Ironic deaths are the stuff of legend when it comes to the craziest deaths imaginable. For starters, the owner of the Segway died in a Segway accident and a Green Party candidate was killed by an SUV. Some of the most ironic deaths of recent memory have been gathered here on this ironic death list.
Ironic deaths are both easy and hard to define; unlike the Alanis Morissette song, there's a little more subtlety to calling a freaky death "ironic." Some of the most tragic deaths in history, however, were true cases of irony and life finding a way to turn death into something simultaneously funny and fascinating. These crazy deaths and stupid deaths feature stories of people who died in ways you might not expect.Sure, a lot of funny deaths in history are extremely tragic and unfortunate, but very few are actually "ironic." Feel free to debate the irony of these freaky deaths and ironic passings and if you can't get enough of the craziest deaths ever reported, check out the list of most ironic deaths in history - volume 2.
Man Drowns in Pool During a Life Guard Association Party
In 1985, the New Orleans lifeguards threw a big party to celebrate the fact that no one had drowned in any pool during the summer season (no, really). A clean, no-drowning record! A GREAT reason to celebrate!
"Hey Mark, guess what?"
"You're never gonna - okay. Get this. No blood on our hands this summer."
"What? Are you kidding me? We NEED to have a party"
But when all the excessive celebrations were over, Jerome Moody was found drowned at the deep end of the department pool. Mr. Moody was not a lifeguard, but he was at a party where 4 lifeguards were on duty and another 200 off-duty lifeguards were in attendance, celebrating that an entire summer with no deaths...Click here for the full story.
Green Party Candidate is Killed by an SUV
Natasha Pettigrew was set to be the Green party's candidate for the U.S. Senate. A successful, well-rounded politician, she also aspired to be an accomplished tri-athlete and she would train tirelessly in the early hours of the morning. Like any eco-friendly Green party candidate she rode her bike whenever she could.
While riding her bike one day she was hit and killed by a driver in an SUV. To add insult to injury, the driver thought she was a deer and just left her on the side of the road to die. She rode all the way home with a bike under her car. That's right, she was driving an SUV big enough for her not to "notice" that she had an ENTIRE BICYCLE under her car. This is when cars get too big.
The police found the bicycle embedded in the undercarriage of the car and the Green party found its political hopes destroyed in one stroke, and one completely unnecessarily long, loud car ride. She was killed in front of her father and half-brother, who survived the ordeal.Click here for the full, tragic and pretty appalling story.
Owner of the Segway Company Dies in a Segway Accident
Jimi Heselden was the owner of the Segway company and an avid user of the two-wheeled motorized scooters the company produces. A multi-millionaire, he owned an estate in the countryside of England, and there would ride the rugged country version of the Segway. That particular contraption contained such luxuries as a mudguard and extra wide tires with deep treads for going off the road, 'cause there's nothing like off-roading on a scooter.
But one day, while going "off-roading" on the rugged Segway, he literally went off the road and drove off a 80 foot cliff down to his death.Click here for a picture of the fall he suffered.
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Niagara Falls Jumper/Survivor Dies from 4-foot Fall
Bobby Leach was known for his daredevil antics. His most famous death-defying stunt was surviving going over the Niagara Falls in a barrel back in 1911. That fall fractured his jaw and broke both knee-caps, but it did not kill him. It would define his life and he embarked on many publicity tours thereafter.On one of such publicity tours, he walked down the street and slipped on an orange peel (some say banana peels). The fall he suffered (probably about 4-6 feet vs. Niagara Falls's 180 feet) was so hard that he broke his leg, which became infected with gangrene, and was eventually amputated. He died from complications following the amputation.