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


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.

Man Dies After 23-hour Gaming Marathon

Chen Rong-yu, 23, died after playing a computer game at a Taipei internet cafe for 23 hours. Chen was playing the League of Legends, an online multi-player battle game. He took frequent nap breaks, so staff were not alarmed to see him apparently resting. The following night, an employee tried to wake him, but found his body was cold and called police. A combination of fatigue, lack of movement and the cold weather could have caused blood clots and a heart attack.

Man Dies During Lap Dance

Robert Gene White, 67, received several lap dances at the Red Parrot in El Paso, Texas. When it came time to pay, workers discovered him unresponsive. Employees tried to perform CPR on White but were unsuccessful. Robert White suffered a heart attack and died while being entertained by the strip dancers.

Race to the Death

Frank Hayes, 35, a horse jockey, suffered a fatal heart attack during a race in which his horse finished first. They only discovered he had died when trying to congratulate him.

Funeral Turns Deadly

Fagilyu Mukhametzyanov, 49, from Kazan, Russia died from a heart attack brought on by the shock of waking up at her own funeral.

Deadly Threesome

William Martinez, 31, from Lawrenceville, Georgia died of a heart attack while engaging in threesome sex with a friend and another woman who was not his wife.