WWF wrestler Owen Hart, also known as “Blue Blazer”, fell to his death performing an entry-stunt during the Over the Edge pay-per-view event at the Kemper Arena in Kansas City. The stunt intended to have Hart lowered dramatically via stunt-cables to just above ring-level from the rafters and then have a quick-release activate to drop him face-first to comedic effect. The quick-release was accidentally triggered early during the stunt and Hart fell 78 ft. and landed chest-first on the rope, throwing him backwards into the ring. While the pay-per-view audience did not see the accident transpire due to delay in the live-feed in order to include a video vignette, the live audience for the event apparently thought the accident was an intended part of the show until the announcer stated otherwise.
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Christine Chubbuck, a news reporter working for WXLT-TV in Florida, committed suicide during a live television broadcast. On the morning of July 15, 1974, Chubbuck concluded a usual summary of the top news-stories of the day and turned to the camera to say “In keeping with Channel 40’s policy of bringing you the latest in ‘blood and guts’, and in living color, you are going to see another first – attempted suicide”, before withdrawing a revolver and shooting herself behind her right ear. Chubbuck violently collapsed onto her desk, with the technical-director on set immediately fading the broadcast to black and having the channel broadcast a PSA and then a movie to fill the void in the schedule. The station was hit with a wave of phone-calls from viewers asking if what they had seen had been an elaborate prank. Suffering from extended bouts of clinical depression, Chubbuck had apparently planned to commit suicide during a live broadcast well in advance, as the sheets she had been reading from for her broadcast turned out to contain an account of her suicide she had written in advance in the form of a news-report. Footage of the incident has been withheld by WXLT-TV and no copy of the incident was known to have been recorded by any viewers of the live broadcast.
Rebecca Longhoffer, a 39-year-old mother of four, was electrocuted when she stepped on a cast-iron covering for electrical wiring in the sidewalk of one of the street-corners of the Vegas Strip. Heavy rains had flooded the compartment with standing water and deteriorated covers on the wiring allowed the water and conductive panel to become electrified.
A man from Cheshire, England, was roasted alive inside an industrial oven after going in to clean it. The oven was switched on by colleagues who did not know he was inside, and he tried unsuccessfully to break out with a crowbar before dying.
Emory E. Potter, a 45-year-old man from Philadelphia died of a heart attack three hours after his daughter. His daughter Mary Ann, 8, seriously ill from a streptococcus infection, told her mother hours before she died: “I wouldn’t mind dying if only papa would go along with me.”
Takuya Nagaya, 23, from Japan, started to slither on the floor and talk about becoming a snake. His mother took this to mean that he had been possessed by a snake demon and called for her husband, 53-year-old Katsumi Nagaya, who spent the next two days physically beating his son in an attempt to exorcise the demon. This killed Takuya.