List of bizarre deaths

Friday, 13 June 2008

This article provides a list of bizarre deaths – unique or extremely rare circumstances – recorded throughout history. The list also includes less rare, but still unusual, strange deaths of prominent people. Antiquity Note: Many of these stories are likely to be apocryphal (uncertain authenticity) * 458 BC: Aeschylus, Greek playwright, was killed when an eagle dropped a live tortoise on him, mistaking his bald head for a stone. The tortoise survived. * 454 BC: Inarus, Egyptian Pharaoh and leader of the rebellion in Egypt against Persian rule, was taken captive to Susa after being defeated by the satrap Megabyzus. There, after five years, he was impaled on three stakes and flayed alive. * 270 BC: Philitas of Cos, poet and critic reportedly wasted away and died of insomnia while brooding about the Liar paradox. * 207 BC: Chrysippus, a Greek stoic philosopher, is believed to have died of laughter after watching his drunk donkey attempt to eat figs. * 53 BC: Marcus Licinius Crassus was executed by having molten gold poured down his throat, following his defeat at Carrhae at the hands of the Parthians under Spahbod Surena. Some accounts claim that his head was then cut off and used as a stage prop in a play performed for the Parthian king Orodes II. * 42 BC: Porcia Catonis, wife of Marcus Junius Brutus, killed herself by supposedly swallowing hot coals after hearing of her husband's death; however, modern historians claim that it is more likely that she poisoned herself with carbon monoxide, by burning coals in an unventilated room. * 4 BC: Herod the Great suffered from fever, intense rashes, colon pains, foot drop, inflammation of the abdomen, a putrefaction of his genitals that produced worms, convulsions, and difficulty breathing before he finally gave up. Similar symptoms-- abdominal pains and worms-- accompanied the death of his grandson Herod Agrippa in 44 AD, after he had imprisoned St Peter. At various times, each of these deaths has been considered divine retribution. * 64 - 67: St Peter was executed by the Romans. According to many sources, he asked not to be crucified in the normal way, but was instead executed on an inverted cross. He said he was not worthy to be crucified the same way Jesus was. This is the only recorded instance of this type of crucifixion. * 81: According to the Babylonian Talmud, an insect flew into the Roman emperor Titus's nose and picked at his brain for seven years. He noticed that the sound of a blacksmith hammering caused the ensuing pain to abate, so he paid for blacksmiths to hammer nearby him; however, the effect wore off and the insect resumed its gnawing. When he died, they opened his skull and found the insect had grown to the size of a bird. The Talmud gives this as the cause of his death and interprets it as divine retribution for his wicked actions in destroying the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem. Tales of his fate are also found in Christian sources, and the phrase "Titus's flea" has come to refer to any idea that gnaws at one's brain. * C. 98 Saint Antipas, Bishop of Pergamum, was roasted to death in a brazen bull during the persecutions of Emperor Domitian. Saint Eustace, as well as his wife and children supposedly suffered a similar fate under Hadrian. The creator of the brazen bull, Perillos of Athens, was according to legend the first victim of the brazen bull when he presented his invention to Phalaris, Tyrant of Agrigentum. * 258: St Lawrence was executed by being burned or 'grilled' on a large metal gridiron at Rome. Images of him often show him holding the instrument of his execution. Legend says that he was so strong-willed that instead of giving in to the Romans and releasing information about the Church, at the point of death he exclaimed "Manduca, iam coctum est." ("Eat, for it is well done.") * 260: Roman emperor Valerian, after being defeated in battle and captured by the Persians, was used as a footstool by the King Shapur I. After a long period of punishment and humiliation, he offered Shapur a huge ransom for his release. In reply, Shapur had the unfortunate emperor skinned alive and his skin stuffed with straw or dung and preserved as a trophy. Only after the Sassanid dynasty's defeat in their last war with Rome three and a half centuries later was his skin given a cremation and burial. (A recent report from Iran mentions the restoration of a bridge supposed to have been built by Valerian and his soldiers for Shapur in return for their freedom).

