayne Franzen, owner of the Franzen Brothers Circus, [[http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/1997-05-09/news/9705090201_1_franzen-lucca-circus was mauled to death]] by one of his own tigers in Carrolltown, PA in 1997 in front of students from six different schools.
* Raphael Schumacher was performing the play ''Mirages'' at the Teatro Lux in Pisa when the hanging scene[[note]]It was originally a scene involving a handgun but Schumacher changed the ending without prior notice[[/note]] he was performing went wrong and a member of the audience, a medical student, rushed to the stage to attempt to revive him. He died later in hospital after being declared clinically dead.
* Egyptian lion tamer Shaheen Islam was [[http://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/real-life/true-stories/horrifying-moment-animal-tamer-is-fatally-savaged-by-a-lion-in-front-of-screaming-audience-at-egyptian-circus/news-story/f2209cb96ad125f649827f7e7b4887de fatally mauled]] while giving a presentation for students at a circus show in Alexandria on Dec 2, 2016.
* On November 29, 2016, a technician for Creator/CirqueDuSoleil's ''Theatre/{{Luzia}}'' in San Francisco was fatally injured in an industrial accident during the pre-set of the show, leading to that night's performance being cancelled.
* In 2017, The then-upcoming ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' stage play was cancelled [[http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2017-04-11/attack-on-titan-stage-play-acrobat-dies-after-accident/.114633 after one of the acrobats fell 10 meters (about 30 feet) from the fifth to second floor]] of the theater while inspecting the equipment for [[WireFu wire action sequences]] and suspended himself in mid-air using the equipment. He suffered a cardiopulmonary arrest and was pronounced dead when he arrived in the hospital.


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* Japanese socialist politician [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inejiro_Asanuma Inejiro Asanuma]] was fatally stabbed through the abdomen by the far-right nationalist [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Otoya_Yamaguchi Otoya Yamaguchi]] during a televised debate. The whole thing took no longer than a second; the video shows Asanuma speaking normally to the camera, then out of the blue he's tackled by Yamaguchi, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Death_of_Inejiro_Asanuma.jpg and then things go]] FromBadToWorse.
* [[DeadlineNews News reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward of Roanoke, Virginia's WDBJ-7]] were [[http://www.cnn.com/2015/08/26/us/virginia-shooting-wdbj/ murdered during a live interview]] on August 26, 2015 by Vester Flanagan II, known by his professional name as Bryce Williams, a former reporter at the station. While the newscast [[GoryDiscretionShot cut to the anchors in the studio]] seconds after the shooting, Williams uploaded his own recording to his Twitter and Facebook (both taken down not long after) shortly before [[DrivenToSuicide committing suicide]].
* The Russian ambassador to Turkey, Andrei Karlov, [[http://www.infobae.com/america/mundo/2016/12/19/el-video-que-muestra-el-momento-del-disparo-contra-el-embajador-andrei-karlov/ was shot dead by a gunman on live TV]] on December 19 2016. The gunman, a security guard, attacked the ambassador in supposed retaliation for the Syrian crisis. A [[https://www.worldpressphoto.org/sites/default/files/styles/gallery_main_image/public/m2aj3s1qzzvayrcapet2.jpg?itok=T8zc2Vg6 photograph of the assassination]], taken by an Associated Press reporter who happened to be covering Karlov's conference, later won the coveted World Press Photo of the Year award.
* The non-profit Committee to Protect Journalists has maintained [[https://www.cpj.org/killed/ a list]] of every journalist killed around the world since their founding in 1992. Although most of the names are print journalists, several are television reporters who were murdered while filming a report.

* In 2004, guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott, formerly of Music/{{Pantera}}, and three others were shot onstage by a mentally unstable fan while Abbott was performing with his new band Damageplan. The shooter was shot and killed, also onstage, by the police.
* Trumpeter Lee Morgan was shot on stage by his common-law wife.
* Brazilian rapper [[http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/music/posts/la-et-ms-brazilian-rapper-mc-daleste-shot-onstage-20130708,0,6004211.story Daniel "MC Daleste" Pellegrine]] was shot on stage during an open-air concert by an unidentified individual, and died the following day.
* Several Mexican singers who perform in the narcocorrido ("drug ballad") style of Norteno music have met [[http://pitchfork.com/features/article/9733-karma-comes-back-to-you-hard-the-tale-of-the-strangest-latin-hit-in-years-and-the-dead-man-who-sang-it/ grisly or suspicious ends]] that often parallel the music that they perform. Among these is [[http://www.latinpost.com/articles/42842/20150316/musicians-body-found-40-minutes-after-kidnappers-snatch-him-off-stage.htm Rogelio Contreras]], a percussionist for the group Los Kumbiamberos RS, who was kidnapped on-stage by armed assailants in the middle of a 2015 concert and murdered outside of the venue.

* In 2014, Mexican activist Atilano Roman Tirado was shot dead by gunmen during his weekly radio show.

* Al Mulock, a Canadian actor playing one of the gunmen in ''Film/OnceUponATimeInTheWest'''s opening scene, committed suicide by jumping out his hotel window - in full costume - between takes.

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* A number of suicides have been recorded on TV, either set up deliberately (as in the case of Budd Dwyer; see below) or because a news crew happened to be passing at the time. However, the only case of a professional performer doing so seems to have been Christine "Chris" Chubbuck, a talk show host for the Sarasota channel WXLT-TV, who shot herself dead during a live show, ''Suncoast Digest'', on July 15, 1974. She announced her intention in live transmission right before doing it, too; mercifully, nobody seems to have been recording it, and the master tape is now under the possession of her younger brother Greg, who has no intention of releasing it.
* On January 22, 1987, Pennsylvania state treasurer R. Budd Dwyer called a live press conference the day before his sentencing on bribery charges. After giving a brief speech, he produced a manila envelope, pulled a .357 Magnum revolver out of it, and [[AteHisGun shot himself in the mouth]].
** [[BlatantLies Fun fact]], the footage of the actual suicide is on Youtube, and is graphic even for the quality of the video.
** A witness against Dwyer later claimed he lied to receive a lighter sentence. Dwyer may have committed suicide so that his family could collect his life insurance and pension (Dwyer's life insurance policy [[http://articles.philly.com/1987-05-02/news/26165385_1_state-employees-retirement-board-treasurer-r-budd-dwyer-pension-rights did not include the usual exclusion for suicide]]).
* On September 28, 2012, American news broadcaster Fox News [[http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-19763649 accidentally aired a live suicide]] at the end of a car chase they were airing. They had little warning of what the man was about to do and were unable to cut the live feed in time before he took his life. The anchor, an obviously horrified Shepard Smith, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2MpcPrGbb5A demanded that the recording booth cut the video]][[note]]WARNING: the linked video does contain the footage[[/note]], but the booth wasn't fast enough. He immediately thereafter apologized for this incident.
* Slobodan Praljak, a Bosnian general on trial at the International Criminal Tribunal for war crimes during [[UsefulNotes/TheYugoslavWars the Bosnian-Croat War in the 1990s]], [[http://beta.latimes.com/world/la-fg-croatia-slobadan-praljak-20171129-story.html drank a vial of poison]] after his guilty verdict and sentence came down. He died in the hospital shortly thereafter.

* Charles Haddon, singer for the British band Où Est Le Swimming Pool, killed himself by jumping off of a television mast immediately after the band's performance at the 2010 Pukkelpop Festival. Apparently he was suffering severe guilt after he injured an audience member while stagediving.
* During a 2010 outdoor concert by the Irish-Czech indie folk duo [[Film/{{Once}} The Swell Season]], a man killed himself by jumping off from a scaffolding near the amphitheater and landed on the stage, mere inches from lead singer Glen Hansard. In fact, the jumper ''would have killed Hansard'' if he had landed just a couple feet closer.
* 19-year-old Kipp Walker of Bend, Oregon, took the stage at a coffee shop's Open Mic Night, performed a song called "Sorry For The Mess", and then [[http://articles.nydailynews.com/2011-04-17/news/29464888_1_open-mic-coffee-shop-teenager-stabs fatally stabbed himself in the chest]].

* In 1951 Eduardo Chibas, the losing candidate in a blatantly rigged presidential election in Cuba, took out a pistol and shot himself in the head after giving a speech during a live radio broadcast. It was the first ever suicide live on radio.

!![[SubvertedTrope Near Misses]]:

