The irony that actor Paul Walker, star of the Fast & Furious movie franchise, died in a car crash while riding shotgun in a speeding sports vehicle isn't lost on the world. But he's not the first celebrity to meet his demise in a somewhat similar manner to what made him famous. Here are six people who perished in a parallel way to their popularity.
In October 2006, Rehab made torch song singer Amy Winehouse a superstar. She'd said no, no, no to professional help for her drug habit, but kicked her addiction by developing a liquor obsession instead. By 2011, she was on a yo-yo pattern of abstaining for a few weeks and then going on a binge drinking bender. In July that year, she took one last swig from the bottle and died of accidental alcohol intoxication while watching her own music videos. According to the coroner, her blood alcohol content was five times higher than the legal limit. She was only 27.
Steve Irwin lovers, like Jacques Cousteau's grandson, championed his dramatic methods to show people that dangerous and deadly monsters were actually not. Crocodile Hunter haters, like Cousteau's son, were critical of his gotcha tactics and called him a cheap reality TV star who provoked frightened beasts. In September 2006, Irwin's hands-on approach while filming Ocean's Deadliest at the Great Barrier Reef saw a fish accomplish what hundreds of reptiles failed at. As Irwin, 44, snorkelled close to a stingray, it suddenly turned and stabbed him in the chest with its tail spine in a defensive response. Just before the accident, he'd told the cameraman, "Don't worry, they usually don't swim backwards."
In 1988, 72-year-old retired actress Myra Davis (also known as Myra Jones) was attacked in the shower by a dazed and confused handyman who killed her like he was Norman Bates. Along with the rest of the world, Kenneth Hunt believed she was the nude body double for actress Janet Leigh in the 1960 thriller Psycho during her shower scene. But Alfred Hitchcock kept such a tight lid on the film that it wasn't until 2010 when author Robert Graysmith discovered Leigh's real body double was actually Marli Renfro, who was alive and well in California. Davis, unfortunately, was only Leigh's stand-in for lighting checks.