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If You’re Going to Die, Do It Differently!

We all shrug off our mortal coil eventually. Whilst we all look forward to a long and happy life, there are some unfortunate souls who leave this world with a touch of humor. If you’re gonna go, go out in style!

Lifeguards On Duty

In New Orleans more than 100 lifeguards threw a party to celebrate their first year without any tragedies. While they were partying, one of the guests, who was not a life saver, fell into the swimming pool fully clothed and drowned, even though four lifeguards were supposed to be on duty at the time!

Man and Machine In Harmony

In Japan, Kenji Urada was killed when a robot at the Kawasaki factory where he worked mistook his head for a component that needed tightening up. Ouch.

Think You Can Beat Me…

Chess Grandmaster Gudkov checkmated a computer three times in a row at a public tournament in Moscow. The next time he touched the machine it got it’s revenge by electrocuting him.

Out For A Morning Run

A naked man running across New York’s Brooklyn bridge singing “Oh what a beautiful morning!” was run over by a car and killed.

Don’t Laugh On A Full Stomach

A bricklayer from Kings Lynn, Norfolk, died laughing while watching the TV comedy The Goodies. He had recently eaten, and after 25 minutes of laughing on a full stomach his heart failed while he was watching a fight between a set of bagpipes and a black pudding.

Be Careful What You Wish For

Sam Davidovitch sipped a glass of wine and asked the band to play his favourite song in a restaurant in Tel Aviv. “This is how I want to die” he said, “with a glass of wine in my hand while the band plays my tune.” Then he got up to dance with his wife, sang the words… and dropped dead of a heart attack.

Are You Sure That Being A Veggie Is Healthy?

Victor Villenti, 50, was a strict vegetarian, and forced his family to follow the same regime. While jogging in 1991 he was killed by an eight pound frozen leg of lamb which fell from a third-story window.

Homer Simpson: Take Note

A doughnut was the weapon of choice used by nursing home owner Carol Detlaff, 58, of St. Joseph, Michigan. She became upset when Gladys Mulhern, 59, was playing with her food after the other residents had finished, and stuffed the doughnut into her mouth, causing her to choke to death.

Fishing is a Peaceful Pastime…

Spanish Angler, Maria Cista, 56, was trying to free the hook from a fish’s mouth when the fish jumped out of her hand and into her mouth. She choked to death as it wriggled down her throat.

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  1. isildur

    On September 26, 2007 at 7:42 am

    very interesting and funny. If I have to die is while I’m reading this kind of articles.


  2. Sandra Petersen

    On September 26, 2007 at 8:44 am

    I have a feeling this article is destined to go on the Hot list. Sad stories but, yes, funny, too.

  3. Onflame

    On September 26, 2007 at 11:09 am

    LOL, its kind of scary to think of such deaths but as Sandra said, its funny too. The one about fishing must’ve been so…disgusting…weird…and…painful.

    Great job,

  4. Chloe

    On September 26, 2007 at 5:40 pm

    It sounds like they took a liberal creative license and embellished a lot.

  5. sinputDotOrg

    On September 26, 2007 at 9:00 pm


  6. Christian

    On September 26, 2007 at 9:12 pm


    Why are you trying to divide the church by always using the word “liberal”…?

  7. Kitping

    On September 26, 2007 at 9:12 pm

    Maybe it’s funny, but i don’t think so. Death is terrible.

  8. Christian

    On September 26, 2007 at 9:14 pm

    Correction: I meant using “liberal” negatively.

    Jesus was a liberal in case you forgot. You must be one of dem new big city christians that are trying to destroy Jesuses message.

  9. Kuth

    On September 26, 2007 at 9:18 pm

    No death is not terrible… It is the process of moving from one state of being to another. Why the hell not do it in style.

    I swear that wasn’t me who ran the naked guy over… really.

  10. Anonymous

    On September 26, 2007 at 9:30 pm

    Why do it in style? Just attract others’ eyes? Or to make people laugh? That sounds meaningful.

  11. Atheist

    On September 26, 2007 at 9:40 pm

    @ Christian: You can’t be serious. Chloe was using liberal as in loose or not strict.