* Florence Lawrence, often considered the first American film star, suffered serious burns and a fractured spine in 1915 during a fire sequence (NoStuntDouble, NoOSHACompliance) in a film called ''Pawns of Destiny''. Sadly, her career never recovered from the effects of her injuries and she killed herself in 1938.
* ''Franchise/BackToTheFuture''
** ''Barely'' averted by Creator/MichaelJFox in ''Film/BackToTheFuturePartIII''. The safety line keeping the pressure off his neck during the scene where Buford Tannen attempts to hang him only to be saved by Doc [[ShootTheRope shooting the rope]] failed. He was actually strangling until the crew figured it out and saved his life.
*** The same thing happened to Creator/BrendanFraser on ''Film/TheMummy1999''.
** In ''Film/BackToTheFuturePartII'', the end of the hoverboard chase, in which Griff's gang crashes through the Courthouse Mall, nearly ended in the death of Darlene Vogel's stunt-double when she crashed into the hard stone instead of the stunt-glass. ''This was the take they used in the movie.''
* Barely averted by Creator/MalcolmMcDowell during filming of ''Film/AClockworkOrange''. During a scene where Alex was being drowned by two of his former buddies, the breathing apparatus malfunctioned and [=McDowell=] was drowning for real, which no one realized until they stopped that take.
* ''Film/JamesBond'':
** In ''Film/TheSpyWhoLovedMe'''s ski-parachute jump, a ski hits the stunt man's parachute, which could have prevented it opening properly. [[ThrowItIn The footage was left in the final film]].
** On the set of ''Film/FromRussiaWithLove'', Creator/SeanConnery had a RealLife hero moment when he saved co-star Daniela Bianchi from being literally mowed down by a helicopter. It was coming in too steep and heading straight for her, and Connery tackled her out of the way. Clearly the right choice to play Bond.
** On ''Film/YouOnlyLiveTwice'' in between takes, a big light fell from the ceiling and almost crushed actress Karin Dor (Helga Brandt). If the cameraman hadn't called her over from where she was standing she would have been killed.
** ''Film/DiamondsAreForever'': Closely averted by Lana Wood when the cement block she was tied to in the swimming pool slipped down the sloping floor of the pool and dragged her underneath. Fortunately crew members spotted and rescued her. (said scene was deleted)
** Another near miss in a ''James Bond'' film occurred during the filming of ''Film/{{Octopussy}}''. The film required several shots of stunt men climbing about on the outside of a train. During filming, the train went out of the approved area that they were supposed to work in, and one stunt man was dashed against a concrete barrier, breaking both his legs.
* Creator/PierceBrosnan was clearly also a great choice for Bond, though this time, the heroic life-saving happened after he left the role. In 2009, while filming the ''Film/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians'' movie, he noticed an empty van starting to roll down a hill toward Creator/UmaThurman and another person. They couldn't hear him when he yelled to warn them of the impending danger, so he ran to catch up with the van, got in and stopped it himself.
** Also not the first time he saved a co-star from danger; Creator/HalleBerry choked on one of the grapes while filming the final scenes of ''Film/DieAnotherDay'', but Brosnan coolly helped her out via the Heimlich.
* While shooting the underwater scenes in ''Film/AlienResurrection'', Creator/RonPerlman hit his head and almost drowned.
** Creator/WinonaRyder had a panic attack before filming that scene, as she nearly drowned when she was 12. Thankfully it didn't go as bad for her as with Perlman.
** Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger almost suffered the same fate filming ''Film/The6thDay''.
* Creator/EdHarris almost drowned while making ''Film/TheAbyss''. The kicker was that Creator/JamesCameron ''knew'' he'd run out of air and kept rolling anyway, a case of EnforcedMethodActing that [[GoneHorriblyWrong backfired on him]]--as soon as Harris got out of the tank, he was understandably pissed and went and decked the director. Both Harris and Creator/MaryElizabethMastrantonio, his co-star, have gone on record saying they'll never work with Cameron again.
** Weirdly enough Cameron himself nearly drowned early on in the shoot, when his diving suit malfunctioned while he was still weighed down at the bottom of the tank during filming. [[TroubledProduction Seemed to happen a lot on that shoot]].
* Creator/JohnSimm did one of his own stunts in the 2002 version of ''Literature/CrimeAndPunishment'' and got thrown down a flight of stairs, breaking several ribs and suffering internal bleeding. Initially, he ''refused to go to the hospital'' even after he'd developed a high fever, because the fever and the pain "helped him with the performance" and he didn't want to halt the production. Eventually, they managed to drag him to a hospital.
* During her intense boxing training for ''Film/MillionDollarBaby'', Creator/HilarySwank developed a serious staph infection at the bottom of her foot. She continued on with her training despite this, not telling anyone, until it ruptured and the pain became so severe she checked herself in. It turns out that the infection was close to reaching her heart, meaning that had she not gotten help when she had, Swank might have been in the hospital for weeks. Director Creator/ClintEastwood had no idea until much later.
* Almost happened a few times during the production of ''Film/TheGoodTheBadAndTheUgly''. When they filmed the scene where the bridge is detonated, a chunk of debris flew not six feet from Creator/ClintEastwood's head and it would have meant his death if it hit him.
** Creator/EliWallach cheated death at least five times making the film. When Wallach had to lie by train tracks as a train went by, he wasn't warned that if he raised his head too high, the steps jutting from the cars (which weren't accounted for when figuring out safety concerns) would have taken his head off. Fortunately, he stayed down until the train had completely gone. On another occasion, a crew member put a bottle of acid right beside his drink, and he was almost poisoned when [[IDrankWhat he drank from it]] (he had the sense to spit it out right away). And yet another time, when he had his hands bound and was sitting on a horse during the scene where Blondie shoots the rope, the horse got too spooked and ran a mile before anyone could stop it. Not to mention the times he was nearly strangled on set via noose. A rare mix of ButtMonkey and BornLucky.
* Creator/JackieChan has broken every bone in his body at least once while doing his own stunts and fight scenes in a thirty-year action movie career filled with some of the most over-the-top action you'll ever see a live actor perform.
** He came closest to death while filming a stunt for ''Film/ArmorOfGod''. The tree branch he jumped to snapped and he fell fifteen feet. It took eight hours of surgery and a plastic plug to replace the lost skull fragments. Filming stopped for a month to let Jackie recover.
** A stunt for ''Film/RushHour'' nearly crushed Jackie's skull between a pair of metal boxes. They slammed together about a quarter of a second after Jackie's head was clear. If he were any slower, he'd have been dead.
** Although it wouldn't ''necessarily'' have been fatal, Jackie was nearly [[GroinAttack castrated]] on the set of one film when he did a cartwheel ''over a spinning sawblade'' and landed with the spinning saw inches from his nuts.
* ''Film/TheTexasChainSawMassacre1974'':
** During the climactic chase scene, Gunnar Hanson slipped on the wet grass and lost his grip on the chainsaw. It flew into the air while still running, and came down blade first just inches from his head.
** Another incident occurred when his mask slipped during the nighttime chase scene and, because he was blinded, he almost sawed Marilyn Burns in half.
** And both of those pale in comparison [[http://www.cracked.com/article_19901_5-great-movie-scenes-made-possible-by-reckless-endangerment.html to something revealed later]] - the climactic dinner scene took so long to film (27 ''hours straight''), in such a stifling atmosphere (110 degrees Fahrenheit ''outside'', as the windows were blockaded), that Gunnar Hansen (who was kitted out in his Leatherface costume, and thus getting hit worst by the heat and mugginess) [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DqPP4UTwmz8 thought he was meant]] to ''actually kill'' Marilyn Burns in that scene. Edwin Neal, who played the Hitchiker, had just come back from a tour in VIetnam, and described the conditions during the filming of said scene as ''[[TroubledProduction worse]]'' than anything the Viet Cong had put him through. [[NightmareFuel Yikes.]]
* Barely avoided by Creator/JohnHurt in ''Film/TheElephantMan''. The prosthetics he was wearing on his head were very heavy, weighing in at about twenty pounds. When he tried to lie down for a nap for a few hours before going on-set, he practically strangled himself due to the weight of his head on his neck. Hurt was subsequently forced to nap while sitting down. Ironically, the real Joseph Merrick was also forced to sleep while sitting and died because he tried to sleep lying down and ended up strangling himself due to the weight of his head.
* Creator/MerylStreep was nearly killed while filming ''Film/TheRiverWild''. The director asked her for one more take of a rafting scene, which Meryl said she couldn't handle; the director pressured her, and eventually Streep agreed. She was swept off the raft and nearly drowned. Once she was out of the water, she confronted her shaking director with, "The next time I say I can't do something, I think we should believe me, don't you?"
* Infamously, in ''Film/DoctorZhivago'' the woman with the baby that Yuri pulls onto the train tripped and just barely missed getting her legs mangled under the actual, moving train. (That's the take they use in the movie, incidentally.) There is a long standing rumor that the woman did get her legs amputated (thanks to miscommunication in the Making-Of Documentary), but this is false.
* While making an earlier Creator/DavidLean film, ''Film/LawrenceOfArabia'', Creator/PeterOToole nearly died while filming the Arab attack on Aqaba. A prop gun misfired and panicked O'Toole's camel, throwing him to the ground as hundreds of extras charged past on horses and camels. By O'Toole's account, his camel stood over him, preventing the extras from trampling O'Toole to death. O'Toole tied himself to his camel to avoid repetition on subsequent takes.
* During the filming of the clown scene of ''Film/{{Poltergeist}}'', child actor Oliver Robins really was choking as the clown strangled him, Creator/StevenSpielberg and Creator/TobeHooper thought he was acting, but after they saw his face turning purple, Spielberg rushed to his aid.
* ''Film/LordOfTheRings'': While filming a fight scene for ''The Fellowship of the Ring'', Creator/ViggoMortensen was nearly killed when a stuntman accidentally threw a knife straight at his head; due to the swordsman skills he learned (and/or sheer luck) he managed to deflect it. He also nearly drowned in ''The Two Towers'' when he was caught in an undertow filming the scene where Aragorn is floating down the river.
** With the former incident, the stuntman who was supposed to do the scene had failed on multiple repeated takes to deflect the thrown dagger, when Viggo asked if he could give it a try. Certainly fortunate for him that he got it right on the first try.
* During the climactic scene in ''Film/InglouriousBasterds'', the fire raging through the cinema was completely real. Unfortunately, it began to get out of hand, and the two actors in the scene were only wearing a jelly to protect their skin; the rest of the crew had fire suits. Ten seconds after Creator/QuentinTarantino called 'cut' and everyone rushed off, the platform the actors had been standing on collapsed. The heat was so intense (2000 degrees Fahrenheit) one of them passed out afterwards.
* During the filming of ''Film/TheLoneRanger'', Creator/JohnnyDepp was nearly trampled by a horse during filming. And while it didn't occur during filming, a crew member named Michael Andrew Bridger died while working in a water tank.
* Creator/BusterKeaton broke his neck during the railroad water-tank scene in ''Film/SherlockJr'', when a torrent of water fell on him from a water tower, but he did not realize it until years afterward.
* In 1919, Creator/HaroldLloyd was posing for photographs with a prop bomb. Unfortunately, the not-prop bomb exploded, blowing off the thumb and first two fingers of his right hand. For the rest of his career, including all of the intricate action sequences that were such a hallmark of his 1920s films, Lloyd performed while wearing a specially-made glove designed to hide his injury.
* While filming ''Film/TheExpendables3'', Creator/JasonStatham nearly drowned after the brakes on a truck he was driving gave out and sent him flying off a cliff into the sea, he managed to escape the sinking truck and used his diving skills to swim to the surface.
* In ''Film/EdgeOfTomorrow'', while filming a car chase scene, Creator/EmilyBlunt accidentally drove into a tree and nearly killed Creator/TomCruise. They managed to laugh it off.
* Cruise was almost decapitated while filming ''Film/TheLastSamurai''. He and his co-star Hiroyuki Sanada were acting out a sword fight scene when Sanada swung a sword at Cruise who was on an off-camera mechanical horse at the time. But the machine reportedly malfunctioned and failed to duck at the right moment. Sanada stopped the blade just one inch from his neck.
* While filming ''Film/GodzillaVsHedorah'', Kenpachiro Satsuma was diagnosed with appendicitis and required emergency surgery while still wearing his Hedorah costume since it was so difficult to remove. During the operation, Satsuma learned that painkillers have no effect on him.
* While filming ''Film/GodzillaVsDestoroyah'', Kenpachiro Satsuma inhaled carbon monoxide given off by the special effects and almost died.
* While filming ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'', Buddy Ebsen suffered an allergic reaction to the Tin Man's makeup and had to be hospitalized after he stopped breathing, which led to the Tin Man being recast as Jack Haley. Creator/MargaretHamilton was nearly burned alive by mistimed pyro, and a stunt double was injured in a similar incident.
* While filming ''Film/EnterTheDragon'', Peter Archer almost drowned in the "Art of Fighting Without Fighting" scene.
* In ''Film/NowYouSeeMe'', during filming of the scene where Henley Reeves tries to free herself from shackles and escape from a tank of water and piranhas, Creator/IslaFisher was close to drowning. Fisher had become stuck and tried to alert the crew by banging on the window she was facing, but the cast and crew did not think anything of it because [[AllPartOfTheShow that was what the character was supposed to be doing]]. She was able to untangle the chain thanks to a nearby stunt person and get out of the tank safely.
* Creator/HarrisonFord suffered a broken leg in a potentially fatal accident during the studio filming of ''Film/TheForceAwakens'', when a real hydraulic door on the ''Millennium Falcon'' interior set was closed while he was walking through it. The production company involved pleaded guilty to criminal charges relating to the accident and were heavily fined.
* In the classic gangster films, real bullets were used. For ''Film/WhiteHeat'', the producers employed skilled marksmen who used low-velocity bullets to break windows or show bullets hitting near the characters. In the factory scene, Creator/JamesCagney was missed by mere inches.
* Creator/BrianBlessed was almost killed filming his death scene in ''Film/RobinHoodPrinceOfThieves''.
* While filming the fight near the windmill in ''Film/TheThreeMusketeers1973'', Creator/OliverReed was stabbed in the throat and almost died.
* Creator/ChowYunFat was almost blown up in ''Film/ABetterTomorrowII'' when the explosion outside the mansion door being more powerful than expected. Some of his hair was singed, and he was blasted forward. The shot in the film is his real reaction.
* Creator/CharlieSheen credits Creator/KeithDavid for saving his life while making ''Film/{{Platoon}}''. While shooting in an open-doored Huey gunship, the helicopter banked too hard and Sheen was thrown towards - and would have gone through - the open door. David grabbed him by the back and pulled him back in.
* Creator/EmmaWatson was nearly trampled by a horse on the set of ''Film/{{Beauty and the Beast|2017}}''.
* Creator/AlecGuinness experienced this shooting several of his Ealing comedies. During Admiral D'Ascoyne's death scene in ''Film/KindHeartsAndCoronets'', he was left tied to a chair in a flooding room and was unable to escape, nearly drowning until a crew member realized what was happening and cut him loose. On ''Film/TheLadykillers'', Guinness was nearly decapitated by the railroad sign during the movie's finale, only surviving because he accidentally missed his mark for the shot.
* One of the signature scenes in ''Film/FridayThe13thPartVIITheNewBlood'' had Jason, played by Creator/KaneHodder, catch on fire. That wasn't scripted, nor was supposed to happen (apparently a spark managed to light the suit up), and [[ManOnFire Kane was on fire for well over a minute]] because he didn't want the scene to get ruined by the fire extinguishers.
* Similarly, in the ''Film/VanHelsing'' film, the costumes for the dwergers seemed to have issues with ''constantly'' catching on fire, as the DVDCommentary revealed (to the point it became an on-set RunningGag). At one point you can actually ''see'' a puff of a fire extinguisher putting out one of them just off-screen.
* Creator/WilliamWyler lost nearly all of his hearing while filming aboard an aircraft during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII.
* Creator/QuentinTarantino rehearsed a car stunt for ''Film/KillBill'' with himself behind the wheel to ensure it was safe. Unfortunately, the results weren't quite as he had hoped for when Creator/UmaThurman did the stunt for real, and against her consent for that matter; when describing the incident in 2018, Thurman recounted her brief fear immediately after the crash that she had lost the use of her legs. Needless to say, relations between the two were strained for years afterwards, culminating in her revelation of the accident and Tarantino's other moments of EnforcedMethodActing in 2018.

