Bizarre Deaths Of The 21st Century

Ready to be creeped out? Here are some very strange deaths that have occurred during the 21st century. 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. Just how weird to do these weird deaths get? Well, we're not talking "natural causes," that's for sure!

Do you know someone who died because a tall Taco Bell sign fell on top of her truck? Did you know about a man who died after taking sexual favors from a stallion? If not, read this list of all the most unusual deaths of the 21st century. But be warned: After being alerted to these weird causes of death, you may see the world around you a whole lot differently. You may not want to be murdered by a Taco Bell sign, but at least it's a more interesting way to go than dying peacefully in your sleep.

What are some of the most unusual deaths of the 21st century so far? Take a look and meet some of the people who died in strange ways for yourself.

  • Alexander Litvinenko
    Photo: JohnArmagh / Wikimedia Commons / Public Domain

    A former officer of the Russian state security service, and later a Russian dissident and writer, Alexander Litvinenko perished after being poisoned with polonium-210, which caused acute radiation syndrome.

    He is the first known case of deliberate poisoning in this manner.

  • Death of Abigail Taylor

    Abigail Taylor was only 6 years old when she perished nine months after several of her internal organs were partially sucked out of her lower body while she sat on an excessively powerful swimming pool drain.

    After several months, surgeons replaced her intestines and pancreas with donor organs. Unfortunately, she later succumbed to a rare transplant-related cancer.

  • Bernd-Jorgen Brandes
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    Bernd-Jorgen Brandes

    Bernd-Jorgen Brandes, from Germany, was voluntarily stabbed repeatedly and then partly eaten by Armin Meiwes (who was later called the Cannibal of Rotenburg). Brandes had answered an internet advertisement by Meiwes looking for someone for this purpose.

    Brandes explicitly stated in his will that he wished to be killed and eaten.

  • Brian Douglas Wells

    Brian Douglas Wells was a pizza delivery man in Erie, Pennsylvania, who was killed by a bomb that was fastened around his neck. He was apprehended by the police after robbing a bank, and claimed he had been forced to do it by three people who had put the bomb around his neck and threatened to kill him if he refused.

    The bomb later exploded, killing him. In 2007, police alleged Wells was involved in the robbery plot along with two other conspirators.

  • Brittanie Cecil
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    Brittanie Cecil

    An American 13-year-old hockey fan, Brittanie Cecil passed two days after being struck in the head by a hockey puck shot by Espen Knutsen at a game in Columbus, Ohio.

  • Carol Anne Gotbaum
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    Carol Anne Gotbaum

    Carol Anne Gotbaum perished in police custody at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.

    Police claimed she asphyxiated herself with the chain that connected her handcuffs to the bench she had been chained to.