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6 People Who Tragically Died (Or Almost Died) Playing Pokemon Go

Updated June 14, 2019 29.0k views6 items

Pokemon Go: entertaining, addicting, and... deadly? The mobile game that captivated the world undoubtedly helped gamers get outside for some fresh air and exercise. But it also brought with it some unforeseen – and dangerous – consequences. With millions of people wandering the streets and battling for Poke-supremacy, it was pretty much only a matter of time until we started racking up some real-world Pokemon Go deaths. Avoid being on this list by watching the best Pokémon Go YouTubers catch 'em all.

Already, there have been stories of distracted players getting jumped by gangs, walking off cliffs, or crashing their cars into trees. Some have managed to escape with their lives, but others have not been so fortunate. If not faced with dying themselves, unlucky gamers might stumble across Pokemon Go death in other ways. In fact, on more than one occasion, people attempting to catch 'em all have accidentally caught real dead bodies instead. Without the game, those deaths would have gone unnoticed.

Keep track of the Pokemon Go death count with this list of people who have died playing the game. And as the Pokemon Go death toll ticks up, try to remember that no Mewtwo or Zapdos is worth dying over.


  • Two Men Walked Off a Cliff to Catch Pokemon

    On July 13, 2016, firefighters in Encinitas, CA were dispatched to rescue a man who fell off a crumbling ocean bluff while playing Pokemon Go. The man had fallen 75 to 100 feet, but somehow managed to survive. While the firefighters came to his rescue, they found a second (unconscious) man who had also walked off the cliff while playing the game. Both players were taken to the hospital after nearly losing their lives. Sgt. Rich Eaton of the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department said, “I think people just need to realize this is a game. It’s not worth your life. No game is worth your life.”
  • Multiple Dead Bodies Discovered by Pokemon Go Players

    Who knew Pokemon Go would be the key to uncovering so many mysterious deaths? Within weeks of the release of the game, three separate dead bodies were discovered by intrepid players hoping to stumble across some elusive Pokemon. Maybe catching human corpses should get you some extra points?
    The first person to find a dead body while playing the game was 19-year-old Shayla Wiggins, who found a corpse in a river in Wyoming. Less than a week later, on July 14, 2016, a woman in Nashua, NH found a dead body in Salmon Brook behind a Holocaust Memorial. The same day, three women playing Pokemon Go in Marian Bear Memorial Park in San Diego, CA caught a dead human. While the poor corpses didn't die while playing the game themselves, their deaths were only uncovered thanks to the Pokemon catching skills of the fearless players.