History is littered with heroic and great deaths - most of which we are all familiar with. But in the darkrecesses of the past, there are a number of very embarrassing or unfortunate deaths. Deaths that theirvictim would prefer us not to know about. This list is all about throwing the light on these poor people whohave the misfortune of being remembered partly for a shameful end. This list is in chronological order.
Manner of death: Threw himself into a volcano to become immortalEmpedocles was a Greek philosopher who is probably best remembered for his classical theory of the fourelements. He was the last Greek philosopher to write his theories down in verse form. Legend has it thatEmpedocles threw himself into the active volcano Mount Etna in Sicily in order to fool his followers intobelieving that his body had vanished and that he would return as a god. Unfortunately for Empedocles, oneof his sandals survived the fury of the volcano and it was discovered by his followers - revealing theirleader’s deceit.