Sometimes, death succeeds when a person expects less and, what is more, in a way one could never imagine. Who would think, for example, that he may be hit by a falling helicopter while taking a walk or that he may die…of laughter! Funny and sad in the same time, these are these are my top 10 absurd deaths :
1.Found dead with the head in the toilet
Lupe Velez was a Mexican actress who is believed to have taken her life by means of sleeping pills overd0se. Here is the weird part: it is said that she was found with her head in the toilet. It is not sure if she had a strong nausea, caused by the pills or if she slipped and fell head first in the toilet, where she drowned.It is not even sure that this really happened. But this legend stuck with Lupe’s story and this is how she is remembered by most people.
2. Entrepreneur died after reading his own mistaken obituary
Marc Garvey died of two consecutive heart attacks after having read a mistaken (premature) obituary of himself. What was even more shocking for the poor man is that the obituary was a negative one, claiming that Garvey died “poor, broke and unpopular”.
3. Dying of laughter is possible!
In 1975, Alex Mitchell, watched The Goodies, a British television series, for the last time. Apparently, one scene was so hilarious that the man laughed for 25 minutes continuously and would probably be laughing today as well, if his heart would not have stopped because of the effort.
4. A lawyer shot himself in order to win his case
Clement Vallandigham was a reputed lawyer who had rarely lost a case. When trying to prove that a man had shot himself (instead of being killed by his client), he took a gun and wanted to demonstrate how the incidend had occurred. After repeating all the actions of the victim, he finaly shot himself and died: the gun was actually loaded. The good thing in all this story is that the judge decided that Vallandigham had been right and the accidental death was indeed possible, so he released the accused man.
5. The only person killed by a cassowary
Phillip McLean, a 16 year-old from Australia wanted to kill a cassowary that he had found on the property of his family. Unfortunately for him, that cassowary was not easy to kill: when the boy hit it with clubs, the bird knocked him down and kicked him with its strong, sharp claws in the neck. As a result, a blood vessel was cut open and Phillip McLean died soon after.
6 Sirkka Sari mistook a chimney for a balcony
Sirkka Sari was an 19-year-old actress who had the bad idea of throwing a party at a hotel. She had the even worse idea of climbing on the roof, with a man, in order to have some privacy. But the worst of her ideas was to climb a latter which was leading to the top of a chimney. She mistook it by a very romantic balcony and fall right into a heating boiler. It was the last bad idea she would ever have.
7. Death by carrot juice
In 1974, Basil Brown of England, who was an advocate of healthy food, decided to have a carrot juice cure and drank about 10 gallons of the healthy drink in 10 days. However, he did not know that even the best of things becomes harmful, when exaggerating: The vitamin A within the juice, great for the body in normal quantities, accumulated in his liver and killed him by liver failure.
8. Killed by a falling helicopter
Isaiah Otieno, 23 years old, the son of a Kenyan politican, suffered a most absurd death in 2008, when a falling helicopter crashed onto him. Apparently, the unknowing pedestrian was walking and was wearing stero earbuds. Thus, he was unable to hear the helicopter that hit him.
9.Death at the sauna competition
The 2010 International Sauna Competition in Finland ended with the death of one of the participants, namely the one who resisted the most at a temperature of 110°C(230 F). Vladimir Ladyzhensky(left) presented burns all over his body and collapsed within the sauna, dieing shortly after.
10.Drowned in a butt of wine
In 1478, the duke of Clarence the brother of King Eduard IV, was sentenced to death. Apparently, his last wish was that of being drown in a butt of his favorite wine. The executioners took the wish in serious and brought in a butt of malmsey wine, which is a very strong wine. Had he not been killed, he would have had a severe headache for a couple of days!