Top 10 Most Unusual Deaths of Famous People

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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 Tycho Brahe's death was caused by his good manners that prevented him from going to the bathroom in time

His death must've been the most painful one... - LightningBlade

So this is the reason why people are arseholes. Because if they don't, they end up dying. - ArchAces

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. - Metal_Treasure

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 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. - Metal_Treasure

3 Francis Bacon died while trying to prove his theory that snow can preserve meat - by stuffing snow into a chicken Francis Bacon died while trying to prove his theory that snow can preserve meat - by stuffing snow into a chicken

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. - Metal_Treasure

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). - Metal_Treasure

4 Attila the Hun died from a nosebleed on his wedding night - he drowned in a snoutful of his own blood Attila the Hun died from a nosebleed on his wedding night - he drowned in a snoutful of his own blood

More recent theories have tended toward murder by poisoning.

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. - Metal_Treasure

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

How did he even down that, who knows. Maybe it is part of his music super powers. - Music_Lover123

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

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6 David Carradine, 72, died of auto-erotic asphyxiation, the intentional restriction of oxygen to the brain for sexual arousal 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.

7 Marvin Gaye was shot by his own father Marvin Gaye was shot by his own father Marvin Gaye was an American singer, songwriter, and musician, and is regarded as one of the greatest singers of all time .

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. - Metal_Treasure

8 Michael Hutchence died from autoerotic asphyxiation 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 Tennessee Williams choked on a bottlecap Tennessee Williams choked on a bottlecap

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. - Metal_Treasure

10 Keith Relf died from electrocution while playing electric guitar 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.

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. - Metal_Treasure

You forgot the best part, he was rehearsing IN THE BATH TUB with his PLUGGED-IN electric guitar!

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. - Metal_Treasure

The Contenders

11 Isadora Duncan's death was caused by her long silk scarf 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. - Metal_Treasure

12 Albert Dekker, 62, died from autoerotic asphyxiation 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". - Metal_Treasure

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

13 Vic Morrow was decapitated by the blades of a low-flying helicopter V 1 Comment
14 Leslie Harvey was electrocuted by touching an ungrounded microphone with wet hands
15 Dimebag Darrell was shot while performing at a concert
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2. Jean-Baptiste Lully died from an overdose of 'musical enthusiasm' - he drove his baton through his foot and succumbed to blood poisoning
3. Francis Bacon died while trying to prove his theory that snow can preserve meat - by stuffing snow into a chicken
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