Famous figures who took a bullet and lived – In theory, being a celebrity sounds great. Having your name known around the world, getting paid just to show up to a party or wear a company’s clothing. There are plenty of great opportunities that one can only know after achieving a certain level of stardom, however there are plenty of horrors that come with fame as well. Beyond losing any sense of privacy and being under scrutiny from thousands of people they’ve never met, celebrities also constantly run the risk of undergoing physical harm. Whether it’s a crazed fan or an envious observer of the glamorous life, there is plenty of potential for danger.
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The brighter the star the bigger the target; there has been a wide range of incidents where celebrities have met with the less friendly side of a barrel. From rappers, to presidents, and even a Pope, plenty of the rich and famous have been shot and lived to talk about it. Here are their stories.
15. 50 Cent
If he’s not the celebrity that’s taken the most bullets he’s definitely the one who has talked about them the most. Predating his rise to fame, Curtis Jackson was shot in April of 2000. He took 9 bullets at close range from a 9mm handgun. 50 was shot in the hand, arm, hip, both of his legs, chest and left cheek.
After 13 days in the hospital, 50 left with a newfound appreciation for his life and body. He began rigorous exercise regiments and transformed his body into the hardened steel he’s now known for. But the greatest transformation impacted him musically.
The shot to the face resulted in what would grow to become the rapper’s trademark slightly slurred manner of speech, as the doctor elected to leave a piece of the bullet in his tongue as removal was too risky. He would later be quoted saying that “Gettin’ shot just totally fixed my instrument.” And with that new instrument, as well as aid from Eminem and Dr. Dre, 50 Cent would grow to become the biggest rapper in the game.
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