according to legend. The authenticity of this story is questionable. as it was customary at that time to conduct by banging a staff on the floor. * 1277: Pope John XXI was killed in the collapse of his scientific laboratory. who had been starved beforehand. sent to tell him of the arrival of the fish. and lead poisoning among others) have come to the fore. died of complications resulting from a strained bladder at a banquet. after being deposed and imprisoned by his Queen consort Isabella and her lover Roger Mortimer. committed suicide because his seafood order was late and he couldn't stand the shame of a postponed meal. His body was discovered by an aide. * 1626: Francis Bacon died of pneumonia contracted while filling a chicken with ice in order to prove that freezing preserves food. was murdered by a mob by having her skin ripped off with sharp sea-shells and what remained of her burned. Other sources claim tiles or pottery-shards were used. when his helmet's soft golden grille gave way to a broken lancetip which pierced his eye and entered his brain. Humayun's practice was to bow his knee when he heard the azaan. suicide. greek mathematician and philosopher. when he heard the mu'azaan. He died 3 days later of the injuries at the age of 47. he was set upon and eaten by six of his fellow rebels. While Dózsa was suffering. (Various types of shells have been named: clams. oysters. Duke of Clarence reportedly was executed by drowning in a barrel of Malmsey wine at his own request. and when he did his foot caught the folds of his garment. whilst playing the title role in his play Le Malade imaginaire (The Imaginary Sickness). that Venice was a free state without a king. died of a gangrenous abscess after piercing his foot with a staff while he was vigorously conducting a Te Deum.* 336: Arius. * 1514: György Dózsa. was rumored to have been murdered by having a red-hot iron inserted into his anus. by a visiting Italian merchant. or call to prayer. had the Caliph wrapped in a rug and trampled to death by horses. * 1327: Edward II of England. * 1478: George Plantagenet. Renaissance * 1556: The Mughal emperor Humayun was descending from the roof of his library after observing Venus ." * 1601: Tycho Brahe. Hulegu. The performance was to celebrate the king's recovery from an illness. * 1673: Molière. 4th Earl of Hereford was fatally speared through the anus by a pikeman hidden under the bridge during the Battle of Boroughbridge. the French actor and playwright died after being seized by a violent coughing fit. so he stayed until he became fatally ill. * 1410: Martin I of Aragon died from a lethal combination of indigestion and uncontrollable laughing. is said to have died laughing upon hearing that Charles II had taken the throne. * 1671: François Vatel. Age of Reason . not wanting to spill royal blood. It would have been extremely bad etiquette to leave the table before the meal was finished. * 1687: Jean-Baptiste Lully. * 1599: The Burmese king Nanda Bayin reportedly "laughed to death when informed. composer. * 1559: King Henry II of France was killed during a jousting match. abalones. the heretical priest who precipitated the Council of Nicea.) Middle Ages * 1135: Henry I of England is said to have died after gorging on lampreys. passed wind and evacuated his internal organs. * 1660: The Scottish aristocrat Thomas Urquhart. polymath and first translator of Rabelais into English. causing him to fall down several flights. his favourite food. székely man-at-arms and peasants' revolt leader was condemned to sit on a heated iron throne with a heated iron crown on his head and a heated sceptre in his hand (mocking at his ambition to be king). This version of events has since been brought into question as other causes of death (murder by Johannes Kepler. * 1322: Humphrey de Bohun. * 1258: Al-Musta'sim was killed during the Mongol invasion of the Abbasid Caliphate. * 415: Hypatia of Alexandria. chef to Louis XIV.

The pursuers bludgeoned him. Knut Fraenkel and Nils Strindberg died in October 1897 at Kvitöya (White Island). which was topped off with 14 servings of his favorite dessert: semla served in a bowl of hot milk. * 1925: Zishe (Siegmund) Breitbart. * 1771: King of Sweden. the coat parachute. founder of the Tennessee whiskey distillery. Despite being killed in the attempt. 1771 after having consumed a meal consisting of lobster. a major materialist and sensualist philosopher died of over eating at a feast given in his honor. 5th Earl of Carnarvon became the first to die from the alleged King Tut's Curse after a mosquito bite on his face became seriously infected. died after sustaining severe burns on the set of the film The Warrens of Virginia after a smoker's match.