Death is a naturally occurring thing that all of us will eventually experience. Sometimes it is predictable; other times, it is sudden and unexpected. There are several things we do everyday that could potentially cause our demise, but we don’t even think twice, because they have just become mundane habits. Listed below are some of the most unusual recorded deaths that have occurred, under some of the strangest twists of fate.
Jerome Moody – Drowning in a room full of lifeguards
In 1985, the New Orleans Recreation Department held a pool party to celebrate their first summer season of swimming without any drownings. This alone should be alarming to anyone, considering that holding a party simply because no one died on your property this year seems a little unnerving. Regardless, about 100 off-duty lifeguards were present, as well as four active ones—making it one of the safest possible pool parties in existence. Unless, of course, you’re Jerome Moody. Moody defied the odds and managed—despite the massive number of trained lifeguards in the vicinity—to surreptitiously sink to the bottom of the pool and drown. Disturbingly, the man was not discovered until the end of the party, raising questions about how long his lifeless body was resting just below the feet of the other partygoers.
Jose Luis Ochoa – Unintentionally entered a cock fight
Cockfighting is an undeniably brutal sport—specially bred roosters are equipped with blades and pitted against one another gladiator-style until one of the birds becomes incapacitated or dies. The risk for bodily harm typically extends only to the avian competitors. But this was not the case for Jose Luis Ochoa on January 30th, 2011, when he received a cock-inflicted wound to his right calf while attending a cockfighting event in California. For his participation in a cruel and illegal event, Jose paid the ultimate price just two hours after being wounded. Meanwhile, the rooster’s current whereabouts are unreported, but we can surely expect him to be a solid competitor in the next Mortal Kombat Tournament.
Monica Meyer – S***ty way to go
Monica Meyer, the mayor of Betterton, Maryland, died while checking her town’s sewage tanks – she fell in and drowned in 15 feet of human waste.
Sigurd the Mighty – fast acting Karma
Sigurd the Mighty, a ninth-century Norse earl of Orkney, was killed by an enemy he had beheaded several hours earlier. He’d tied the man’s head to his horse’s saddle, but while riding home one of its protruding teeth grazed his leg. He died from the infection.
Michael Farley – Early Anthrax attack
US congressman Michael F. Farley died in 1921 as a result of shaving – because his shaving brush was infected with anthrax.
Paul Thomas – Soft, Warm ending
Paul G. Thomas, the owner of a wool mill, fell into one of his machines in 1987 and died after being wrapped in 800 yards of wool.
Jesse Lazear – At least he was right
In 1900, American physician Jesse William Lazear tried to prove that Yellow Fever was transmitted by mosquitoes by letting infected mosquitoes bite him. He then died of the disease. Proving himself right.
Gareth Jones – Too skilled at acting
British actor Gareth Jones died of a heart attack while performing in a live televised play in 1958 – in which his character was scripted to have a heart attack. The rest of the cast improvised around his death and finished the play.
Greg Gingrich – took a joke too far
In 1992, Greg Austin Gingrich died in the Grand Canyon after jokingly pretending to fall to his death, then losing his footing and actually falling to his death.
Queen Sunanda Kumariratana of Siam – Killed by her status
Queen Sunanda Kumariratana of Siam (now Thailand) drowned in 1880 in full view of many of her subjects – because they were forbidden to touch her, so couldn’t rescue her.
Died of embarrassment
An Irish woman died in 2008 after voluntarily having sex with a dog. The exact cause of death is unclear, although it was speculated that an allergic reaction to dogs might have been the cause.
King Adolf Frederick of Sweden – ate himself to death
King Adolf Frederick of Sweden didn’t die hungry. The king suffered fatal digestion problems after eating caviar, sauerkraut, smoked herring and champagne, lobster, and 14 servings of his favorite dessert served in a bowl of hot milk. Swedish children today still remember him as “the king who ate himself to death.”
Grigori Rasputin – The unkillable Mad Monk
Infamous Russian mystic Grigori Rasputin reportedly survived being poisoned by a group of nobles only to be shot four times, beaten, and flung into a freezing river. An autopsy revealed he died of hypothermia.
Michael Anderson Godwin – you can’t escape your fate
Convicted murderer Michael Anderson Godwin faced the death penalty until his sentence was changed to life imprisonment in 1983. However, while adjusting the earphones plugged into his prison cell’s TV six years later, he bit into a wire and died. He had been sitting on a steel-rimmed toilet at the time of his death and died of electrocution.
Garry Hoy – a real commitment to his job
In an attempt to prove to a group of visitors that the glass of the Toronto-Dominion Centre was “unbreakable,” 38-year-old Garry Hoy threw himself against a window. He fell to his death from the 24th floor when the window popped out of the frame. In his defense, the glass did not break.
Bernd-Jurgen Brandes – strangest internet interaction
Bernd-Jurgen Brandes of Germany was stabbed repeatedly before being partially eaten by Armin Meiwes. It was later discovered that the two had agreed to this arrangement on the Internet and Brandes had explicitly written in his will that he wished to be murdered and eaten.
Hans Steininger – With great Beard comes great responsibility
The Swedish proverb is right. A beard does not necessarily denote wisdom. Hans Steininger, 16th century Austrian man renowned for his 4.5 foot beard, found this out the hard way when he forgot to roll up his beard to escape a fire. He stepped on it, causing him to lose his balance, break his neck, and die.