Top 10 Most Unusual Deaths of Famous People

Unusual cause of death or/and unusual circumstances.
The Top Ten
1 Tycho Brahe's death was caused by his good manners that prevented him from going to the bathroom in time

He was a 16th-century Danish astronomer whose research helped Sir Isaac Newton devise the theory of gravity.
He died because he didn't make it to the bathroom in time. In that society it was considered an insult to leave the table before the banquet was over. Brahe had too much alcohol but was too polite to ask to be excused - he instead allowed his bladder to burst, which killed him slowly and painfully over the next 11 days.

Seriously? That's crazy! That poor polite fellow

2 Jean-Baptiste Lully died from an overdose of 'musical enthusiasm' - he drove his baton through his foot and succumbed to blood poisoning Jean-Baptiste Lully was an Italian-born French composer, instrumentalist, and dancer who spent most of his life working in the court of Louis XIV of France.

He was a 17th-century composer who wrote music for the King of France. While rehearsing for a concert, he became overexcited and drove his baton right through his foot which caused blood poisoning.

3 Francis Bacon died while trying to prove his theory that snow can preserve meat - by stuffing snow into a chicken An English philosopher and statesman, Francis Bacon is noted for developing the scientific method of empiricism, focusing on inductive reasoning. He served as both Attorney General and Lord Chancellor of England, but his influence is most significantly felt in the realm of modern scientific inquiry.

He was an influential English philosopher, statesman, scientist, jurist, orator and author in the 16th century. But he became a victim of his own experimental scientific method. Inspired by the possibility of using the snow to preserve meat (instead of salt), he tried to test his theory outside in the snow by stuffing a chicken. The chicken didn't freeze but Bacon did. He contracted a fatal case of pneumonia and died a week later.

I have to admit that his idea was great but was ahead of its time - F. Bacon just didn't have the needed technology/inventions (currently we all use freezers and fridges to preserve meat, I.e. low temperatures).

4 John Bonham drank 40 shots of vodka, vomited and choked on his own vomit

In 24 hours Bonham drank around 40 shots (1-1.4 litres) of 40% ABV vodka, after which he vomited and choked.

Now that's just sad

Holy fish paste

5 Marvin Gaye was shot by his own father Marvin Gaye (born Marvin Pentz Gay Jr.; April 2, 1939 – April 1, 1984) was an American singer and songwriter. He helped to shape the sound of Motown in the 1960s, first as an in-house session player and later as a solo artist with a string of hits, earning him the nicknames "Prince of Motown" and more.

He was living in his parents house at the time because he was depressed and suicidal. His father shot him after an argument over misplaced documents. Gaye's father had reportedly been beaten by the singer prior to the shooting, and received 5 years of probation after pleading guilty to manslaughter charges.

Why would his father do this. And what's worse is that he died literally the eve of his 45th birthday.

6 David Carradine, 72, died of auto-erotic asphyxiation, the intentional restriction of oxygen to the brain for sexual arousal David Carradine, born John Arthur Carradine (December 8, 1936 - June 3, 2009) was an American actor and martial artist.

The family has strongly contested this.

David was a good heart

7 Tennessee Williams choked on a bottlecap Thomas Lanier "Tennessee" Williams III was an American playwright. Along with Eugene O'Neill and Arthur Miller, he is considered among the three foremost playwrights of 20th-century American drama.

He choked on a bottlecap which he had removed from a bottle of eyedrops and placed in his mouth. The bottlecap slipped down his throat as he titled his head back to place the eyedrops in his eyes. After his death, drugs were found in his room and there were suspicions that these contributed towards his death.

I'm not going to laugh. Nope

8 Michael Hutchence died from autoerotic asphyxiation Michael Kelland John Hutchence (22 January 1960 – 22 November 1997) was an Australian musician and actor. He was a founding member, lead singer and lyricist of rock band INXS from 1977 until his death in 1997.
9 Isadora Duncan's death was caused by her long silk scarf

She was an American dancer, often cited as the creator of "modern" dance. She was a passenger in a car when her long scarf, draped around her neck, got entangled around one of the vehicle's open-spoked wheels and rear axle. She "was hurled in an extraordinary manner from an open automobile" and "instantly killed by the force of her fall to the stone pavement." She was almost decapitated by the sudden tightening of the scarf around her neck.

10 Keith Relf died from electrocution while playing electric guitar Keith Relf was an English musician, well known as the lead singer for the psychedelic band The Yardbirds.

No, almost all sources, including wiki, say he died in his basement. He stood on a gas pipe and "because the guitar was ungrounded, the electrical current resulted in a severe shock to his body."
Because the Relf family remained private about his death, a rumor began to grow that the singer was foolishly playing an electric guitar in the bathtub.

He was the lead singer and harmonica player for The Yardbirds. At 33, he died from electrocution, at his home, while playing his improperly grounded electric guitar.

The Contenders
11 Attila the Hun died from a nosebleed on his wedding night - he drowned in a snoutful of his own blood Attila, frequently called Attila the Hun, was the ruler of the Huns from 434 until his death in March 453.

One of the most bloodthirsty men in history died from a nosebleed... He was too drunk to notice the problem with his nose.
An alternative theory is that he succumbed to internal bleeding after heavy drinking, possibly a condition called esophageal varices, where dilated veins in the lower part of the esophagus rupture leading to death by hemorrhage.

More recent theories have tended toward murder by poisoning.

Well, he kinda deserved it.

12 Dimebag Darrell was shot while performing at a concert

Rest in peace. Dimebag was a legend and one of the greatest guitarists of all time

13 Albert Dekker, 62, died from autoerotic asphyxiation

Character actor and politician Albert Dekker was found dead in 1968 in his home. "He was naked, kneeling in the bathtub, with a noose tightly wrapped around his neck and looped around the shower curtain rod. He was blindfolded, his wrists were handcuffed, there was a ball gag in his mouth, and two hypodermic needles were inserted in one arm. His body was covered in explicit words and drawings in red lipstick".

Autoerotic asphyxiation is an intentional restriction of oxygen to the brain for sexual arousal.

Albert well used this

14 Vic Morrow was decapitated by the blades of a low-flying helicopter

It happened while on location filming the Steven Spielberg-produced "Twilight Zone: The Movie".
Spielberg, pilot Dorsey Wingo, and director John Landis were ultimately acquitted of involuntary manslaughter and Morrow's daughters settled out of court.

15 Leslie Harvey was electrocuted by touching an ungrounded microphone with wet hands
16 Yukio Mishima committed ritual suicide by Seppuku
17 Mussolini was hanged upside down while being beaten and shot
18 Thomas Urquhart was said to have died laughing because of King Charles II had taken the throne
19 Elvis Presley died while pooping too hard
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