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Saturday, February 17, 2024

Lent-Friendly Recipes from the National Shrine of Saint Jude, Chicago, Illinois, USA

During the Lenten season, the faithful abstain from meat on Fridays and undertake specific fasts on both Ash Wednesdays and Good Friday as a way of remembering Christ’s 40 days in the desert and preparing for His Crucifixion.

At the National Shrine of St. Jude, we have thoughtfully curated a collection of Lent-friendly recipes. These culinary creations aim to not only cater to your taste buds but also enhance the shared experience of reflection and devotion for you and your family throughout this sacred season.

Focusing on prayer, fasting, and almsgiving during Lent is an important way to foster a sense of community and spiritual nourishment. May the grace of God be with you throughout this season of renewal, in anticipation of the joy of Easter.



- 1 pound white fish fillets (tilapia or cod)
- 1/2 cup flour
- 1/2 cup cornmeal
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 egg, beaten
- vegetable oil
- 8 small tortillas
- 2 cups shredded cabbage
- 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
- 1/4 cup mayonnaise
- 1 tablespoon lime juice
- Salt and pepper to taste


Mix the flour, cornmeal, cumin, chili powder, salt, and pepper in a bowl. Dip the fish fillets in the beaten egg, then coat with the flour mixture. Fry the fish in vegetable oil until golden brown and cooked through. For the slaw, mix the shredded cabbage, cilantro, mayonnaise, lime juice, salt, and pepper in a bowl. Warm tortillas in a pan. Assemble the tacos and serve with lime wedges.



- sliced sourdough bread
- 1/4 cup grated Swiss cheese
- 1/4 grated white cheddar cheese
- 1/2 onion, sliced
- 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
- 2 tomatoes, sliced
- 2 tablespoon butter
- 1 tablespoon pesto


In a small skillet on medium-high heat, sweat down the sliced onion in 1 tablespoon of butter until caramelized. While the onion cooks, lightly spread the rest of the butter on the outside of the sliced bread. Spread pesto on the other side of the bread. Top slices of bread, pesto side up, with a mix of
grated Swiss, cheddar, and parmesan cheese, caramelized onions, and tomato slices. Close the sandwich. In a medium-sized skillet on medium-high heat, grill each side of the sandwich until the cheese is melted and the bread is toasted.



- 2 cups diced yellow onions
- 2-3 large garlic cloves, minced
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon ground coriander
- 1 cup dry lentils
- 1 bay leaf
- 4 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 32 oz canned chopped tomatoes
- 1 15-ounce jar of artichoke hearts drained
- 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- 4-6 cups low sodium broth of choice
- 2 cups water
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 2 tablespoons olive oil


Add onions and garlic to a large saucepan with olive oil and sauté on medium heat for about 5 minutes, until golden. Add the 4 cups broth, water, cumin, coriander, lentils, bay leaf, lemon juice, tomatoes, artichoke hearts, and crushed red pepper and bring to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer for about 20-30 minutes or until the lentils are tender. Add additional chicken broth if desire less thickness. Remove and discard the bay leaf. Add salt and pepper to taste.



- 2 pounds russet potatoes (about 4 large)
- 1/4 cup grated onion
- 2 eggs, slightly beaten
- 2 tablespoon flour
- 1/2 tablespoon baking powder
- 3/4 tablespoon salt
- Dash pepper
- Dash nutmeg


Grate potatoes, and squeeze through cheesecloth to get out almost all of the juice. Mix in all other ingredients. Shape into thin, 3-inch round patties. Pan fry in oil, turning halfway through, until golden brown. Serve with sour cream, syrup, or apple sauce.



