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These unusual deaths have all been verified from at least three different sources. Some of the sources used were:

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Alexander Litvinenko
   died from   
Polonium-210-induced Acute Radiation Syndrome
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.
Alan Turing
   died from   
Poisoning from a Cyanide-contaminated Apple
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.
Bandō Mitsugorō VIII
   died from   
Poisoning from Fugu (pufferfish) Liver
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.
Bernd Brandes
   died from   
Willingly Submitting to Being Cannibalised
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.
Boris Sagal
   died from   
Decapitation by a Helicopter Blade
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.
Brittanie Cecil
   died from   
Being Struck in the Head by a Hockey Puck
A 13 year old hockey fan was struck while watching a game between the Columbus Blue Jackets and the Calgary Flames at Nationwide Arena.
Carlos Carvalho
   died from   
Being Head-butted by a Giraffe
2018. The filmmaker was filming close-ups of Gerald the giraffe when the accident happened
Denver Lee St Clair
   died from   
Being Subjected to a "wedgie"
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.
Franz Reichelt
   died from   
Falling off the First Deck of the Eiffel Tower
In 1912 while testing a parachute coat he had invented.
Georgi Markov
   died from   
Poisoning from a Pellet Fired from an Umbrella
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.
Grigori Rasputin
   died from   
Drowning After Being Poisoned and Shot
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
Isadora Duncan
   died from   
Strangulation from Her Scarf Getting Caught in a Car Wheel
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.
James Heselden
   died from   
Riding a Segway over a Cliff
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.
Jim Fixx
   died from   
A Heart Attack While Jogging
Author of the best selling "Complete Book of Running," which started the jogging craze of the 1970s.
Jonathon Capewell
   died from   
Excessive Use of Deodorant
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.
Jon-Erik Hexum
   died from   
Shooting Himself in the Head With a Prop Gun
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.
Kurt Gödel
   died from   
Refusing to Eat Food Not Prepared by His Own Wife
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.
Langley Collyer
   died from   
Crushing After Triggering a Booby Trap
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.
Lee Seung Seop
   died from   
Fatigue After Playing Computer Games for 50 Hours
Playing World of Warcraft and StarCraft in an internet café. Exhaustion and dehydration induced heart failure and he went into cardiac arrest.
Lotti Belk
   died from   
Being Stabbed in the Chest by a Flying Beach Umbrella
2016. The umbrella became airborne in very heavy wind gusts, striking the woman directly in the chest.
Miguel Martínez
   died from   
Impalement on a Statue of a Bull
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.
Peg Entwistle
   died from   
Fractures from Jumping off the H in the HOLLYWOOD Sign
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.
Robert Williams
   died from   
Being Struck by a Robot
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.
Sherwood Anderson
   died from   
Peritonitis Caused by Swallowing a Toothpick
A writer. Swallowed the toothpick at a party.
Stephen Whinfrey
   died from   
Getting His Head Stuck in a Rabbit Hole
2015. Became wedged in the hole and was unable to extricate himself before he suffocated.
Steve Irwin
   died from   
A Stingray Barb Piercing the Heart
Known as the Crocodile Hunter. Died while filming a documentary entitled "Ocean's Deadliest" in Queensland's Great Barrier Reef.
Tennessee Williams
   died from   
Choking on an Eyedrop Bottle Cap
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.
Thomas Midgley, Jr.
   died from   
Strangulation by the Pulley Cord of a Mechanical Bed
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.
Timothy Treadwell
   died from   
Being Attacked and Partially Consumed by a Bear
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.
Vic Morrow
   died from   
Decapitation by a Helicopter Blade
During the filming of 'Twilight Zone: The Movie', along with two child actors, Myca Dinh Le (decapitated) and Renee Shin-Yi Chen (crushed).
Vladimir Smirnov
   died from   
A Fencing Foil Piercing the Eyeball
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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