Vladimir Ladyzhensky, a Russian athlete, died in the final round of the 2010 World Sauna Championship in Heinola, Finland, after collapsing and being pulled from the finalists’ sauna for the men’s competition. The event was an endurance-contest started in 1999 in which competitors attempt to be the last person to leave a high-temperature, high-humidity sauna. Ladyzhensky was dragged out after collapsing and almost immediately began suffering spasms and convulsions. Timo Kaukonen, a Finnish competitor and five-time champion of the event, also collapsed during the final round and had to be removed from the sauna by medical personnel. Both men were immediately taken to a hospital for treatment. An autopsy determined that Ladyzhensky had ultimately died of third-degree burns over portions of his body, with his condition exacerbated by the pain-killers he had taken earlier in order to increase his ability to endure the intense final round of competition. Kaukonen had to be placed into a medically-induced coma that lasted six weeks, but ultimately survived after having suffered severe burns over 70% of his body’s surface, having scalded his respiratory-system and suffering kidney-failure. The sauna used for the final round of the men’s competition had been heated to more than 230 degrees Fahrenheit and had a humidity nearing 100% saturation due to a constant water-drip on the heating-element. This was significantly more extreme than the saunas used in previous World Sauna Championship competitions. Footage of the 2010 event, including Ladyzhensky and Kaukonen’s collapse and removal from the sauna, has been made available on the Internet. In 2011, it was announced that Heinola was officially cancelling all future World Sauna Championship events.
A 42-year-old man with a history of hypertension from Hsinchu, Taiwan, whose name has not been released to the press, died 11 days after having a stroke while in a movie theater watching the 2009 James Cameron film Avatar in 3D. According to the emergency room physician that oversaw the man when he arrived at the hospital, his stroke was due to “becoming over-excited” due to the emotional effects of the film.
A man in Saint-Petersburg, Russia has died after being hit by a car wheel thrown from an upper window of an apartment building. The wheel landed centimeters from his feet before bouncing up and smashing into his head. The 44-year old was hospitalized with brain injuries and a broken jaw, and died two days later. Police suspect a group of teenagers seen entering the building may be to blame. Several of them were later allegedly seen checking him as he lay on the street, before walking away.
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A 40-year-old wheelchair-bound South Korean man identified as Mr. Lee died after falling down an elevator shaft in Daejon. Lee had failed to enter an elevator in time and, in a rage, rammed the doors with his mobility scooter, breaking them open and falling to his death.
Jacquelyn Kotarac, 49, a physician (internist) from Bakersfield, California, was found dead in her boyfriend’s chimney. She had been trying to break in through the chimney and died of asphyxiation. The body was found after a house sitter noticed an odor and fluids coming from the chimney.