- 1 cup sliced mushrooms
- 1 cup chopped onion
- 1/2 cup butter
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 10-ounce package of frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained 
- 16-ounce package shredded parmesan cheese
- 18-ounce package of shredded Swiss cheese
- 19-inch unbaked pie crust
- 6 eggs, beaten
- 2/3 cup cream
- 1 cup milk
- Salt and pepper to taste


Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a medium skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Sauté garlic, onion, and mushrooms until lightly browned. Stir in spinach, mushrooms, Swiss, and 1/2 cup parmesan cheese. Season with salt and pepper. Add to pie crust. In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs, cream, milk, and salt and pepper. Pour carefully over the spinach mixture into the pie crust. Lightly tap, or jiggle to help the egg mixture to thoroughly combine with the spinach mixture. Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes. Sprinkle top with remaining parmesan cheese, and bake an additional 30 to 40 minutes, until set in center or knife comes out clean. Allow to stand 10 minutes before serving.



- 6-ounce can of tomato paste
- 8-ounce can of tomato sauce
- 16-ounce crushed tomatoes
- 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 3/4 cups water
- 2 eggs
- 1 pint ricotta cheese
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 10-ounce package of frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained
- 1 package shredded Parmesan cheese
- 1 package shredded mozzarella cheese
- 1 16-ounce box of lasagna noodles


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a medium saucepan add tomato sauce, tomato paste, crushed tomatoes, 6-ounce water, oregano, basil, garlic, and salt and pepper to taste. Bring to a boil and let simmer for at least 1 hour. In a large pot boil lasagna noodles until they are slightly undercooked (4- 6 mins). Remove noodles from the pot and rinse under cold water. In a medium bowl, beat the eggs and combine them with the ricotta, salt, spinach, and 1/4 cup of Parmesan cheese. Spread sauce into the prepared baking dish. Layer enough noodles to cover the sauce, spread with half the spinach mixture, and half the mozzarella cheese, and top with sauce. Repeat layers, with ingredients. Top with sauce and parmesan cheese. Bake for 1 hour. Let stand for 10 minutes before cutting and serving.

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Tuesday, October 24, 2023

Some Of The Unique or Bizarre Deaths Part 2

Morbid as it may seem but eventually all of us will come to pass yet there are some who did go the unique or bizarre way. These are just some of these unique or extremely rare circumstances of death recorded throughout history and noted as being unusual by multiple sources. 

Ancient Times


Menes, Egyptian pharaoh and unifier of Upper and Lower Egypt was carried off and then killed by a hippopotamus.

Date of Death: c. 3200 BC

Empedocles of Akragas

Empedocles of Akragas was a Pre-Socratic philosopher from the island of Sicily, who, in one of his surviving poems, declares himself to have become a "divine being... no longer mortal". According to Diogenes Laërtius, he tried to prove he was an immortal god by leaping into Mount Etna, an active volcano. This legend is also alluded to by the Roman poet Horace.

Date of Death: c. 430 BC


A number of "remarkable" legends concerning the death of Sophocles, another of the three great Athenian tragedians, are recorded in the late antique Life of Sophocles. According to one legend, he choked to death on an unripe grape. Another says that he died of joy after hearing that his last play had been successful. A third account reports that he died of suffocation, after reading aloud a lengthy monologue from the end of his play Antigone, without pausing to take a breath for punctuation

Date of Death: c. 406 BC


Mithridates, a Persian soldier who embarrassed his king, Artaxerxes II, by boasting of killing his rival, Cyrus the Younger (who was the brother of Artaxerxes II), was executed by scaphism. The king's physician, Ctesias, reported that Mithridates survived the insect torture for 17 days.

Date of Death: 401 BC

Democritus of Abdera

According to Diogenes Laërtius, the Greek Atomist philosopher Democritus of Abdera died at the age of 109; as he was on his deathbed, his sister was greatly worried because she needed to fulfill her religious obligations to the goddess Artemis in the approaching three-day Thesmophoria festival. Democritus told her to place a loaf of warm bread under his nose and was able to survive for the three days of the festival by sniffing it. He died immediately after the festival was over.

Date of Death: c 370 BC


Antiphanes was a renowned comic poet of the Middle Attic comedy. The Suda claims he died after being struck by a pear.