* 1751: Julien Offray de La Mettrie. He was attempting to break his own land speed record which he had set the previous year. fell into a pit trap accompanied by a bull. at its public opening. * 1927: J. and supposedly he was given enough poison to kill three men his size. smoked herring and champagne.G. * 1923: George Herbert. French president. * 1912: Franz Reichelt. sauerkraut. tailor. was killed when he was hit in the head by a pitch. NE of Svalbard where they had arrived after a failed attempt to reach the North Pole in a balloon. * 1865: Lord Francis Douglas died after falling 4000 feet. tossed by a cast member. * 1916: Grigori Rasputin. died of blood poisoning six years after receiving a toe injury when he kicked his safe in anger at being unable to remember its combination. * 1753: Professor Georg Wilhelm Richmann. was crushed to death by the world's first mechanically powered passenger train (Stephenson's Rocket). died of a stroke while receiving oral sex in his office. under stress. Scottish botanist. Parry-Thomas. It was his first ever attempt with the parachute and he had told the authorities in advance he would test it first with a dummy. while the other assassins chased. one assassin sneaked up behind him and shot him in the head. He is thus remembered by Swedish schoolchildren as "the king who ate himself to death. Their deaths might have been due to exhaustion but also could have been due to eating insufficiently cooked polar bear meat causing trichinosis. When he did not die. 20th century * 1911: Jack Daniel. There is now some doubt about the credibility of this account. was decapitated by his car's drive chain which. Russia. ignited her Civil War costume of hoopskirts and ruffles. was poisoned while dining with a political enemy. died of digestion problems on February 12. * 1834: David Douglas. died as a result of a demonstration in which he drove a spike through five one-inch thick oak boards using only his bare hands. or carbon monoxide poisoning from the miniature kerosene stove when snow made it difficult to air out the fumes. They caught up to him after he was finally felled by three shots during the chase. caviar. * 1920: Ray Chapman. He was the subject of the Werner Herzog film. His philosophical adversaries suggested that by doing so. a Welsh racing driver. having completed the first summit of the Matterhorn. a circus strongman and Jewish folklore hero. When his body washed ashore. . * 1923: Martha Mansfield. an autopsy showed the cause of death to be drowning. * 1897: Salomon August Andrée. The spike was rusted and caused an infection which led to fatal blood poisoning. and while checking Grigori's pulse he was grabbed by the neck by the mystic and was strangled. baseball player. Russian mystic. then threw him into a frozen river. He accidentally pierced his knee. the author of L'Homme machine. was struck and killed by a globe of ball lightning while observing a storm. Invincible. of Saint Petersburg. he succeeded in setting a new record of 171 mph." Modern Age 19th century * 1830: William Huskisson. statesman and financier. though. He was gored and possibly crushed. an American film actress. fell to his death off the first deck of the Eiffel Tower while testing his invention. * 1899: Félix Faure. he had contradicted his theoretical doctrine with the effect of his practical actions. Adolf Frederick. snapped and whipped into the cockpit. He proceeded to run away.

causing a mountain of objects. was found dead by his cleaner on June 8. dancer. after provoking a fight with the pilot while the plane was in the air. * 1960: In the Nedelin disaster. died by falling victim to a booby trap he had set up. * 1961: On March 23. This caused the plutonium to come to criticality. The apple itself was never tested for contamination with cyanide. His blind brother. * 1932: Eben Byers. sat down in the middle of a busy intersection in Saigon. * 1955: Margo Jones. His mother. I. books. Others suggest that Turing was reenacting a scene from "Snow White".* 1927: Isadora Duncan. died of radiation poisoning after being exposed to lethal amounts of ionized radiation. however. who had depended on Langley for care. Jr. * 1956: Nina Hamnett. writer. theater director. artist. and newspapers to fall on him crushing him to death. the possibility of assassination has also been suggested. died from complications after falling out her apartment window and being impaled on the fence forty feet below. Underground. covered himself in gasoline and lit himself on fire burning himself to death. She mistook a chimney for a balcony and fell into a heating boiler. intentional exposure and being struck by a car. Homer. Daghlian died of radiation poisoning. dying instantly. * 1933: Michael Malloy. * 1945: Scientist Harry K. improvising around Jones's absence. The younger brother. * 1958: Gareth Jones. Malloy was murdered by five men in a plot to collect on life insurance policies they had purchased. This incident was not revealed outside of the Soviet Union until the 1980s. was given to him in a transfusion. died of starvation some days later. extreme cases of compulsive hoarders were found dead in their home in New York. accidentally dropped a brick of tungsten carbide onto a sphere of plutonium while working on the Manhattan Project. over 100 Soviet missile technicians and officials died when a switch was turned on unintentionally igniting the rocket. * 1963: On June 11. * 1943: Critic Alexander Woollcott suffered a fatal heart