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Famous People Who Were Killed in Animal Attacks

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List of famous people who were killed in animal attacks, including photos, birthdates, professions, and other information. These celebrities who died in animal attacks are listed alphabetically and include the famous animal attack victims’ hometown and biographical info about them when available. List includes Timothy Treadwell, Hannah Twynnoy and more. These notable animal attack deaths include modern and long-gone famous men and women, from politicians to religious leaders to writers. Everyone on this list has killed in animal attacks as a cause of death somewhere in their public records, even if it was just one contributing factor for their death. (27 People)

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    Steve Irwin was the beloved host of "The Crocodile Hunter," a hugely popular nature documentary series in which he encountered crocodiles and other dangerous outback animals. The show was hugely popular and spawned multiple spinoff series' and even a feature length film. While filming another documentary series about dangerous underwater creatures, Irwin was stabbed in the heart by a stingray and bled out shortly afterward. He is survived by his wife Terri and his daughter Bindi, who continue to work with animals.

    Stephen Robert "Steve" Irwin, nicknamed "The Crocodile Hunter", was an Australian wildlife expert, television personality, and conservationist. Irwin achieved worldwide fame from the television series The Crocodile Hunter, an internationally broadcast wildlife documentary series which he co-hosted with ...more

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    • Age: Died at 44 (1962-2006)
    • Birthplace: Essendon, Australia
    • Profession: Conservationist, Actor, Zoologist, Voice acting, Naturalist, + more
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    Timothy Treadwell is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People Who Were Killed in Animal Attacks
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    Timothy Treadwell was the self-proclaimed bear expert who was the subject of the 2005 documentary "Grizzly Man." Treadwell spent years filming himself observing and even sometimes approaching several grizzly bears in Katmai National Park. After around 13 years of doing so, he and his girlfriend were mauled, torn apart, and partially eaten by a bear while the camera recorded audio. The audio is not included in the film, because director Werner Herzog found it too disturbing.

    Timothy Treadwell was an American bear enthusiast, environmentalist, amateur naturalist, eco-warrior, and documentary filmmaker and founder of Grizzly people. He lived with the grizzly bears of Katmai National Park in Alaska for 13 summers. At the end of his 13th summer in the park in 2003, he and his ...more

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    • Age: Died at 46 (1957-2003)
    • Birthplace: Long Island, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Environmentalist, Film Producer, Actor
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    Diane Whipple is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People Who Were Killed in Animal Attacks
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    Diane Whipple is a lacrosse player who made headlines when she was mauled and killed by two dogs owned by her neighbors. Whipple lived in a San Fransico apartment building and was coming home with groceries when her neighbors pit bulls got loose and viciously tore her apart. The pit bulls were being trained as part of an illegal dog-fighting ring, which was most likely the reason for their aggression. She died that day, January 26, 2001, in the hospital from massive blood loss.

    Diane Alexis Whipple was a lacrosse player and coach, who is best known as the victim of a fatal dog attack in San Francisco in January 2001. The dogs involved were two Presa Canario dogs named Bane and Hera, owned by neighbors living in the same apartment building.more

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    • Age: Died at 33 (1968-2001)
    • Birthplace: Princeton, New Jersey, United States of America
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    Surinder Singh Bajwa is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People Who Were Killed in Animal Attacks
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    Surinder Singh Bajwa was the Deputy Mayor of Dehli. He was elected into office in April of 2007, but tragically died later that year in October. Bajwa's tragic death was caused by a large swarm of Rhesus Macaques monkeys at his home. The monkeys caused him to fall from the second floor balcony, causing massive head injuries and eventually his death.

    Surinder Singh Bajwa was the Deputy Mayor of Delhi. He served as a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party and was elected councilor for the Anand Vihar ward in April 2007. On 20 October 2007 Bajwa was attacked by a group of Rhesus Macaques at his home and fell from a first floor balcony, suffering serious ...more

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    • Age: Died at 52 (1955-2007)
    • Profession: Politician
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    George Went Hensley is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People Who Were Killed in Animal Attacks
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    George Went Hensley is an American minister who popularized the literal interpretation of "snake handling" from the Bible. He believed that a true believer who was free of sin would be able to handle poisonous snakes without being bitten. Multiple people were bit and killed by snakes during his sermons, all of which Harmon described as "messages from God" meant to test the faith of the congregation. On July 24, 1955, Hensley was bit by a 5-foot viper he was trying to put into a jar. He became immediately ill but refused treatment, a decision which killed him later that day.

    George Went Hensley was an American Pentecostal minister best known for popularizing the practice of snake handling. A native of rural Appalachia, Hensley experienced a religious conversion around 1910: on the basis of a literal interpretation of scripture, he came to believe that the New Testament ...more

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    • Age: Died at 75 (1880-1955)
    • Birthplace: East Tennessee, Tennessee, United States of America
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    Alexander of Greece is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People Who Were Killed in Animal Attacks
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    Alexander was King of Greece from June 11, 1917, until his untimely death at age 27. Alexander was part of a major scandal when he married a commoner instead of a princess in 1919. To avoid criticism of this decision, he went away with his wife for many months, hoping the public would forget. Shortly after he returned, he was bit by a monkey that had attacked his dog. The infection from the monkey bite eventually killed him on October 2, 1930.

    Alexander was King of Greece from 11 June 1917 until his death from the effects of a monkey bite at the age of 27. The second son of King Constantine I, Alexander was born in the summer palace of Tatoi, on the outskirts of Athens. He succeeded his father in 1917, during World War I, after the Entente ...more

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    • Age: Died at 27 (1893-1920)
    • Birthplace: Tatoi Palace, Greece
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    Jean Batten is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People Who Were Killed in Animal Attacks
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    Jean Batten was a famous female aviator from New Zealand. She became one of the most famous people in New Zealand in the 1930s due to her many record-breaking flights around the world. She was also the first person to ever fly from England to New Zealand in a single flight. In her later years she became a bit of recluse and traveled the world, living in different places all over the globe. In 1982 she was bitten by a dog on the island of Majorca, for which she refused treatment. She died alone from the infection almost a year later.

    Jean Gardner Batten CBE OSC was a New Zealand aviator. Born in Rotorua, she became the best-known New Zealander of the 1930s, internationally, by taking a number of record-breaking solo flights across the world. It was she who in 1936 made the first-ever solo flight from England to New Zealand.more

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    • Age: Died at 73 (1909-1982)
    • Birthplace: Rotorua, New Zealand
    • Profession: Pilot
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    Joseph Bruno Slowinski

    Joseph Bruno Slowinski is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People Who Were Killed in Animal Attacks
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    Joseph Slowinski was a herpetologist (snake expert) who was famous for his work with extremely poisonous snakes. he was also the creator of the first online herpetological journal which he maintained and worked on as editor-in-chief until his death. On September 11, 2001, he was doing research in Myanmar and was bitten by a yellow banded krait, a venomous snake. The poison killed him within 12 hours.

    Joseph Bruno "Joe" Slowinski, Ph.D. was an American herpetologist who worked extensively with elapid snakes.more

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    • Age: Died at 39 (1962-2001)
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
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