Date of Death: c. 310 BC

Agathocles of Syracuse

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

Date of Death: 289 BC

Philitas of Cos

Philitas of Cos, a Greek intellectual, is said by Athenaeus to have studied arguments and erroneous word usage so intensely, that he wasted away and starved to death.[39] British classicist Alan Cameron speculates that Philitas died from a wasting disease which his contemporaries joked was caused by his pedantry.

Date of Death: c 270 BC

Zeno of Citium

Zeno of Citium was a Greek philosopher from Citium (Kition), Cyprus. As he was leaving the school, he tripped and fell, breaking his toe. Striking the ground with his fist, he quoted the line from the Niobe, "I come, I come, why dost thou call for me?" He died on the spot while holding his breath. 

Date of Death: c. 262 BC

Qin Shi Huang

Qin Shi Huang, the first emperor of China, whose artifacts and treasures include the Terracotta Army, died after ingesting several pills of mercury, in the belief that it would grant him eternal life.

Date of Death: August 210 BC

Chrysippus of Soli

One ancient account of the death of Chrysippus, a third-century BC Greek Stoic philosopher, tells that he died of laughter after he saw a donkey eating his figs; he told a slave to give the donkey neat wine to drink with which to wash them down, and then, "...having laughed too much, he died" (Diogenes Laërtius 7.185).

Date of Death: c. 206 BC

Middle Ages

John II Komnenos

Cut himself with a poisoned arrow during a boar hunt, and subsequently died from an infection.

Date of Death: April 1, 1143

Victims of the Erfurt Latrine disaster

While Henry VI, the King of Germany, was holding an informal assembly at the Petersburg Citadel in Erfurt, the combined weight of the assembled nobles caused the wooden second-story floor of the building to collapse. Most of the nobles fell through into the latrine cesspit below the ground floor, where about 60 of them drowned in liquid excrement.

Date of Death: July 26, 1184

Henry I of Castile

Henry I, king of Castile, was killed by a tile that fell from a roof.

Date of Death: June 6, 1217


Al-Musta'sim, the last Abbasid Caliph of Baghdad, was executed by his Mongol captors by being rolled up in a rug and then trampled by horses.

Date of Death: February 20, 1258

Edward II of England

Edward II of England was rumored to have been murdered, after being deposed and imprisoned by his wife Isabella and her lover Roger Mortimer, by having a horn pushed into his anus through which a red-hot iron was inserted, burning out his internal organs without marking his body. However, there is no real academic consensus on the manner of Edward II's death, and it has been plausibly argued that the story is propaganda.

Date of Death: September 21, 1327

John of Bohemia

John of Bohemia, after being blind for 10 years, died in the Battle of Crécy when—at his command—his companions tied their horses' reins to his own and charged. He was slaughtered in the ensuing fight.

Date of Death: August 26, 1346

Charles II of Navarre

The contemporary chronicler Froissart relates that King Charles II of Navarre, known as "Charles the Bad", suffering from illness in old age, was ordered by his physician to be tightly sewn into a linen sheet soaked in distilled spirits. The highly flammable sheet accidentally caught fire, and Charles later died of his injuries. Froissart considered the horrific death to be God's judgment upon the king.

Date of Death: January 1, 1387

Martin of Aragon

Martin of Aragon died from a combination of indigestion and uncontrollable laughing. According to tradition, Martin was suffering from indigestion on account of eating an entire goose when his favorite jester, Borra, entered the king's bedroom. When Martin asked Borra where he had been, the jester replied: "Out of the next vineyard, where I saw a young deer hanging by his tail from a tree, as if someone had so punished him for stealing figs." This joke caused the king to die from laughter.

Date of Death: May 31, 1410

19th  Century

Bridget Driscoll

Driscoll, 44, the first recorded case of a pedestrian killed in a collision with a motor car, was struck on the grounds of the Crystal Palace in London, by a car belonging to the Anglo-French Motor Carriage Company while giving demonstration rides.

