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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In 1992, 38-year-old Greg Austin Gingrich leaped atop the guard wall and wind-milled his arms, playing-acting losing his balance to scare his teenaged daughter, then he comically “fell” off the wall on the canyon side onto a short slope where he assumed he could land safely. As his daughter walked on, trying not to fuel her father’s dangerous antics by paying attention to them, Gingrich missed his footing and fell silently about 400 feet into the void. It took rangers quite a while to locate his body — and to determine that his daughter was an orphan only due to his foolishness.
Betty Stobbs, a 67-year-old woman from Durham, England, was killed when a flock of sheep attacked her power bike and pushed her over a 100-foot (30 m) cliff. She survived the fall, only to be crushed by the falling bike.
Children’s entertainer Rod Hull died while adjusting the television aerial on the roof of his house. He had been watching a Manchester United European Cup match with his 19-year-old son Oliver. In his attempt to improve reception, he slipped from the roof and fell through an adjoining greenhouse. The 63-year-old entertainer suffered a severe skull fracture and chest injuries. He was pronounced dead on arrival at Conquest Hospital in Hastings.
Connor Clapton, the 4 year old son of musician Eric Clapton, fell out of an open picture window on the 53rd floor of a New York high-rise apartment. He landed on the roof of an adjacent 4-story building. The large window had been left open by a janitor while cleaning.
Garry Hoy, a 38-year-old lawyer in Toronto, Ontario, fell to his death on July 9, 1993, after he threw himself against a window on the 24th floor of the Toronto-Dominion Centre in an attempt to prove to a group of visitors that the glass was “unbreakable.” The glass did not break, but popped out of the window frame. For his unusual death, Hoy was recognized with a Darwin Award in 1996.
Joseph Stoyer, 51, bled to death after tripping and falling with a mug of coffee when he stepped out of his front door in Seaford, Long Island. The mug broke and a 4in (10cm) shard went through his carotoid artery. (The Spokesman-Review, Ocala Star-Banner – Feb 22, 2002)
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.