Five Celebrity Snow Accidents on the Slopes


This winter season has been especially brutal, and has already resulted in a number of snow accidents and injuries.

This winter season has been especially brutal, and has already resulted in a number of skiing and snowboarding accidents and injuries. One of the most prominent of these has been the skiing accident involving race car champion Michael Schumacher.

Schumacher sustained a brain injury, when he fell and hit his head on the rocks, while skiing. The   accident occurred on December 29 in Meribel. The racecar driver is currently in the hospital, and is believed to be in a critical, but stable condition. He has also already undergone several brain surgeries, and is   in a medically induced coma.

Following Schumacher’s terrible injury came news that German Chancellor Angela Merkel had also been involved in a skiing accident. This was also a serious accident, and Merkel fractured her pelvic bone in the accident. The accident occurred in Switzerland while the German Chancellor was cross-country skiing. Her injuries are not life-threatening, but she will be required to take rest for a few weeks.

One of the more serious snow accidents involving entertainers was the one that killed singer-turned-politician Sonny Bono back in January 1998. He was killed instantly in a skiing accident, when he collided with a tree at the Heavenly Valley Resort in Nevada.

Another serious skiing accident involving a celebrity was the one that resulted in the death of actress and model Natasha Richardson in March 2009. In Richardson’s case, she suffered a fall during a private skiing lesson, on a beginner slope in Canada. After the injury, Richardson seemed perfectly fine, and joked and laughed about the accident. She then blacked out, and had to be rushed to the hospital, where she was declared dead.

In December 1997, Kennedy family scion Michael Kennedy died when he collided with a tree in a skiing accident in Aspen, Colorado.

These accidents underscore the very real dangers that skiers and snowboarders can be exposed to on the slopes, and the need to take strong precautions to avoid injuries.

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