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* ''Series/RedDwarf'':
** Barely averted in the episode "[[Recap/RedDwarfSeasonIIIBackwards Backwards]]", where Creator/CraigCharles nearly drowned during a stunt where he had to walk backwards into a lake. Possibly referenced in "Last Human", in which we learn that Lister has a lifelong fear of drowning.
** Also a runner was struggling for breath while doubling for Caroline Carmen inside a block of ice for "[[Recap/{{Red Dwarf Season VII Epideme}} Epideme]]".
* Nearly happened to Matthew Fox in the last episode of ''Series/{{Lost}}'' due to a real knife (if, thankfully, dulled) not being swapped out for a collapsible one. Luckily, Fox was wearing a kevlar pad. Not only had it been suggested he not wear protection, but he was in the process of trying various other forms of protection; none of the others would've saved him.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'', being such a long runner, has seen some nasty accidents.
** Creator/PatrickTroughton was nearly crushed to death while familiarising himself with the set before recording of "The Moonbase", when the huge Graviton prop fell off its stand and just missed him.
** During filming of "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS8E1TerrorOfTheAutons Terror of the Autons]]", a stunt performer playing an Auton was accidentally hit by a car and knocked all the way to the bottom of a BBCQuarry. Since he survived without serious injury and it looked really cool, the sequence was [[ThrowItIn included in the finished episode]].
** During filming of "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS9E3TheSeaDevils The Sea Devils]]", the ubiquitous 1970s and 80s BBC stunt performer Stuart Fell nearly drowned when he fell over in the surf and his rubber monster costume filled with water.
** "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS12E5RevengeOfTheCybermen Revenge of the Cybermen]]" was being filmed in a cavern. Creator/ElisabethSladen (Sarah Jane Smith) was to drive a boat in a whirlpool. The boat wouldn't run, and the stuntman jumped in and saved her from drowning. The boat disappeared down a waterfall and was never seen again.
** A season later, during the production of "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS13E6TheSeedsOfDoom The Seeds of Doom]], Lis Sladen had the original TARDIS prop collapse on her.
** During the filming of the scene where Ace is trapped in the water tank in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS26E1Battlefield Battlefield]]", the front of the glass tank cracked and broke. Realizing that the water was about to pour out onto a floor with live electrical cables, Creator/SylvesterMcCoy [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness cur]][[PrecisionFStrike sed]] and yelled "Get her out of there!" and Creator/SophieAldred was lifted clear just as the water poured out, saving her life.
** "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS13E5TheBrainOfMorbius The Brain of Morbius]]": According to Cynthia Grenville (who played Maren), Creator/TomBaker nearly got set on fire during a stunt which required him to be in a funeral pyre which is set alight. Creator/TheBBC effects department heavily fireproofed everything in the pyre, but the flames shot up in massive columns instead of creeping around in a circle around the Doctor's feet like they were supposed to. If Grenville hadn't broken character and yelled at Tom to jump until he did, he would have been seriously injured - the fire brigade had to be called in between takes. If you watch the sequence, you'll notice later shots of the pyre are a ''lot'' less fiery than the early long shot of the Doctor, especially shots with the Doctor in.
** Creator/PeterDavison contracted hypothermia from the stunt in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS21E1WarriorsOfTheDeep Warriors of the Deep]]" that required him to fall off a high bridge into a pool of water. Since the BBC had NoBudget, they didn't heat the water and it was ice cold. The actors in the Myrka costume, on which the paint hadn't dried, also reported becoming light-headed and dizzy from the fumes as they were effectively sniffing glue.
* ''Series/TheBradyBunch'' episode where they visit Kings Island Amusement Park includes a scene of them on the roller coaster The Racer, which was filmed with a camera mounted onto the ride car. Robert Reed thought that the camera looked unsafe and made them do a test run first. When they did, the camera flew off and would have killed the actors if they had been on the ride.
* Bob Denver was nearly killed by a live lion used in one episode of ''Series/GilligansIsland''. Nevertheless, [[JustEatGilligan most of the cast considered the episode to be their favorite]].
* An infamous 2006 Vampire Dragster crash very nearly killed ''Series/TopGear'' presenter Richard Hammond. In a slight subversion however, he had already done the required take successfully. It was revealed when they were watching the footage when he returned to the show that he was trying to set an official speed record (which requires running the vehicle in two opposing directions to get the average speed of each run), during which he crashed at 300mph. ''Had he been taller'' ([[TheNapoleon something which he gets mocked for frequently on the show]]), ''he would have been decapitated''.
** More unsettlingly, the producers had originally planned to have James "Captain Slow" May do the bit with the Vampire Dragster, which almost certainly '''would''' have ended in tragedy, as May is taller than Hammond by a fair bit.
* During the ''Series/BreakingBad'' episode "[[Recap/BreakingBadS1E6CrazyHandfulOfNothin Crazy Handful Of Nothin']]", a sudden gust of wind blew the tarp off the RV, including the huge boulder weighing it down. It landed in the exact spot where Aaron Paul (who plays Jesse Pinkman) had been standing just a second before, after he picked the luckiest moment possible to ask the director if he could try saying his lines from another spot.
* Diminutive British comic performer Charlie Drake ended one live half-hour show by being pulled through through a balsa wood bookcase. The panels were held together with light glue so that they would give way on impact. Unfortunately a stagehand, not realising that the bookcase was meant for a stunt, thought the panels looked too flimsy and nailed them in place. As a result, instead of springing to his feet offstage and returning to deliver his CatchPhrase, Drake was knocked unconscious, and his fellow performers could be seen looking worried as the credits rolled.
* Creator/KristinChenoweth was struck in the face by a falling light fixture on the set of ''Series/TheGoodWife'', and suffered a concussion, skull fracture, broken nose, and neck injuries. If it had fallen directly on top of her head, she would have been killed or rendered vegetative.
* An example of this was talked about on ''Series/WorldsDumbest'' A senior citizen production of ''Literature/OfMiceAndMen'' had a dress rehearsal going smoothly. Then it came time for [[ItWasHisSled George to shoot Lenny in the head.]] Problem was that they were using a real gun as a prop and the man playing George forgot to check if it was empty. It wasn't and when he pulled the trigger it went off, ricocheting of the man's skull and taking off a piece of his ear. The actor play George even admitted that he should have checked the gun to make sure. The man playing Lenny was not upset as it was an accident and planned to return to the troupe once he recovered. This also serves as a reminder of gun safety. All guns are loaded at all times and [[IJustShotMarvinInTheFace do not point them at anything you do not wish to destroy or kill]].
* One episode of ''Series/WhoseLineIsItAnyway'' featured Colin Mochrie and Ryan Styles performing the game "Infomercial", where they take a box of random objects and use them in a mock infomercial. At one point Colin finds an odd device with a crank, has Ryan put one end in his mouth, and is about to start cranking when host Drew Carey visibly panics and stops them, saying the item is supposed to make fire. Colin points it away from them, giving it a few cranks. When nothing happens, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sroytvPU3UI he shrugs and jokingly attempts to return it to Ryan's mouth.]]
-->'''Ryan:''' Someone wants their own show!
** Specifically, Drew thought it was a starter for a barbecue grill. What it actually is is a device for blowing air on the hot coals to get the fire going faster. Even if it had been something that produces fire, it is highly likely it would have been disabled anyway, given Colin and Ryan's tendency to put props in their mouths.
* Bobby Davro was placed in a pillory by his guests in the last episode of his series ''Public Enemy Number One''. The pillory fell over, and Davro fell face-first into the studio's concrete floor. A slightly-raised portion of the stage gave him space to avoid a potentially-fatal head injury.
* ''Series/TheTwilightZone1959'': While filming the episode "[[Recap/TheTwilightZoneS3E72TheGrave The Grave]]", Creator/LeeMarvin got drunk at one point. He rode his horse across the set and almost got impaled when the horse crashed into a picket fence.
* While filming an episode of ''Series/TheGeneAutryShow'', ''The Peacemaker'', a prop cannon exploded, nearly killing Pat Buttram. The blast gave him a twelve-inch-long gash in his chest, exposing a punctured lung, severed an artery in his leg and nearly blew his chin off. Fortunately, Autry flew a doctor into the remote area, who saved Buttram's life before the ambulance arrived.