attack during an on-air discussion about Adolf Hitler. a Vietnamese Buddhist monk. actor. was 43 when she was killed by the carpet in her Dallas apartment.. Daghlian. L. in which the blood of a student suffering from malaria and tuberculosis. becoming the first person to die in a criticality accident. Thích Quảng Đức. he had died of cyanide poisoning. He died in a very similar way as Harry K. Koldomasov. Langley. The sphere of plutonium was nicknamed the Demon core * 1947: The Collyer brothers. Jr. died of accidental strangulation and 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. and the death was ruled a suicide. The events were filmed by automatic cameras. at the studios of Associated British Corporation in Manchester. logician. his favourite fairy tale. * 1928: Alexander Bogdanov. apparently from a cyanide-laced apple he left half-eaten beside his bed. strenuously argued that the ingestion was accidental due to his careless storage of laboratory chemicals. Daghlian. * 1939: Finnish actress Sirkka Sari died when she fell down a chimney. due to a flash fire in the pure oxygen environment of a training simulator. accidentally strangled himself with the cord of a pulley-operated mechanical bed of his own design. from dropping a block of material on the same sphere of plutonium by accident. was murdered by gassing after surviving multiple poisonings. Biographer Andrew Hodges suggests that Turing may have killed himself in this ambiguous way quite deliberately. the previous day. her third and last. a homeless man. died of radiation poisoning after having consumed large quantities of a popular patent medicine containing radium. * 1954: Alan Turing. Jr. collapsed and died while in make-up between scenes of a live television play. Because Turing's homosexuality would have been perceived as a security risk. English mathematician. * 1935: Baseball player Len Koenecke was bludgeoned to death with a fire extinguisher by the crew of an aircraft he had chartered. She died July 26 from exposure to carbon tetrachloride fumes from the newly cleaned carpet.. Director Ted Kotcheff continued the play to its conclusion. She was at a cast party celebrating the completion of a movie. to give his mother some plausible deniability. and cyanide poisoning as a cause of death was established by a post-mortem. chemist and physicist. Soviet cosmonaut trainee Valentin Bondarenko died from shock after suffering third-degree burns over much of his body. and cryptographer. Most believe that his death was intentional. died following one of his experiments. * 1941: Sherwood Anderson. a Russian physician. including Red Army Marshal Nedelin who was seated in a deck chair just 40 meters away overseeing launch preparations. Đức was protesting President . * 1944: Inventor and chemist Thomas Midgley. Their bodies were recovered after massive efforts in removing many tons of debris from their home. * 1946: Louis Slotin. swallowed a toothpick at a party and then died of peritonitis.

when a researcher at the laboratory Parker worked at accidentally released some virus into the air of the building. Myca Dinh Le (decapitated) and Renee Shin-Yi Chen (crushed). Cavett says this is incorrect. His brain had swollen about 13%. Chaffee. Florida. but Mitsugorō claimed to be immune to the poison. and saying in a low voice to Cavett. * 1982: Vladimir Smirnov. Senior Pilot Ed White. a martial arts actor.[72] * 1973: Bruce Lee.[77] * 1977: Tom Pryce. and Pilot Roger B. Pryce was struck in the face by the marshal's fire extinguisher and was killed instantly. The door to the capsule was unable to be opened during the fire because of its particular design. was the first known man to be killed by a robot. * 1967: Vladimir Komarov became the first person to die during a space mission after the parachute of his capsule failed to deploy following re-entry. on WXLT-TV in Sarasota. She is believed to be the last smallpox fatality in history. a flash fire began in the pure oxygen environment during a training exercise inside the unlaunched Apollo 1 spacecraft. died of smallpox in 1978. [76] * 1976: Keith Relf.[79] * 1978: Claude François.[74] * 1975: Physicist and businessman Kip Siegel died of a stroke while testifying before a US Congressional subcommittee. the Austrian/American mathematician died of starvation when his wife was hospitalized. died after a diving accident during World University Games. a French pop singer. * 1982: Vic Morrow. former singer for British rhythm and blues band The Yardbirds.