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List of unusual deaths in the 21st century

Posted by ILL Natured_gr on September 18, 2007

List of unusual deaths in the 21st century

2001: Bernd-Jürgen Brandes was stabbed repeatedly in the neck and then eaten by Armin Meiwes. Before the killing, both men dined on Brandes’ severed penis. 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 is referred to in the song “Mein Teil” (“My Part”) by German NDH band Rammstein.

2002: Richard Sumner, a British artist suffering from schizophrenia, disappeared and was not located again until three years later when his skeleton was discovered handcuffed to a tree in a remote forest in Wales. Police investigators determined the death was a suicide, with Sumner securing himself in the handcuffs and throwing the keys out of reach.

2003: Brian Wells, a pizza delivery man, was killed by a time bomb which 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.

2003: Brandon Vedas died of a drug overdose while engaged in an Internet chat, as shown on his webcam.

2003: Timothy Treadwell, an American environmentalist who had lived in the wilderness among bears for thirteen summers in a remote region in Alaska, was killed and partially consumed by a bear, along with his girlfriend Amie Huguenard. The incident is described in Werner Herzog’s documentary film Grizzly Man.

2004: Bobbi McKennon, a 16 year old teenager from Maryland was killed while imitating a stunt from MTV’s Jackass. McKennon was on a Merry-go-round while one of her friends wrapped a rope around it and had it attached to a pickup truck, causing it to spin rapidly but McKennon lost her grip and was thrown into the street, she later died from her injuries.

2005: Kenneth Pinyan of Seattle died of acute peritonitis after submitting to anal intercourse with a stallion in the town of Enumclaw, Washington. Pinyan had done this before, and he delayed his visit to the hospital for several hours out of reluctance for official cognizance. The case led to the criminalization of bestiality in Washington. His story was recounted in the 2007 documentary film Zoo.

2005: 28-year-old South Korean, Lee Seung Seop, collapsed of fatigue and died after playing Starcraft for almost 50 consecutive hours in an Internet cafe.

2006: Steve Irwin, a television personality and naturalist known as The Crocodile Hunter, died when his heart was impaled by a short-tail stingray barb while filming a documentary entitled “Ocean’s Deadliest” in Queensland’s Great Barrier Reef. Ironically, the stingray was not the creature being filmed. It was deemed “not dangerous enough” to be featured in the documentary.

2006: Alexander Litvinenko, a former FSB operative and Russian expatriate who had been investigating the murder of Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya, was intentionally poisoned with polonium-210, an extremely rare radioactive metalloid.

2006: Cheryl Sarate, a 16 year old student in the Philippines, died of severe burns suffered when her costume caught fire during a college beauty pageant.

2006: Mariesa Weber, a 5’3″ Florida woman, fell behind a 6′ tall bookcase in her family’s home and suffocated. She was not discovered for 11 days; her family thought she had been kidnapped.

2006: Ohtaj Humbat ohli Makhmudov a 45 year old Azerbaijani man lowered himself by a rope into a lion enclosure at the Kyiv zoo and shouted to horrified zoo visitors, “God will save me, if he exists!” Moments later a lioness pounced on him, severing his carotid artery, killing him instantly.

2007: Jennifer Strange, a 28-year-old woman from Sacramento, died of water intoxication while trying to win a 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. She placed second in the contest.

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

2007: A naked man and woman in Columbia, South Carolina, died after falling off the roof of a local restaurant during, apparently, a sexual encounter. Their bodies were found by a cab driver.

2007: An Australian woman was killed after her pet camel attempted to have sex with her.

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