Date of Death: August 17, 1896

Empress of Elisabeth of Austria

Elisabeth was stabbed with a thin file (picture) by Italian anarchist Luigi Lucheni while strolling through Geneva with her lady-in-waiting Irma Sztáray. The wound pierced her pericardium and a lung. Her extremely tight corset held the wound closed, so she did not realize what had happened (believing a passerby had struck her) and walked on for some time before collapsing.

Date of Death: September 10, 1898

20th Century

1901 - 1960

Adelbert S. Hay

24-year-old Adelbert S. Hay, an American consul and politician, died after falling sixty feet from a window in the New Haven House in New Haven, Connecticut. The San Francisco Call speculated that Hay had been sitting on the window for air and eventually fell asleep, causing him to fall to his death.

Date of Death: June 23, 1901

Dietrich von Hülsen-Haeseler

Dietrich von Hülsen-Haeseler, Chief of the German Imperial Military Cabinet, suffered a heart attack and died aged 56 after giving a ballet performance to Kaiser Wilhelm Il and other members of a hunting party staying at Donaueschingen Castle. Shortly after ending his recital with a bow, he collapsed and was pronounced dead at the scene. The circumstances of his death were covered up by military officials so as not to further inflame public outrage over the Eulenburg affair, a government scandal dealing with accusations of homosexual behavior against members of the Kaiser's cabinet and entourage. 

Date of Death: November 14, 1908

Victims of the Great Molasses Flood

Twenty-one people were killed and 150 injured in the Great Molasses Flood, when a large tank of molasses burst in Boston's North End.

Date of Death: January 15, 1919

Ray Chapman

On August 16, 1920, while he was up to bat, Cleveland Indians baseball player Ray Chapman, 29, was struck in the head by a pitch thrown by New York Yankees' Carl Mays and died 12 hours later.

Date of Death: August 17, 1920

Alexander of Greece

King Alexander of Greece, 27, died of sepsis after being bitten by a palace steward's pet Barbary macaque in his garden while trying to break up a fight between his German shepherd and another monkey.

Date of Death: October 25, 1920

Thomas Lynn Bradford

In an attempt to ascertain the existence of an afterlife, Bradford, a Spiritualist, committed suicide by sealing his Detroit apartment, blowing out the pilot of his heater, and turning on the gas, dying of carbon monoxide poisoning. Bradford had intended to communicate his findings to fellow Spiritualist Ruth Starkweather Doran, but some weeks after his death, the New York Times ran the article "Dead Spiritualist Silent".

Date of Death: February 5, 1921

George Herbert, 5th Earl of Carnarvon

George Herbert, 5th Earl of Carnarvon, who financed Howard Carter's search for Tutankhamun, died after a mosquito bite, which he had cut while shaving, became infected. Some attributed his death to the so-called curse of the pharaohs.

Date of Death: April 5, 1923

Frank Hayes

Frank Hayes, 22, a jockey of Elmont, New York, died of a heart attack mid-race and collapsed on the horse, which nonetheless crossed the finish line first, still carrying his body.

Date of Death: June 4, 1923

Martha Mansfield

While American film actress Martha Mansfield, 24, was on location in San Antonio, Texas filming the American Civil War drama The Warrens of Virginia, a lit match was carelessly tossed by a crew member, which ignited the hoop skirts and ruffles of her Civil War costume. Mansfield had just finished filming her scenes and retired to a car when her clothing burst into flames. Co-star Wilfred Lytell and a chauffeur were able to extinguish the flames, and Mansfield was rushed to a hospital, where she died the following day from her injuries.

Date of Death: November 30, 1923

Thornton Jones

Thornton Jones, a lawyer in Bangor, Gwynedd, Wales, woke up to find that he had his throat slit. Motioning for a paper and pencil, he wrote, "I dreamt that I had done it. I awoke to find it true," and died 80 minutes later. He had done it himself while unconscious. An inquest at Bangor delivered a verdict of "suicide while temporarily insane".

