List of unusual deaths

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This is a list of unusual deaths. This list only includes unique or extremely rare circumstances of death recorded throughout history, noted as being unusual by multiple sources. Note: 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]

Note: Many of these stories are likely to be apocryphal.
The death of Aeschylus illustrated in the 15th century Florentine Picture Chronicle by Maso Finiguerra.[2]
The stoic Chrysippus who is said to have died of laughter when a donkey ate his figs. 
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 through ingesting poisonous mercury. 
The martyrdom of Saint Lawrence by Titian shows Lawrence over the fire. 

Middle Ages[edit]

Renaissance[edit]

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, dancer, died when her long scarf caught on the wheel of a car, breaking her neck.

1950s[edit]

1960s[edit]

1970s[edit]

1980s[edit]

1990s[edit]

21st century[edit]

2000s[edit]

2010s[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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