If you are given the chance to choose which way you should die, which one will you choose- death by a shot to the head or a shot to the heart?
This article provides a list of unusual deaths – unique, or extremely rare circumstances recorded throughout history. The list also includes less rare, but still unusual, deaths of prominent people.
1. William Wallace
Sir William Wallace (1272 or 1273 – 23 August 1305) was a Scottish knight and landowner who became one of the main leaders during the Wars of Scottish Independence. In 1297, he defeated an English Army at the Battle of Stirling Bridge and was dubbed the Guardian of Scotland. He was defeated by the English Army at the Battle of Falkirk. In 1305, he was captured and was handed to Edward I of England and he was ordered to be hanged, drawn and quartered. He was fastened to a wooden hurdle and drawn by horse to the place of execution, where he was hanged (almost to the point of death), emasculated, disemboweled, beheaded and quartered (chopped into four pieces). His remains were displayed in prominent places across the country.
2. Marcus Licinius Crassus
In 53 BCE, Marcus Licinius Crassus, a Roman general and consul, was reported to have been put to death, by the Parthians after losing the battle of Carrhae, by being forced to drink a goblet of molten gold, symbolic of his great wealth.
3. King Pyrrhus of Epirus
In 272 BCE, Pyrrhus of Epirus, conqueror and the source of the term “pyrrhic victory”, died while fighting an urban battle in Argos when an old woman threw a roof tile at him, stunning him and allowing an Argive soldier to kill him. He was a cousin of Alexander the Great.
4. Edward II of England
In 1327 CE, Edward II of England, after being deposed and imprisoned by his Queen consort Isabella and her lover Roger Mortimer, was rumored to have been murdered by having a red-hot iron inserted into his anus. That’s such an absurd way to die.
5. King Martin of Aragon
King Martin of Aragon (1336 – 1410) died of unusual way. He died from a combination of indigestion and uncontrollable laughter in 1410 CE. He was called the Elder, the Humane and the Ecclesiastic.
6. Bela I of Hungary
In 1063 CE, Bela I of Hungary, called the Champion or the Bison, died when his throne’s canopy collapsed upon him. He was king from 1060 until his death.
7. George Plantagenet
In 1478 CE, George Plantagenet, Duke of Clarence, was executed by drowning in a barrel of Malmsey wine at his own request. What an obscure way to die.
8. Gyorgy Dozsa
In 1514 CE, Gyorgy Dozsa, Szekely man-at-arms and peasants’ revolt leader in Hungary met his death at the most unusual and peculiar way. He was condemned to sit on a red-hot iron throne with a red-hot iron crown on his head and a red-hot scepter in his hand (mocking at his ambition to be king), by Hungarian landed nobility in Transylvania. While Dózsa was still alive, he was set upon and his partially roasted body was eaten by six of his fellow rebels, who had been starved for a week beforehand.
9. Adolf Frederick
Don’t eat too much, it kills. In 1771 CE, Adolf Frederick, King of Sweden, died of digestion problems on February 12, 1771 after having consumed a meal of lobster, caviar, sauerkraut, smoked herring and champagne, topped off with 14 servings of his favorite dessert: semla served in a bowl of hot milk. He is thus remembered by Swedish schoolchildren as “the king who ate himself to death
10. Sigurd the Mighty
Sigurd Eysteinsson (aka Sigurd the Mighty, ruled circa 875–892) was the second Viking Earl of Orkney. He was a leader in the Viking conquest of Northern Scotland. Bizarrely, he was killed by the severed head of one his enemies, Mael Brigte. Sigurd strapped Máel Brigte’s head to his saddle as a trophy of conquest, and as he rode, Máel Brigte’s teeth grazed against Sigurd’s leg. The wound became infected and Sigurd died in 892 CE.