Date of Death: 1924

Calvin Coolidge Jr. 

Calvin Coolidge Jr., 16, the younger son of Calvin Coolidge, played tennis with his elder brother at the White House tennis courts and neglected to wear socks. A blister on the third toe of his right foot resulted which quickly became infected, and he died just over one week later when sepsis set in.

Date of Death: July 7, 1924

Bobby Leach

Bobby Leach, an American stunt performer, died after a botched amputation of the infected leg which he had broken after slipping on an orange peel. He had gone over Niagara Falls in a barrel fifteen years earlier.

Date of Death: April 26, 1926

Phillip McClean

Phillip McClean, 16, and his brother were clubbing a cassowary on the family property in Mossman, Queensland, when it knocked him down, kicked him in the neck, and opened a large cut, leading to death from loss of blood.

Date of Death: 1926


Luciano Re Cecconi

Re Cecconi, a 28-year-old professional footballer for S.S. Lazio and the Italy national football team, was shot while pretending to rob a jeweler as a practical joke.

Date of Death: January 18, 1977


Jon-Erik Hexum

Jon-Erik Hexum, 26, an American actor, died after playing a simulated Russian roulette with a .44 Magnum pistol loaded with blanks. They contained paper wadding and when he pulled the trigger against his temple, the wadding was propelled with a force that broke his skull, causing massive brain bleeding.

Date of Death: October 18, 1984

An Unidentified Male 

An unidentified man, 25, was using submersion as an erotic asphyxia method. With a homemade plastic body suit, he tied himself to a boat and was using a homemade diving apparatus for air supply. He died from rebreathing, caused by the faulty apparatus.

The term Aqua-eroticum was first introduced in 1984 by Sivaloganathan to describe the unusual autoerotic death of a man using submersion as an asphyxia method. This was the first case of that kind, and since then, no other case of autoerotic submersion has been reported, nor other autoerotic fatality in open water. Here we report the case of a 25-year-old man, nude under a homemade plastic body suit, overdressed for the season with winter clothes and restrained by complex bondage. He was submerged, tied underwater to a boat, and was using a homemade diving apparatus for air supply. Death was ruled as accidental autoerotic asphyxia from rebreathing, caused by the faulty air-supply device.

Date of Death: 1984

Franco Brun

Franco Brun, 22, an inmate at the Metro Toronto East Detention Centre in Canada, died trying to swallow a pocket-size Bible.

Date of Death: 1987

Marc Aaronson

Marc Aaronson, 36, an astronomer, was crushed to death by a hatch and a revolving telescope dome at Kitt Peak National Observatory.

Date of Death: April 30, 1987

Paul G. Thomas

Paul G. Thomas, 47, co-owner of a wool mill in Thompson, Connecticut, fell into a machine winding yarn between spools, was wrapped in approximately 800 yards (730 m) of yarn, and suffocated.

Date of Death: August 13, 1987

Ivan Lester McGuire

Ivan Lester McGuire, 35, a veteran skydiver, was filming a jump by an instructor and student from the Franklin County Sports Parachute Center when he jumped from a plane without a parachute. Focused on the filming process, he apparently forgot to put one on, and his camera equipment may have been mistaken for one. The tape was recovered.

Date of Death: April 2, 1988

Cachy the Poodle, Marta Espina, Edith Solá, Unidentified man

A poodle named Cachy, in Caballito, Buenos Aires, fell 13 floors and hit Marta Espina, 75, killing both instantly. In the course of events, Edith Solá, 46, came to see the incident and was fatally hit by a bus. An unidentified man who witnessed her death had a heart attack and also died on his way to the hospital.

Date of Death: October 21, 1988

Michael Godwin

Michael Godwin, 28, an American criminal convicted of murder, was initially given a death sentence by electrocution before being reduced to life imprisonment. Godwin died from electrocution when he bit into wires while attempting to fix a broken television set, at the same time sitting on a metal toilet in his prison cell at the Central Correctional Institute in South Carolina.

