There are two things in life that are unavoidable; death and taxes. Both are things in life that we cannot predict or dodge. Death on the other hand is the second most feared thing in the world, with public speaking topping the list. Almost everyone on this planet fears it in some capacity and the topic is not something that we should take lightly. Sometimes people die in some unusual way that makes you wonder if the grim reaper has a bleak sense of humor. We have collected 10 such tragedies, where life threw a flaming cannonball of unfortunateness. Here are the top 10 people who died in the most ridiculous ways.
#1. Mel Ignatow: Died the same way he murdered his girlfriend.
On September 23, 1988, Mel Ignatow, along with his accomplice Mary Ann Shore, blindfolded, gagged and murdered Brenda Sue Schaeffer on a glass coffee table. Ignatow and Schaeffer had been in a relationship for almost two years at the time of the murder. However, Ignatow was acquitted of the case and set free. Six months after his acquittal, he was arrested on a perjury charge and served five years of an eight year sentence. After being released from prison in December 2006, Ignatow returned to Louisville where he continued his life.
On September 1, 2008, Ignatow was found dead in his home. Reason for his death? He tripped and eventually died from the wounds he sustained from falling onto his glass coffee table. (source)
#2. Jimi Heselden: Owner of Segway drove his two-wheeled scooter off an 80 foot cliff.
Almost everyone is familiar with the two-wheeled, self-balancing scooter called Segway. Jimi Heselden purchased Segway, Inc. in 2010 and made a fortune out of it. He was not as fortunate as he thought he would be, though. Jimi Heselden, the owner of Segway, accidentally drove his two-wheeled scooter off an 80 foot cliff to his death. Heselden, 62, was testing out a rugged country version of the two-wheeled transport when he plunged into the River Wharfe. (source)
#3. Jerome Moody: Drowned at a pool party while celebrating the first drowning-free swimming season.
On Aug. 1, 1985, lifeguards were celebrating their first drowning-free swimming season. Unfortunately, at the end of the party, 31 year old Jerome Moody was found at the bottom of the deep end of a department pool. The party was attended by almost 200 people, and on that particular day, four lifeguards were on duty. Jerome Moody was one of the guests at the party. Unfortunately for him, the lifeguards failed to see that he was in need. His body was only discovered at the end of the party, when the lifeguards were cleaning the pool. (source)
#4. Michael Anderson Godwin: Electrocuted himself in a metal toilet while waiting for his sentence of death by electric chair.
In 1989, murderer Michael Anderson Godwin was awaiting his sentence of death by electric chair. One day, Godwin decided to fix his TV while sitting on his cell’s metal toilet. By now, you probably have an idea where the story is going. In order to keep his sanity, Godwin decided to multi-task. As Godwin was conducting his output in the commode, he accidentally bit on the exposed wire in the plugged TV and took some input. By doing so, Godwin created his own kind of electric chair and saved the state the trouble. (source)
#5. Bobby Leach: Slipped on an orange peel.
On July 25, 1911, Bobby Leach became the second person to survive a trip over Niagara Falls in a barrel. Although the fall resulted in Leach suffering from several injuries, he managed to overcome them after spending six months in the hospital. Despite surviving this brave/stupid stunt, his life ended in a ridiculous way. On February 27, 1926, Leach slipped on an orange peel and broke his leg. His broken leg then became infected with gangrene and had to be amputated. After the amputation was successful, Leach’s health started to deteriorate and by April, he passed away. (source)