Unusual Deaths: Bizarre Deaths Of The 20th Century People
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Unusual Deaths: Bizarre Deaths Of The 20th Century

There were some strange deaths that have occurred during the 20th century and these are the most bizarre ways that people died in the 1900s. The following list includes some the most unusual ways of dying imaginable. There are lots of strange ways to die, but these might be the strangest deaths of all- unique and extremely rare circumstances that you can think of.

What are the most bizarre ways famous people have died in the last century? Do you know someone who swallowed a toothpick at a party and then died of peritonitis? Did you know about an actress who died when she fell down a chimney, thinking it was a balcony? If not, read this list of all the unusual deaths of 20th century people who died in strange ways.
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  1. 46

    Len Koenecke Died at 31 (1904-1935) Was bludgeoned to death with a fire extinguisher by the crew of an aircraft he had chartered, after provoking a fight with the pilot while the plane was in the air.

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    Died at 55 (1889-1944) Accidentally strangled himself with the cord of a pulley-operated mechanical bed of his own design.

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    Died at 72 (1906-1978) The Austrian/American mathematician, died of starvation when his wife was hospitalized. Godel suffered from extreme paranoia and refused to eat food prepared by anyone else. He was 65 pounds (approx.

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    Died at 52 (1874-1926) A famous American escape artist, was punched in the stomach by an amateur boxer who had heard that Houdini could withstand any blow to his body above his waist, excluding his head. Though this had

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    Died at 63 (1921-1984) British slapstick comedian, died of a heart attack while performing at Her Majesty's Theatre in London, live on national television. The audience continued to laugh as he lay collapsed on the stage,

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    Died at 34 (1965-1999) A Canadian-born professional wrestler for WWF, died during a pay-per-view event when performing a stunt. It was planned to have Owen come down from the rafters of the Kemper Arena on a safety harness

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    Died at 18 (1956-1974) 18, an employee at Disneyland in Anaheim, California, was crushed to death between a moving wall and a stationary wall inside of the revolving America Sings attraction.

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    Died at 50 (1877-1927) Dancer, died of a broken neck when one of the long scarves she was known for caught on the wheel of a car in which she was a passenger.

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    Died at 65 (1876-1941) Writer, swallowed a toothpick at a party and then died of peritonitis.

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    Died at 32 (1946-1978) The lead guitarist of Chicago, accidentally shot himself after removing the gun's magazine but remaining unaware a loaded round was in the chamber.

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    Died at 33 (1940-1973) An American martial artist and actor, is thought to have died by a severe allergic reaction to Equagesic. His brain had swollen about 13%. His autopsy was written as "death by misadventure."

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    Died at 72 (1911-1983) Died when he choked on an eyedrop bottle cap in his room at the Hotel Elysee in New York. He would routinely place the cap in his mouth, lean back, and place his eyedrops in each eye. Williams' lack

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    Michael Malloy Died at 60 (1873-1933) A homeless man, was murdered by gassing after surviving multiple poisonings, intentional exposure, and being struck by a car. Malloy was murdered by five men in a plot to collect on life insurance

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    Died at 58 (1923-1981) A film director, died while shooting the TV miniseries World War III when he walked into the tail rotor blade of a helicopter and was decapitated.

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    Died at 24 (1968-1992) Died of starvation near Denali National Park after a few months trying to live off the land in the Alaskan wilderness. His life and death were researched by Jon Krakauer,who then wrote the book Into

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    Died at 27 (1957-1984) An American television actor, died after he shot himself in the head with a prop gun during a break in filming, playing Russian Roulette using a revolver loaded with a single blank cartridge.

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    age 52 A worker at a Ford Motor Co. plant, was the first known human to be killed by a robot,

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    Died at 28 (1944-1972) Guitarist of Stone the Crows, was electrocuted on stage by a live microphone.

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    Died at 30 (1944-1974) An American television news reporter, committed suicide during a live broadcast on 15 July. At 9:38 am, 8 minutes into her talk show, on WXLT-TV in Sarasota, Florida, she drew out a revolver and shot

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    Thich Quang Duc Died at 66 (1897-1963) A Vietnamese Buddhist monk, sat down in the middle of a busy intersection in Saigon, covered himself in gasoline, and lit himself on fire, burning himself to death. ??c was protesting President Ng�

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    age 50 An Olympic champion fencer, died of brain damage nine days after his opponent's foil snapped during a match, penetrated his mask, pierced his eyeball and entered his brain.

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    Died at 24 (1937-1961) A Soviet cosmonaut trainee, died from shock after suffering third-degree burns over much of his body due to a flash fire in the pure oxygen environment of a training simulator. This incident was not

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    Died at 44 (1911-1955) Theater director, was killed by exposure to carbon tetrachloride fumes from her newly cleaned carpet.

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    Died at 32 (1888-1920) A Swedish author, died of cyanide poisoning while staying at Hotel Hellman in Stockholm, because the hotel staff had failed to clear the room after using hydrogen cyanide against bedbugs.

