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Unusual Deaths

Unusual Deaths

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    Death is unfortunately a part of life. Check out this list of 20 unusual ways that people have died, from the 1600's to today.
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    Tommy Cooper
    British Slapstick Comedian: 1984
    Died of a heart attack while performing at Her Majesty's Theatre in London, live on national television. The audience continued to laugh as he lay collapsed on the stage, thinking it was part of the act.
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    Boston Molasses Disaster
    21 people dead: 1919
    21 people were killed and 150 were injured when a tank containing as much as 2,300,000 US gal of molasses exploded, sending a wave at approximately 35 mph through part of Boston.
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    Franz Reichelt
    Tailor: 1912
    Fell to his death off the first deck of the Eiffel Tower while testing his invention, the coat parachute. It was his first ever attempt and he had told the authorities in advance he would test it first with a dummy.
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    Nedelin disaster
    100 people dead: 1960
    Soviet rocket technicians and officials died when a switch was turned on unintentionally igniting the rocket. Included was Red Army Marshal Nedelin who was seated in a deck chair just 40 meters away overseeing launch preparations.
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    Isadora Duncan
    Dancer: 1927
    Died of 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.
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    Alexander I,
    King of Hellenes: 1920
    Taking a walk in the Royal Gardens, when his dog was attacked by a monkey. The King attempted to defend his dog, receiving bites from both the monkey and its mate. The animals were diseased, inducing infection which led to sepsis.
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    Clement Vallandigham
    U.S. Congressman: 1871
    Died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound suffered in court while representing the defendant in a murder case. Demonstrating how the murder victim could have shot himself, the gun discharged and mortally wounded him.
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    HMS Trinidad
    32 people dead: 1942
    32 men died when the British cruiser HMS Trinidad accidentally torpedoed itself.
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    Tennessee Williams
    American Author: 1983
    Died when he choked on an eyedrop bottle cap in his room at the Hotel Elysee in New York. He would routinely place the cap in his mouth, lean back, and place his eyedrops in each eye.
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    Molière
    French actor and playwright: 1673
    Died after being seized by a violent coughing fit, while playing the title role in his play Le Malade imaginaire (The Hypochondriac).
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    Jim Creighton
    Baseball Player: 1862
    Died when he swung a bat too hard and ruptured his bladder.
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    London Beer Flood
    9 people dead: 1814
    9 people were killed when 323,000 imperial gallons of beer in the Meux and Company Brewery burst out of their vats and gushed into the streets
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    Martha Mansfield
    American film actress: 1923
    died after sustaining severe burns on the set of the film The Warrens of Virginia after a smoker's match, tossed by a cast member, ignited her Civil War costume of hoopskirts and ruffles.
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    Béla I
    Ruler of Hungary: 1063
    Died when his throne's canopy collapsed upon him.
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    Harry Houdini
    American Escape Artist: 1926
    punched in the stomach by an amateur boxer who had heard that Houdini could withstand any blow to his body above his waist, excluding his head. Though this had been done with Houdini's permission, complications from this injury caused him to die days later.
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    Jeff Dailey
    19 year old video gamer: 1981
    Became the first known person to die while playing video games. After achieving a score of 16,660 in the arcade game Berzerk, he succumbed to a massive heart attack. A year later, an 18-year-old gamer died after achieving high scores in the same game
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    Steve Irwin
    Australian Television Personality: 2006
    Known as the Crocodile Hunter, Irwin 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.
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    Kenji Urada
    Japanese Factory Worker: 1981
    Killed by a malfunctioning robot he was working on at a Kawasaki plant in Japan. The robot's arm pushed him into a grinding machine, killing him.
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    Timothy Treadwell
    American Environmentalist: 2003
    Having lived in the wilderness among bears for thirteen summers in a remote region in Alaska, Treadwell and his girlfriend Amie Huguenard were killed and partially consumed by a bear.
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    Kim Sa-rang
    3 month old Korean baby: 2009
    Died from malnutrition after both her parents spent hours each day in an internet cafe raising a virtual child on an online game, Prius Online