[78] * 1978: Georgi Markov. an American television news reporter. this incident could likely have been avoided. died of brain damage nine days after his opponent's foil snapped during a match. killing Command Pilot Gus Grissom. Mr. when he appeared to fall asleep. was electrocuted when he tried to change a light bulb whilst standing in his bathtub which was full of water at the time. His body was found in February 1982. guitarist of Stone the Crows was electrocuted on stage by a live microphone. ten months after the disease was eradicated in the wild. a British medical photographer. a Bulgarian dissident. a motion picture-director. * 1983: Sergei Chalibashvili. When .Ngô Đình Diệm's administration for oppressing the Buddhist religion. plant. but had not arranged for the pilot to pick him up again in August. "This looks bad. paid a bush pilot to drop him at a remote lake near the Coleen River in Alaska to photograph wildlife. along with two child actors. the initial reaction to Rodale was fellow guest Pete Hamill noticing something was wrong. died while practicing his electric guitar—he was electrocuted because the guitar was not properly grounded. a Formula One driver. * 1971: Jerome Irving Rodale. 1978. a worker at a Ford Motor Co. Rodale?". she drew out a revolver and shot herself in the head. a professional diver. The liver is considered one of the most (if not most) poisonous part of the fish. * 1978: Kurt Goedel. an American pioneer of organic farming. Cavett quipped "Are we boring you. died of a heart attack while being interviewed on The Dick Cavett Show. was assassinated by poisoning in London by an unknown assailant who jabbed him in the calf with a specially modified umbrella that fired a metal pellet with a small cavity full of ricin poison."[73] * 1974: Christine Chubbuck. * 1981: Boris Sagal. committed suicide during a live broadcast on July 15. pierced his eyeball and entered his brain. * 1981: Carl McCunn. actor. was decapitated by a helicopter blade during filming of Twilight Zone: The Movie. * 1967: In an incident similar to the death of Bondarenko. Had the Soviet Union revealed the earlier death of Valentin Bondarenko. and a 19-year-old track marshal Jansen Van Vuuren both died at the 1977 South African Grand Prix after Van Vuuren ran across the track beyond a blind brow to attend to another car which had caught fire and was struck by Pryce's car at approximately 170mph. is thought to have died by a severe allergic reaction to Equagesic. * 1979: Robert Williams. At 9:38 AM. Rather than starve. an Olympic champion fencer. Goedel suffered from extreme paranoia and refused to eat food prepared by anyone else. in March 1981. According to urban legend."[71] The show was never broadcast. * 1978: Janet Parker. penetrated his mask. The fugu chef felt he could not refuse Mitsugorō and lost his license as a result. His death certificate reported that he died of "malnutrition and inanition caused by personality disturbance" in Princeton Hospital on January 14. * 1972: Leslie Harvey. His autopsy was written as "death by misadventure. died while shooting the TV miniseries World War III when he walked into the tail-rotor blade of a helicopter and was decapitated. He was 65 pounds when he died. McCunn shot himself in the head.[75] * 1975: Japanese kabuki actor Bandō Mitsugorō VIII died of severe poisoning when he ate four fugu livers (also known as pufferfish). 8 minutes into her talk show.

The malfunction went unnoticed by the crew. having been re-loaded with blanks. an American television actor. Facing a potential 55-year jail sentence for alleged involvement in a conspiracy. Pennsylvania. However. they believed he was still acting. It was planned to have Owen come down from the rafters of the Kemper Arena on a safety harness tied to a rope to make his ring entrance. killing him. Pennsylvania. and was propelled by the blank cartridge's explosion out of the barrel and into Lee's body. * 1992: Christopher McCandless died of starvation near Denali National Park after a few months trying to live off the land in the Alaskan wilderness. he smashed his head on the board and was knocked unconscious. * 1993: Brandon Lee. an American 13-year-old hockey fan. * 1986: While on the air giving a traffic report. The 19-year-old was subdued by eight other passengers with such force that he died of asphyxiation. Williams' lack of gag response may have been due to drugs and alcohol effects. bouncing chest-first off the top rope resulting in a severed aorta. The bomb later exploded. Dwyer shot himself in the mouth with a revolver.he attempted a three-and-a-half reverse somersault in the tuck position. He was apprehended by the police after robbing a bank. killing them all instantly. * 2003: Timothy Treadwell. a pizza delivery man in Erie. This was the second helicopter crash she had been in that year. * 1999: Owen Hart. The safety latch was released and Owen dropped 78 feet. It was not instantly recognized by the crew or other actors. and the same gun was used again later to shoot the death scene. was killed by a time bomb which was fastened around his neck. fell to his death after he threw himself through the glass wall on the 24th floor of the Toronto-Dominion Centre in order to prove the glass was "unbreakable. * 2000: Jonathan Burton stormed the cockpit door of a Southwest Airlines flight from Las Vegas to Salt Lake City. * 1984: Jon-Erik Hexum. and that this wadding is propelled out of the barrel of the gun with enough force to cause severe injury or death if the weapon is fired at point-blank range. as shown on his webcam. He died after being in a coma for a week. 21st century * 2001: Bernd-Jürgen Brandes from Germany was stabbed