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15 People Who Died in Ways So Ridiculous It's Almost Funny  

Laura Allan
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Death is a pretty serious subject... most of the time. It may feel pretty dark to admit it, but sometimes things happen and we end up with deaths that are funny. Call it cruel, call it morbid humor, or just call it macabre, but it's hard to deny that sometimes people die in ways that are so ironic or absurd, it's hard not to stifle a chuckle. 

To be clear, we're not suggesting that these deaths are not sad. People are left grieving, a life is cut short, and there is a period of mourning. But if a person does something especially absurd, stupid, or ironic, you'd think we're allowed a laugh or two, at least when no one's looking.

Lucky for us, we're on the Internet, and that means no one can hear us giggle-snorting over some of these stories. So, don't feel too bad as you read over these deaths that are so ridiculous they're (almost) funny. We promise, you're not the only one laughing.

A Man Took So Much Viagra, His Heart Exploded
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Sergey Tuganov probably didn't think he could die from sex. Generally, he'd be right - the circumstances surrounding his death sound like something out of an urban legend. It begins with Sergey making a bet with two female acquaintances in 2009 that he could continue to satisfy them sexually for 12 hours straight. They took the bet, and a wild night began.

In order to be sure he would win, Sergey downed a bottle - yes, a whole bottle - of Viagra pills before he set to work. Needless to say, he was up and at 'em for the full 12 hours. He won the bet, but as soon as he stopped, he dropped dead. The paramedics were called, but it was too late. His heart had stopped working due to an overdose of the pills, as well as the strain of non-stop sex for 12 hours. Hey, there are worse ways to go!

A Man Shot a Cactus - Then the Cactus Got Its Revenge
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In 1982, a pair of friends were wandering the deserts of Arizona. The two men decided it might be fun to start shooting at the Saguaro cactuses that littered the landscape around them. One of the friends, David Grundman, began blasting the cactuses with a shotgun so many times the cactuses fell over. However, one cactus had had quite enough of all that. As he shot the cactus from ten feet away, one of the arms of the cactus broke off and went flying. It fell on Grundman, stabbing and crushing him to death. It just goes to show, don't mess with Saguaros. Not to mention, destroying the protected plants is illegal in Arizona, so he kinda had it coming. 

A Teen Died from Too Much Deodorant
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When you're a teen, body odor is a pretty serious problem, but one teen took it way too seriously for his own health. The 16-year-old boy in Folkestone, England, had become obsessed with smelling good and was hoarding spray-on deodorant for that purpose. He would use cans and cans of the stuff every day, until eventually it took its toll on him. The boy's body was found in his room, collapsed against his bed, dead from butane gas inhalation. In short, he sprayed his body with so much deodorant that he couldn't get enough oxygen and it killed him. It's true that hygiene is important, but taking it that far is just ridiculous. 

Two Friends Decide to Play Catch... With a Rattlesnake
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We all do stupid things when we're drunk, but these two took it to the extreme. In 1995, a pair of friends in Alabama were drinking heavily. Junior Bright and Joe Buddy Caine came across a four-foot rattlesnake and, in fit of brilliance, decided to pick the poor creature up. But their genius didn't stop there. They then began tossing the snake back and forth in an ill-conceived game of catch. The snake, not liking this, bit Bright on the hand, and then when Caine tried to kill it, it bit him as well. When paramedics arrived, they were both semiconscious and Caine went into cardiac arrest. He died on the way to the hospital, and, from what we know, the snake slithered away to bite another day.