List of unusual deaths

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This is a list of unusual deaths. This list includes unique or extremely rare circumstances of death recorded throughout history, noted as being unusual by multiple sources. Some of the deaths are mythological or are considered to be unsubstantiated by contemporary researchers. Oxford Dictionaries defines the word "unusual" as "not habitually or commonly occurring or done" and "remarkable or interesting because different from or better than others."[1]

Some other articles also cover deaths that might be considered unusual or ironic, including List of entertainers who died during a performance, List of inventors killed by their own inventions, List of association footballers who died while playing, List of professional cyclists who died during a race and the List of political self-immolations.

Antiquity[edit]

The death of Aeschylus illustrated in the 15th century Florentine Picture Chronicle by Maso Finiguerra.[2]
Greek intellectual Philitas of Cos, said to have studied arguments and erroneous word usage so intensely that he wasted away and starved to death.[12] 
Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China who sought immortality but died an untimely death which was concealed by his courtiers using smelly fish. 
The martyrdom of Saint Lawrence by Titian. This painting so impressed Philip II that he commissioned another one for his basilica in El Escorial
Hypatia painted by Charles William Mitchell in 1885. 

Middle Ages[edit]

Renaissance[edit]

Tycho Brahe survived a duel, losing only his nose, but later died from the effects of too much drink.

18th century[edit]

19th century[edit]


Clement Vallandigham - died after demonstrating how a victim might have accidentally shot himself 

20th century[edit]

1920s[edit]

Isadora Duncan, ballerina, died when her long scarf, caught on the wheel of a car, broke her neck.



1950s[edit]

1960s[edit]

McFadden, Robert D. (4 April 2006). "Barry Bingham Jr., Louisville Publisher, Is Dead at 72". The New York Times. Retrieved 11 May 2010. </ref>

USSR postage stamp honoring Vladimir Komarov, the first person to die during a space mission

1970s[edit]

Kurt Gödel who, due to his extreme paranoia, died of starvation when his wife was hospitalized

1980s[edit]


1990s[edit]

21st century[edit]

2000s[edit]

2010s[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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