Date of Death: March 1989


Jonathan Capewell

Jonathan Capewell, 16, from Oldham, England, died from a heart attack brought on by the buildup of butane and propane in his blood after excessive use of deodorant sprays. He was reported to have been obsessed with personal hygiene.

Date of Death: 1998

John Lewis

John Lewis, 64, a businessman from Minsterworth, England, attempted to light a bonfire with gasoline but inadvertently set his clothes on fire. He then ran to the River Severn, jumped in, and eventually drowned. Although the incident occurred on 12 April 1999, his body was not found until 30 April 1999 

Date of Death: April 12, 1999

Owen Hart

Professional wrestler Owen Hart fell to his death during the Over the Edge pay-per-view event. He was supposed to be lowered into the ring from the rafters as part of his Blue Blazer persona's entrance, but the equipment lowering him into the ring malfunctioned, causing him to fall 78 feet (24 m) and land chest-first on the top rope. The impact severed his aorta, causing death within minutes.

Date of Death: May 23, 1999

Hisashi Ouchi

On 30 September 1999, Hisashi Ouchi and two other technicians, Masato Shinohara, and Yutaka Yokokawa, were improperly preparing reactor fuel for the Jōyō reactor at the Tokai Nuclear Power Plant, leading to a criticality accident. The technicians' desire to quicken the process led to numerous safety protocols being bypassed, resulting in 16 kilograms (35 lb) of dissolved enriched uranium being contained in the precipitation tank, as opposed to the safe limit of 2.4 kilograms (5.3 lb). Ouchi, who was holding a funnel through which uranyl nitrate was being poured into the feeder tank, was dosed with approximately seventeen sieverts of radiation and received the highest dose of the three. After being transferred to the hospital, his condition rapidly deteriorated, though doctors were instructed to repeatedly revive him whenever his heart stopped, at the wishes of his family. Attempts at treatment, including early use of peripheral stem cell transplantation, were carried out over the course of almost 3 months, but they ultimately failed, and he died on 21 December 1999, following an unrecoverable cardiac arrest. Of the other two, Shinohara died of multiple organ failure complicated by infections following numerous attempts at treatment on 27 April 2000, while Yokokawa, who received the smallest dose, survived following three months of hospitalization.

Date of Death: December 21, 1999

21st Century


Kyle McGarity 

After a drunken scuffle, Kyle McGarity, 25, fell about 15 feet (4.6 m) into a manhole flooded with scalding hot water and filled with steam in Lower Manhattan, New York City. McGarity survived the fall without major injuries and was steamed alive, with emergency services unable to recover his body for several hours.

Date of Death: December 14, 2002

John Hutcherson on his trial

Francis Daniel Brohm

John Hutcherson, 21, drove home drunk with his friend Francis Brohm, 23, who was hanging out the passenger window while vomiting due to carsickness. Hutcherson drove off the road and sideswiped a telephone pole support wire, decapitating Brohm. He continued the final 12 miles (19 km) to his Atlanta, Georgia, home, parked in the driveway, and went to bed. A neighbor found Brohm's headless body in the truck the next morning.

Date of Death: September 2, 2004

Kenneth Pinyan

Kenneth Pinyan died from injuries caused by anal sex with a stallion.

Date of Death: July 2, 2005

Mildred Bowman and Alice Wardle

Two sisters, Mildred Bowman, 62, and Alice Wardle, 68, died in Benidorm, Spain, after becoming trapped for four days when their fold-up Murphy bed collapsed.

Date of Death: August 2005

Steve Irwin

Steve Irwin, an Australian wildlife expert and television personality, was pierced in the chest by a short-tail stingray's barb while filming in shallow water in the Great Barrier Reef.

