Be careful when riding a horse. More so if you are someone famous. Wikipedia actually have a page dedicated to celebrities and famous people who suffered severe injuries, or died from accidents related to horses.
Here’s a list of some of the world’s most famous people who had horse accidents:
On Tuesday (17 Jan), top Hong Kong star, Andy Lau, 55, was reported to have sustained a pelvic injury after falling off a horse while filming in rural Thailand.
Lau’s commercial production company said in a statement on Wednesday: “Mr Andy Lau was shooting a commercial in Thailand on Jan 17, 2017 when he had a little accident and fell off a horse, resulting in a pelvic laceration. A medical team took care of him, and all is well now. Please do not worry.”
We wish Andy Lau all the best and for a speedy recovery. A lot of women from around the world will be very heartbroken over the Chinese New Year period, worried about his health.
Christopher Reeve (1952-2004)
The American actor best known for playing the role of Superman on the big screen, was paralysed on 27 May, 1995 from the neck down, following a fall from his horse while riding cross-country in a 3-day event. He was confined to a wheelchair and required a portable ventilator for the rest of his life.
Despite his handicap, Reeve still went on to achieve many great things. He lobbied on behalf of people with spinal cord injuries and for human embryonic stem cell research, founding the Christopher Reeve Foundation and co-founding the Reeve-Irvine Research Center.
Genghis Khan (1162 – 1227)
The great Genghis Khan did not get killed in battles, but was said to have died from injuries sustained when he fell from a horse. He is the founder and Great Khan (Emperor) of the Mongol Empire, which became the largest contiguous empire in history after his death.
The exact cause of his death remains a mystery, but according to The Secret History of the Mongols, Genghis Khan fell from his horse while hunting and died because of the injury. He was said to be already old and tired from his journeys.
Maureen Connolly (1934-1969)
Before Maria Sharapova, there was Mauren Connolly. Known as “Little Mo”, Connolly was the winner of nine Grand Slam singles titles in the early 1950s.
In 1953, she became the first woman to win all four Grand Slam tournaments during the same calendar year. The following year, a horseback riding accident injured her right leg and ended her competitive tennis career at age 19.
Roy Kinnear (1934-1988)
Kinnear is s known for his roles in films directed by Richard Lester; including Algernon in Help! (1965); Clapper in How I Won the War (1967); and Planchet in The Three Musketeers (1973), reprising the latter role in the 1974 and 1989 sequels. He is also known for playing Henry Salt in the 1971 film Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory.
On 19 September 1988, Kinnear fell from a horse during the making of The Return of the Musketeers in Toledo, Spain, and sustained a broken pelvis and internal bleeding. He was taken to hospital in Madrid but died the next day from a heart attack, brought on by his injuries. He was 54 years old.