  12. reechard

    On September 26, 2007 at 9:46 pm

    LOL at belgian rofles, funniest thing I read on this page. I guess if we can laugh at these comic deaths, why not laugh at other deaths? I guess cause society has made it taboo. But I’m all for it.

  13. Jim

    On September 26, 2007 at 9:48 pm

    Only 3 of the 9 stories mentioned here seem to be real events that can be verified.

  14. The Restless Mouse

    On September 26, 2007 at 9:53 pm

    What about MTM laughing during the funeral of Chuckles the Clown… I daresay some people want to leave them laughing. Some people are so uptight in this, the only life we will have as far as I know. How sad for them, not for the others who aren’t coming down for breakfast anymore.

  15. YCGDM

    On September 26, 2007 at 10:01 pm

    This article is not about suicide, it’s about people not being careful when going about.

    ABC. Always Be Careful.

  16. valli

    On September 26, 2007 at 10:04 pm

    gr8 article.. very funny:)

  17. Error:

    On September 26, 2007 at 10:13 pm

    Does not compute.

  18. lanne

    On September 26, 2007 at 10:54 pm

    I love to fish. I used to have a bumper sticker that read ” I`d rather fish than—-….But I don`t think I`d like to die choking on my catch!!! LOL…Great article.

  19. you forgot poland

    On September 27, 2007 at 12:05 am

    i’ve always wanted to die in a high speed car chase while on a nice cocktail of drugs… bonus points if it all ends ironically.

  20. not funny

    On September 27, 2007 at 7:18 am

    fact is you should not speak about such things as death…see what happens!

  21. Sandra Petersen

    On September 27, 2007 at 7:23 am

    See! I KNEW this was going to be on the Hot List! Congratulations!

  22. Jenny

    On September 27, 2007 at 7:32 am

    If you die from a leg of lamb falling from above I would say it is deifnately your time.

  23. Reaper

    On September 27, 2007 at 8:33 am

    Darwin awards rip off…Still very funny though :D .

  24. Tsssss

    On September 27, 2007 at 9:14 am

    Todos ustedes tienen problemas

  25. melting point

    On September 27, 2007 at 9:23 am

    hahaahahahahohohohoho excellent article! but…..ummmm…..the robot one is REALLY DISGUSTING. keep up the work!

  26. Marlon Marshall

    On September 27, 2007 at 12:16 pm

    This is out of the universe. Cool stuff man I also have some work that you might enjoy reading.

  27. Tommy

    On September 27, 2007 at 12:36 pm

    MMmm sushi

  28. Missy

    On September 27, 2007 at 1:37 pm

    LOl i enjoyed the article its mad funny, i mean no one is laffin at death, but face it, WE dont know how we’re gona die, any 1 of us cuda ended up on this…mad funny atricle i say again..

  29. Ryan Cousineau

    On September 27, 2007 at 1:57 pm

    Pretty unconfirmed stuff, here. The story of Gudkov the chess master appears to be pure fantasy, a story published by the Weekly World News, though quoted from that source in other online locations.

    Kenji Urada’s story is real, though Wikipedia more precisely describes his death as a case of being pushed into a grinding wheel by a robot arm. Which is quite bizarre enough.

    The only other story I tried to check was that of Maria Cista, which turned up a few online cites, but no references to primary sources.

    I wouldn’t be shocked if half of these were urban legends.

  30. lizzie2uk

    On September 27, 2007 at 2:46 pm

    Funny? I almost died laughing!!

  31. shanna

    On September 27, 2007 at 4:13 pm

    you must not be american. there is nothing funny about 9/11. well unless you are ignorant, usless wastes of human space. please find other acts of violence to get your giggles from.

  32. Dave Greiman

    On September 27, 2007 at 4:56 pm

    I don’t believe half of these…

  33. diggmediggyou

    On September 28, 2007 at 12:19 am

    if i know I’m going to die….i really don’t know what to do..?
    i will pray to God , i wish he will let me live longer.
    Human are always greedy.

  34. write?

    On September 28, 2007 at 7:57 am

    Cheating will get you kicked off of triond.

