- On this day 45 years ago, 6 August 1973, Stevie Wonder was involved in a shocking car accident involving a truck
- The car accident left Wonder in a coma which fans were praying he would recover from
- Wonder started regaining consciousness four days later after gospel artist Ira Tucker visited him and sang to him
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On this day 45 years ago, 6 August 1973, Stevie Wonder was heading to a radio station in Durham, NC to promote his new album, Innervisions, not knowing that he would later wake up in a hospital bed.
Wonder was involved in a brutal car accident that took the world by shock. A musical legend was almost lost forever and fans cried out in sadness.
Briefly.co.za learnt that the car accident left Wonder in a coma which fans were praying he would recover from. After just four days, Wonder started moving but his life changed forever.
It was when gospel singer Ira Tucker visited Wonder and serenading him with his song Higher Ground that he started moving for the first time since the crash.
According to a British website devoted to Wonder’s life, early reports on the accident indicated that the truck involved in the crash was carrying logs and that one of the logs had dislodged and crashed through the windshield of the Mercury Cruiser, hitting Wonder right in the forehead.
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The truck driver, 23-year-old Charlie Shepherd, claims there were no logs on the back of his truck as he had already delivered them. All that could be confirmed was that either a log or the back of the truck smashed Wonder’s windscreen and the injuries left him in a coma.
Wonder managed to make it out alive but was put on rest for five months. The accident had fans in a panic and many will never forget this day in their lives.
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Briefly.co.za previously reported that in 1996, Josiah Thugwane became the first black South African to win an Olympic gold medal. The athlete won the marathon in Atlanta, Georgia, US.
Josiah Thugwane made South Africa proud when he won the prestigious Olympic gold medal on foreign soil in 1996. He was the first black South African to do so after he was re-admitted into international sports.
The historic moment took place during the Atlanta Olympic Games in the United States. Josiah was born in Bethal, Mpumalanga. The star grew up without running water or electricity and bought his first pair of running shoes in 1988 at the age of 17.
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