50 Unluckiest People Who Died In the Strangest Way – Part 2

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26Miguel Martinez

In 2013, a 14-year old teenager named Miguel Martinez from Lubbock, Texas was impaled through the chest by the horn of a bull statue while playing hide-and-seek at night in front of the National Ranching Heritage Center.


27. In 2017, a 25-year-old man named Akbar Salubiro was killed and swallowed by a reticulated python in Indonesia, in the first fully confirmed case of a snake swallowing an adult human.


28. In 1988, a veteran sky-diver named Ivan Lester McGuire was filming a jump by an instructor and student from the McGuire Franklin County Sports Parachute Center when he jumped from a plane without a parachute. Focused on the filming process, McGuire apparently forgot to put on a parachute, and his camera equipment may have been mistaken for a chute. The tape was recovered.


29. In 2018, a 49-year-old woman named Elaine Herzberg, in Tempe, Arizona, died after being hit by a self-driving car operated by Uber, as she crossed the road, in what was reported to be the first death of a pedestrian struck by a self-driving car on public roads. In response to the fatal accident, Uber suspended self-driving car tests in all U.S. cities.


30. In 2013, a 60-year-old Belarusian fisherman bled to death after being bitten by a beaver which he had tried to grab in order to have his picture taken with it.


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31Robert Dreyer

In 2017, an 89-year-old man named Robert Dreyer drowned on his birthday after crashing his car into a fire hydrant. Dreyer successfully stepped out of his car but was swallowed by a sinkhole likely created as a result of the destruction of the fire hydrant and subsequent water pressure.


32. In 2014, a 13-year-old teenager named Heval Yildirim of Turkey was killed when a sacrificial goat bought for Eid al-Adha jumped off the roof over a protective fence and fell onto him. Yildirim's father placed the goat on the roof of the building where he lived because he could not find another suitable place to keep it.


33. In 2012, a British veterinarian named Erica Marshall in Ocala, Florida, died when the horse she was treating in a hyperbaric chamber kicked the wall, released a spark from its horseshoes and triggered an explosion.


34. In 2018, a 43-year-old woman named Jennifer Riordan, a passenger aboard Southwest Airlines Flight 1380, died after debris from an engine failure struck and destroyed the window she was sitting next to. She was partially sucked out through the window, but was pulled back into the aircraft and was given CPR until an emergency landing was made. She died upon arrival at the hospital with her cause of death determined to be blunt trauma to the head, neck, and torso.


35. In 163 BC, Eleazar Avaran was the brother of Judas Maccabeus. According to 1 Maccabees 6:46, in battle, he thrust his spear into the belly of a king's war elephant, which collapsed and fell on top of Eleazar, killing him instantly.


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36Arslan Valeev

In 2017, a 31-year-old man named Arslan Valeev died in Saint Petersburg, Russia, after enticing a pet black mamba to bite him live on webcam in an apparent suicide.


37. In 2018, a 29-year-old man named Sam Ballard died from angiostrongyliasis (infection with larvae of worms of the genus Angiostrongylus) after eating a garden slug as a dare eight years earlier.


38. In 2017, a 33-year-old fitness blogger and model named Rebecca Burger died after a pressurized canister of whipped cream exploded and struck her in the chest.


39. In 1977, Tina Christopherson died when she fanatically drank 4 US gallons (15 liters) of water a day to combat stomach cancer.


40. In 2018, a 79-year-old woman named Linda Goldbloom died after being hit by a foul ball at Dodger Stadium. Goldbloom's death was the first in nearly 50 years directly attributed to a foul ball.


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41Porcia Catonis

In 42 BC, Porcia Catonis, the daughter of Marcus Porcius Cato Uticensis and second wife of Marcus Junius Brutus, according to ancient historians such as Cassius Dio and Appian killed herself by swallowing hot coals.


42. In 2016, a 10-year old boy named Caleb Schwab was decapitated when he was ejected from his raft on Verrückt, a 168-foot-tall (51 m) water slide.


43. In 2018, a 32-year-old man named Rajesh Maru died at Nair Hospital in Mumbai (India) after carrying a metal oxygen tank into a room housing an MRI scanner; the machine's magnetic field pulled Maru in, pinning his hand and breaching the tank, releasing liquid oxygen. A hospital employee had asked Maru to transport the tank, as Maru's hospitalized relative would need it during her scan. An autopsy showed that Maru died instantly from pneumothorax brought on by exposure to very high levels of leaked oxygen. Conflicting reports state two or three hospital employees were arrested for negligence. The Maharashtra state government compensated Maru's family 500,000 rupees.


44. In 2017, a 58-year-old woman named Debra Bedard died after falling from a golf cart onto shards of wine glasses that had broken in her hands in Calaveras County, California.


45. In 2016, a 7-year-old girl died after being struck by a stone thrown by an elephant from its enclosure at the zoo at Rabat, Morocco.


46Darren Hickey

In 2019, a 51-year-old wedding planner named Darren Hickey, from Horwich, England died after eating a scalding-hot fishcake at a wedding. The cause of death was ruled to be asphyxiation. The pathologist who performed Hickey’s autopsy called the case "extremely rare" and likened Hickey's symptoms to those of victims who have inhaled smoke during house fires.


47. In 1872, a pallbearer named Henry Taylor was crushed to death under a coffin at a funeral. It was midway through the ceremony when he tripped on a stone and stumbled while carrying the coffin, the other bearers let go, and the coffin fell on him.


48. In 2018, a high-school student named Kyle Plush at the age of 16, died after becoming trapped in his Honda Odyssey, which was in his school's parking lot in Cincinnati, Ohio. Attempting to reach his tennis equipment, Plush leaned over the third row of seats into the trunk. When the row of seats "squashed his chest", Plush became pinned and later died. During the incident, the teen called 9-1-1 twice, by using Apple iPhone's Siri voice-activation. Responding to the 9-1-1 calls, police were not able to find Plush; he was eventually discovered in the vehicle by his father about 6 hours later.


49. In 2015, an Air India technician named Ravi Subramanian was sucked into an aircraft's jet engines.


50. In 1979, a 20-year-old boy named John Bowen from Nashua, New Hampshire was killed at a half-time show at Shea Stadium when a 40-pound (18 kg) model plane shaped like a lawnmower crashed into the stands.

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