25 Most Unusual Deaths of 21st Century! unusual deaths

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Death is a difficult thing to understand to a lot of us living and we always want it to come as late as possible and as natural as possible. But there are times that death is unusual. Check out the 25 most unusual deaths of 21st century till now (from wiki) -

1) 2001: Bernd-Jürgen Brandes, from Germany, was voluntarily stabbed repeatedly and then partly eaten by Armin Meiwes  (who was later called the Cannibal of Rotenburg).

Brandes had answered an internet advertisement by Meiwes looking for someone for this purpose. Brandes explicitly stated in his will that he wished to be killed and eaten. This inspired the Rammstein Song "Mein Teil" ("My (private) part") and the IT Crowd episode "Moss and the German".

2) 2001: Michael Colombini, a 6-year-old American boy from Croton-on-Hudson, New York, was struck and killed, at Westchester Regional Medical Center, by a 6.5-pound metal oxygen tank when it was pulled into the magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machine while he underwent a test.

He began to experience breathing difficulties while in the MRI and when an anesthesiologist brought a portable oxygen canister into the magnetic field, it was pulled from his hands and struck the boy in the head.

3) 2003: Brian Douglas Wells, an American pizza delivery man in Erie, Pennsylvania, was killed by a time bomb that was fastened around his neck. He was apprehended by the police after robbing a bank, and claimed he had been forced to do it by three people who had put the bomb around his neck and would kill him if he refused.

The bomb later exploded, killing him. In 2007, police alleged Wells was involved in the robbery plot along with two other conspirators.

4) 2003: Dr. Hitoshi Christopher Nikaidoh, a surgeon, was decapitated as he stepped on to an elevator at Christus St. Joseph Hospital in Houston, Texas, USA on August 16, 2003. According to a witness inside the elevator, the elevator doors closed as Nikaidoh entered, trapping his head inside the elevator with the remainder of his body still outside.

His body was later found at the bottom of the elevator shaft while the upper portion of his head, severed just above the lower jaw, was found in the elevator. A subsequent investigation revealed that improper electrical wiring installed by a maintenance company several days earlier had effectively bypassed all of the elevator's safeguards, and thus enabled it to move under any circumstances.

5) 2004: Phillip Quinn, a 24-year-old American from Kent, Washington was killed during an attempt to heat up a lava lamp bulb on his kitchen stove while observing it from a few feet away.

The heat built up pressure in the bulb until it exploded, spraying shards of glass. One pierced his heart, killing him. The circumstances of his death were later repeated and confirmed in a 2006 episode of the popular science television series MythBusters.

6) 2004: Ronald McClagish, from England, died after being trapped inside a cupboard for a week. A wardrobe in the bedroom outside had fallen over, trapping him inside.

In an effort to free himself, McClagish accidentally wrenched a water pipe from the wall and the water gushing from the pipe eventually caused his death from bronchitis. His body was not discovered until two weeks later.

7) 2004: An unidentified Taiwanese woman died of alcohol intoxication after immersion for 12 hours in a bathtub filled with 40% ethanol. Her blood alcohol content was 1.35%.

It was believed that she immersed herself as a response to the ongoing SARS epidemic.

8) 2005: Kenneth "Mr. Hands" Pinyan of Gig Harbor, Washington, U.S. died of acute peritonitis after seeking out and receiving anal intercourse from a stallion, an act he had engaged in previously on numerous occasions without injury. Pinyan delayed his visit to the hospital for several hours out of reluctance to explain the circumstances of his injury to doctors.

The case led to the criminalization of bestiality in Washington state. His story was recounted in the award winning 2007 documentary film Zoo.

9) 2005: Lee Seung Seop, a 28-year-old South Korean, collapsed of fatigue and died after playing the videogame StarCraft online for almost 50 consecutive hours in an Internet cafe.

10) Erika Tomanu, a seven-year-old girl in Saitama, Japan, died when she was sucked 10 metres down the intake pipe of a current pool at a water park. The grille that was meant to cover the inlet came off, yet lifeguards at the pool at the time deemed it safe after issuing a verbal warning to swimmers. It took rescuers more than six hours to remove Tomanu by digging through concrete to access the pipe.

11) 2006: Alexander Litvinenko, a former officer of the Russian State security service, and later a Russian dissident and writer, died after being poisoned with polonium-210 causing acute radiation syndrome.

He is the first known case of deliberate poisoning in this manner.

