Unusual Deaths - 20th and 21st Century
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These unusual deaths have all been verified from at least three different sources. Some of the sources used were:
Litvinenko was a former officer of the Russian State security service. He died three weeks after being exposed to polonium-210 in a London sushi restaurant.
Turing is often considered to be the father of modern computer science. An inquest concluded that it was self-administered but his mother always maintained that it was an accident.
The liver is extremely poisonous, but Mitsugorō, a revered kabuki actor, claimed to be immune to the poison and consumed four livers. The fugu chef lost his license as a result.
2001. Brandes was one of many respondents to an advertisment placed on a fetish website by Armin Meiwes ("Der Metzgermeister") who was seeking volunteers willing to be killed and consumed. He was the only one not to back out. Much of the process was video-taped. Meiwes later received a life sentence for the killing.
A motion picture-director. He died while shooting the TV miniseries 'World War III' when he walked into the tail-rotor blade of a helicopter.
A 13 year old hockey fan was struck while watching a game between the Columbus Blue Jackets and the Calgary Flames at Nationwide Arena.
2018. The filmmaker was filming close-ups of Gerald the giraffe when the accident happened
In 2013 St Clair got into an altercation with his stepson who then knocked him down and administered an "atomic wedgie" by pulling the waistband of his underwear up over his head from the rear and around his neck, throttling him in the process. The stepson was jailed after pleading guilty to manslaughter.
In 1912 while testing a parachute coat he had invented.
Markov was a Bulgarian dissident. An unknown assailant jabbed him in the calf with a specially modified umbrella that fired a metal pellet with a small cavity full of ricin poison.
Known as the Mad Monk, Rasputin, was a peasant & mystic healer at the royal court of Russia. Killed by assassins hired by his political enemies. May also have been stabbed, & bludgeoned
A dancer, she died of accidental strangulation and a broken neck when one of the long scarves she was known for caught on the wheel of a car in which she was a passenger.
2010. The owner of Segway Inc. was apparently attempting to manouever his machine on a narrow pathway in order to make room for an oncoming pedestrian when he accidentally reversed over the edge and fell a considerable distance into the River Wharfe.
Author of the best selling "Complete Book of Running," which started the jogging craze of the 1970s.
1998. Apparently obsessed with personal hygiene, he regularly sprayed huge amounts deodorant over his entire body. This caused a build-up of butane and propane in his blood which eventually triggered a heart attack.
An American TV actor. Blanks use wadding to seal gun powder into the shell, and this is propelled from the gun with enough force to cause severe injury or death if the weapon is fired at close range.
A mathematician and philosopher whosuffered from an extreme fear of being poisoned. He succumbed to starvation in 1977 when his wife Adele was hospitalised for a number months and was unable to prepare his meals for him.
He was a compulsive hoarder. He set the booby trap up himself. A mountain of objects, books, and newspapers fell on him. His blind brother, Homer, who had depended on Langley for care, died of starvation some days later.
Playing World of Warcraft and StarCraft in an internet café. Exhaustion and dehydration induced heart failure and he went into cardiac arrest.
2016. The umbrella became airborne in very heavy wind gusts, striking the woman directly in the chest.
In 2013 a 14 year old was playing a night-time game of hide-and-seek on the campus of Texas Tech when he unwittingly ran into the horn of the bull statue which fatally pierced his chest.
A Welsh-born stage actress and briefly a Hollywood film actress. She committed suicide by jumping off the sign. The official cause of death was multiple pelvic fractures.
A worker at a Ford Motor Co. plant, believed to be the first man killed by a robot (1979). Williams was retrieving a part from a storage bin when the robot's arm hit him in the head.
A writer. Swallowed the toothpick at a party.
2015. Became wedged in the hole and was unable to extricate himself before he suffocated.
Known as the Crocodile Hunter. Died while filming a documentary entitled "Ocean's Deadliest" in Queensland's Great Barrier Reef.
He placed the cap in his mouth while he administered the drops. His lack of gag response may have been due to the effects of drugs & alcohol. Some reports say it was a nasal spray cap.
An inventor and industrial chemist. Midgley contracted polio. To assist in getting out of bed, he designed a system of ropes and pulleys but became tangled in the ropes and suffocated to death.
The self-proclaimed eco-warrior, photographer and author of "Among Grizzlies: Living With Wild Bears in Alaska". He was killed (with girlfriend Amie Huguenard) on the Alaska Peninsula.
During the filming of 'Twilight Zone: The Movie', along with two child actors, Myca Dinh Le (decapitated) and Renee Shin-Yi Chen (crushed).
During the 1982 World Championships in Rome, he was fencing Matthias Behr of West Germany. Behr's blade broke and the broken blade went through Smirnov's mask, through his eye, and into his brain.
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