Nail-gunned

Damon Huhtala, a 26-year-old construction-worker from Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, died when he slipped and fell while using a nail gun. The firing mechanism of the nail gun collided with the side of his head while the trigger was still pressed, firing a three inch nail into his brain-stem, killing him instantly.

Submission by Logan Agle. Thank you.

Deadly Flight

Ismail ibn Hammad al-Jawhari, an author and scholar from Farab, Turkestan, famous for writing the highly influential “The Crown of Language and the Correct Arabic” dictionary, is said to have fallen to his death in 1002 while attempting to fly with a pair of homemade wooden wings after jumping off the roof of a mosque in Nishapur, Iran.

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Alcoholic Lethal Sherry Enema

Michael Warner, a 58-year-old machine-shop operator from Lake Jackson, Texas, died of alcohol intoxication after receiving enema from his wife consisting of two large bottles of Sherry wine. Warner was a severe alcoholic and was at the time suffering from a throat ailment that left him unable to drink liquids. He had apparently had his wife help with the procedure in order to relieve his cravings, not realizing that compounds like alcohol are absorbed into the bloodstream far more quickly and directly when administered rectally than when ingested orally. Warner’s wife was cleared of all legal responsibility for his accidental death in court.

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Killed by a Robot

Kenji Urada was a Japanese engineer who was one of the first persons reported to have been killed by a robot.

Urada was maintenance engineer at a Kawasaki Heavy Industries plant. While working on a broken robot, he failed to turn it off completely, resulting in the robot pushing him into a grinding machine with its hydraulic arm. He died as a result. The circumstances of his death were not made public until December 8, after an investigation by the labor standards bureau was completed.

Urada is often said to be the first person killed by a robot. However, Robert Williams, a worker at a Ford Motor Company factory in Michigan, was killed by a robot two years earlier, on January 25, 1979.

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Woman killed by flying manhole cover

Caitlin Clavette, 35, a Boston-area school teacher driving near the Thomas P. O’Neill Jr. Tunnel, was struck and killed by a dislodged manhole cover, which crashed through the windshield of her car.

Trapped in an Elevator for a Month

An unnamed Chinese woman, 43, has died after being trapped in an elevator for a month because maintenance workers shut off the power supply without properly checking if anyone was inside.

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Wrestler Died In Ring

Perro Aguayo Jr., a 35-year-old professional masked wrestler from Mexico, died during a live public wrestling-match in Tijuana on March 20th, 2015. During a tag-team match, Aguayo’s opponent, Rey Mysterio Jr., drop-kicked Aguayo in the back/shoulder area, causing him to fall forward and go limp against the ring’s ropes. Aguayo’s tag-team partner, Manik, jumped into the ring and proceeded with the match while Aguayo remained motionless against the ropes. Ringside officials attempted to revive Aguayo and immediately terminated the match when they realized he wasn’t responding. He was immediately taken to a nearby hospital and pronounced dead on arrival. The cause of death was determined to be due to sudden cardiac arrest caused by a cervical stroke stemming from the fracture of three of his vertebrae, which he received from Mysterio’s drop-kick. An autopsy indicated that Aguayo died instantly as a result. The event occurred in front of a massive live audience and was being filmed by TV Azteca. The footage has since been made available on the Internet.

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Dying Onstage

Leslie Harvey, the 27-year-old guitarist for the Scottish blues-rock band Stone the Crows, died onstage during a live outdoor concert in Swansea, Wales, when rainwater collected on stage and caused a non-grounded microphone to become electrified, killing him instantly when he touched it.

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Beer Flood Deaths

Several large vats ruptured at the Meux & Company Brewery in London, England, in a chain reaction, causing more than 320,000 imperial gallons of beer to flood the nearby city streets. Two homes were destroyed and eight people were killed in what has since been called “The London Beer Flood”.

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Deadly Race

Wilbur C. Brink, an 11-year-old boy from Indianapolis, Indiana, was killed by a flying race-car tire while playing in his family’s front yard. During Lap 162 of the 1931 Indianapolis 500, the rear axle suddenly broke on racer Billy Arnold’s vehicle, sending one of his rear wheels sailing through the air and out of the stadium. It landed in the front yard of the Brink family, who lived across the street from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, killing Brink instantly.

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Fatal Joke

Jon-Erik Hexum, a 26-year-old actor, died during the production of an episode of the television series Cover Up in Los Angeles, California, when he shot himself in the head with a blank round loaded into a revolver at point-blank range. A scene had to be filmed an excessive number of times due to various onset problems interfering with the takes, so between takes Hexum picked up a prop revolver loaded with a blank, which be believed was completely harmless, to pantomime shooting himself in the head in order to make a frustrated coworker laugh. Hexum was unaware that blank rounds discharge a wad of plastic sealant when fired that can be dangerous at close-range to unprotected body-parts. The discharged material caused enough blunt force trauma to shatter a quarter-sized piece of his skull and project shards of it into his brain. Hexum was declared brain-dead six days later.