12) 2007: Jennifer Strange, a 28-year-old American woman from Sacramento, died of water intoxication while trying to win a Nintendo Wii console in a KDND 107.9 "The End" radio station's "Hold Your Wee for a Wii" contest, which involved drinking large quantities of water without urinating.

13) 2007: Kevin Whitrick, a 42-year-old British man, committed suicide by hanging himself live on a webcam during an Internet chat session.

14) 2007: Surinder Singh Bajwa, the Deputy Mayor of Delhi, India, was warding off several Rhesus Macaque monkeys at his home and fell from a first-floor balcony, suffering serious head injuries.

He later died from his injuries.

15) 2008: Abigail Taylor, a 6-year-old American girl, died nine months after several of her internal organs were partially sucked out of her lower body while she sat on an excessively powerful swimming pool drain.

After several months, surgeons replaced her intestines and pancreas with donor organs. She later succumbed to a rare transplant-related cancer.

16) 2008: Gerald Mellin, a U.K. businessman, committed suicide by tying one end of a rope around his neck and the other to a tree.

He then went into his Aston Martin DB7 and drove down a main road in Swansea until the rope decapitated him. He supposedly did this as an act of revenge against his ex-wife for leaving him.

17) 2008: David Phyall, 58, the last resident in a block of flats due to be demolished in Bishopstoke, near Southampton, Hampshire, England, cut his own head off with a chainsaw to highlight the injustice of being forced to move out.

18) 2008: James Mason, 73, of Chardon, Ohio, died of heart failure after his wife exercised him to death in a public swimming pool. Christine Newton-John, 41, was seen on video tape pulling Mason around the pool and preventing him from getting out of the water 43 times.

19) 2008: Nordin Montong, 32, a janitor at the Singapore Zoo, committed suicide by entering an enclosure containing white tigers and provoking them with brooms and a pail.

Three of the tigers pounced on him, dragging him by the neck to the back of their enclosure. He was pronounced dead by paramedics at the scene.

20) 2009: Jonathan Campos, an American sailor charged with murder, killed himself in his Camp Pendleton, San Diego, California, cell by stuffing toilet paper in his mouth until he asphyxiated.

21) 2009: Sergey Tuganov, a 28-year-old Russian, bet two women that he could continuously have sex with them both for twelve hours.

Several minutes after winning the $4,300 bet, he suffered a heart attack and died, apparently because of having ingested an entire bottle of Viagra just after accepting the bet.

22) 2009: Taylor Mitchell, a Canadian folk singer, was attacked and killed by two coyotes, only the second recorded human fatality from a coyote attack.

23) 2009: Vladimir Likhonos, a Ukrainian student, died after accidentally dipping a piece of homemade chewing gum into explosives he was using on another project.

He mistook the jar of explosive for citric acid, which was also on his desk. The gum exploded, blowing off his jaw and most of the lower part of his face.

24) 2009: Kim Sa-rang, a 3-month-old Korean girl, died from malnutrition after both her parents spent hours each day in an internet cafe raising a virtual child on an online game, Prius Online.

25) 2010: Jacquelyn Kotarac, 49, a physician (internist) from Bakersfield, California, was found dead in her boyfriend's chimney. She had been trying to break in through the chimney and died of asphyxiation.

The body was found after a house sitter noticed an odor and fluids coming from the chimney.

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Comment by
October 13, 2010 at 17:54

that's an interesting list, but please, in the future, start the post with the last place, and then proceed towards the first place, because if your post starts with numer 1 then there's no point in reading the rest of the list...at least for me, it kills off the anticipation of seeing how messed up no 1 is. Thanks

Comment by
Dennis Sweatt
October 13, 2010 at 18:03

I have such a boring life. Death by white tiger, that's almost cool. Except for the dying.


Comment by
October 13, 2010 at 18:08

I don't know, anon ... I don't think this list has any real order to it. It seems like a numbered list of items. I can't say that #1 is any worse than #25 or any other number. They are all on par, they all die in the end, and all seem equally funny ... except for a few odd ones. My personal favorite is #23 ... but, thats just me.

Comment by
October 13, 2010 at 18:30

Was it ranked? Though I agree 1 sounds the most messed up but definitely not the most unusual.

21 is awesome too :)

Comment by
October 13, 2010 at 18:35

They are sorted by year. Would you prefer to start on 2010 and go back?

Comment by
October 13, 2010 at 21:57

Wow, why not just link to the wikipedia article that you ganked this from?

