Strangest Ways People Died

Strangest Ways People Died

It’s certainly a morbid subject to discuss,
but we’ve all likely talked to our friends about how we want to go out. No doubt for a lot of people dying quietly
in their sleep would seem like a good option, a kind of painless, non-messy exit perhaps
involving one last dream. Nobody wants to leave this planet slowly,
wasting away in pain, or maybe even losing their minds. And while it might be fast, it’s likely
no one would like to go out in an extremely violent way. Then there’s the ironic death, and there
are plenty of those. We might recall the man in the U.S. in the
80s who avoided the electric chair after appeal and then accidentally electrocuted himself
in his cell and died. With that in mind, welcome to this episode
of the Infographics Show, The strangest ways people have died. 13. The irony of dying while keeping fit
We’ll give you just one famous example of a victim of irony, and that is the case of
the former American jogging guru, Jim Fixx. He wrote ‘The Complete Book of Running’
in 1977 and it became a best-seller. In fact, he is said to be one of the main
people that started what was called America’s fitness revolution. Fixx had once been overweight and also a heavy
smoker, but then he started his exercise regime, sold his books, and told the American people
that running was the secret to having a long life and good health. He died of a heart attack while running when
he was just 52-years old. Ok, so that’s perhaps not so strange, and
we’ll get stranger, but we just wanted to give you an example of death by irony. 12. Death by clothing
You’ve all heard news media write stories about what it calls “Draconian” laws or
rules. This just usually means out-of-date laws,
or laws that seem way too strict or even brutal. We get this adjective from a Greek lawmaker
called Draco. In Athens in the 7th century B.C. this man
created laws that were said to be unfair, or at least unfair if you were not part of
the wealthy group of people. His harsh legal code could mean cruel punishments
for even petty crimes. Nonetheless, it’s said he was popular at
the time with the crowds, but then in those days the public did seem to enjoy watching
blood being spilled. It’s said during one appearance in the Aeginetan
theater the crowd wanted to show their adoration so they threw their hats, cloaks, shirts,
at him. But they went overboard, and it’s said Draco
suffocated under the avalanche of clothing from his admirers. We should say that this is an old story passed
down, so one might question how it actually happened. Maybe they meant to kill him, but we’ll
never know what happened that fateful day. 11. Death by proving something is safe
You may have heard about this one as it’s popped up in various TV series from time to
time. The story is of a Canadian lawyer called Garry
Hoy. On July 9, 1993, he was taking people on a
tour of the Toronto-Dominion Centre, a building of many floors and with a lot of glass windows. He wanted to demonstrate to the people just
how strong the windows were as rightly some folks were concerned about such a high glass-fronted
building. To do this he did something he’d done before
and threw himself at a glass window to show that the glass was very strong. He was right that the glass didn’t smash,
but on this occasion the window popped out of its frame and Hoy fell a long way to his
death. An engineer later told the Canadian media,
“I don’t know of any building code in the world that would allow a 160-pound (72.5
kg) man to run up against a glass and withstand it.” That must have been some shock for the bystanders. 10. Same, but different
This is another story of a lawyer trying to prove a point to people and in doing so killed
himself. The man was an American lawyer called Clement
Vallandigham and in 1871 he was representing a client that was accused of murder. The lawyer was trying to prove that the victim
wasn’t murdered but had accidently killed himself. He tried to show how this might have happened
and accidently shot himself. He died, but his client got off the murder
charge. 9. Death by beard
A tourism website in Austria tells us that people can visit the epitaph of a man called
Hans Staininger. He was a mayor of Braunau in the 16th century
and was well known for having a really long beard. We are told it was so long that if not tied
it would trail on the floor. One day the poor guy was walking down the
street and he tripped on his beard, broke his neck and died. To this day his beard is kept in the local
museum. 8. Death by banana
Slipping on a banana skin is perhaps the best-known gag joke, and of course it doesn’t happen
very often. But searching online we can find one death
certificate from 1927 that did indeed blame a banana skin for the death of a man. The 74-year old slipped and died in Tennessee. 7. Death by piano