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The Nedelin Disaster

A total of 92 people (74 military personnel and 18 civilians) died as a result of the Nedelin Catastrophe at the Baikonur Test Range in Kazakhstan on the 24th of October, 1960. The incident was named after Chief Marshal of Artillery Mitrofan Ivonovich Nedelin, one of the project’s overseers and a casualty in the event. A prototype of the Soviet ICBM R-16 was being prepared for a test-flight when the second-stage ignition was accidentally initiated while directly above the first-stage section that was filled with “Devil’s Venom” rocket-fuel. Numerous safety procedures had been ignored due to Nedelin’s insistence on the test being carried out successfully before the anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution on November the 7th. A short-circuit in the main sequencer ultimately caused the premature ignition. A massive explosion erupted as the fuel combusted, with people close to the launch-pad being instantaneously incinerated. People farther away burned to death or died due to exposure to the resulting toxic fumes the fuel produced in massive quantities after combusting. Mikhail Yangel, a missile-designer and the commanding officer for the test range that day, survived the event only because he had left to smoke a cigarette behind a bunker a few hundred yards away. The entirety of the disaster was captured on a series of automated cameras, and the footage has since been made available on the Internet. Information on the Nedelin Catastrophe was not made available to the public until 1989, before which the Soviet government had maintained a strict cover-up of the event as had been done with nearly all other Soviet military disasters.

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The Man Who Died “Twice”

Venezuelan fisherman Ramon Rivera Rodriguez woke up, looked around himself, realized he was in a coffin at his own funeral, and promptly had a heart attack and died. His relatives subsequently demanded action against the doctor who had incorrectly pronounced him dead the first time.

Explosion in Toilet Septic Tank

A 10-year-old boy from Thane, India, whose name has not been released to the press, died while using a public bathroom when the facility’s septic-tank suddenly exploded. The vents of the tank had become clogged, allowing volatile gas to build for an extended period of time before violently combusting due to an unknown ignition-source. The explosion caused a heavy metal lid for the tank to be launched through the air, which then landed on his head.

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The deadliest accident in the history of film-making

Director Varick Frissel, cinematographer Alex G. Penrod, and 25 other members of a film-crew were killed during the filming of the movie The Viking (1931). Dynamite that was used to remove large quantities of ice from the filming-locations was accidentally ignited and blew up the ship they were filming additional footage from off the coast of Newfoundland. With 27 total fatalities, it is the deadliest accident in the history of film-making.

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Body dragged 20 miles through NYC

Guido Salvador Carabajo-Jara, a 26-year-old from Queens, New York, was struck by an SUV while crossing the street and then impaled on the undercarriage of an oncoming van. His body was dragged around the city for nearly 20 miles before a pedestrian informed the driver of the van of what had happened. The two initial impacts were captured on film by a security-camera and have since been leaked onto the Internet.

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Mom microwaved baby to death

Mirabelle Yang, a seven-week-old infant from Sacramento, California, died after suffering severe organ damage and burns over 60% of her body after her mother, Ka Yang, placed her in an active microwave for two minutes. Ka Yang was sentenced to life in prison for First Degree Murder.

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The Twilight Zone accident

Actor Vic Morrow and two child-actors, Myca Dinh Le and Renee Shin-Yi Chen, died on the set of the filming of Twilight Zone: The Movie when the Bell UH-1 Iroquois helicopter being used to film the climax of the movie’s first segment destabilized and crashed. The scene was filmed at night at Indian Dunes Ranch in Santa Clarita, California, and required Morrow to carry the two child-actors through a river while the helicopter pursued at an altitude of about 25 ft. overhead. Director John Landis instructed the pilot to take the vehicle even lower during one of the takes. A pyrotechnic went off while the helicopter’s tail-rotor was still over-top of it, causing it to detach and send the vehicle into an uncontrolled spin. Morrow and Le were decapitated by the helicopter’s top-blades while Chen was crushed to death by one of the skids. All six crew members in the helicopter were injured but survived. Footage of the accident recorded by the on-set cameras survived and has since been made available on the Internet. This accident led to a lengthy civil and criminal court case that lasted nearly a decade (a major component of which was the fact that Le and Chen were hired illegally by John Landis with disregard to the California’s child-labor laws), and marked the first time in the history of Hollywood that a director has been criminally charged due to a fatality on set. The event also led to revisions in the safety-practices that movie studios use for filming. Dick Peabody, an actor and a personal friend of Vic Morrow that co-starred with him on previous television projects that was attending the filming that night, has said that Morrow’s last words before beginning the stunt were “I’ve got to be crazy to do this shot. I should have asked for a double.”

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Man Set Himself on Fire in Protest of the Iraq War

Malachi Ritscher, a 52-year-old musician and recording-engineer, set himself on fire and burned to death on the side of the Kennedy Expressway during morning rush-hour in downtown Chicago in what he claimed in a suicide-note to be an act of protest against the Iraq War.

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Disneyland Death

Luan Phi Dawson, a 33-year-old software engineer visiting the Disneyland theme park in California for their Christmas Eve celebration, died after being struck in the head by a 9 lb. metal cleat used to secure the sailing ship Columbia. While the ship was docking, the cleat was pulled out of the dock under the tension of a cable and sailed through the air at tremendous speed into a nearby group of people. Dawson was declared brain-dead two days later. One other guest, Dawson’s wife, and a park attendee were injured non-fatally in the accident. This event was notable for being the first death of a guest in Disneyland history that was the result of insufficient maintenance resulting in an accident rather than a guest’s negligence in following safety-rules.

Submission by Logan Agle. Thank you.