Comment by
October 13, 2010 at 22:58

Great artilce!

Blatant - the publisher did put a link - wikipedia is sans the pictures and has more.


Comment by
October 19, 2010 at 18:02

Copying directly from wikipedia is so ethical and creative!

Comment by
October 30, 2010 at 17:07

#8 should be #1. Thats just discusting!

Comment by
November 4, 2010 at 16:44

cant you people tell this is in chronological order? tards look at the dates

Comment by
Movie Trailers
November 8, 2010 at 06:50

The 3 month old poor baby had a terrible death. Damn

Comment by
November 8, 2010 at 08:20

that poor little girl on #15 :( and the boy whos parents played a game instead!?!?! those poor children!

Comment by
November 8, 2010 at 19:57

Number 25 was my stepmom's doctor and we were actually a few blocks away from where it happened.

Comment by
November 9, 2010 at 22:28

No Killdozer?


Comment by
November 13, 2010 at 00:50

"that's an interesting list, but please, in the future, start the post with the last place, and then proceed towards the first place, because if your post starts with numer 1 then there's no point in reading the rest of the list...at least for me, it kills off the anticipation of seeing how messed up no 1 is. Thanks"


i disagree

Comment by
November 18, 2010 at 19:26

I think you should have included the walmart employee who was trampled to death. much more unusual then a cyote attack, or suicide.

Comment by
joe blow
November 19, 2010 at 02:15

Complete bullshit. Watch "1000 Ways to Die" on Spike TV. It's bullshit too but at least they take the time to make it interesting.



Comment by
November 19, 2010 at 04:41

Hey joe blow, how about you STFU. Do a google search and you will the actual articles for these deaths. I know for a fact the dude that blew his jaw of chewing gum and the kid being killed by the oxygen tank are real.

Comment by
November 19, 2010 at 13:31

There's some pretty good evidence that those Chinese or Korean "death from gaming" stories you hear every once in a while are complete fabrications.  No outside news agencies are able to find records the people named even existed in the first place.

Comment by
November 19, 2010 at 21:44

The Abigal Taylor death happened in Minnesota, where I live.. It is the reason I do not believe in God.

Comment by
November 26, 2010 at 17:31

I live a half hour away from coyote lady

Comment by
November 26, 2010 at 20:56

 Those peaple that died,I'm so sorry.Some of these peaple had a hard hard death.

Comment by
November 27, 2010 at 10:34

how about being trapped in a cupboard or wardrobe (whatever) and dying slowly over a weeks time? your body slowlly wasting into an emaciated ,feeble shell as u are isolated from everything except your own cries of hunger and despair and the excrement and filth you are stewing in! its for damn sure that wardrobe wasnt some ikea p.o.s. cause even the 3month old could've busted one of those apart.

Comment by
Marion Friedenthal
November 29, 2010 at 07:51

Have you read the Darwin Awards?  Equally weird and whacky deaths...

Comment by
November 30, 2010 at 15:50

number 21's the man. and my hero. if i had my choice of how id die it'd be in some pus beatin. ha haaa

Comment by
December 8, 2010 at 10:06

I think I saw this somewhere in wikipedia

Comment by
December 8, 2010 at 20:23

1.35% blood alcohol? impossible

that means 135% of her blood is alcohol.

try again.

Comment by
December 12, 2010 at 12:06

There's some pretty good evidence that those Chinese or Korean "death from gaming" stories you hear every once in a while are complete fabrications.  No outside news agencies are able to find records the people named even existed in the first place.



shut up. you're ruining freedom for the rest of us.

Comment by
December 13, 2010 at 01:46

The list is in chronological order.

Comment by
Jim March
December 13, 2010 at 13:29

Krikey, mate, I think ya missed one, and it was a beaut of a stingray!

Comment by
December 13, 2010 at 19:32

Number 3 inspired a Bones episode, in wich the death of a Santa forced to rob a bank was the main plot of the episode

Comment by
December 15, 2010 at 06:54

I like turtles...

Comment by
December 15, 2010 at 06:56

These comments are fcukin' killin' me...

Comment by
December 15, 2010 at 16:01

huge huge respect to the woman in no.12 fookin determination or what

Comment by
December 16, 2010 at 13:56

Sort it any way you like, very interesting list.

Comment by
December 16, 2010 at 13:59

"1.35% blood alcohol? impossible

that means 135% of her blood is alcohol."

