Death comes to us all. While some say that the only thing life guarantees is death, hardly anyone wish to die in any way, other than the natural way. Death is a natural phenomenon. Yes, it is tragic, but inevitable, something that we know will come to us one day. However, some people die in ways that are beyond imagination. Such deaths leave us baffled, scratching our heads and wondering how that came to happen. They are very unexpected and unusual. This article explores some unusual deaths that mankind has succumbed to, in the past.
Lee Seung Seob
We can think of many different ways we might depart from this world in. There are people who actually wish to go while doing something that they love. Such a destiny belonged to a young man, in Korea. Lee was known to be a video game addict. He would play for hours and hours and not move from his place. This also became the reason his girlfriend broke up with him. After playing 50 straight hours of StarCraft, Lee went into cardiac arrest, one day and passed away. Talk about living like there is no tomorrow. The incident gained attention from across the globe, with people realizing how video game addiction can be life-threatening.
You know what they say about ‘playing with fire.’ Johnny Ace was an American r&b singer. He died on 25th December 1954, after he shot himself in the head. Unlike Kurt Cobain, Johnny Ace was not trying a suicide. His friends, who are witnesses to the event, describe the event with Johnny being very drunk. They describe that he was playing around with a gun, thought to be a Russian Roulette, and showing off. He believed it was not loaded. When someone told him to watch out, he pointed the gun to his and said ‘It is okay, the gun is not loaded. See?’ and then he pulled the trigger. Next thing they knew, he was dead.
Gerald Mellin was a businessman, from the U.K. After his wife left him, he was depressed. He tried everything to get her back but failed. Then he tried to scare her by threatening her that he will commit suicide. He even showed her the rope he was going to use. Upon receiving no major response, grieved by his wife’s betrayal, he tied one end of the rope to a tree and the other to his neck. Then he got on his Aston Martin DB7, and drove on a busy road until he decapitated himself. He made a spectacle of his death, forcing others on the road to witness the brutal suicide.
Eysteinsson was the second Viking Earl of Orkney. One day, after he challenged an enemy to a battle, where each side would consist of 40 men. However, he brought with himself 80 men. As a result, his enemy lost and was subsequently, behead by Eysteinsonn. However, as he went on, he tied the head of his enemy to the saddle of the horse. Fate had its own plan: the head collided with the leg of the Earl and the buck-tooth scratched his leg. This caused him infection and he died a few days later. A perfect case of justice served.
Duncan was an American dancer, born in California. She faced exile from the U.S, for her sympathetic behavior towards the Soviet Union. She was known to wear scarves in public. This, one day, led to her death. While she was in Nice, France, travelling in an Amilcar, her scarf tangled with the wheels and rear axle, and got wrapped to her neck. In a second, it break her leg. She died instantly.
Morrow was an American actor, who was killed alongside his two children. Morrow was shooting for his movie ‘The Twilight Zone,’ playing a role of a Vietnamese man, about to be killed by the U.S. His children were starring alongside him. When they were shooting a scene where they try to escape from a helicopter, hovering at about 25 feet above them, pyrotechnic explosions caused malfunctioning of the helicopter, leading to a crash. The helicopter fell right on them, decapitating and killing them instantly.
Wertheim was an American tennis linesman, who died to due to an injury he picked up during a match, at the 1983 U.S Open. The injury was inflicted when Stefan Edberg’s serve went straight to Wertheim, and hit him in the groin area. The linesman was at that moment sitting on a chair, overseeing the match. He fell off the chair, as a result of the hit. He hit his head on the hard-court surface and went unconscious. As soon as it happened, he was rushed to a nearby hospital. The injuries the picked up were very severe, and he died 5 days later. His family sued the U.S Tennis Association.
Chubbuck was an American TV news reporter, who committed suicide on live television. At the start of the show, she read three national news stories, before coming to the fourth one, which was about a restaurant. The video reel of that story was stuck, while gave Chubbuck the time to make her move. She went on about saying that her channel had always brought the audience blood and guts and she was going to maintain the trend. Just after she said that, she took out a pistol and shot herself behind her right ear. Everyone were in a state of shock, while some thought it was a prank. She was rushed to the hospital and died 15 hours later. Her script revealed that she had planned for this beforehand.
James Otis, Jr.
Otis was a lawyer, and a member of Massachusetts provincial assembly. He held patriotic views, like those which lead to the American Revolution. His catchphrase “Taxation without representation is tyranny” became very famous amongst the patriots. However, he departed the world in a rather bizarre fashion. His friends and sister recount that he used to wish for his death to be like it was a, to use his own words, ‘flash of lightning.’ An epitome of ‘careful what you wish for,’ Otis knew little that his words might actually come to life, when in May 1783, as he stood in front of a friend’s house, he was struck by lightning. America had lost one of its patriots.
Garry Hoy was a lawyer in a Toronto-based law firm, Holden Day Wilson. Although he was already a well-reputed corporate and securities law specialist, he came to prominence due to the circumstances which lead to his death. While he was telling some students about how the glass of Toronto-Dominion Center was unbreakable, he threw himself at the glass. People recount that he had done it many times before. Having previously completed the act, proving the strength of the glass, by bouncing right off it. However, this time around, it was not the same story. As Hoy threw himself at the glass, the glass came out of the window frame, causing him to fall through and die. This was done on the 24th story, and so, poor Mr. Hoy stood little, if any, chance of survivor. It came as a shock to everyone involved, as the glass did not even break. He proved his point, but could not live to see it happen.