Date of Death: September 4, 2006

Alexander Litvinenko

Alexander Litvinenko, 44, a naturalized British citizen, former FSB officer, and defector from Russia, was assassinated by poisoning with polonium-210, which caused acute and irreversible radiation sickness. One of just a handful of recorded deaths attributed specifically to polonium exposure, Litvinenko was the first-known fatality from malicious polonium poisoning and remains the only confirmed such case as of 2023.

Date of Death: November 23, 2006

Humberto Hernandez

Humberto Hernandez, 24, an Oakland, California, resident, was struck in the back of the head by an airborne fire hydrant when a passing car struck it, and the water pressure shot it at him with great force.

Date of Death: June 21, 2007

Abigail Taylor

Taylor, a six-year-old, died from medical complications as a result of her evisceration caused by powerful suction from a pool drain. 

Date of Death: June 2007

Lydia Tsekova

Bulgarian teacher Lydia Tsekova, with her husband Georgi and colleague Nadezhda Lyubenova, poured chemical waste into a drain cover in Sofia, Bulgaria. The chemicals reacted with the gases in the sewers and caused an explosion. The drain cover decapitated Tsekova, and the blast injured her husband and Lyubenova.

Date of Death: February 2, 2008

Judy Kay Zagorski

Judy Kay Zagorski, 57, of Pigeon, Michigan, died of blunt force craniocerebral trauma when a 75-pound (34 kg) spotted eagle ray leaped out of the water and knocked her over off of the coast of Marathon Key, Florida. The ray also died.

Date of Death: March 20, 2008


The 20 passengers and crew of a plane crash

The 20 passengers and crew of a Let L-410 Turbolet were killed in a crash resulting from an escaped crocodile. The animal was smuggled aboard by a passenger but escaped mid-flight. Panicked passengers surged forward, unbalancing the plane and causing a loss of control.

Date of Death: August 25, 2010

Ilda Vitor Maciel

Ilda Vitor Maciel, 88, died in a hospital in Barra Mansa, Rio de Janeiro, allegedly as a result of nursing technicians injecting soup through her intravenous drip instead of her feeding tube.

Date of Death: September 28, 2012

Palmerina Pires Ribeiro

Palmerina Pires Ribeiro, 80, died in a Rio de Janeiro clinic when an untrained nurse injected coffee into her intravenous drip. The nurse reported the incident had occurred because the blood drip and feed drip were directly next to one another.

Date of Death: October 2012

Kendrick Johnson

Kendrick Johnson, 17, was discovered trapped upside down in a rolled-up gym mat in his high school gymnasium. Police originally concluded he had climbed in it to retrieve a shoe and became trapped, but the case was later reopened as a possible homicide. The homicide case was dismissed, and Kendrick's parents were accused of fabricating evidence. In 2016, they were sentenced to pay more than US$292,000 in legal fees. The case was reopened again in 2021, but closed again in January 2022, with the Lowndes County Sheriff finding his death to be an accident when re-reviewing some 17 boxes of evidence and the Federal Bureau of Investigation's findings.

Date of Death: January 10, 2013

James Campbell

When James Campbell, 68, left his van to open a gate, his dog stepped on the van's gas pedal and ran him over.

Date of Death: January 14, 2013

Takuya Nagaya

Takuya Nagaya, 23, from Japan, started to slither on the floor and claimed he had become a snake. He died after his father spent the next two days head-butting and biting him "to drive [out] the snake that had possessed him".

Date of Death: January 18, 2013

Elisa Lam

Elisa Lam, from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, was missing for several weeks before being found dead in a large water tank on the roof of the Cecil Hotel in Los Angeles after guests complained about low pressure and foul smell of the water.

Date of Death: February 2013

Jeffery Bush

Jeffery Bush, 37, from the Tampa area, was killed while he slept in his bedroom when a giant sinkhole measuring 15 feet (4.6 m) wide and 20 feet (6.1 m) deep opened below and swallowed his entire bedroom. His body was never recovered.

Date of Death: February 28, 2013

Roger Mirro

Roger Mirro was crushed by a trash compactor while looking through a dumpster for his phone.