* During a concert stunt, Music/AliceCooper almost hanged himself while dangling by an onstage noose. He survived when a roadie cut him down. He also was nearly strangled by his pet snake which he wore around his neck, but that was during a practice (the snake's head had to be cut off to save him).
** Dannii Minogue also had a similar snake related incident.
* Barely averted by James Hetfield of Music/{{Metallica}} who accidentally walked into a column of phosphorous flame that nearly killed him during a 1992 concert in Montreal. Hetfield suffered significant burns to his left arm, but he was back on stage under a month later. Unable to play guitar, he just sang for several concerts while Music/MetalChurch's John Marshall filled in for him on guitar. Later tours included a stuntman on fire as a homage.
* [[Music/YoshikiHayashi Yoshiki]] of Music/XJapan suffered a broken neck onstage in 1995 during the first run of the ''Dahlia'' tour. He was both lucky and unlucky - lucky in that the place where the break occurred did not cause paralysis or death, especially when he was carried offstage improperly by road crew with no neck stabilization at all, unlucky in that how the break healed gave him permanent neck injuries including weakening of the bones in his neck, two split discs in his cervical spine, and further damage which was only aggravated worse when he returned to drumming with the band full time in 2008 - collapsing for real onstage from the pain in a 2008 show and having to have emergency surgery on his neck in 2009. The emergency surgery accidentally stumbled upon a thyroid cancer, which was also treated. So in a way, his near miss likely saved his life from cancer 14 years later.
* A near-fatal incident happened to [[Music/HidetoMatsumoto hide]] during a solo performance when he had a pyrotechnics accident onstage due to being drunk. Since being drunk later contributed to his far more private death, this is HarsherInHindsight.
* Music/WuTangClan's Ol' Dirty Bastard nearly had a pyrotechnic-related accident near the end of his performance at the 1998 MTV Video Music Awards. Luckily, [[Music/TheFugees Fugees]] member [[{{Garfunkel}} Pras]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hFLOgKHc2Qo yanked him out of harm's way]] at the last minute.
* Another musician who evaded death onstage was Music/KeithRichards, in a [[Music/TheRollingStones Rolling Stones]] concert in Sacramento, California, in September 1965. Before performing the song "The Last Time", Richards noted his microphone was pointing away from him. To put it in the right direction, he smashed his guitar against the mic, causing it to give him an electric shock, which rendered him unconscious for seven minutes. Luckily Bill Wyman rushed to his aid in time to get the guitar away from his body (the shock had ''melted away'' three of its strings).
** [[Film/WaynesWorld "This may be the reason why Keith cannot be killed by conventional weapons."]]
** Music/MickJagger was assaulted by a drugged-up audience member during a performance at the Altamont Free Concert in December 1969; the would-be murderer was fatally stabbed by event security before he had a chance to do anything except point a gun at the stage.
** In December 1981, the Stones were in the middle of "Satisfaction" when Keith spotted a lone fan climbing on stage and making a dash for Mick. With Music/JohnLennon's murder still on everyone's mind, Keith calmly turned down the volume on his guitar, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dv1bM0pp_o4 hit the guy over the head with it]], strapped his guitar back on, turned up the volume and kept playing without missing a beat. Then he went down to the police station and bailed the guy out.
* Ace Frehley of Music/{{KISS}} suffered an electric shock on-stage when his guitar's amp malfunctioned. After recovering, he took advantage of the experience to write the song "Shock Me".
* When shooting the cover art for her 1975 album ''Adventures in Paradise'', singer MinnieRiperton was attacked by a lion. The trainer was on hand to quickly subdue the animal before anyone could suffer any injury, though. The incident was filmed, and appeared when she visited talk shows to promote the album.
* Music/MeatLoaf has had heart problems most of his life, by his own admission. During one concert he had a heart attack on stage. It took several minutes before the crowd and the rest of the band realised that he was not, in fact, getting really into the act.
* Black Metal band Music/{{Mayhem}} ran into this in their early years. Lead singer [[MeaningfulName Dead]] would make it a point to slash himself up onstage. Many times he would actually attempt suicide onstage, only to be hospitalized for blood loss. Guitarist Euronymous would try to pass these suicide attempts off as an accident during Dead's artistic self-mutilation. He even joked that "If that idiot hits another artery, we'll have to delay the next album again". Of course, Euronymous knew that Dead was suicidal, and [[MoralEventHorizon purposely blocked him from receiving treatment]] so that his self-destructive behavior would establish the band's shocking reputation.
* In the summer of 2011, there were three highly publicized stage collapses at open-air festivals which nearly cost the lives of the artist performing at the time and, in some cases, killed or injured fans in the first few rows:
** On July 17, the stage at Bluesfest in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada collapsed 20 minutes into Music/CheapTrick's set. The stage collapsed away from the audience and the band were able to escape in time, but the band's equipment truck and some of their instruments were destroyed.
** On August 13, the stage at the Indiana State Fair collapsed just as country music duo Music/{{Sugarland}} were taking the stage. The resulting collapse killed 7 people and injured 43. Sugarland, their management, and the state of Indiana have been named as the defendant in several lawsuits by the survivors of the collapse.
** On August 19, one of the stages at the popular Belgian festival Pukkelpop collapsed during the performance of American indie rock band The Smith Westerns during a severe storm. Once again, the band members were able to escape the stage with seconds to spare, but unfortunately the stage and several other tents collapsed into the audience and killed five people and injured 140. The rest of the festival, which was to include performances by big-name acts which rarely perform in Belgium, was canceled.
* When Music/TheMonkees played the Hollywood Bowl in 1967 Micky Dolenz jumped into a reflecting pool in front of the stage. Mid-air he realized he was still holding his mic, and tossed it away just in time before he could electrocute himself.
* While performing live during MTV's Spring Break, Music/{{Radiohead}} lead singer Thom Yorke jumped into the nearby swimming pool and quickly began drowning. Because the band was still playing their instruments nobody realized Yorke's life was in danger and he frantically swam to the nearby ledge. In another twist a ''live microphone'' had been left at the poolside, and an MTV VJ realized it was there. Yorke almost touched the live microphone before the VJ smacked it out of his reach and pulled him from the pool.
* During a Music/{{Rammstein}} concert in Berlin, rhythm guitarist Paul Landers was walking across the stage when lead singer Till Lindemann suddenly rushed forward and pulled him back - barely a split second later, a massive column of fire (one of the many pyrotechnic effects used by the band in their live shows) erupted from the stage. Had Lindemann not pulled him back, Landers would have been severely injured, and probably killed outright.
* If one compares Music/MarilynManson's voice from before 2007 and after 2007 (singing and speaking), they notice something happened to it. That something was him breathing in a ton of fire, permanently scarring his throat and vocal cords. Considering some of the breathing problems seen on stage since then, it may have damaged his lungs too. This may be a case of LaserGuidedKarma, as he had fired drummer Sara Lee Lucas with, well, fire, on stage, in Las Vegas, back in 1995, to replace him with Ginger Fish.
* In 1984, Music/MichaelJackson's hair caught fire as he was filming a commercial for Pepsi. He suffered second-degree burns to his scalp and he had to undergo treatment for his injuries; general consensus is that this was the beginning of the prescription drug dependency problems that ultimately cost him his life in 2009. His hair also never grew back where the burns reached his scalp. He wore wigs every day of the rest of his life.
* In 2013 Music/{{Emmure}} singer Frankie Palmeri [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H4T3Yubs3F4 nearly dies of electrocution while on stage in Moscow.]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i-J8lW8-SDQ Emmure elaborates on what happened here.]]
* At a 2009 concert in Alberta, a wind storm caused a stage collapse that gave CountryMusic singer Billy Currington a concussion, injured his bass player, and killed one spectator.
* Rumors say that this ''almost'' happened to Simon [=LeBon=] from Music/DuranDuran in the filming of the video for "Wild Boys". [=LeBon=] was strapped to the spinning windmill which dunked his head beneath the water with each revolution; he supposedly found himself in real difficulty when the windmill once stopped with his head underwater and he almost drowned as a result, but he has always denied it.
* Mikey Way said that this nearly happened during the making of the music video for Music/MyChemicalRomance's "The Ghost of You". The landing craft that the band was on had capsized when the trapdoors opened due to the amount of weight it was carrying (aside from five members of the band, there were the extras, as well as the military equipment they were carrying), and they almost drowned.
* Music/{{REM}} drummer Bill Berry suffered a near-fatal brain aneurysm during a performance in Lausanne, Switzerland in March 1995. The band cancelled the remaining tour dates as Berry was hospitalized, but though he eventually made a full recovery and resumed the tour with his bandmates (and went on to release one more album with them in 1996), the on-stage aneurysm is said to have been one of the factors in his decision to leave the band in 1997.
* Operatic baritone Kimm Julian was accidentally stabbed in the stomach by his co-star, tenor David Rendall, during a rehearsal of ''Theatre/{{Pagliacci}}'' at the Milwaukee-based Florentine Opera when the switchblade-style knife used by the company failed to retract. Fortunately, Julian survived and Rendall was cleared of any wrongdoing.
* Danny Peppermint, who had a minor hit with "The Peppermint Twist" (not to be confused with the better-known Joey Dee song), suffered an electric shock from a microphone while onstage at the Thunderbird Hotel in Las Vegas on January 24, 1962. He was rushed to the hospital and survived, but his career didn't due to the loss of momentum: "Peppermint Twist" stalled at #54 and his other releases (two singles and a album) failed to chart.

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* At the Wrestling/{{WWE}} ''Elimination Chamber'' pay-per-view in 2010, Wrestling/TheUndertaker was accidentally ''lit on fire'' during his entrance. [[TheShowMustGoOn He wrestled the match anyway,]] despite the skin on his exposed upper body peeling from the burns. Several stage hands gave him water bottles to douse himself with while he waited in the chamber pods for his turn in the match, and Wrestling/MichaelCole covered for Taker's post-fire sprint to the ring as a rage in the Deadman no one had seen before.
* Jerry "The King" Lawler collapsed from a heart attack at ringside during a ''Wrestking/WWERaw'' event in September 2012, about an hour after he wrestled a match. Luckily the medical staff was able to get him to the hospital in time to save his life.
* On September 8, 2014, Wrestling/SethRollins was nearly impaled by spikes attached to a steel cage ''twice''. His quick reflexes saved him both times.
* On the RAW episode before Hell in a Cell 2014, Wrestling/RandyOrton was nearly impaled by the legs of an upturned table. Due to the match stipulations he had barely any room to avoid the potential tragedy. He verbally and physically made his anger known during the match.
* The "[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mass_Transit_incident_%28professional_wrestling%29 Mass Transit]]" incident involving Wrestling/ExtremeChampionshipWrestling's New Jack: a 17-year old teen who lied about being a trained wrestler was subbed into a match where he asked to be bladed (cut open to draw blood for effect). New Jack accidentally cut him too deeply and he nearly bled out, which resulted in a lawsuit and potential criminal charges against New Jack and ECW (which were all dropped).
* Owen Hart infamously crushed Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin's neck with a piledriver during a match at [=SummerSlam=] 1997, which left Austin briefly paralyzed in the ring (which Owen interpreted as having killed Austin at first). This incident forced Austin to change his style for the rest of his career (having been a fairly technical and mat-oriented wrestler prior to a brawler later on) and left him with several lingering neck and knee pains that ultimately forced his retirement in 2003.
* The legendary Hell in a Cell match at ''Wrestling/KingOfTheRing 1998'' between The Undertaker and [[Wrestling/MickFoley Mankind]] had two well-known spots: Mankind flying off the top of the Cell into the announce table and being slammed through the mesh ceiling into the ring. The former was entirely scripted but the latter was accidental, which The Undertaker thought had surely broken Mankind's neck upon impact. Thankfully he was mostly okay (although Wrestling/VinceMcMahon made Foley promise that he'd never attempt something so crazy for the rest of his career), although about as banged up as one might expect.
* The 2004 installment of WWE ''Wrestling/JudgmentDay'' included a match between Wrestling/EddieGuerrero and Wrestling/JohnBradshawLayfield in which Eddie executed a bad blade job and ended up severing an artery in his head. The resulting crimson ''fountain'' was so horrific that Eddie went into shock backstage from blood loss after the match. The PPV is the only event in WWE's history that has ever been rated TV-MA, specifically because of this incident.