No it doesn't...it means 1.35% of her blood was alcohol.

Comment by
Sean Tracy
December 17, 2010 at 21:42

Damn. I'm sorry for all those people. And yeah... whoever said 1.35% blood/alcohol level means 135%, you're a fucking Moron. It fucking says 1.35%. The legal limit for intoxication is 0.8%, which can be aquired after a few drinks. Does that mean after like... 4 beers, 80% of your body is alcohol rather than blood? Haha. idiot.

Comment by
December 18, 2010 at 00:38

"The legal limit for intoxication is 0.8%, which can be aquired after a few drinks. Does that mean after like... 4 beers, 80% of your body is alcohol rather than blood? Haha. idiot." 


0.08% good try though. How about thinking twice before calling someone an idiot?

Comment by
December 18, 2010 at 00:47

my cousin was the landlord for #25.  he told me this story, and said he lost a good tenant.  she always paid on time.

Comment by
December 18, 2010 at 12:36

#9 is my hero.

Comment by
December 19, 2010 at 02:39

The title:  "25 most unusual deaths of the 21st Century" clearly indicates they're not in order of grossness, but are from 2000 til 2010.  It's by date, not by grossness.  sheesh

Comment by
December 19, 2010 at 09:13

Pay attention people, the list is in chronological order.  They have the dates at the beginning of each post.  

Comment by
December 19, 2010 at 14:05

Taylor Mitchell went to my high school, im in grade ten and she was killed i was in grade 9, shewas in grade 11. It's weird i found this on stumble upon and actually know a girl on this list. :S esa.

Comment by
December 20, 2010 at 04:41

Some of these seem so far fetched not to be true but I have Googled them and sure enough all these people died a described here.

Comment by
January 7, 2011 at 13:38

it goes in date idiots

Comment by
January 13, 2011 at 02:59

One that got no publicity but happened in 2010 ...

A plastic surgeon in Decatur, Illinois died while performing liposuction on herself with no one else present.

Comment by
January 16, 2011 at 22:35

I knew and went to highschool with 22.Always thought she would "make the charts", except based on her [ex] musical career.

WIN Stumble for bad memories.

(she shouldn't have been going up to the damn things trying to feed them and sht)

Comment by
January 17, 2011 at 22:52

#24 Makes me want to punch those parents in the face, repeatedly...

Comment by
January 20, 2011 at 09:25

Wrong picture.

The person in the picture 9) Lee Seung Seop

is actually "Lee Seung Hwan" who is a famous Korean singer and definitely ALIVE !!

Comment by
January 28, 2011 at 23:28

Sure a lot of stupid people on this planet.

Comment by
January 31, 2011 at 17:13

Great web site! I am realy happy stumbling upon it!  http://www.lopar-sanmarino.com/en/

Comment by
February 1, 2011 at 23:07

#3 still pisses me off to this very day. They had nearly 0 evidence of what actually happened with that guy, yet they insist that he was 100% in on it. They just wanted to feel better about getting that poor bastard blown away and not have to answer for not knowing how to deal with that situation at all. That's dumbshit cops for you. Make this guy look like a criminal without knowing anything after he just got blown up. Some brave, upstanding citizens, huh?

Comment by
February 18, 2011 at 00:19

OH MY GOD! #25! I knew that woman! Seriously, she was my mom's doctor. She actually perscribed me some cream for a sprained hand one time.

Comment by
Rasheed Duncan
February 24, 2011 at 17:40

All of these unusual deaths are going to end up on spike tv's "1000 ways to die show"

Comment by
March 12, 2011 at 08:57

Yes, there are lot of stupid people on this planet

Comment by
Boopsi Lusciola Zornelious
April 30, 2011 at 15:21

Jajajajajajajaajajajajajajajajajajajajajajaja 135% of her body WAS ALCOHOL??? JAJAJAJA FUNNY

Comment by
May 18, 2011 at 10:34

Hey I'm from gig harbor and the kenneth pinyan horse case DID NOT happen there. try enumclaw, wa.....

Comment by
May 19, 2011 at 13:25

Hello. What better http://google.com or http://yahoo.com ?

Comment by
June 3, 2011 at 18:05

Definitely entertaining, but I would have enjoyed more without the ones of children, those are just tragic, and if I were the parent of one of those children I'd be pretty upset to see their story on a list like this (esp. with a picture.)  Though I assume the parents of #24 probably wouldn't care too much :/

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