Macaulay Culkin’s sister dies after being hit by a car

Macaulay Culkin’s older sister Dakota was killed yesterday. His rep confirmed to TMZ that Dakota died after being hit by a car, and that it was an accident.

Macaulay Culkin is in mourning: E! News has learned that the Culkin clan of seven siblings, including fellow actors Kieran and Rory, has lost a member.

The Home Alone star’s older sister, Dakota Culkin, 29, was struck by a car when she stepped off the curb and in front of a moving vehicle on the west side of Los Angeles on Tuesday evening.

She was taken to UCLA Hospital with massive head trauma and died from her injuries yesterday afternoon.

According to the LAPD, the driver of the car stopped, tried to help Culkin and identified himself to law enforcement. Detectives determined he was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol and that no crime was committed.

[From E! News]

How very sad. She was so young, too. Our hearts go out to the Culkin family.

Here’s the only photo of Dakota I could find. It appears to be taken sometime in the early nineties, since Macaulay looks to be about the age he was in “Home Alone.”

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  1. ER says:

    Oh my gosh how sad! Makes you realize how fragile life is and that it can be taken away from you at any second!

  2. Syko says:

    That’s just tragic. Condolences to the family.

  3. Kristin says:

    This is horrible. So, so sad. 🙁 :*(

  4. keltilass says:

    That is so sad. One hell of a way to make the news. 😥

  5. geronimo says:

    Very very sad. How fragile life is. 🙁

  6. MSat says:

    It is sad…a real shame.

    Not to sound crass, but whenever I hear a story about an adult getting hit by a car, I am always baffled. How does that happen?

  7. Wif says:

    That’s so sad. For both her family and the driver. This will be a horrible holiday for all of them.

  8. Kelly says:

    sad for the whole family but mostly for the other sister. One good thing that comes out of a big family big support with or without the parents, they have each other.

  9. Anna says:

    Oh no, how awful!

    My condolences to the whole family, what a tragic and sudden loss.

    Is it just me or does it seem like there is a real wave of famous people’s siblings/family members deaths at the moment? I am saddened by each of them.

  10. keltilass says:

    I wasn’t going to being this up, but since this is a sad thread I’m going for it.

    My nephews were in an accident a few days ago. Chris is the father of a four month old beautiful baby boy. They have him on life support pending all the recipients of his organs being prepped for surgery. Jeremy (his brother) is in his 3rd surgery right now. (thus me being here and trying to distract myself) Jeremy is still considered critical, but he’s doing well.

    When he is back in his room, they will bring Chris in so Jeremy can say good-bye. Jeremy was driving in bad weather and pulled out in front of another car. The woman that T-boned them is doing well. Thank God for that.

    Gotta go phone ringing!

  11. I Choose Me says:

    Sorry to hear about your nephews keltilass, I can only imagine what your family is going through. 🙁 Condolences to the Culkin family as well.

  12. Baholicious says:

    That is so sad, it really is. It’s close to home too, in a way, in that how many of us have just not been paying attention or had our minds wander for a moment…and that’s all it takes. Obviously I don’t know the exact circumstances, but the number of people I see walking along talking on their cellphones, texting, plugged into their iPods totally oblivious to what’s going on around them, I’m surprised more people don’t die this way.

  13. Anna says:

    keltilass: what a sad story. I’m sorry that you have to go through this! At least Chris’ organs will help save other lives, that is absolutely invaluable. I have had a full organ donor ID since I was 13 (I’m 23 now) and should anything ever happen to me, I would be so grateful to be able to help someone else who is going to live on.

    It’s a tragedy for your family and his little baby boy, but at least you will all have the satisfaction to know that he gets to live on in another way and that his death will not have been in vain. I hope Jeremy recovers just fine!

  14. Amy says:

    Good Lord, I’m bummed out now. Sorry about your nephews, keltilass! Heartbreaking.

    My husband was just watching one of those tacky “Most Extreme Car Chase…” kind of shows last night and I told him to turn it off. This kind of thing affects so many people and I hate shows like that, exploiting it for entertainment.

    Oh, and MSat, I’m sure it could happen to any of us. As a sleep-deprived mom of two preschoolers, I’m sure there are days when I’m capable of stepping off a curb at the wrong time. So sad!