* Auto racing is a dangerous sport, and there have been a great many near misses in motorsports history.
** Two race drivers are known to have survived basilar skull fractures, the same injury that killed UsefulNotes/{{NASCAR}} icon Creator/DaleEarnhardt in 2001:
*** In 1989, UsefulNotes/FormulaOne driver Philippe Streiff suffered the injury in a testing crash. He has been confined to a wheelchair ever since, however.
*** In 1994, NASCAR driver Ernie Irvan suffered the same injury in a practice crash at Michigan International Speedway. He was given only a 10% chance of surviving the night, but made a full recovery, returning to racing about a year later.
** On July 25, 2009, UsefulNotes/FormulaOne driver Felipe Massa was hit in the face with a 40 kilogram spring while traveling at high speed. His injuries were life threatening, but he made a full recovery and returned to racing the next season.
** Similarly, fellow UsefulNotes/FormulaOne driver Robert Kubica wasn't at the beginning of the 2012 season (and still is out of the races) due to [[http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/formula1/15853406 a rally accident]] in which he got ''impaled by a crash barrier'', which caused him mutiple fractures on the right side of his body.
** Not the first time for Kubica. During the 2007 Canadian Grand Prix he survived an accident eerily similar to that of Ayrton Senna; same sweeping left hand bend, same speed and same concrete barrier but with less run-off area. Though he was knocked unconscious, it is a testament to the safety of current Formula 1 cars that Kubica suffered no lasting injuries and was in fact medically cleared to participate in the very next race at Indianapolis (though his team refused to enter him just to be on the safe side).
** CART and F1 driver Alex Zanardi lost his legs and nearly 3/4 of his blood volume in a 2001 crash at Eurospeedway Lausitz. He later returned to touring car racing, and still later took up handcycling, winning two gold medals at the 2012 Paralympics, one even being held at the Brands Hatch Circuit in Kent.
** During the 1966 Formula 1 race at Spa-Francorchamps, Jackie Stewart's car ran off the road, hit a tree and a shed, before coming to rest up-side down. He spent 25 minutes trapped there with fuel leaking all over him, since there were no track marshals nearby to help extract him or put out his car if it caught fire. Eventually, with the help of other racers and using a spectator's toolkit, he was freed and put in the back of a truck. Eventually he was taken to the infield medical center where he spent a few hours on a stretcher not receiving medical help, before being transported to a hospital (oh, and the ambulance got lost on the way to the hospital). This comedy of errors is what prompted the Scotsman to become such a major safety advocate.
** In the 1994 German Grand Prix, Benetton driver Jos Verstappen was horrifyingly set alight along with his car on live TV due to a refuelling accident in the pits. Fortunately his racing suit successfully protected him and he suffered only a minor burn to his nose.
** In 2007, funny car legend John Force blew a tire right after finishing a run, causing it to swing left into Kenny Bernstein and split in half The front half, with the engine, slid all the way to the dirt overdrive area, while the rear half, with John went headfirst into the wall, badly injuring him.
** During the 2014 24 Hours of Daytona, Memo Gidley, driving a Chevrolet Prototype, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JnKZE7YAeh4 slammed into the back]] of the stalled and nearly stopped Ferrari of Matteo Malucelli at 120 MPH, utterly destroying both cars and breaking Gidley's left arm, left leg, and back (Malucelli got away with a concussion). Considering how little of the prototype was left after the wreck, it's pretty amazing that that's all he suffered.
** In 2000, UsefulNotes/IndyCar driver Sam Schmidt was testing for the new season at Walt Disney World Speedway in Florida, when he lost control and smashed into the outside wall. He was rendered permanently paralyzed from the neck down and spent five months on a respirator, but, after recovering sufficiently, ultimately came back to the series as a team owner.
** While practicing for the 2015 Indianapolis 500, James Hinchcliffe's right-front suspension failed, causing him to slam into the wall at 220 MPH. The impact with the wall forced the right front wishbone through the monocoque and both of his legs, causing major blood loss. He was rushed to the hospital for surgery on the legs. [[http://fox59.com/2016/03/17/indycar-driver-james-hinchcliffe-talks-about-his-recovery/ In a 2016 interview]], he talked about his recovery, saying just how close he got to dying. He said that the body can lose about 60% of its blood before there's no coming back, and he had lost just over 50% when he arrived in surgery, and any later he probably would have died. He also said that if the suspension piece had gone through his legs a half-inch to the left, it would have severed his femoral artery, which would have also killed him.
** The 2011 24 Hours of Le Mans had a number of major crashes, of which Allan [=McNish=]'s [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gZJPir6NaHY massive crash]] is probably the best remembered one. All that was left of his car was the cockpit crash pod, which thankfully had done its job and allowed [=McNish=] to walk away from the accident without a scratch. 2011 was also the first year that the organisers had mandated 'fins' on the prototypes, and it's widely believed without the fin keeping the car stable and level, the crash could have been much worse. 2011 was also the first year that Audi used a closed-cockpit car...
** Coming to the checkered flag of the 2013 [=Drive4COPD=] 300 (the NASCAR Nationwide Series, now Xfinity Series, race run the day before the Daytona 500), Regan Smith was spun by Brad Keselowski while the latter was pushing the former. This started a chain reaction that saw rookie Kyle Larson fly nose-first into the catchfence in the tri-oval, ripping the engine from the car and sending debris and the front tires flying into the grandstands. 33 spectators were injured, one critically, but thankfully, nobody died. Larson was uninjured and walked away from the car. Tony Stewart, who had been passed by multiple cars with two laps to go, cut through the grass (going below the yellow line to avoid a wreck is legal) to win the race, tying the late Dale Earnhardt for total Daytona wins. However, due to the crash, Stewart did not celebrate in victory lane. After the wreck, pushing was banned in all three national series, bringing an end to the much-maligned two-car tandem that had dominated the Nationwide Series since the 2011 introduction of the new cars (the practice was forcibly ended the year before in the Sprint Cup Series by way of a new superspeedway aero package aimed at returning to classic pack racing).
** Right at the end of the 2015 Coke Zero 400 in Daytona, moments before Dale Earnhardt, Jr. crosses the line to win the race, a chain reaction crash happened behind him after Denny Hamlin accidentally tapped the rear-end of Kevin Harvick's #4 Chevrolet. Austin Dillon, who was right behind Hamlin, hit Hamlin's car at such an angle that it flipped over and flew roof-first into ''the catchfence''. The force of the impact with the catchfence was so immense, it tore the engine away from the car and pretty much brings the car to a near-full stop. The car then lands upside-down and slowly spins to the exit of the pit-road when Brad Keselowski's #2 Ford impacts his car after Brad spun out due to oil spilled from the crash. Amazingly, Dillon walked out unharmed, although 5 fans were injured from debris flying from Dillon's catchfence impact.
** During the third stage of the 2017 Dakar Rally, Slovakian rider Ivan Jakes [[http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/dakar-rally-hit-lightning-strike-motorcyclist-ivan-jakes-salta-argentina-south-america-motorbike-a7511071.html was struck by lightning]] mid-stage. Amazingly, not only did he escape with minor injuries, he actually finished said stage in [=15th=] place!
** During the 2017 Indianapolis 500, Scott Dixon hit the stricken car of Jay Howard, who had bounced off the wall, which caused him to fly through the air, and land on the SAFER barrier on the inside wall rear-first, where his car did a barrel roll, tearing apart its back end. After watching the replay, the announcers, even said the car saved his life (in fact he was even able to walk away, though due to a minor ankle injury, he was on crutches for a few days afterwards). Also, if he had landed differently, say front end on the wall, instead of rear-end, he could easily have been killed.
* The NHL has had a number of incidents where players have been cut by skate blades, including two players who required emergency surgery because the skate sliced blood vessels in their necks: [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clint_Malarchuk#Injury Clint Malarchuk]] and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Zedn%C3%ADk#Neck_injury Richard Zednik]].
** The vulcanized rubber puck used has also claimed a near-miss in [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trent_McCleary Trent McCleary]]. Falling to the ice to block the puck from reaching the goal, [=McCleary=] mis-timed his slide and took the puck in the larynx, fracturing it and blocking his airway ([[SerialEscalation and also eventually causing a lung to collapse and collide with his heart]]). As with the Clint Malarchuk incident, after [=McCleary=] stumbled to the bench and into the dressing room, a quick-acting medical team saved his life.
* The UK Premier League football player Fabrice Muamba suffered a near fatal heart attack on the pitch in March 2012, while playing for Bolton Wanderers away against Spurs. He survived despite having had no spontaneous heartbeat for over an hour, but unfortunately had to retire from the sport. He might very well have died had a cardiac-specialist doctor not been among Spurs' fans that day, who immediately realised what was happening and rushed straight onto the pitch to save him.
* Buffalo Bills' tight end Kevin Everett suffered a severe neck injury on what looked to be a routine play during the 2007 season opener. Doctors performed a relatively new procedure on him, right on the field, rapidly cooling the injured area to prevent swelling from causing additional damage. Without the treatment he likely would have died on the field. The treatment was developed by a charity that the Bills' owner Ralph Wilson continued to support with his own money even after the remaining NFL owners had pulled out and directed their money elsewhere. To make the story even weirder, this injury and the Malarchuk and Zednik incidents listed above all occurred in Buffalo.
* On December 13, 1933, Eddie Shore of the Boston Bruins checked Toronto Maple Leafs right winger Ace Bailey from behind. Bailey fractured his skull when he hit the ice. Although Bailey survived, his career didn't.
* On November 21, 2005, [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ji%C5%99%C3%AD_Fischer Jiri Fischer]] suffered a heart attack on the bench during a Detroit Red Wings/Nashville Predators game, collapsing at the end of the bench. A cardiac defibrillator and quick acting doctors who were seconds away saved his life, though he too never played another competitive game. [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rich_Peverley Rich Peverley]] suffered a similar event in 2014 and also survived. He too ended up retiring.
* Several runners were injured during the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings, some even requiring amputating limbs. While none of the runners actually died, three spectators in the crowd (including an 8 year old boy) lost their lives.
* On November 1, 2015, Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Ricardo Lockette collapsed after a blindside block by Dallas Cowboys safety Jeff Heath. Despite damage to his vertebrae, medical personnel properly stabilized his head and neck, and he survived. Lockette made a full recovery after surgery but retired the next offseason.

* In 2003, Roy Horn, one half of the Las Vegas stage magician duo Siegfried & Roy, was mauled onstage by a white tiger, leaving him critically injured. While he survived, the Siegfried & Roy stage show in Vegas was canceled immediately after. While the use of wild animals in stage shows had already been growing unpopular since the '90s due to the rise of Creator/CirqueDuSoleil and protests by animal rights groups, this incident marked [[GenreKiller the turning point]] at which it fell out of favor.
* On March 10, 2011, Creator/{{Gallagher}} suffered a mild heart attack while performing his famous "Sledge-O-Matic" routine at a show in Rochester, Minnesota. A year later, he suffered another one before going on stage in Lewisville, Texas. Doctors placed him in a medically induced coma and replaced two coronary stents following that incident, and he recovered. As of 2016, he's still on tour and performing.
* On April 6th, 2016, in the opening-night performance of a high-school production of ''Theatre/SweeneyToddTheDemonBarberOfFleetStreet'' in New Zealand, two students had their throats badly cut by a real straight razor that was supposed to have been blunted. The cuts were deep enough to expose cartilage and trachea but luckily didn't sever major arteries. The show wasn't interrupted; the injured students stayed on stage until the "dead bodies" were removed as usual for that show, and the audience didn't learn until later that the supposed fake blood was real. There had been injuries during rehearsals but they weren't deemed to be serious enough to change that aspect of the production.
* On March 30th, 2017, at the opening performance of ''Theatre/{{Luzia}}'' in Seattle, a performer fell and landed on her back while jumping between Russian swings during the climactic swing-to-swing act. [[TheShowMustGoOn The show continued]] as she was taken offstage on a gurney. Fortunately, she was not seriously injured.

