A 14-year-old North Korean schoolgirl drowned while attempting to rescue portraits of Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il from a flood.
“Ramsey Effect” states that almost every time soccer player Aaron Ramsey scores a goal someone famous dies within a few days. “Victims” of this include Osama Bin Laden, Whitney Houston, David Bowie, and most recently, Nancy Reagan.
One of the hikers who found “Ötzi,” a 5000 year old mummy buried in ice in the Alps, was found dead, buried in ice, after a hiking accident in 2004. He is one of 7 people linked to the mummy to have died within the same year.
Only one NFL player has died on the field: Chuck Hughes in 1971. The game continued with a silent crowd.
Famous personal trainer/body builder Greg Plitt died earlier this year while filming a commercial for ‘No Fear’ energy drinks. He reportedly assumed a runner’s stance on the tracks as the train approached, and attempted to out-sprint the speeding train to show the effectiveness of the drink.
Leroy Irwin, a 92-year-old farmer living in Allegan, Michigan, decided to have the dates of his life carved on his gravestone before he died, because (having no children) he wasn’t sure who would pay to do it after he died. He carved the dates 1856-1950, but it turned out he was a little too optimistic. He died in November 1949, seven weeks shy of reaching 1950. The incorrect date wasn’t changed. Leroy Irwin’s grave (with the wrong date) remains standing in Hudson Corners Cemetery.
The first person to jump off the Brooklyn Bridge was a professional high diver who “wanted to demonstrate that people did not die simply from falling through the air, thus encouraging people to be willing to jump from a burning building into a net.” He proved himself correct by falling 135 feet safely through the air, only dying when he hit the water.
Beverly Eckert died in the crash of Flight 3407 while on her way to award a scholarship in honor of her husband, who was killed in the events of 9/11.
In 1984, British comedian Tommy Cooper had a heart attack and died on live television. The audience all assumed it was part of his act and laughed/applauded during his final moments.