Weird Nature 17 People Who Were Killed by Bugs  

Laura Allan
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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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Texas Farmer Larry Goodwin


Texas Farmer Larry Goodwin is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 17 People Who Were Killed by Bugs
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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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Max Stirner is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 17 People Who Were Killed by Bugs
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Max Stirner was a world-renowned philosopher. He is widely thought of as a major forerunner in the theories surrounding nihilism and existentialism, both of which blossomed after his passing. Stirner wrote a book of his philosophical beliefs, The Ego and His Own, before he was bitten on the neck by an unknown winged insect in 1865. His fatal reaction was almost immediate.

Age: Died at 50 (1806-1856)

Birthplace: Bayreuth, Germany

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British Statistician George Richardson Porter


George Richardson Porter is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 17 People Who Were Killed by Bugs
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George Richardson Porter was an English statistician and economist. During his life, he worked for the Board of Trade, and helped curate the Statistical Society. In 1952, he was stung on the knee by a gnat. Typically, this wouldn't be a big deal, but the sting caused mortification, from which he never recovered. He died from complications soon after.

Age: Died at 60 (1792-1852)

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Jeff Hanneman is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 17 People Who Were Killed by Bugs
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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. Spiders are real party poopers.

Age: Died at 49 (1964-2013)

Birthplace: California, Contiguous United States, Oakland, United States of America, United States, + more

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