!![[InUniverse Examples In Fiction]]:

[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* In Masakazu Katsura's early manga ''Present from Lemon'', Lemon's father (the ''enka'' singer Momojirou Sakaguchi) died of a heart attack on stage when Lemon was a child.
* In an episode of ''{{LightNovel/Slayers}}'', Lina and Co are performing a play when they are attacked by Zangulus and Vrumugun, who adlib lines to make it seem like their attack is part of the play. Lina adlibs some lines that justify them fighting back, starting a battle that blows up the stage, kills Vrumugun (again) and several mooks, and gets them presented an award for best original production (Since nobody had seen the play before, the only people to realize that they had deviated from the script were people working for the theater troupe).
* Used several times in ''Manga/DetectiveConan'':
** In one {{filler}} case Conan, the Mouris and Kogoro's OldMaster Heihachirou Shirota attend a theater rehearsal in which the troupe's diva, Shouko Ooide, dies while rehearsing. It immediately turns out that she was ''murdered'' via having a glass of water that she was supposed to drink on-stage laced with poison. [[spoiler: The culprit was the troupe's manager, Hitomi Sasaki, pissed off after the victim stole her boyfriend (and the lead actor) purely to spite her ''[[KickTheDog and told her so to her face]]''.]]
** Another case involved an ikebana exhibition, where the artist in charge had received more than one threat. The SympatheticMurderer, [[spoiler: Midori,]] had secretly arranged for the death of the AssholeVictim, [[spoiler: Rika, whom she worked for as her manager and aidé:]] the moment she started with her flower show, [[spoiler: the flowers would release a huge dose of poison that would kill ''both'' of them.]]
** Another case involved the murder of Michiko Oosawa, a young actress who played the role of Venus in an aquarium show. She was supposed to emerge from a huge shell-shaped prop and when it opened during a rehearsal, her lifeless body was released instead. [[spoiler: The killer was the lead stagehand, Murakawa, who killed Michiko to avenge his wife and child, whom Michiko ran over with her car two years ago. She was such a bitch that she ''laughed about it'' when she accidentally found out about him.]]
** In another, a [[{{Otaku}} rabid fan]] of {{tokusatsu}} is tricked into committing suicide in front of the [[Series/KamenRider Kamen]] [[CaptainErsatz Yaiba]] club he belonged to, and in the middle of a cosplay party they had organized for fun. He was already not well in the head, and then he took a pistol and shot himself, thinking it was just a prop. [[spoiler: One of the leaders of the club was the culprit, since said rabid fan stole his younger brother's prized memorabilia and caused the poor little boy to get hit by a truck while pursuing the thief.]]
** Also pulled by [[spoiler: stage magician Motoyasu Tsukumo, who killed his best disciple Yashiro Kinoshita via tampering with his equipment when he was about to perform a dangerous trick in a water tank and transforming said tank in a makeshift DrowningPit. Twenty years later, he gets his karma back when Yashiro's sister Mako, also one of his pupils, kills him.]]
** In one case, all three actors in a play attempt to murder another actor in the play. One attempts to switch a fake rapier with a real rapier, one attempts to put real poison in the cup that is used a pretend poisoned cup for the play, and a third attempts to electrocute another actor. [[spoiler: All of this is averted when Conan foils their plans.]]
** The famous "Shinichi Kudo's New York Case" has a musical in which a famous singer and actor is shot on-stage. The other four actresses in the play are suspects, since the victim was TheCasanova [[YourCheatingHeart and three of the women were his lovers while the other was his legal wife]], but there's a catch - it might have been a completely unrelated SerialKiller who has been on the run. [[spoiler: It turns out one of the actresses was the culprit, since she was InLoveWithLove and wanted the man to be immortalized as his best role before he left the troupe.]]
** The ''Unfriendly Girls Band'' case also uses this, when the drummer and leaderess of an all-female rock band is somehow strangled to death ''on stage'' without anyone noticing at first. [[spoiler: It turns out the killer, the keyboardist of the band, managed to use very resistant wool and a ''freaking selfie stick'' placed in a vital position to create a makeshift gallow and strangle her bandmate without even touching her. She did it because she believed the drummer to have driven the original singer of the band to lose her voice and then commit suicide, which was wrong: in reality the drummer tried to help the singer in a ''terribly'' misguided way, the singer died in an HeroicSacrifice to save a child, and the drummer heavily blamed herself for her friend's death.]]
* In ''Manga/{{Necromancer}}'', one of the clients has their daughter killed repeatedly on stage as part of a play, having Asutsuo resurrect her each time.
* Attempted in ''Manga/PrivateActress'', when [[spoiler: Shiho and her EvilCounterpart Kana/Satoka are filming a movie scene that involves Shiho's character being thrown out of a window by Satoka's chara. Satoka ''tries to throw Shiho off for real'', but (barely) fails.]] And in the GrandFinale of the manga [[spoiler: ''Shiho'' sort-of invokes the trope via basically making Satoka believe that she will go the MurderSuicide way (again, coinciding with a murder scene they're both filming)... but what she ''actually'' does is scaring Satoka into TraumaInducedAmnesia.]]
* The cause of performer Victoria Cindry's death in ''Manga/OnePiece'' was falling off the stage from a great height.
* In ''Anime/FutureGPXCyberFormula'', Bleed Kaga's flashback in ''Zero'' shows images of a car explosion, him being restrained by race marshals and witnessing a racer being burned to death in that car. The last ''SAGA II'' CD reveals this in further detail: [[spoiler:It was his best friend and rival, Eiji. He and Kaga were involved in a horrific crash years earlier and, while Kaga was trying to rescue Eiji, the car suddenly exploded: Eiji burned to death ''with his corpse still inside the car'' and a piece of the debris cuts Kaga's forehead]].
** Hayato Kazami goes through a near miss variant during the British GP when he makes contact with the [[SuperMode Zero Zone]], he crashed into his rival Randoll's car and his car goes through the railing and crashes into the ground. Although he ultimately survives, he misses the rest of the racing season because of rehabilitation and [[TenMinuteRetirement retires from the sport for a while]].
* A rather "real" risk in ''Anime/KaleidoStar'', which features a stage that is basically an anime version of the ''Cirque du Soleil'':
** [[BrattyHalfPint Marion]]'s reason to be so critical of the stage and specially of Sora's use of the trampoline is that her MissingMom, Cynthia, was the trampoline expert of the Stage... but she suffered an ultimately fatal accident: she fell off during an act, apparently [[TapOnTheHead hit her head]] and [[TimeDelayedDeath died in the hospital despite having been conscious when she was taken away]].
** One of Kalos' best friends, Aaron, was a talented trapeze artist who wanted to pull the ''very'' flashy but dangerous ''[[DangerousForbiddenTechnique Great Legendary Maneuver]]'' and died trying on stage. [[spoiler: This is why Yuri Killian ''hates'' Kalos and takes the Stage away from him: he is Aaron's son, witnessed his father's fatal accident and has always blamed Kalos for his death. (Plus Kalos [[ItsAllMyFault already blamed himself for his friend's death.]])]]
* Twenty-odd years before the events in ''Manga/GlassMask'' began, the famous actress Chigusa Tsukikage was performing her prized ''Crimson Goddess'' play but a stage-spotlight snapped and fell on her. She ''barely'' survived, [[TwoFaced but her injuries badly deformed half of her face]] to the point that [[CareerEndingInjury she stopped stage-acting since]] and switched to teaching. It also kickstarted her obsession to find the perfect actress to give her the ''Crimson Goddess'' role, which was specifically written for her by her [[StarCrossedLovers long-gone beloved]] Ichiren Osaki.
* In ''Manga/CaptainTsubasa'', one of the cliffhangers in the first part's Nankatsu/Musashi game takes place when the IllBoy Meiwa captain, Misugi, suddenly stops playing and it seems like his ill heart is gonna stop beating. It's even spiced up in the original anime, with Tsubasa being so shaken at the sight that he lets out an anguished BigNo. [[spoiler: Misugi manages to get an HeroicSecondWind and finish the game, but he must be rushed to the nearest hospital.]]

* A comedienne in ''ComicBook/TheSandman'' dies onstage, via electrocution by mike.
** And a stripper who is actually a diminished goddess commits suicide by channeling all her power into one last dance--which makes the audience die of pleasure and then blows up the building.
* In ''ComicBook/TheDarkKnightReturns'', ComicBook/TheJoker [[HesBack makes his grand comeback]] by murdering his handler, the Creator/DavidLetterman {{expy}} and the entire audience.

[[folder: Fan Works]]
* In ''Fanfic/DirtySympathy'' for [[Franchise/AceAttorney Klavier's]] rock concert, one of their acts require him to be [[ChainedByFashion covered in chains.]] He nearly dies in his concert when his lover, Daryan deliberately tangles the chains with the moving platform's winch for [[YourCheatingHeart his infidelity]], causing the chains to tighten around his neck and asphyxiate him.