If people do actually die from slipping on banana skins, do they also die by a piano
falling on their heads? Well, someone actually investigated this and
that writer found at least one incidence when a piano being pulled up a building had come
crashing down on a person below. The website StraightDope writes, “In 1931
a piano was being hoisted up to a second-story window when a cornice broke free from the
building, falling and killing a mover below.” But perhaps the most famous piano death out
there was that of a strip-club bouncer called Jimmy Ferrozzo. In 1983 at a club in San Francisco he and
his girlfriend had been making love on a piano that was connected to a hoist so it could
be lowered down for performances and raised when it wasn’t being used. This time the piano was down on the floor,
but during the act of passion one of the two accidently hit the switch and the piano was
pulled up. Jimmy was consequently crushed against the
ceiling, but we are told his lover survived the incident. 6. Killed by a bird
We can actually find a few instances of people being killed by birds, but this one has to
be the strangest and also involves a fair bit of karma. In 2011, a 35-year old California resident
called Jose Luis Ochoa was stabbed to death by a bird. The BBC writes that the man had been at an
illegal cockfight and had taken with him a cock that had sharp spurs on its legs, which
were more like little knives. The bird apparently turned on its owner and
he suffered what the coroner called a sharp force injury. A police spokesperson told the media, “I
have never seen this type of incident.” No kidding. 5. Killing your son, the snake
In 2013, a Japanese man called Takuya Nagaya had apparently been acting a bit weird at
his parent’s apartment in Okazaki City. He’d been slithering around like a snake. Of course, his father came to the rational
conclusion that his son had been possessed by some kind of snake demon. He then did the next rational thing and took
matters into his own hands, well, we should say head and teeth. Reports tell us the son died from injuries
sustained while the father was trying to get the snake out of him by biting and headbutting
him. You can only imagine what that scene must
have looked like. 4. A cow through the roof
The BBC reported in 2013 that a Brazilian man was killed in his bed when a cow came
crashing down through his roof. Somehow the rather large animal got onto his
asbestos roof and fell right through it. Apparently, this wasn’t the first time a
cow had fallen through a roof in this rural area. The 45-year old died from internal bleeding. 3. Death by slug
Many of us might have done some silly things just because we were dared to do it or we
wanted to win some money or just show off. This goes wrong all the time and you can find
endless video clips of Darwin Award types of stunts online. In November 2018, the world’s media reported
the death of an Australian man called Sam Ballard who had died aged 28. Eight years prior to his death the skilled
rugby player had been at a party with friends in Sydney. No doubt quite a bit of alcohol had been consumed
and during the party a slug turned up on the scene. Ballard’s friends, writes The Independent,
dared him to eat the slug. That he did, but as a result he became very
sick. He was taken to hospital and it was found
later that he had been infected by a parasite known as rat lungworm. This ended up paralyzing the young man and
was the reason he died some years later. 2. Death by cockroach
You shouldn’t eat slugs, and you also probably shouldn’t eat cockroaches. The BBC tells us that in 2012 a man from Florida
by the name of Edward Archbold had entered himself into a live cockroach eating competition. He had done well, devouring dozens of the
creatures, but it also killed him. The coroner ruled that his death was caused
by “asphyxia due to choking and aspiration of gastric contents.” In short, he had choked on cockroach body
parts. The body of Christ
We know that some Christians will take into their mouths something that symbolizes the
body of Christ, but one Canadian man took this a step further in 1987. According to the Toronto Globe and Mail a
man called Franco Brun had been taken in by police and left in the cells. It turned out that in the cell the man had
made use of a small Gideons Bible by swallowing it. He choked to death on it. News reports tell us that for this mentally
unwell man “the swallowing of the Bible to him was some form of symbolism or allegory
as though he was trying to purge himself of the devil by consuming religion.” What’s the strangest death you have heard
about? Tell us in the comments. Also, be sure to check out our other show
What If Hitler Had Won? Thanks for watching, and as always, don’t
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  1. The Infographics Show says:

