17 People Who Were Killed by Bugs

Entomophobia, insectophobia, and arachnophobia all describe a fear of bugs and insects. If a daddy long-legs doesn't make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up, just wait until you read these stories of people who died from bug bites. While it's true that most bugs don't have a personal vendetta against humans, many people suffer severe allergic reactions to stings and bites, which can lead to their death.

Contrary to some Marvel comics, bug bites don't lead to superpowers. Spider bites don't make you Spider-Man, and ant nibbles don't make you Ant-Man. Bugs are fascinating creatures, but don't be fooled, a deathly allergic reaction to bug bites can be slow and painful. This list of bugs that killed people is damning evidence.

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    153 VOTES

    Texas Farmer Larry Goodwin

    While he may not be famous in his own right, it's Larry Goodwin's death is certainly infamous. As a farmer working in the field one day, Goodwin was attacked by over 40,000 Africanized bees. The bees did not hurt anyone else - just Goodwin. He tried to escape, but the bees followed him and stung him to death. He received over 3,000 stings.
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    111 VOTES

    Hiker Alex Bestler

    In May 2016, Alex Bestler chose the wrong day to go on a morning hike in Usery Mountain Park in Arizona. While he was walking, a swarm of aggressive bees attacked him, apparently unprovoked. The 23-year-old was stung more than 1,000 times. Onlookers tried to help Bestler, but couldn't get near enough to him to assist. Authorities finally had to use a utility vehicle to get him to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
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    49 VOTES

    5th Earl of Carnarvon George Herbert

    The death of Lord Carnarvon put the "curse" of bug bites on the map. After opening King Tut's tomb on a private expedition in 1923, Lord Carnarvon and his followers suffered a mysterious death shortly after, which became known as "King Tut's Curse."

    Turns out, there was no curse. The Lord died from an untreated mosquito bite on his face that led to a fatal infection.

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    43 VOTES

    Record Breaking Cricket Player Kingsmill Key

    Kingsmill Key was one of the great English cricket legends. His world record store of 281 is unmatched to this day. In 1932, Key passed away when he contracted blood poisoning from an insect bite at the age of 67.
    • Age: Dec. at 67 (1864-1932)
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    94 VOTES

    Slayer Guitarist Jeff Hanneman

    In 2013, a spider took the life of Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman. Ultimately, the rockstar died of liver failure, but it was the spider bite that caused further complications and stunted his recovery. It was reported that he was bitten while relaxing in a hot tub and drinking beers with friends.

    • Age: Dec. at 49 (1964-2013)
    • Birthplace: California, Contiguous United States, Oakland, United States of America, United States
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    69 VOTES

    Charity Champion Alison Lane

    In 2015, OBE award-winning charity director Alison Lane was working with orphanage kids in Mexico when she was bitten by a spider. She immediately went into septic shock and suffered a heart attack. Lane passed away three weeks later from a severe reaction to the bite.