Comedian Died Onstage

Dick Shawn, an American actor and standup comedian known for his roles in movies including It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World and The Producers, died at the age of 63 in the middle of a standup routine being performed at the University of California. Shawn suffered a heart-attack on stage and collapsed face-down, with many audience-members believing it was part of his act since just prior to collapsing he had been imitating political campaign slogans including “If elected, I will not lay down on the job”.

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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.

The Berzerk Curse

Peter Burkowski, an 18-year-old student from Calumet City, Illinois, died at the Friar Tuck’s Game Room arcade of a sudden heart-attack after getting one of the top ten high scores on an arcade cabinet of the game Berzerk twice in a row. Burkowski’s death is strikingly similar to that of Jeff Dailey who had died a little over a year prior and become the first person in history to die while playing video games. Both died of a heart-attack, both were close to the same age, both died after achieving high scores on an arcade cabinet, and both died during or immediately after playing Berzerk. These events have entered gaming folklore and become something known as “The Berzerk Curse”, or “The Curse of Evil Otto”, named after an enemy in Berzerk called “Evil Otto” that tends to be very challenging and shows up at the end of levels.

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Death by Video Game

Jeff Dailey, a 19-year-old from Virginia, is said to be the first person in history to die while playing video games. Dailey made it onto the top ten high scores list on an arcade cabinet for the game Berzerk with a score of 16,660 points and then suddenly died of a heart-attack.

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Child’s Dying Wish Fulfilled

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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.”

Touched Nerve Killed in Seconds

Michelle Creed, 34, from London, UK, died within 10 seconds of her boyfriend touching a nerve on her neck, which is linking the brain to the central nervous system.

Deadly Karma

Paul Porter, 66, traveled hours to fatally stab a family friend he dated over 15 years ago — then died of a heart attack and crashed his car as he fled the scene in Simi Valley, California.