19 Of The Most Bizarre And WTF Deaths In History

Saint Lawrence

The deacon Saint Lawrence was roasted alive on a giant grill during the persecution of Valerian. Onlookers said that he joked with his tormentors by yelling out, “Turn me over -— I’m done on this side!” He is now the patron saint of cooks, chefs, and comedians.

Truls Hellevik

After being exposed to an eight-atmosphere change in air pressure, scuba diver Truls Hellevik exploded into many small parts and had his body forced through a 24-inch opening.

John of Bohemia

Despite being completely blind, John of Bohemia was convinced by his companions to let them tie his horse’s reigns to their own and lead him into battle. He was subsequently slaughtered in the ensuing fight.

Gareth Jones

British actor Gareth Jones died of a heart attack in between scenes of a live television play. Curiously enough, the show was named ‘Underground,’ and Jones was supposed to die of a heart attack in a later scene of the play.

Empedocles of Akragas

Believing he was a divine being and extremely willing to prove that point, Empedocles died after jumping into a volcano to prove he was an immortal god.

Eleazar Avaran

During the heat of battle, Eleazar thrust his spear into the belly of an enemy king’s war elephant. The elephant subsequently fell on top of him, killing him instantly.

Phillip Quinn

Kent, Washington native Phillip Quinn was killed by his lava lamp when it heated up to an unsustainable level and exploded. A shard of the glass hit his neck and he promptly bled out.

George Plantagenet, Duke of Clarence

George Plantagenet, 1st Duke of Clarence, was allegedly executed by drowning in a barrel of Malmsey wine… at his own request.

George Herbert, 5th Earl of Carnarvon

George Herbert died after a mosquito bite he cut while shaving became infected. While dying from an infected cut isn’t that bizarre, Herbert’s death-by-mosquito becomes curiously ominous when you learn he was a primary backer for Howard Carter’s search for Tutankhamun — a ‘cursed’ excavation which had many members affiliated die under mysterious circumstances.

David Grundman

While visiting Lake Pleasent, Arizona, David Grundman shot a large cactus with a shotgun and was crushed to death when a large piece fell on him.


During the fifth century lived a Sicilian lawmaker by the name of Charondas. Of the many laws he issued into effect, one of them stated that anyone caught with a weapon inside the Assembly would be punished with death. All was fine until one day, Charondas came back from hunting on the countryside and left a knife attached to his belt. Once caught, he promptly committed suicide.

Carl Beaford Terry and Linda Keath

Flight instructor Carl Terry and his female student Linda Keath were killed in an airplane crash that was believed to be caused by them having sex in the cockpit. The erratic plane movement suggests that the stick was forced and held down, resulting in the right wing breaking.


The Greek philosopher Heraclitus met his maker after he was eaten by a pack of ravenous dogs. To make matters just a tad less enjoyable, he was also covered in cow manure during the attack, believing it would cure his dropsy.

Chrysippus of Soli

After watching a drunk donkey eat all of his figs, Chrysippus died from having laughed too much.

Carl Wilhelm Scheele

Carl Wilhelm Scheele was a brilliant Swedish chemist who had an unwise habit of tasting all the chemicals he discovered. He died in 1786 as a result of his exposure to lead, hydrofluoric acid, arsenic and various other poisons.

Agathocles of Syracuse

Agathocles, a Greek tyrant of Syracuse, was murdered by a poisoned toothpick.

Sigurd the Mighty of Orkney

After defeating a foe by the name of Máel Brigte the Bucktoothed, Sigurd the Mighty beheaded the man and strapped his head to his horse. At some point during the ride home, Brigte’s bucktooth punctured Sigurd’s leg and caused a fatal infection.

Queen Sunanda Kumariratana of Siam

After issuing a decree that no subjects dare could touch her, Queen Sunanda died while drowning. There were many witnesses present, but no one knew what to do and ultimately didn’t act on saving her.

Brandon Lee

Actor and son of Bruce Lee, Brandon Lee, was fatally shot in the heart when a prop-gun on set was improperly loaded.

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