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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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Hiker Alex Bestler
Hiker Alex Bestler is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 17 People Who Were Killed by Bugs
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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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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: Dec. at 60 (1792-1852)

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Andy Irons is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 17 People Who Were Killed by Bugs
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Andy Irons was a talented surfer and three-time world championship. Despite his healthy physique and general fitness, Irons couldn't fight off Dengue fever - a mosquito-born tropical disease - which he contracted while traveling for a surf tournament. Irons died at age 32.

Age: Dec. at 32 (1978-2010)

Birthplace: Oahu, USA, Hawaii

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