    "Lord Tywin Lannister did not, in the end, shit gold."
    — George RR Martin

    Cool quote to supplement a strange death… Got any other?

  2. Arees Valles says:

    Idk what's worse death by burning, deaths by stabbing or death by irony.

  3. Jaroon says:

    banana skin

  4. oldreliable303 Justin Scott says:

    Send me out with a bang.

  5. Jerico Villanueva says:

    I only came for the thumbnail… 6:31 what the heck is wrong with Japan people?!?!

  6. Oxi Clean says:

    If your walking under a piano being held up with rope your just asking for it to fall on you

  7. komPo says:

    1: playing 999 ping in minecraft server and warps into void

  8. MagicalElixir says:

    Well once i was in the church i almost choaked by the body of Christ , luckily my grandma was there

  9. Bloody Mary says:

    My step dads friend died by tripping over his shoe lace

  10. itzBuffalo Gaming says:

    my friend was crushed by a locker and died.

    STORY: the death of leo latifi

  11. Mad British Lunatic says:

    Number 3 is a rather famous example for people in the UK

  12. Jacob Blaisdell says:

    I want to die falling up stai

  13. iTz Drop says:

    If I'm gonna go out I'm going out my way I'm gonna set myself on fire and hang myself you can pick of the pieces

  14. William Nolan says:

    I prove you wrong I want to go out with pain

  15. fully grown pizza says:

    How cow got onto the roof..

  16. lord beerus says:

    all 7 billion people will die one day….

  17. LONGshot 12005 says:

    4:57 Super Mario 64 reference?

  18. ppo66uk says:

    how did that cow even get up there ;-;

  19. DailyVlogs YouTube says:

    You definitely shouldn’t eat cockroaches.
    Chinese people: am I a joke to you?

  20. Cursingbow says:

    the strangest way I've died is digging to the bottom of the world :O

  21. Abd Elawahed says:

    When i was a lid only 3-5 i eat a live cockroach

  22. ZaDOSmiKa says:

    Death by snu snu! πŸ˜€


    I died because I binged the Infographic Show and died of thirst and hunger

  24. ChadJ11 says:

    Oh look my sons slithering around like a snake, he must be possessed by snake demon, I better bite and headbutt him to death.

  25. Kaneki says:

    This video reminds me of the deaths in roblox

  26. FUNOW2 plays games says:

    He could've died so soon because of his smoking habits before

  27. SW.FT_FaTaL says:

    Number 11 could’ve just done it on the bottom floor, guess he wanted to really wanted to prove it

  28. KissaVelho says:


  29. Fe4r. 4x says:

    Some guy died by pooping to much and i lm confused

  30. Olivia Bainbridge says:

    My moms second name is archbold πŸ˜‚

  31. eloke33 Ejej says:

    Your mom

  32. Fabian Atencio says:

    Are the people dry?

  33. Patrick Chang says:

    6- go to Oceania and find lots of killer chickens! Buck! Buck! πŸ“πŸ“

  34. Charlie Gomez says:

    5:25 Zelda Fans will know what I mean

  35. just someone says:

    What about Isadora Duncan? Her death was pretty weird

  36. Christianah Ade says:

    Oh my Lord, is the cow okay??

  37. PETROSADO GAME says:

    My mums friend said to a security call "IAM INVINCIBLE" he died 7 days after

  38. Pablo Peraza says:

    2 guys 1 horse

  39. Derek Hicks says:


  40. Abc Dfgb says:


  41. David Fox says:

    I never said I was afraid of dying… Anytime will do, I don't mind…

  42. Aperture Productions Studios says:


  43. Dalverne Jens Steffensen says:

    Oggy And The Cockroaches

  44. Jaylon Dent says:

    R.I.P People Who Died
    1987/2019 πŸ˜‚

  45. edberg says:

    Dumb ways to die. So many dumb ways to die

  46. DJProGamer118 says:

    When you said dying in sleep, I thought of Cameron broyce 😭😭 oof I can’t spell

  47. Yohanan Ironside says:

    Florida man eats cockroaches and dies?

    No surprise there lol

  48. Fajar Magsyar says:

    "a man from florida"

    ..of course

  49. John Bijani says:


  50. Please Help says:

    How you will die: making unoriginal comments

  51. EDM SHAAN says:

    florida man has to be in this video

  52. Param Jani says:

    6:46 …
    (cow) I believe i can fly…
    (cow) well i can't fly..

    an hour later

    (police) FBI!! OPEN UP
    (cow ) moo i got to run

  53. Jackson Cruz says:

    Ok iMO, death isn't something to laugh at, no matter how it happened. But #12 was hilarious

  54. The Father Of The Bassline says:

    4:12 and 6:44 is only funny because of the lazy animations

  55. Tyron Is Back says:

    If you guys watch MrBeast, and you watched the β€œI ate a golden steak” video, didn’t Chandler and Chris eat a cockroach. Especially Chandler, he ate like 11. How come he didn’t die?

