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Maybe you’ve seen the television show, “1,000 Ways to Die.” Maybe you haven’t. Either way, you probably know that there are many strange ways to die.
Back in the old days, people died in odd ways more often than they do today. Better medical science, access to nutritious food and cleaner living situations have improved quality and length of life. That doens’t mean people don’t still die in strange ways.
Every one of the strange deaths on this list occurred sometime in last century. Which goes to show that odd ways of leaving this life will probably happen forever.
Brandon Lee is the son of Bruce Lee and he died on set of the movie, “The Crow.” A prop gun used to film the death scene malfunctioned and killed Lee. Other actors weren’t even aware he was dead – they thought he was just acting.
Andersson booked a hotel room at the Hotel Hellman and later died. It came out that he perished from cyanide poisoning. The worst part was the hotel had just used it in his room to get rid of bed bugs.
This Russian physicist died at the reasonably young age of 55. His death can be blamed on one of his experiments. He was working on blood tranfusions and contracted both malaria and tuberculosis.
R. Budd Dwyer
Suicide is unfortunately something that happens quite often. When Dwyer killed himself, he was on a news program as the State Treasurer of Pennsylvania. He was facing jail time and shot himself live on television.
Christopher Johnson McCandless
Here is a man who spent his life trying to live off the grid. Sadly, he died of starvation in the Alaskan wilderness after a couple of months of off the grid living. His life was made into the movie, “Into the Wild.”
At the age of 58, this television director died on set of the program, “World War III.” It wasn’t a heart attack or stroke either. He walked into the blade of a helicopter and was decapitated.
David Allen Kirwan
Kirwan is the only reported death of someone after jumping into the Yellowstone hot springs. He was going in a after a friend’s dog. He later died.
This flight attendant probably wouldn’t have gotten any fame if it weren’t for the strange circumstances of her death. She was sucked out of an airliner when the bulkhead came off while the plane was in flight.
Grundman was out shooting for fun at cacti in Arizona. After filling the arm of a saguaro cactus with bullets, it detached and fell on him. As it was 4 foot long, the piece of the cactus crushed him and he died.
McCunn was a wildlife photographer who was dropped in Alaska to take photos. Failing to make arrangements to be picked up, he faced starvation. Rather than a long drawn out death, McCunn shot himself instead.
Riechelt was a French tailor working on a coat parachute. Despite having promised to test it on a dummy first, he decided to try it out for himself. He fell to his death after leaping off the first deck of the Eiffel Tower to see if the coat worked.
This unfortunate man was trying to prove to some law students that the glass in the Toronto-Dominion Center was unbreakable. So he threw himself agaisnt it. The glass didn’t break, but the window fell from its frame and he fell 300 feet and died.
Juchniewicz was 76 years old when he was injured and needed a ride in the ambulance. Unfortunately, his stretcher was not properly secured and rolled away. It overturned and Juchniewicz died a short time later.
Deborah Gail Stone
Stone had a job at Disneyland and at just age 18, she died. She was crushed between a moving wall and a stationary wall inside the America Sings attraction.
Harry K. Daghlian, Jr.
This scientist was working when he dropped a bring of tungsten carbide onto some plutonium during the Manhattan Project. It gave him radiation poisoning and he died.