Next time you’re enjoying one of these celebrities on the big screen, or watching them bare it all on reality TV, or hearing them wailing through your iTunes, you might appreciate them a little more knowing the world almost lost them. These are 10 celebrities who were in a coma and survived.
Martin Lawrence made almost the ultimate sacrifice for his work when, after jogging in 100-degree heat to lose weight for a role, he suffered heat stroke and landed in the hospital — and a three day coma. Lawrence’s temperature reached 107 degrees after his jog. Doctors say that when the body overheats, the kidneys can become clogged which can lead to coma or death.
In 1986, the Grateful Dead guitarist fell into a diabetic coma for five days. The incident was so detrimental to his brain that when he came out of the coma Garcia had to relearn how to play the guitar.
The winner of the 12th season of “The Bachelor” has had a very trying year. In February 2014, she lost her unborn baby during an emergency hysterectomy. Doctors put her into a medically induced coma for two weeks.
Wayne, who has a history of epileptic seizures, had a bout in 2013 that landed him in the hospital. Lil Wayne was released the same day but later that night was found unconscious in his home. He went back to the hospital where the rapper was put into a medically induced coma because of his uncontrollable shaking.
Stone suffered from a brain hemorrhage that left her in a coma for nine days. The incident began with a terrible headache and eventually Stone’s brain moved forward towards her face, altering her appearance. Stone said in an interview she was afraid she’d never be pretty again after the incident.
The front man of the musical group Crazytown went into a coma for nearly a week in 2012 after taking an almost-lethal combination of pills, crack and other drugs. Drama with his ex reportedly triggered the drug overdose.
Action star Busey was in a horrible motorcycle accident in 1988 that sent him into a coma. Busey was not wearing a helmet and flipped over his motorcycle, cracking his skull. Busey was in a coma for a month. He says the incident has brought him to a “high dimension in the spiritual realm.”
During a very rockstar moment driving an ATV around his enormous London estate, Ozzy Osbourne had an accident that sent him to the hospital. He suffered a broken collarbone, eight fractured ribs and a damaged vertebrae in his neck. Osbourne was in a coma for eight days and is very lucky to be alive.
In 1973, the singer was on his way to perform at a benefit concert when his driver got into an accident with the truck in front of them. There are mixed reports on what exactly happened. Some believe a log dislodged from the truck and hit Wonder in the head, causing a coma. Wonder got a lot of support from the music community during that time, with The Jackson 5 visiting him in the hospital and Paul McCartney calling him on the phone.
In 2001 before he became the rapper we know as The Game, Jayceon Terrell Taylor was shot five times at the apartment where he dealt drugs. The Game made the call to the ambulance that picked up him before he slipped into a coma for three days. During his recovery, Terrell said he decided to become a rapper.