repeatedly and then partly eaten by Armin Meiwes (who was later called the Cannibal of Rothenburg). a professional wrestler for WWE died during a Pay-Per-View event when performing a stunt. Hexum apparently did not realize that blanks use paper or plastic wadding to seal gun powder into the shell. * 2002: Brittanie Cecil. In 2007. which caused his lungs to fill with blood." * 1996: Sharon Lopatka. an American environmentalist who had lived in the wilderness among bears for thirteen . and claimed he had been forced to do it by three people who had put the bomb around his neck and would kill him if he refused. * 1998: Tom and Eileen Lonergan were stranded while scuba diving with a group of divers off Australia's Great Barrier Reef. this caused a squib load. the helicopter that Jane Dornacker was riding in stalled and crashed into the Hudson River. The group's boat accidentally abandoned them due to an incorrect head count taken by the dive boat crew. where it became stuck. the squib load was still lodged in the barrel. died after he shot himself in the head with a prop gun during a break in filming. police alleged Wells was involved in the robbery plot along with two other conspirators. in which the primer provided enough force to push the bullet out of the cartridge and into the barrel of the revolver. * 1987: Budd Dwyer. lean back. committed suicide during a televised press conference in Harrisburg.44 Magnum gun while filming the movie The Crow. * 1983: Author Tennessee Williams died at the age of 71 after he choked on an eyedrop bottle cap in his room at the Hotel Elysee in New York. a Republican politician. died two days after being struck in the head by a hockey puck at a game between the Columbus Blue Jackets and the Calgary Flames at Nationwide Arena. was convicted of voluntary manslaughter for the homicide. was shot and killed by Michael Massee using a prop . son of Bruce Lee. * 1998: In Congo a soccer game ended when every player on the visiting team was struck by a fork bolt of lightning. killing her. Her killer. Their bodies were never recovered. * 2003: Brian Douglas Wells. * 1993: Garry Hoy. The incident is depicted in the film Open Water and an episode of 20/20. and place his eyedrops in each eye. Robert Fredrick Glass. He would routinely place the cap in his mouth. * 2003: Brandon Vedas died of a drug overdose while engaged in an Internet chat. Brandes explicitly stated in his will that he wished to be killed and eaten. A cartridge with only a primer and a bullet was fired in the pistol prior to the scene Brandon was in. Brandes had answered an internet advertisement by Meiwes looking for someone for this purpose. an internet entrepreneur from Maryland allegedly solicited a man via the Internet to torture and kill her for the purpose of sexual gratification. a Toronto lawyer.

a former officer of the Russian State security service. * 2007: Surinder Singh Bajwa. died nine months after her organs were partially sucked out by a swimming pool drain. suddenly fell ill and was hospitalized. She had several organs replaced in surgery but died later due to the incident. the Deputy Mayor of Delhi. collapsed of fatigue and died after playing StarCraft for almost 50 consecutive hours in an Internet cafe. Lee Seung Seop.summers in a remote region in Alaska. He later died from his injuries. Grizzly Man. Washington died of acute peritonitis after submitting to anal intercourse with a stallion. India. He died three weeks later. * 2005: Kenneth Pinyan of Enumclaw. was kicked by a Rhesus Macaque monkey at his home and fell from a first floor balcony. and later a Russian dissident and writer. a 28-year-old woman from Sacramento. An audio recording was captured on a video camera (the lens-cap was in place during the incident). The case led to the criminalization of bestiality in Washington. . and he delayed his visit to the hospital for several hours out of reluctance for official cognizance.9 "The End" radio station's "Hold Your Wee for a Wii" contest. died when his heart was impaled by a short-tail stingray barb while filming a documentary entitled "Ocean's Deadliest" in Queensland's Great Barrier Reef. * 2006: Alexander Litvinenko. * 2007: Kevin Whitrick. becoming the first known victim of lethal polonium-210-induced acute radiation syndrome. died of water intoxication while trying to win a Wii console in a KDND 107. * 2007: Jennifer Strange. discusses Treadwell and his death. His story was recounted in the 2007 documentary film Zoo. suffering serious head injuries. was killed and partially consumed by a bear. Pinyan had done this before. 6. Werner Herzog's documentary film. a 42-year-old man committed suicide by hanging himself live on a webcam during an internet chat session. * 2006: Steve Irwin. * 2008: Abigail Taylor. along with his girlfriend Amie Huguenard. a television personality and naturalist known as The Crocodile Hunter. but the tape has never been released to the public. * 2005: 28-year-old South Korean. which involved drinking large quantities of water without urinating.

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