  15. Bunny says:

    MSat – it can happy with carelessness. One time, I was looking in the opposite direction of traffic when I stepped off the curb. A bus was driving toward me and a friend pulled me back in time. I had just glanced briefly in the opposite direction distracted by something. 😐

  16. ff says:

    It’s been a weird year for celebs and their siblings/immediate family. Seriously.

  17. doodahs says:

    MSat, without details it’s hard to judge. I know first hand that parts of the West LA area are ridiculously dangerous for pedestrians. There are a lot of crossings without lights (ie, a marked crossing on the road where a pedestrian can wait a good few minutes for traffic to stop just to make it safe to step into the crossing). Just last week I was in the middle of such a crossing on Santa Monica Blvd. Even though all cars had stopped, I hesitated for a second in the middle to check for on coming traffic in the furthest away lane (blocked from my eyesight behind a bus and who might not see that I was actually about to step in front of them) and got honked at by the impatient beeyotch who was in the lane I was in the middle of (remember, I’m on a CROSSING!!!). Apparently I had the audacity to care about my life while making her wait an extra 2 seconds…. She then proceeded to cuss me out and drive at me while I was still crossing. It shook me up to all hell. Insane people out there…

    I see it all the time in this area. Drivers breaking the speed limit and not paying attention to the crossings, or the people already crossing. Santa Monica Blvd has many of these and a pedestrian takes their lives in their hands as they cross because there’s always some driver who doesn’t notice that the rest of the traffic has stopped and someone is actually on the road. Los Angeles drivers in general need to chill the f*ck out but this area is particularly bad.

    Going back to this story, who knows but it’s a problem area and I’m not surprised. Sad story though. To lose a family member right before the holidays 🙁

  18. hairball says:

    This is so incredibly sad. Keltilass, I am very sorry to hear of your nephews. Wonderful that Chris is donating organs.

    For adults being hit by cars…I was almost plowed down about 7 years ago. I had literally just stepped off the curb from the front of a grocery store and a car came flying past me.

    I mean, it was SO insane how fast they were driving in front of a grocery store. It seemed like they were going 45 or 50 mph.

    I felt like I could feel the car as it flew by. I remember it all happened so fast and I barely registered it and kept walking to my car. But I have thought of that incident over the years once and awhile and seriously think how I could have been dead 7 years ago. If had I started out one second earlier.

  19. Chun Li says:

    I just want to say I hope that people don’t blame the driver, since it doesn’t sound like he was doing anything wrong. He will have to think about this everyday of his life. Even if he was speeding, etc., how many times have we all been guilty of that and not killed someone? It must be terrible for him, too.

    That said, my heart truly goes out the the Caulkins, and all the families that have experienced this. How tragic. 🙁

  20. LOL says:

    She was the one who propped fire doors open in an NYC high rise a few years back after accidentally setting the family’s apt on fire, causing the deaths of several residents of the building.

    Bad week for celebrity siblings– Mark Ruffalo’s brother died, too.

  21. So sad! I feel terrible for this family!

  22. RAN says:

    What a sad story – my condolences to the family.

    Keltilass- my heart goes out to you and your family – please accept my condolences as well. For Jeremy, the story breaks my heart… he’ll live with this for the rest of his life. I’m glad he’s got a supportive family behind him. May God bless Chris on his next journey.

  23. barneslr says:

    Such a tragedy; both for the Culkin family and for yours, keltilass. My heart goes out to both families.

  24. GrnMtGirl says:

    My condolences to the Culkin family and to yours Keltilass.

  25. sauvage says:

    Keltilass, I am so, so sorry.
    What I have learned in life, is that love remains. We might lose the physical presence of people we love, but the love itself lives on forever. May it help you and your family through this heartbreaking time.

  26. elie says:

    I cannot believe this – just last night for the first time I put on “Home Alone” for my ten year son and my husband to watch and my son was rolling on the floor laughing and shouting and just loving it! We were so nostalgic about the movie and remembered what a tough life Macaulay has had since then… it’s so sad what tragedies some people, and especially celebrities it seems, have to endure. Our hearts go out to Macaulay and his siblings… they are in our thoughts and prayers.

  27. What horrible news. He’s wearing an ironic t-shirt in the header photo.

    My deepest condolences for you and your family, Keltilass. It is incredibly unfair to lose your nephew in his prime, but know that his Gift will help families praying for a miracle this holiday season. His love, his memory, and his donation will be remembered for lifetimes. We’re sending kind thoughts and wishes your way. *Hugs*