  35. weedler

    On September 28, 2007 at 8:47 am

    so who cheated? and geordie, please tell us the no. of views ur article got.

  36. Geordie Janner

    On September 28, 2007 at 11:13 am

    - Write?

    The sources for the article were obtained from: in order
    The Sun Newspaper – 16 April 1992
    Daily Mirror Newspaper – 17 May 1993
    The Sun Newspaper – 5 March 1992
    Daily Mirror Newspaper – 18 May 1993
    The Times – 29 March 1975
    Daily Mirror Newspaper – 16 December 1976
    People Newspaper – 27 March 1991
    New York Post – 14 Nov 1988
    The Sun Newspaper – 25 July 1983

    No articles were taken from the internet – only the pictures to illustrate the stories.

  37. Bern

    On September 28, 2007 at 12:03 pm

    If death is a bad thing than so is birth. The first is the only logical conclusion of the second. If you loathe or fear death, with, or without any religious background than you will spend your entire life in fear! Good luck with that.

    It’s not fun to be confronted with death up close and personal, though I can apreciate the humor in these stories :) Aren’t they just life?

    But if you laugh at any wanton act of violence against innocents than you are in very urgent need of help !

    Great article though ! :P

  38. anonymous

    On September 29, 2007 at 12:13 am

    lol funny bunny, have u heard of the guy who died when he saw naked lady?

  39. bago90

    On September 29, 2007 at 11:54 am

    lol funny bunny, have u heard of the guy who died when he saw naked lady?

  40. Paul

    On September 29, 2007 at 1:33 pm

    I loved the computer’s revenge. Death, as one commenter has already remarked is simply moving from one state of existence to another. But the irony surrounding some deaths does make me wonder. I seem to recall that the guy who invented jogging for health died while he was out jogging. Not sure about that one though.

  41. Darlene McFarlane

    On September 29, 2007 at 2:26 pm

    Like #44 said, some deaths do make you wonder. The doctor who invented the Atkins Diet died two years after he made millions off his book from an over-weight health related illness.

    Good article and interesting facts.

  42. SWATactics

    On September 29, 2007 at 8:50 pm

    Lol, this article is funny.

  43. landmo

    On September 30, 2007 at 4:34 am

    Funny stories maybe, but stories are much as they can be given credit for. most of these sound more like they are based on urban legends or stories as opposed to fact.

  44. Ryan

    On September 30, 2007 at 7:02 pm

    Lol, these are tragic comedy deaths! I thought machinery was supposed to be advanced and follow our every whim! :P

  45. jd

    On September 30, 2007 at 7:36 pm

    unless you’ve got some sources (ANY would be nice), please label this appropriately

    “silly deaths and ironic situations that someone made up. nothing more. go watch SAW if you want a front seat”

  46. Koyin

    On September 30, 2007 at 11:43 pm

    Creepy, Weird, and distrurbing,

    But good job,


  47. Prabin

    On October 1, 2007 at 5:01 am

    I like it very much that writer explain that how the peoble get death beautifully and accidentaly.

  48. untrue

    On October 1, 2007 at 10:14 am

    none of these are true. you can find them all online with the same words you use was not hard for me to find. it could be entertainment for readers you could at least use your own words. this what #36 mean when they say you cheat?

  49. tedifa

    On October 2, 2007 at 2:25 am

    Nice work,i appreciate of your idea.

  50. Mattias

    On October 2, 2007 at 2:03 pm

    There has never been a chess Grandmaster “Gudkov”. Is this supposed to be funny?

  51. Patrick Jacques

    On October 2, 2007 at 7:20 pm

    Please take a look at my redhead

  52. DANI

    On October 3, 2007 at 12:27 am


  53. Onflame

    On October 3, 2007 at 7:18 am

    To comment #52, this article has been widely publicised on the web and it is quite obvious that you’ll find links to it everywhere you search. Besides, the website that published this article, Triond, never allows publication of articles that are already existent on the web. Please do not post such false comments of criticism. They are really discouraging for the writers.

