1. Smothered with Love
Draco is known today as one of the earliest Greek Politicians. He is also known for being so popular that it killed him.
Draco was loved so much that when the public saw him they threw clothing items, like hats and cloaks, at him, which was considered a sign of honor. At one event, the people honored Draco to the point of asphyxiation. Draco was smothered to death under the massive pile of clothes thrown to him. –Source
2. Death by Beard
Hans Steininger was known for having one the longest beards in history (4.5 feet). Hans would keep his beard neatly folded in a leather pouch, but unfortunately opted against it one day. It was the same day that a fire broke out in his town. As Hans attempted to flee to safety, he tripped on his beard and broke his neck. -Source
3. Shot by a Camel
John Horrocks was an explorer who established the town Penwortham in South Australia. As an explorer, Horrocks most likely had to deal with uncharted territory and wild dangerous creatures on a daily basis. And it was, in fact, this type of wild creature who did him in…just probably not how you think. Horrocks wasn’t mauled by a vicious rabid beast, or even bitten by a poisonous insect… He was shot by a camel.
What is even more bizarre is that Horrocks had the bright idea to introduce the hump-backed creature to Australia. On this fateful expedition his gun fired after the camel he was using lurched, knocking him and causing the weapon to discharge. Horrocks did give the orders to shoot the camel before he died.
This quite possibly could go down in the record books as the first and only man vs. camel shootout. -Source
Clement Vallandigham was a dream lawyer for every wrongly-accused bar brawler. Vallandigham died after accidentally shooting himself in the stomach with a pistol. He was representing a defendant in a murder case who was accused of killing a man in a bar fight. Vallandigham attempted to prove that the victim, Tom Myers, had accidentally shot himself while drawing his pistol from a pocket while simultaneously rising from a kneeling position. While in his hotel room, Vallandigham showed his fellow attorneys on the case how he would demonstrate this in court. He grabbed a pistol he thought to be unloaded, and enacted the events as they might have happened – unintentionally causing it to discharge into his belly. He died the following day from his injuries. Vallandigham’s “demonstration” proved his client was innocent, and the defendant, Thomas McGehan, was acquitted and released from custody. (Although, he was shot to death four years later in his saloon.) –Source
5. Fruit vs. Daredevil
Bobby Leach was well- known in the early 1900s for being the first person to successfully navigate Niagara Falls. He survived broken knee caps and a broken jaw in pursuit of adventure and pushing limits. Sadly, this daredevil’s life was cut short, but not from a fateful trip over Niagra falls. Unfortunately, the culprit was a member of the genus citrus. Yep, poor old Bobby tripped over an orange peel and fractured his leg. He eventually died of gangrene. –Source
6. Extremely Healthy
Basil Brown was a health enthusiast that managed to drink 10 gallons of carrot juice in a 10-day span! It seems Brown was all about the beta-carotene. Unfortunately, it was too much of a good thing and Brown’s juice consumption gave him severe vitamin A poisoning; he had consumed 10,000 times the recommended amount. This caused severe liver damage which he could not recover from. –Source
7. Trading the Electric Chair for the Electric Throne
Michael Anderson Godwin was awaiting the electric chair in 1989 after he was convicted of murder. During a retrial Godwin managed to escape death row for life in prison. This is where the story gets strange. One night he was sitting nude on his metal toilet trying to repair earphones to a television set when he bit the cord. This electrocuted him, using the wet metal toilet as a conductor, and killed him with the voltage. Godwin died in what Francis Archibald, the Department of Corrections spokesperson during that time called a “strange accident”. Strange, indeed. –Source
Jimi Heselden was the owner of Segway, the motorized scooter that was named by Time as one of the top 50 worst inventions ever. To add insult to injury (or I guess in this case injury to insult), Heselden licked his wounds at his countryside estate in England, where he liked to ride the rugged country version of the Segway. (Btw who knew Segways came in 4-wheel drive?) One day on the rugged Segway, Heselden literally went off the road and fell of a cliff to his death. –Source
9. Green Party vs. SUV
Natasha Pettigrew, Green Party Senate candidate, staying true to her party, rode her bike to reduce her carbon footprint whenever she could.While riding her bike one day she was hit and killed by a driver in an SUV. The SUV driver was reported saying she thought Pettigrew was a deer, which is why she claimed she did not stop. The driver made it all the way home with a bike under her massive car. She said when she got home and found the bicycle she called the police. Pettigrew died on the side of the road. –Source
10. One-Drowning Summer Season
Jerome Moody attended a lifeguard party (at a pool, of course), to celebrate a zero-drowning summer season. (I thought that would be pretty standard, but I guess not.) The party had four lifeguards on duty and 200 off-duty lifeguards in attendance. Their “zero drowning” record was sullied thanks to their celebratory party. Somehow, Moody went for a swim and managed to drown in the deep end of the pool at the party, without any of the 204 trained lifeguards taking notice. Remind me never to go to this pool. –Source