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17 Freak Occurrences That Unfortunately Killed These People

If you're gonna kick the bucket, you better do it in style.

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1. Smothered to death by gifts showered upon you by fans

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In 620 BCE, Draco, Athenian law-maker showed up at a theatre. Citizens of Aegina fangirled all over him, showering him with gifts of cloaks and hats and probably tried to kiss him.

2. Smushed by a tortoise which itself was dropped by an eagle

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In the years leading up to his death in 455 BC, the writer Aeschylus mostly stayed indoors. That's because a soothsayer told him he would be killed by a falling object. Cut to 455 BC, and Aeschylus takes that fateful step outside, when an eagle mistook Aeschylus' bald head for a rock good for breaking tortoise shells. The eagle dropped the tortoise, and the rest is ancient history.

3. Overdose on carrot juice

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In 1974, Basil Brown, British health food advocate, drank himself to death by consuming 10 gallons of carrot juice in ten days. Essentially, he had to much vitamin A that his liver was damaged beyond repair.

4. Hit and run by a bale of hay

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In 2010, Mike Edwards (a founding member and cellist for the band ELO) died when a large round bale of hay rolled down a hill and smashed his van as he drove.


5. Drowned to death after surviving being poisoned, shot, bludgeoned and castrated

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In 1916, Rasputin, known for his remarkable influence on the Russian Royal Family, was assassinated. But it wasn't so easy. His killers first poisoned him, then shot, bludgeoned, and castrated him, and then threw him in a river, where he finally drowned to death.

7. Choked to death on cockroaches after winning cockroach-eating contest

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In 2012, Edward Archbold, 32, died after winning a cockroach-eating contest. The cause of death was determined to be accidental choking due to "arthropod body parts."

8. Crushed By Giant Stacks Of Newspapers, Books, And Other Random Shit That You've Been Hoarding


In April 1947, New York City police searched the Collyer mansion after Langley Collyer was declared missing.


9. Bitten and head-butted to death by dad who thought you were possessed by a snake

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In 2013 a 23-year-old Japanese man started to slither on the floor and claim he had become a snake. Believing he was possessed, his father spent the next two days head-butting and biting his son "to drive [out] the snake that had possessed him" but instead causing his death.

11. Death by exhaustion after playing StarCraft for 50 hours straight

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On August 2005, a 28-year-old South Korean man visited a nearby internet cafe and died after playing StarCraft for almost fifty consecutive hours. Witnesses say he simply closed his eyes and fell of the chair. He died of heart failure induced by exhaustion and dehydration.

12. Death by Viagra overdose after fucking two women for twelve hours straight

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Two ladies bet this Russian man that he couldn't please them for half a day. In the end, he won £3,000, but lost his life. Don't ever swallow an entire bottle of Viagra.


15. Frozen to death in cryotherapy capsule

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In 2015 a 24-year-old Nevada salon employee used a cryotherapy machine alone without assistance. Because the settings were wrong, she suffocated and froze herself to death.

16. Flung out of a shopping cart

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In 2015, a 28-year-old Swedish student at the University of New South Wales rode in a shopping cart down a steep road. The cart reached speeds of 80 km/h before hitting an oncoming car and getting flung out of the trolley.

17. Bitten by a decapitated cobra

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In 2014, a Chinese chef cut off a a cobra's head. Twenty minutes later, while he was preparing the body to use in a soup, the severed head bite him back.