William Snyder William Snyder, a year-old, died when a circus clown swung him around by his heels. His client was cleared. Aftermath of The Great Molasses Flood s[ edit ] An unnamed person was beaten to death with a Bible during a healing ceremony gone wrong in Honolulu. Topsy the elephant was executed by poisoning, electrocution, and strangulation. A second film of the electrocution was recorded and preserved. It may have been the first time death was ever captured in a motion picture film.
The day after Mary , a five-ton cow elephant, killed a trainer for the Sparks World Famous Shows circus in Sullivan County , Tennessee, she was hanged by the neck from a railcar-mounted industrial crane. A large storage tank burst in Boston's North End , releasing a wave of molasses which killed 21 people and injured This event was later dubbed the Great Molasses Flood. George Herbert, 5th Earl of Carnarvon , who financed Howard Carter 's search for Tutankhamun , died after a mosquito bite, which he had cut while shaving, became infected.
Some attributed his death to the so-called curse of the pharaohs. Bobby Leach, an American stunt performer, died after a botched amputation of the infected leg which he had broken after slipping on an orange peel. While Phillip McClean, 16, and his brother were clubbing a cassowary on the family property in Mossman, Queensland ,  the bird knocked him down, kicked him in the neck, and opened a large cut, killing McClean instantly.
Isadora Duncan , a dancer, broke her neck when her long scarf caught on the wheel of a car in which she was a passenger. William Kogut, an inmate of San Quentin State Prison , committed suicide by a self-made pipe bomb filled with torn bits of playing cards. Kogut made the pipe from a hollow steel leg from his bed and filled it with torn cards and water. Sherwood Anderson , an American novelist and short story writer, died from peritonitis brought on by an accidentally swallowed toothpick, which had damaged his internal organs.
Mary Hardy Reeser , 67, was found "virtually cremated " in her otherwise relatively unharmed apartment in St. Petersburg , Florida, leaving a left foot in an undamaged black satin slipper, a shrunken portion of her skull and part of her spine. The FBI report at the time stated that she had apparently fallen asleep while smoking, setting fire to her acetate nightgown, housecoat, and chair.
Gareth Jones , an actor, died of a heart attack between scenes of a live television play, Underground. Coincidentally, Jones's character was supposed to die of a heart attack in a later scene of the play. Army specialists John A. Legg were killed by a water hammer explosion during maintenance on the SL-1 nuclear reactor in Idaho. Nick Piantanida , a skydiver, died four months after an attempt to break the record for the highest parachute jump; his suit had depressurized causing brain damage.
Georgy Dobrovolsky , Vladislav Volkov and Viktor Patsayev , Soviet cosmonauts, died when their Soyuz spacecraft depressurized during preparations for re-entry. These are the only known human deaths outside the Earth's atmosphere. Basil Brown, a year-old health food advocate from Croydon , England, died from liver damage after he consumed 70 million units of Vitamin A and around 10 gallons 38 litres of carrot juice over ten days, turning his skin bright yellow.
After watching the " Kung Fu Kapers " episode of The Goodies , a man named Alex Mitchell laughed continuously for 25 minutes and then fell dead on his sofa from heart failure. Tina Christopherson died when she fanatically drank 4 gallons 15 litres of water a day to combat stomach cancer. Robert Williams , a worker at a Ford Motor Co. Tennessee Williams , an American playwright, died after accidentally choking on a plastic bottle cap which he was using to ingest barbiturates.
Truls Hellevik, a diver, exploded into many small parts when accidentally exposed to an eight- atmosphere change in air pressure. Dick Wertheim , a tennis linesman, died after a ball struck him in the groin and he fell out of his chair. Jimmy Ferrozzo, a bouncer, died in Condor Club , San Francisco while engaging in sexual intercourse with his girlfriend Theresa Hill on a grand piano that was lowered from the ceiling by a hydraulic motor.
