THANKSGIVING has proven to be an unfortunate day for many celebrities as some of Hollywood’s biggest names have faced disasters in the form of divorces, deaths and arrests.
Although Thanksgiving was created with the goal of unity and appreciation, many celebs have instead suffered tragedy during America’s festive extravaganza.
From messy divorces to shocking arrests, the gluttonous celebration has earned a cursed reputation for A-listers.
Legendary pop stars Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey were an early 2000s couple.
The singing duo married in 2002 and their post-wedding life was followed extensively on MTV’s reality series Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica.
However, disaster struck on Thanksgiving 2005 when the Dukes of Hazzard star issued a statement announcing that they were separating.
Fans were heartbroken as Jessica announced, “This is the joint decision of two people with a tremendous amount of respect and admiration for one another.”
Another infamous turkey day that made headlines was November 27, 2009, when golf pro Tiger Woods’ extensive cheating scandal came to light.
Two days earlier, the National Enquirer published a story claiming the golfer was having an affair with NYC nightclub manager Rachel Uchitel.
Then, on Thanksgiving morning, the PGA winner crashed his Cadillac Escalade into a fire hydrant and a neighbor’s tree after ingesting a dangerous mix of Ambien, Vicodin and THC.
Tiger’s accident happened just minutes from his Florida home, giving his wife Elin Nordegren time to arrive at the scene and, in a fit of rage, smashed his rear window with a golf club.
However, the athlete lay unconscious and completely unaware in the front seat.
The ex-couple finalized their divorce in 2010 after spending a brief stint in rehab for sex addiction.
Tragedy struck on Thanksgiving weekend in 1981 when the body of Oscar-nominated actress Natalie Wood was found floating on the shore of Catalina Island in California.
The West Side Story star vacationed on a yacht with her husband Robert [RJ] Wagner, friend Christopher Walken and boat captain Dennis Davern.
Although Natalie’s death was initially thought to be an accidental drowning, the case resurfaced years later in 2009 after Davern provided new details to police.
RJ Wagner was eventually tagged as a “person of interest” in Natalie’s death after the captain recalled a tense argument between the two shortly before the incident.
The 91-year-old actor was never tried for the murder, despite the case being ruled “suspicious” almost 40 years later.
After a tumultuous marriage of just nine months, Baywatch icon Pamela Anderson and singer-songwriter Kid Rock filed for divorce on Thanksgiving Day 2006.
Just weeks before their split was announced, the blonde bombshell starred in the film Borat: Cultural Learning of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan, in which a hilarious scene saw her running away from a hysterical Borat who was trying to grab her kidnap
According to the film’s creator, Baron Cohen, the film was the downfall of their marriage as, after seeing the picture, Kid Rock asked the actress for a divorce.