* Film/PennAndTellerGetKilled is built around ''teasing'' this trope, unsurprisingly, as Penn and Teller love doing this in their live stage shows.
* At the end of ''Film/BlackSwan'', ThePerfectionist Nina enacts the role of "Dying Swan" by stabbing herself with a shard of mirror and dies after the performance. [[MindScrew Or so it seems.]]
* The tragic ending of ''Film/MoulinRouge'' has the heroine die of natural causes (tuberculosis) during a curtain call.
* ''Film/{{Network}}'' references this once and uses it once; early on (in a scene likely inspired by Christine Chubbock's suicide mentioned above), Howard Beale announces that he will be committing suicide on air at a later date. He is deterred from this by being given a new show after his on-air rant inspires record ratings. [[spoiler:Later, when his ratings sag, his producers arrange for him to be assassinated live on the air.]]
* In ''Film/PetSemataryTwo'', main character's actress mother is accidentally killed on the set of a movie when she's electrocuted by live wires.
* In ''Film/ThePrestige'', [[Creator/ChristianBale Borden]] accidentally kills [[Creator/HughJackman Angier]]'s wife during a magician stunt. [[spoiler:Angier also kills himself repeatedly using a "teleporter" that creates a clone of him, dumping the original into a tank of water to drown.]]
* In ''Film/PulpFiction'' Butch the boxer kills his opponent Floyd in the ring, leaving so quickly he doesn't know Floyd died until his getaway cab driver tells him what she heard on the radio.
* One gag in ''Film/ThisIsSpinalTap'' is that ''all'' of the band's drummers have died violently. Two of these deaths involved dying on-stage during a live show. Via [[MadeOfExplodium spontaneous combustion]].
** In a ShoutOut to this, ''VideoGame/GuitarHero II'' features "Tonight I'm Gonna Rock You Tonight" as an encore song - at the conclusion ''the drummer explodes''.
* The ''Franchise/{{Rocky}}'' movies did this twice. In ''Film/RockyIII'' as Clubber Lang is beating the crap out of Rocky, his trainer Mickey suffers a fatal heart attack. In ''Film/RockyIV'', Ivan Drago pummels Apollo Creed so badly that he dies of his injuries; Drago's post-fight indifference to this ("If he dies, he dies") led to Rocky agreeing to fight him in Moscow.
* Early on in ''Film/{{Rush|2013}}'', which prides itself on its historical accuracy, Francois Cavert's car is seen sitting on the other side of a section of ARMCO that it apparently went ''through'', with his headless body still sitting in the car, before a TV in the pits announces that he was killed, along with naming other drivers that had died in the past few seasons, all of which, including Cevert, were actually killed in real life. Niki Lauda had a near miss later in the film when he became trapped in his burning car and suffered severe burns. A priest actually gave him his last rites as he lay in the hospital.
* Subverted in ''[[Film/CabinByTheLake Return to Cabin by the Lake]]''. Stanley stages at least two attempted murders on his film set. The first time he makes it look like an accident when one of the lead actresses is electrocuted by a defective stage light falling into a water tank, but she barely survives. The second time around he doesn't even pretend to cover it up and tries to have another actress drowned by weighing her down to the bottom, but Allison saves her by shooting through the tank.
* In the back story of ''Film/TheFastAndTheFurious'', Dominic's and Mia's father was killed in a racing accident. Dominic was so devastated, he savagely beat the responsible driver with a wrench.
* Attempted but subverted ([[MindScrew maybe]]) in ''{{Film/Birdman}}''. [[spoiler:Riggan's character is supposed to commit suicide via gunshot to the head. For the premiere, Riggan brings an actual loaded gun onstage and shoots himself with it. He survives, [[MindScrew maybe]].]]
* In ''Film/TheGallows'', the titular play had an ending scene where the lead character would be hanged by a gallows prop. During one performance, the prop suddenly malfunctioned, causing the actor Charlie to be hanged for real while his ghost haunts the school.
* ''Film/ShadowOfTheVampire'': The film depicts the (fictional) events that supposedly transpired during the filming of ''Film/{{Nosferatu}}''. The director, [[Creator/FriedrichWilhelmMurnau F. W. Murnau]] (played by Creator/JohnMalkovich) explains that the lead actor, Max Schreck, is trying to 'get into the role' by staying in character - and costume - at all times. Unfortunately, he ''doesn't'' mention that his 'Schreck' is actually a '''real vampire''', and that the deaths on camera would be very real as well.
* Subverted in ''Film/GameOfDeath'' (1978): Billy Lo shoots the last scene for ''Film/FistOfFury'' and is shot by one of Dr. Land's henchmen. It turns out that he survived and plans for his revenge.
* Almost happens to Anne Shirley during a performance of an Arthurian drama in ''Literature/AnneOfGreenGables: The Good Stars'' when she's swept up in a current during her character's death scene.

* Sort of, in [[Literature/YoungWizards Deep Wizardry]]: the part of the Silent One in the ritual involves actually letting the giant shark eat you, and Nita did not know this until she had already taken the oath to participate. [[spoiler:Eventually averted, when the ritual goes waaayyy far south and the aforementioned shark throws away his own life in battle, satisfying the death requirement.]]
* In the Naoya Shiga short story ''Han's Crime'', the judge is tasked with determining whether or not circus knife thrower Han intentionally murdered his wife during a performance.
* In ''Literature/RemoteMan'', Jay Laana was killed in a botched stunt on an action movie. The shot of his body falling out of the car made it into the movie.
* The Literature/EightySeventhPrecinct mystery ''Eighty Million Eyes'' is about a VarietyShow host murdered on television.
* Marion Zimmer-Bradley's circus novel "The Catch Trap" has the patriarch of the Santelli family - an italo-american circus clan of trapeze artists - dying of a heart attack mid-air during the show. While his death itself is quick, probably a matter of split seconds, the immediate aftermath is [[TearJerker heartwrenching]].
* In Emily St. John Mandel's ''Literature/StationEleven,'' Arthur Leander dies onstage during a performance of "King Lear."

* The song The Untimely Death of Brad by Music/FiveIronFrenzy about the death of their trumpet player - this being a fictional example as it was inspired by a rumor.
* Fictional near-example in the Music/{{Gorillaz}} music video "El Manana": [[spoiler:everyone thought the helicopters attacking Noodle's flying island were AllPartOfTheShow until the real stunt helicopters showed up, by which time Noodle had vanished. Turns out recently that she's NotQuiteDead, but everyone thought she was.]]
* Music/BradPaisley's "Death of a Married Man" is about a guy whose fatal heart attack came during a game of charades, and everyone assumed it was part of the game.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* In ''Series/TouchedByAnAngel'' episode "Restoration", a silent movie director’s pregnant wife (and the lead actress) dies in a stunt while the camera is rolling. The way the shot took, the wonders of ManipulativeEditing allow him to turn the film’s happy ending into a DownerEnding.
* On the ''Series/CSIMiami'' episode "Show Stopper", an {{expy}} of Music/LadyGaga and Series/HannahMontana is incinerated onstage during a concert, and later dies from her injuries.[[labelnote:*]]It later turns out that the performer onstage was merely a doppelganger; the real singer had been confined to a bedroom in a Miami flat.[[/labelnote]]
* ''Series/{{CSI}}'':
** There's an episode entitled "Snuff", where a snuff film actress was murdered during the performance.
** Another episode had a comedian who died just after a performance in a nightclub.
** There was also an episode where a fire broke out at a club. Two members of the [[spoiler: white supremacist]] band burned to death, an audience member was trampled, and another was stabbed.
* Happens in ''Series/{{CSINY}}'', too:
** An acting troupe throws a high-class fundraiser centered on UsefulNotes/MarieAntoinette, in none othe than the UN building. The actess playing Marie dies as a prop "guillotine" apparently fatally breaks her neck. Unsurprisingly, the deal turns out to be far more complicated. [[spoiler: She was actually poisoned with "infected" candy, after having confronted the acting troupe leader over him supposedly using her name to commit scams... and she did that after her CreepyChild co-actress convinced her to do so...]]
** A UsefulNotes/FormulaOne racer's car [[StuffblowingUp explodes]] during an exhibition race - with him inside. The car turns out to have been tampered with and the suspects include the victim's wife, his manager, a female rival and a newbie racer.
* Not ''quite'' sure where this belongs, but on one episode of ''Series/TheTonightShow'' Johnny Carson had an effects technician as a guest. The tech had built a guillotine that supposedly looked more realistic than former effects, and Carson demonstrated it. After the gag, Carson remained unresponsive for some time; the other people on set appeared visibly worried that something had gone wrong until they got the hood off and Carson grinned at them.
* Similar to the above Carson example is illusionist David Copperfield's [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment illusion]] "[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin The Death Saw]]", wherein [[DeathTrap Copperfield is chained to a table and must escape]] [[MacGyvering using only a hairpin borrowed from an audience member]] before the [[TimeKeepsOnTicking slowly-descending]] [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Death Saw]] cuts him in half. However, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin The Death Saw]] [[GoneHorriblyWrong malfunctions and begins descending faster than the magician anticipated]], causing him [[OhCrap to panic visibly]] until [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast The Death Saw]] reaches him and [[KilledOffForReal the inevitable happens]]. However, [[BackFromTheDead Copperfield appears to revive]] and the rest of the illusion in which Copperfield remotely controls the severed lower half of his body is [[BlackComedy played for laughs]]. See it [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-SefD84fbEE here]].
** Note that this illusion is extremely convincing when performed live, especially since [[DidntSeeThatComing the audience doesn't know what's going to happen]] and it's very easy to get caught up in the moment; the bit of cloth flying off the saw is a nice detail. It's [[FridgeLogic only later]] that one realizes that had Copperfield [[KilledOffForReal actually been sawed in half]], it wouldn't have been [[BloodlessCarnage quite so bloodless]].
** Paul Daniels did a hoax of this type on a BBC Halloween special. The big finish was an escape from an iron maiden - except that the maiden appeared to spring shut on him. Awkward silence, the studio audience being asked to leave, roll credits and no "reveal" that he was alright until ''after the following programme''.
* In the last episode of ''Series/{{Oz}}'', Chris Keller exchanged Tobias Beecher's stage knife with a real one for a performance of ''Theatre/{{Macbeth}}'', resulting in Beecher accidentally killing Verne Shillinger.
** Which sounds similar to the Series/{{Blackadder}} episode "Born to Be King", where it's PlayedForLaughs.
* ''Series/MidsomerMurders'':
** In the episode ''The Axeman Cometh'', a singer is killed by an electrified mic stand while on stage. The crowd initially think it's part of the act.
** In another episode, a theatre actor playing the part of Salieri in a production of ''{{Theatre/Amadeus}}'' slices his own throat open when his prop cutthroat razor is switched for a real one. It takes a few moments before Barnaby realises the truth. For extra irony, in the play Salieri ''survives'' having his throat cut.
* Played with in an episode of ''Series/{{Supernatural}}''. A magician survives incredibly dangerous, impossible stunts, but other people have a tendency of dropping dead of the same things that should have killed him.
* An episode of ''Series/{{Dollhouse}}'' features attempts on the life of a pop singer, some of which occur onstage. In one case a stunt double is killed in her place.
* In ''Series/TheMaryTylerMooreShow'', Chuckles the Clown was killed at a parade while dressed as a peanut, when an elephant tried to peel him.
* In the first season of ''Series/LasVegas'', Creator/JeanClaudeVanDamme makes an appearance and gets killed off in a sabotaged stunt.
* In a literal example, a method actor visiting ''Series/FantasyIsland'' asked for the chance to practice for the role of Dracula. He nearly drained his LoveInterest's blood with the vampiric abilities and appetites he received, although Mr. Rourke intervened before the "Fatal" part of this trope could play out.
* Used in one of the stories told on ''Beyond Belief: Fact Or Fiction'', where during a pro wrestling match, the guy who was booked to lose died during the match. Of course, the history between the two meant that the dead guy, who was always showing up his current opponent looked like he was just deciding to sell like a ragdoll, and since the guy who won thought he was legitimately winning that way, nobody knew he was dead until after the match. Upon finding out that he was only winning because he was fighting a corpse, the narrator then says "even in victory, he was a loser."
* ''Series/MadAboutYou'': "[[Film/CitizenKane Citizen]] [[WholePlotReference Buchman]]" has Paul's uncle dying while being interviewed for Paul's movie. The rest of the episode tries to find out the meaning of his LastWords.
* ''Series/WhoseLineIsItAnyway'' has a game of this. The players play actors in a live stage play that all die as soon as they get on stage leading one player (usually Colin Mocherie) who is still alive to heft the "corpses" around and supply the dialog himself.
* In the ''Series/PushingDaisies'' episode "Oh Oh Oh . . . It's Magic", a stage magician's act [[GoneHorriblyWrong Goes Horribly Wrong]] and he ends up suffocated inside a block of cement. [[spoiler:Subverted when they crack open the block at the morgue and find no body inside . . . then DoubleSubverted when it turns out the wrong block was sent to the morgue.]]
* [[spoiler: Lindorfo the clown]] [[http://youtu.be/KD29H2I3rZQ goes through this]] in the Chilean SoapOpera "El circo de las Montini". Massive spoilers [[TearJerker and tears]] behind the link.
* One episode of ''Series/{{Monk}}'' has an actor die onstage of a knife to the heart. Supposedly, the actress grabbed a real knife instead of the prop knife. [[spoiler:In reality, the actor collapsed due to an allergic reaction to the peanut oil on the apple he'd taken a bite from and the "doctor" who ran up to check on him stabbed him for real.]]
* An episode of ''Series/{{Psych}}'' had an actor in a telenovela die after being stabbed with a real knife that someone had swapped out the prop knife with. Shawn goes undercover to determine the guilty party.
* One episode of ''Series/ForeverKnight'' ends with a rock star getting gunned down with her backup dancers by an obsessed fan. [[spoiler:In reality, this only applies to the dancers as the singer, too strung out to perform, was replaced by an impostor.]]
* ''Series/LawAndOrder'' goes to this well twice. In "Sweeps," a child molester is murdered on live television - a tabloid talk show - by the father of his victim. In "Swept Away: A Very Special Episode," a reality show cast member kills one of his castmates during a heated argument, which of course is captured on videotape.
* Comes up a couple of times in ''Series/JonathanCreek''. On one occasion it happens offscreen and is only mentioned briefly; Jonathan's employer, egomaniac and dim stage-illusionist Adam Klaus, had some sort of inner-ear infection that messed up his balance and led to him falling off the stage and breaking his leg. The second and most memorable one involved a live python and Adam's new bodyguard... It has to be seen to be believed.
* Trevor, Hillary's boyfriend on ''Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir'', proposes to her live on television while bungee jumping. Unfortunately, the bungee cord is too long. Splat!
* In the April 1st, 2000 episode of ''Series/{{SMTV Live}}'', the cast did the usual dance leading into the postbag segment. However, Dec became visibly disorientated going through the motions and collapsed apparently dead at the end of the song. The other crew members and stagehands rushed on stage to help him, the show cut to the adverts and it was only revealed to have been an April Fool during the next segment, in which Dec's SmallNameBigEgo alter-ego told us so in a deliberately obnoxious non-apology. The rest of the crew had not been informed and Dec was disciplined and forced to apologise.
* Diane on ''Series/{{Cheers}}'' once put on a performance of ''Theatre/{{Othello}}'' with the mentally unbalanced Andy Schroeder as the title character and herself as Desdemona. Unfortunately, Andy still has unrequited feelings for her and tries to kill her during the performance. Luckily, Sam realizes what's going on and rushes to her aid.
* One victim of the week on ''Series/SledgeHammer'' was a used car salesman who died while shooting a live commercial for his dealership.
* ''Series/TheDoctorBlakeMysteries'': In "A Night to Remember", an actress is poisoned and dies on stage during a performance of ''Theatre/{{Elektra}}''. As she keels over during Elektra's death scene, the audience assumes it is part of the show and erupts into rapturous applause. It is only when she does not get up to acknowledge the applause does anyone realise something is wrong.
* ''Series/MurderSheWrote'': In "Danse Diabolique", a ballerina is murdered on stage. As she succumbs to the poison during her death scene, it is only when her partner kneels at her side that he notices that she is really dead.
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dx9zQjGZZLg This gag]] from ''Just for Laughs'' temporarily leads the victim to think a cameraman has been accidentally shot dead by one of the actors.
* Part fiction, part reality: magicians Creator/PennAndTeller once performed a bit on New Year's Eve in which they had to escape from being submerged in champagne [[note]]actually colored, carbonated water[[/note]] in a twist on an old Houdini bit. Their spin on it would be that the alcohol affected them strongly, being teetotalers, and they would need to be rescued from drowning and taken away by ambulance. Problem: a sizable portion of the audience didn't understand that the catastrophic failure was scripted and reacted accordingly.
* Takes place in ''Series/OneThousandWaysToDie'', of course. In the episode "Coffin to Death", a Japanese rock star gets trapped in a coffin by the lead guitarist who upstages him with a three-minute rock solo, causing him to choke to death on carbon dioxide from dry ice that was meant to be used for theatrics.
* ''Series/LawAndOrderCriminalIntent'': In "Icarus", the actor playing Icarus has his flying rig sabotaged and he plunges to his death as he is supposed to be soaring towards the sun.
* In the ''Series/TalesFromTheCrypt'' episode "Television Terror", a tabloid news show host and his camera man are disemboweled and hanged on live television by the ghosts of a serial killer and her victims.