Ferrozzo accidentally activated the lifting mechanism which pinned him against the ceiling leading to his suffocation. A male flight instructor and a female student were killed when the Piper PA Seneca airplane they were flying crashed, believed to have been caused by the two people having sex in the cockpit of the plane. Brandon Lee , year-old film actor, martial artist, and son of Bruce Lee , was accidentally shot to death by co-star Michael Massee while filming a scene for The Crow , as the result of an improperly-loaded prop gun.
Garry Hoy , a lawyer in Toronto , Ontario, fell to his death from the 24th floor of the Toronto-Dominion Centre while demonstrating to a group of visitors that the building's windows were "unbreakable". Hoy threw himself against the glass, which indeed did not break; rather, the window popped out of its frame.
Gloria Ramirez , 31, died from kidney failure related to her cervical cancer. While treating her, several of the hospital staff became ill, suffering from loss of consciousness, shortness of breath and muscle spasms. Shortly before dying, Ramirez was allegedly covered with an oily sheen, which smelled of fruit and garlic.
When drawing her blood with a syringe, nurses noticed it had a smell similar to ammonia and there were unusual particles floating in it. Jeremy Brenno, 16, was killed on a golf course when, frustrated, he struck a bench with a 3-wood golf club.
The shaft broke, bounced back at him, and pierced his heart. Race driver Russell Phillips was killed when his vehicle was forced onto its side, the roof pressed against the fence separating the track from the stands. The cabin of the vehicle, and Phillips' body inside it, were grated away, so that body parts and metal debris littered the track.
The race was completed after a cleanup. Karen Wetterhahn , a professor of chemistry at Dartmouth College , died ten months after a few drops of dimethylmercury landed on her protective gloves. Although Wetterhahn had been following the required procedures, the material permeated the gloves and her skin within seconds. Jonathan Capewell, 16, died from a heart attack brought on by the buildup of butane and propane in the blood after excessive use of deodorant sprays.
Kemistry , a drum and bass DJ, died after a cat's eye road safety device , dislodged by a preceding vehicle, flew through the windscreen of a car in which she was a passenger and struck her in the head. Jon Desborough, a PE teacher, died after falling onto the blunt end of a javelin , which then passed through his eye socket and into his brain.
Bernd Brandes , a German engineer from Berlin, was willingly slaughtered so that he could be butchered and eaten by aspiring cannibal Armin Meiwes. Brandes had responded to an internet advertisement which Meiwes had placed for this purpose. In prison, Meiwes became a vegetarian. Peter Robinson slipped on ice and drowned in his cat's water bowl.
Brian Douglas Wells , a pizza delivery man from Erie, Pennsylvania , was killed by an explosive collar around his neck. Phillip Quinn, 24, from Kent , Washington, was killed when a lava lamp he was heating on a stove exploded, with a shard piercing his heart. Kenneth Pinyan died from injuries caused by anal sex with a stallion. Humberto Hernandez, a year-old Oakland , California resident, was killed after being struck in the face by an airborne fire hydrant while walking.
A passing car had struck the fire hydrant and the water pressure shot the hydrant at Hernandez with enough force to kill him. The ray also died. David Phyall, 50, the last resident in a block of flats due to be demolished in Bishopstoke , near Southampton , Hampshire , England, decapitated himself with a chainsaw to highlight the injustice of being forced to move out.
A year-old Irish mother of four died of an allergic reaction after having sex with a German Shepherd dog. Mike Edwards , 62, cellist and a founding member of the band Electric Light Orchestra , died when a large round bale of hay rolled down a hill and collided with the van he was driving. Jimi Heselden , 62, owner of Segway Inc. Jose Luis Ochoa, 35, died after being stabbed in the leg at an illegal cockfight in Tulare County, California , by a bird with a knife-like spur strapped to its leg.
Edward Archbold, 32, of West Palm Beach , Florida, choked on "arthropod body parts" during a cockroach-eating contest.