  54. egon kramp

    On October 3, 2007 at 1:50 pm

    how about falling down the stairs while picking your nose, thus dying from ramming your finger into your brain… what a way to go…

  55. To: Write?

    On October 5, 2007 at 5:45 am

    Do you not realize that 2 out of the 3 deaths you “sourced” are the URLs to THIS ARTICLE ITSELF?

    Nice detective work… try again.

  56. omg

    On October 8, 2007 at 7:53 pm

    my gut is busting this is freaking hilarious!

    hit by a lamb leg

    murdered by a robot

    shocked by a computer


  57. Detective

    On October 10, 2007 at 1:56 am

    You just summarized a huge article found in Wikipedia, and that’s not fair for all the writers that work hard on their articles…that’s called plagiarism!!! you cheater!!

  58. Brian H

    On October 10, 2007 at 2:46 am

    Detective –
    I’ve looked through Wiki at the “List_of_unusual_deaths”. Nearly all the articles here don’t appear. The Goodies one is mentioned but the writing is not the same. Surely stories like this are in Folklore and have been mentioned in various forms over the years.
    Surely the Author is allowed to use sources for his/her article?

    Personally I liked the article, although a bit morbid!

  59. Onflame

    On October 11, 2007 at 2:08 pm

    GJ, looks like we’re both going down! :(

  60. drcrazy911

    On October 14, 2007 at 11:38 am

    i love the article thx very interesting

  61. Oh no!

    On October 15, 2007 at 5:22 pm

    Uh oh! My best friend is a vegetarian. Watch out, Maggie!!

  62. gaby7

    On October 16, 2007 at 6:01 am

    Just amazing, hope I dont meet some of those simple deaths myself!

  63. Joe Poniatowski

    On October 17, 2007 at 9:29 am

    Very in-depth and entertaining.

  64. Maria

    On October 18, 2007 at 5:14 pm

    What’s the point?

  65. Speed Limit

    On October 19, 2007 at 7:26 pm

    Great article. One of the best on Triond. Keep it up, buddy.

  66. alexa Gates

    On October 22, 2007 at 9:19 pm

    ha! that was a good laugh.. except that last one was a little gross! great article i know a couple people who’d enjoy this ;)

  67. john

    On October 31, 2007 at 4:27 am

    dr atkins did not die of weight related issues…he slipped on ice and banged his head and never regained consciousness…
    as someone who works in hospital and who encounters death on a daily basis,and who indeed has had two hugs from the grim reaper himself,death is not all that bad…humour is the best way to deal with it…whether your stories are true or not is immaterial…they are funny…

  68. Dee Huff

    On November 4, 2007 at 7:00 am

    The leg of lamb made me laugh! The only thing we can be 100% sure of in life is that eventually we’ll die, and humour is a great way of dealing with all the conflicting emotions associated with that certainty. A great article.

  69. Justice for All

    On January 27, 2008 at 5:27 pm

    Jesus was neither a liberal nor a conservative, as He did not involve Himself in petty politics. Any good Christian knows that. DUH!

  70. Cructicus

    On February 2, 2008 at 8:18 pm

    Liberal simply means generous, as opposed to mean. And Jesus was not mean, and was political, in the broadest sense of the word. And surely God must have a sense of humor, to create in His own image we who have one.

  71. Martin

    On May 8, 2008 at 3:21 pm

    I’m sure I’ve read all these before, in a Fortean Times book of Strange Deaths. Interesting.

  72. bob

    On May 18, 2008 at 6:23 pm

    those are kinda stupid but they are funnier than hell!

  73. Tanya Urbane

    On June 5, 2008 at 3:46 pm

    The one with the fish is just creepy!

  74. Dieter Hentz

    On November 11, 2008 at 12:56 pm

    good funny stories

  75. Benzyl

    On January 30, 2009 at 3:29 pm

    On 24 March 1975 Alex Mitchell, a 50-year-old bricklayer from King’s Lynn died laughing whilst watching an episode of The Goodies (the ecky thump one).

  76. Kaetus

    On November 16, 2009 at 1:52 pm

    lol, funny and tragic. I love it xD

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    On May 9, 2010 at 12:37 am

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