Sometimes I find it as interesting how someone died, as how they lived. Often there is a connection between the two; other times their deaths are rather bizarre. I have a curious mind about such things: Sometimes it's just morbid interest.
Charles Brooks, Jr.
1982; first criminal in United States to be executed by lethal injection.
Attila the Hun
453 AD; bled to death on his wedding night from a nosebleed.
Tennessee Williams - writer
1983; choked to death on a nose spray bottle cap that accidentally dropped into his mouth while he was using the spray.
Al Capone ; Chicago gangster
1947; died of syphilis.
Raymond Johnson Chapman - Cleveland Indian’s baseball player
1920; died after being struck in head by baseball pitch. He is the only player ever killed as result of major league baseball game. * I looked for another death as a result of a baseball game, but had no luck. If anyone can find someone else, please feel free to post it.
Velma (Margie) Barfield
1984; first woman executed in United States since restoration of death penalty in 1967. She had been convicted of poisoning her fiancé.
Calamity Jane (Martha Jane Canary)
1903; died of pneumonia following a bout of heavy drinking.
Kelton Rena Turner
1975; was the last American soldier killed in the Vietnam War.
1865; executed for being a conspirator in the Lincoln assassination. She was the first woman executed by the United States government. She was hung on July 7, 1865.
Keith Relf - musician (The Yardbirds)
1976 ; was electrocuted while playing guitar in the bathtub.
Thomas A. Selfridge
1908; first mortality in an airplane crash. He was the passenger when Wilbur Wright crashed a U.S. War Department test plane.
George S. Patton (General)
1945; died of a broken his neck due to a car accident. * There is a conflict on various websites regarding the actual cause of death. It is agreed that the auto accident caused his broken neck; however, wiki states that his cause of death was a pulmonary embolism which followed his paralyzing injury.
Jim Morrison - musician (the Doors)
1971; died of a heart attack while in the bathtub. * I went to college in Texas with “Andy Morrison” who said he was Jim’s younger brother. Andy was a bit older than me, and it was in 1972 that I met Andy. He told a group of us in our dorm that Jim was actually taking a cold shower after taking drugs, and had a heart attack. There were so many rumors [at the time] of how Morrison died, and he wanted people to know what really happened.
Rebecca Rolfe (Pocahontas)
1617; died of smallpox in London, England.
Kenneth Pinyan ( Boeing Engineer)
2005; died of a perforated colon received during a videotaped sex act with a full sized stallion. His death prompted the passing of a bill in Washington State prohibiting both sex with animals and the videotaping of the same. (July 2, 2005) * It is noted (wiki) that Pinyan engaged in “receptive” anal sex with a full grown stallion. Pinyan distributed the video tapes under the pseudonym “Mr. Hands.”
1826; died from dysentery. He died on the 50th anniversary of signing of Declaration of Independence, and the same day as John Adams.
William Henry Harrison
1841; was the first United States President to die in office.
Marie Curie (Madame Marie Curie) Chemist; discovered Radium
1934; died from leukemia, caused by exposure to radiation.
1900; died of cerebral meningitis. On November 30, 1900, his last words were recorded to be: “Either that wallpaper goes, or I do.”
There are plenty more to read about. Happy Weekend.
Wiki Answers; Wiki.com