There is a disease called “Sudden unexpected death syndrome” where the heart of a seemingly healthy adult just stops for no reason. It mostly affects young men in select Southeast Asian countries.
In 2008 a Brazilian priest, as part of a fundraiser, strapped 1000 balloons to a lawn chair and sent himself up. Weeks later, he was found dead at sea, earning him a Darwin Award.
Dennis Wilson, the only member of the Beach Boys who could actually surf, died by drowning.
A man died while cleaning machinery with gasoline, which dripped onto a rat that was running across the floor. The rat’s gasoline-coated fur ignited when it ran beneath a heater with a pilot light, causing an explosion that killed the worker – a story of negligence now taught in law schools.
Upon his death, TV star Jack Benny’s widow, Mary, received a red rose. After several days, with another rose delivered each day, Mary called to find out who was sending them. The florist told her that Benny made arrangements for a rose to be sent to her every day for the rest of her life.
Aldous Huxley, famous writer of ‘Brave New World’ asked for LSD in his deathbed, to which his wife complied. He died hallucinating.
Even in today’s sitcoms, a large percentage of the people in the laugh-track have since passed away. Meaning that we watch comedies marked by the laughter of dead people.
In 1923, Jockey Frank Hayes had a heart attack and died in the middle of a race. His horse won the race while Hayes’ body remained in the saddle, making him the first and only jockey to win a race after death. Apparently, he had never won a race before.
Marathon runner Francisco Lázaro was the first athlete to die at an Olympic event. He collapsed after 30km, having covered large parts of his body with wax to avoid sunburn, which prevented him from sweating.