* In ''Pippin'', the Players explain how in the finale Pippin is supposed to [[SelfImmolation set himself on fire]] "for real" so he can have the perfect experience he's been looking for all the show. Pippin understandably objects: "Look, it's just that if this ''isn't'' it... I'm going to have a tough time trying something else."
* In the B-story of ''Theatre/{{Matilda}}'', the Escapologist and the Acrobat were forced by contract to perform "The Burning Woman, Hurling Through The Air, With Dynamite in Her Hair..." despite the latter being pregnant. The stunt went well until the last moment, when the Escapologist lost his grip on his wife's hand due to using too much fire extinguisher foam, sending her crashing to the ground and breaking nearly every bone in her body. She managed to carry their child to term before dying.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Done as a plot point in the ''Franchise/AceAttorney'' series.
** In the third case of the first game, one actor, Manuel, was accidentally impaled on a fence. This leads into [[spoiler: Dee Vasquez's blackmail of Jack Hammer, the person who accidentally pushed Manuel during a fight scene onto the fence. Hammer would then attempt to murder Vasquez, who pushed him off onto the exact same fence five years later.]]
** In ''[[VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneySpiritOfJustice Spirit of Justice]]'', the second case has [[spoiler: Trucy Wright]] being accused of pulling this.
* You can set several up in the ''VideoGame/{{Hitman}}'' games, including [[NotSoFakePropWeapon replacing a prop gun with a real gun]] in a production of ''Theatre/{{Tosca}}'' during one level in ''[[VideoGame/HitmanBloodMoney Blood Money]]''.
* In ''[[VideoGame/TheBlackwellSeries The Blackwell Convergence]]'', actor Frank Lyons died inexplicably during a shooting for "Water Under the Bridge". The press assumed it was a heart attack and the film became an instant hit, [[DeadArtistsAreBetter mostly due to his death being primary publicity.]] [[spoiler:Turns out Lyons was strangled to death by the Countess' ghost (or what is assumed to be her ghost), who was unassumingly guided by one of the Meltzer brothers so [[CorruptCorporateExecutive the Meltzer Foundation, who funded the film, could profit from the film's success caused by his death.]]]]
* Early on in ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas'', the player can listen to [[Radio/GTARadio WCTR]] and hear an example. Jack Howitzer appears on "Entertaining America" to promote his new film and brings a gun with him, which he, being an [[TheAhnold insane Schwarzenegger expy]], begins threatening the host with. He tries to calm host Billy Dexter by saying that it's not loaded, only to immediately and fatally shoot him. On the bright side, Dexter is replaced by Lazlow.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'', the battle against local superstar Mettaton is broadcast live on television -- the amount of viewers is an important element to said battle's mechanics, in fact. Once he [[LetsGetDangerous starts fighting for real]], the player can potentially [[VideoGameCrueltyPotential choose to kill him]] just like against any other opponent, and [[WhatTheHellPlayer monsters who had dialogue about Mettaton will comment on it afterwards.]]
** "That last episode had me really shaken... [[AllPartOfTheShow But Mettaton's OK. Everyone knows it's just CGI!]]"
** "D... don't worry about it... [[HarsherInHindsight I can always build a different robot!]]"
* One mission in ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV'' has Michael replacing a new model of cell phone with a similar device doctored by Lester. When the head of the company holds a televised press conference to introduce the new model, it explodes and kills him.
* One mission in ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoViceCityStories'' has Victor trying to prevent gangsters from killing a rock star during a performance. It should be noted that the rock star is Music/PhilCollins [[AsHimself playing himself]].
* The back story for ''VideoGame/RidgeRacer Type 4'' has it that the son of Racing Team Solvalou manager Enki Gilbert was killed the previous year in a racing accident. Shinji Yazaki, the manager of the Pac Racing Club, was involved in the crash and is largely believed responsible.
* In ''VideoGame/HotlineMiami2WrongNumber'', this shows up in Martin Brown's missions. [[spoiler:Specifically, in the last one, the woman playing his victim guns him down with what was supposed to be a fake gun... but it's strongly implied it turns out to be [[NotSoFakePropWeapon a real one]]]].
* ''VideoGame/SaintsRowTheThird'' has a series of DLC missions called ''Gangstas In Space'' which has the Boss starring in a sci-fi movie. After putting up with the director's verbal abuse throughout the missions, the Boss' co-star Jenny [[spoiler: crashes a spaceship into the director while shooting.]]

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Not actually acting, but the example from ''The Spy Who Loved Me'' was parodied in the ColdOpen of ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'''s James Bond-themed episode "Tearjerker", wherein Stan is helping a British agent out of a jam, only to accidentally crush said agent with his snowmobile after they both jump off a cliff and activate their parachutes.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' pokes fun at this trope and TheScottishTrope in one fell swoop, when the family meets Sir Creator/IanMcKellen and Homer doesn't catch on to the matter at all.
-->"Good luck!"\\
"It's bad luck to say ''that'' too!" ''(a chunk of the theater sign falls on him)''
** A near-miss occurs in "Krusty Gets Busted" where it's revealed Krusty the Clown had a heart attack while filming one of his shows. The kids in the audience think he's doing an act and burst into laughter, and the whole thing apparently wound up being considered one of television's funniest bloopers according to reporter Kent Brockman.
* Invoked in ''{{WesternAnimation/Futurama}}'' by Calculon, who kills himself with [[WeaksauceWeakness food coloring poisoning]][[note]]Food coloring is highly poisonous to robots on Futurama ... just go with it[[/note]] on stage to beat [[BrownBagMask Langdon Cobb]] at an acting duel, since the only way to out-act Cobb was to do a realistic death scene by actually dying. [[spoiler: Cobb won anyway.]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Metalocalypse}}'', Dethklok fans seem to die in droves at every live concert they perform - a sort of EstablishingCharacterMoment for these is when the first of their concerts shown on-screen has their stage airdropped just before showtime, but it detaches its parachutes too soon and crushes a massive group of fans (likely more when it actually opens up), and then during the first song the band pours a [[ItMakesSenseInContext gigantic pot of coffee]] hot enough to ''burn off flesh'' over the surviving fans. And yet nobody ever does anything about this, because they're the most popular band in the world in this series.
** In fact, the fans have to sign ''death waivers'' as a mandatory requirement to seeing their concerts. Death is so common that the band can't legally be held responsible.
* In ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' episode "Abracadaver", a magician named [[PunnyName Al Lusion]] was disrupted during his act by a little girl who accidentally caused him to fall into an iron maiden. Al came BackFromTheDead as a zombie to exact his revenge.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' episode "Sing a Song of Patrick", a radio studio promised to record a song in a newspaper ad. Patrick sent them "I Wrote This", an ''atrociously'' bad meandering pile of nonsense that is barely a song at best. So bad, it ''killed'' the band at the radio studio to produce a record.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/StarVsTheForcesOfEvil'' episode "Friendenemies", Marco mentions being a fan of an action star named Mackie Hand, who got killed performing a stunt. [[spoiler:Tom eventually brings him back to life.]]