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    Jack Daniel Died at 61 (1850-1911) Distiller, died from blood poisoning. The infection started in his toe, which he injured kicking his safe in anger when he couldn't open it early one morning.

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    Died at 41 (1926-1967) Ed White, and Roger B. Chaffee, NASA astronauts, died when a flash fire began in their pure oxygen environment during a training exercise inside the unlaunched Apollo 1 spacecraft. The spacecraft's

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    Died at 62 (1898-1960) The head of the Japanese Socialist Party, was stabbed to death with a wakizashi sword by extreme rightist Otoya Yamaguchi during a televised political rally. Yamaguchi was immediately arrested and

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    Died at 40 (1593-1633) 5th Earl of Carnarvon, became the first to die from the alleged King Tut's Curse after a mosquito bite on his face became seriously infected with erysipelas, which he cut while shaving, leading to

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    Died at 40 (1927-1967) Became the first person to die during a space mission after the parachute of his capsule failed to deploy following re-entry.

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    Jerome Irving Rodale Died at 73 (1898-1971) An American pioneer of organic farming, died of a heart attack while being interviewed on The Dick Cavett Show. According to urban legend, when he appeared to fall asleep, Cavett quipped "Are we

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    Died at 24 (1899-1923) An American film actress, died after sustaining severe burns on the set of the film The Warrens of Virginia after a smoker's match, tossed by a cast member, ignited her Civil War costume of hoopskirts

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    Died at 53 (1929-1982) Actor, was decapitated by a helicopter blade during filming of Twilight Zone:

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    Died at 61 (1857-1918) Writer and musicologist, was killed when the sailboat he was on was struck by a landing seaplane off Long Island, N.Y.

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    Died at 28 (1965-1993) Son of Bruce Lee, was shot and killed by Michael Massee using a prop gun while filming the movie The Crow. A cartridge with only a primer and a bullet was fired in the pistol before the fatal scene;

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    Died at 52 (1880-1932) Died of radiation poisoning after having consumed large quantities of a popular patent medicine containing radium.

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    Died at 47 (1869-1916) Russian mystic, was reportedly poisoned while dining with a political enemy, shot in the head, shot three more times, bludgeoned, and then thrown into a frozen river. When his body washed ashore, an

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    Zishe Breitbart Died at 32 (1893-1925) A circus strongman and Jewish folklore hero, died as a result of a demonstration in which he drove a spike through five one-inch (2.54 cm) thick oak boards using only his bare hands. He accidentally

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    Died at 56 (1887-1943) Suffered a fatal heart attack during an on-air discussion about Adolf Hitler.

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    Died at 33 (1943-1976) Former singer for British rhythm and blues band The Yardbirds, died while practicing his electric guitar. He was electrocuted because the amplifier was not properly grounded.

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    Died at 28 (1949-1977) Died at the 1977 South African Grand Prix after Van Vuuren ran across the track beyond a blind brow to attend to another car which had caught fire and was struck by Pryce's car at approximately 170

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    Died at 48 (1939-1987) The State Treasurer of Pennsylvania, committed suicide during a televised press conference in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Facing a potential 55-year jail sentence for alleged involvement in a

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    Died at 45 (1925-1970) Award-winning Japanese playwright and novelist, committed seppuku after failing to inspire a coup d'�tat at the headquarters of the Japanese Self-Defence Forces in Tokyo.

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    Died at 55 (1873-1928) A Russian physician, died following one of his experiments, in which the blood of a student suffering from malaria and tuberculosis, L. I. Koldomasov, was given to him in a transfusion.

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    Gareth Jones age 53 Actor, collapsed and died while in make-up between scenes of a live television play, Underground, at the studios of Associated British Corporation in Manchester. Director Ted Kotcheff continued the

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    Died at 21 (1962-1983) A professional diver, died after a diving accident during the 1983 Summer Universiade in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. When he attempted a three-and-a-half reverse somersault in the tuck position from

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    Died at 69 (1906-1975) A Japanese kabuki actor, died of severe poisoning when he ate four fugu livers (also known as pufferfish). The liver is considered one of the most poisonous parts of the fish, but Mitsugor? claimed to

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    Died at 33 (1879-1912) Tailor, fell to his death off the first deck of the Eiffel Tower while testing his invention, the coat parachute. It was his first ever attempt with the parachute and he had told the authorities in

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    Died at 49 (1929-1978) A Bulgarian dissident, was assassinated in London with a specially modified umbrella that fired a metal pellet with a small cavity full of ricin into his calf.

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    Died at 24 (1921-1945) Accidentally dropped a brick of tungsten carbide onto a sphere of plutonium while working on the Manhattan Project. This caused the plutonium to come to criticality; Daghlian died of radiation

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    Died at 35 (1946-1981) Paid a bush pilot to drop him at a remote lake near the Coleen River in Alaska in March to photograph wildlife, but failed to confirm arrangements for the pilot to pick him up again in August. Rather

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