Actor Raphael Schumacher was performing Frank Wedekind’s Spring Awakening while in Pisa. One of the scenes included him re-enacting a hanging scene but something went terribly wrong. While performing, one of the spectators realized something wasn’t right. He was immediately taken to the hospital and was in a coma but was declared brain dead. He recently passed away.
John Ritter was another great actor who passed away all too soon. He was known for his work in Three’s Company, Bad Santa, M*A*S*H and many more. But while on set of 8 Simple Rules for Dating my Teenage Daughter in 2003 he complained of chest pains and started to vomit and sweat profusely. He was taken to the hospital and misdiagnosed with a heart attack when it fact there was a tear in his aorta. He soon after died at the age of 54.
The Australian wildlife enthusiast, Steve Irwin, was not only a great TV personality but also a passionate conservations and advocate. While out filming the underwater documentary Ocean’s Deadliest in 2006, he was repeatedly stung by an 8-foot wide stingray which killed him.
Kung-Fu master Bruce Lee was working on dubbing Enter the Dragon in Hong Kong when he collapsed in the bathroom due to seizures and headaches. The 32-year old was diagnosed with cerebral edema and the doctors were able to control it. It would then happen again 2 months later on the day that he passed away.
His son would unfortunately also face an untimely early death. Brandon Lee was on the set of “The Crow” in 1993 when his character was supposed to get shot upon entering the room. While there were dummy rounds in the gun, percussion primer was still left in the barrel making the rounds have the same impact as a normal bullet would. He died at the age of 28.