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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    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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    Michael A. Shingledecker Jr. Was killed almost instantly when he and a friend were struck by a pickup truck while lying flat on the yellow dividing line of a two-lane highway in Polk, Pennsylvania. They were copying a daredevil

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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 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 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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    Richard Wertheim A linesman at the boys' singles finals in the US open, was struck by a ball hit by a young Stefan Edberg. He toppled backwards off his chair fracturing his skull as he hit the ground.

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    age 53 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 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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    An Internet entrepreneur from Maryland, allegedly solicited a man via the Internet to torture and kill her for the purpose of sexual gratification. Her killer, Robert Fredrick Glass, was convicted of

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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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    Sirkka Sari died When she fell down a chimney. She was at a cast party celebrating the completion of a movie, her third and last. She mistook a chimney for a balcony and fell into a heating boiler, dying instantly.

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

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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 31 Were stranded while scuba diving with a group of divers off Australia's Great Barrier Reef. The group's boat accidentally abandoned them owing to an incorrect head count taken by the dive boat crew.

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

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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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    age 51 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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    William Kogut An inmate on death row at San Quentin, decided to commit suicide using only the rudimentary tools available to him in his prison cell. He began by tearing up several packs of playing cards, giving

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    Worth Bingham Son of Barry Bingham, Sr., died when a surfboard, lying atop the back of his convertible, hit a parked car, swung around, and broke his neck.

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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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    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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