  56. Kim Joo Law says:

    The fifth one is soo funnyπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

  57. Kevin Skinner says:

    All of these just sound like bad dad jokes

  58. Azary Lettieri says:

    6:57 number 3 is my favorite one.

  59. Andrew Ordonio says:

    in number six thats my year dude

  60. RoxasPikachu says:

    . . . how a cow get on the roof ??? why it's on the roof???

  61. Usman Khan says:

    How did the cow get on the roof? πŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ˜‚

  62. Tristan Michael says:

    Strangest way I died. Dungeon guardian

  63. Trans Kas says:

    The strangest/ironic death I’ve heard was about Bobby Leach. He was a stuntman that survive going over Niagara Falls, yet died by slipping on an orange peel.

  64. Jerrlito says:

    I got a pocket full of sunshine.

  65. Dominic DeMarino says:

    not symbolizes it is the body of christ

  66. central intelec of Denmarc says:

    dafq, how do swallow bibel???

  67. Jesse Kehrley says:

    I've got sever (and extremely painful) multiple sclerosis, and it's definitely taking a toll on my mental state

  68. Captain Cock-Strong says:

    How about the family that died by rotten potatoes?

  69. 1000subswithoutcontent XD says:

    Death by creeper

  70. 尺卂D says:

    Why not the 60 people on the airplane that died to a freakin' bird

  71. Pancake Man says:

    I know dying isn’t fun, but this fudgin hilarious!

  72. Anh Bui Gia says:

    Dumb ways to die real life 1.114

  73. Christian ALTAWEEL says:

    Dying by slipping on a soap 🧼 !

  74. Gacha galaxy says:

    What about the guy whose girlfriend stabbed him with a squirrel 🐿?????

  75. Summerdandelion1798 says:

    Eat healthy, die anyway πŸ˜‚

  76. Billy says:


    Random dude on google: "A guy who got killed by a piano falling on his head"

  77. ae gaming says:

    boyy you died because you wearing the RIP off of jesus 6

  78. Herbert von Moltke says:

    The dumbest death i’ve ever heard of is that some idiot took a selfie with a bear

  79. elbowgreaseauto says:

    I'll bet Jose was an illegal πŸ‘½

  80. The mullet Is dead says:

    Of course it’s Florida

  81. Madilynn Campos says:

    Draco Malfoy

  82. Kevin Pearce says:

    Toronto #1 ! πŸ‘πŸ‘

  83. Sashyfunkygaming says:

    I think hanging is a strange death, do you guys think

  84. Dimpho Nkoalo says:

    Number 10, hai

  85. Neyton Manning says:

    The cow in the face in thumbnail is heck as creepy

  86. Prince Whitely says:

    Here are some more strange death a man die by sneezing another man die by laughter and a woman died by drinking too much water

  87. yungbape says:

    duuumb ways to diiiiiiie, so many dumb ways to die

  88. Ivy Fung says:

    F u banana peel

  89. ScarySara93 says:

    The bald guy he was killed by a falling turtle.

  90. Only One MITCH! says:


    This makes me wonder HOW I will end up dancing with the grim reaper

  91. h a y l e y h a y l e y says:

    dumb ways to die-e-e
    This is the dumb ways to die !

  92. Mr.x Powers says:

    Draco means big soulja. or little soulja now. (Soulja means soulja boy)

  93. Let us Reason says:

    Running alone, is not the secret to having a long life.

  94. TritanicWolf says:

    What’s Karma?

  95. beartechdeck says:

    Strangest death I heard about was of a lady on the way to her 100th birthday party. She died because she got hit by the truck hauling the cake for her party.

  96. DreamX says:

    Dumb ways to die

  97. Dylan Ellis says:

    I want to die happily after a great life!

  98. Minty the dragon says:

    I bet I'm going to die in a strange way to dieπŸ˜‚

  99. bob long dick says:

    I died in fortnite for stading in the rain too long

  100. Max says:

    The Eucharist is not supposed to represent the body of Christ. IT IS THE BODY OF CHRIST! GET IT RIGHT!!! Like this comment, if you are Catholic!

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