Date of Death: July 30, 2013

An Unidentified Male

An unnamed Belarusian fisherman, 60, bled to death after being bitten by a beaver that he had tried to grab in order to have his picture taken with it.

Date of Death: 2013


Halyna Hutchins

Halyna Hutchins, 42, a cinematographer, was working near La Cienega, New Mexico, on the set of the Western film Rust, when actor Alec Baldwin discharged a Pietta .45 Colt revolver used as a prop, fatally wounding her and injuring the film's director. She died later that day on a flight to the hospital in Albuquerque.

Date of Death: October 21, 2021

An Unidentified Male

A 30-year-old Brazilian man was fishing with two friends at a lake in Brasilândia de Minas, Brazil when the group was attacked by bees. He and his friends jumped into the lake to escape the bees, but the man drowned and was partially eaten by piranhas; his friends survived.

Date of Death: October 31, 2021

Thomas Anthony Mansfield

Thomas Anthony Mansfield, a 29-year-old personal trainer from Colwyn Bay, Wales, died after consuming a drink with too much caffeine powder. Mansfield's scale, which he was using to measure the powder, could only weigh between 2,000 milligrams (2.0 g) and 5,000 milligrams (5.0 g), causing him to miscalculate and ingest an equivalent of two hundred cups of coffee. Shortly after consuming the drink, he reportedly complained that his heart was beating too fast and began foaming at the mouth minutes later. Paramedics could not save him.

Date of Death: January 5, 2022

Teddy Balkind

Benjamin Edward "Teddy" Balkind, age 16, was a high school student from Connecticut who died after suffering an injury to his neck during a junior varsity ice hockey game. A hockey player for St. Luke's School, Balkind died after he fell during a game and was accidentally hit by another player, who was unable to stop in time. The other player's skate blade cut Balkind's neck, and he died following an emergency operation.

Date of Death: January 6, 2022

Laila Zahrul Maisaroh

Laila Zahrul Maisaroh, a 20-year-old late pregnant Indonesian woman in Banjarmasin, was killed instantly when a concrete barrier from an elevated parking lot fell onto her. A car in the parking lot had collided with the fragile barrier.

Date of Death: January 14, 2022

An Unidentified Male

A 28-year-old man in Rancho Bernardo, San Diego, California is believed to have been using a knife to mix protein powder into a container of water while driving. The man lost control and crashed into a parked car. When he struck the parked car, his car's airbag propelled the knife into his neck, fatally injuring him. In addition to the two vehicles, four other cars were involved in the accident, with the stabbed man being the only casualty.

Date of Death: February 20, 2022

Jean Langam

Jean Langam, an 87-year-old British woman, died after being blown over by an HM Coast Guard helicopter landing at Derriford Hospital in Plymouth, UK. According to the police, while the woman was on a nearby footpath of the landing site, the downdraft caused her to be blown over, suffering a fatal head injury from striking the pavement. Another woman, also in her 80s, was injured after her car door was blown shut during the incident.

Date of Death: March 4, 2022

Klil Kimhi

32-year-old Klil Kimhi died after he was sucked to his death when a sinkhole opened under a swimming pool he was in at a house party in Israel.

Date of Death: July 21, 2022


A 54-year-old man in Tamil Nadu died 4 days after falling into a pot of porridge, suffering 65% burn injuries in the process. The man had lost his balance and leaned against the pot, toppling backward into the pot. His wife claimed he suffered from epilepsy which may have triggered the fall.

Date of Death: August 2, 2022

An Unidentified Male

A 65-year-old man was hit in the head by a hammer throw used at a Highland games event in the Netherlands. The thrower lost his balance and the hammer, a metal ball with a stick attached to it, flew over a hedge and struck the man in the head, killing him instantly.

Date of Death: August 7, 2022

Lillian and Lloyd Curtis

72-year-old Lillian Curtis died after Denny's restaurant signage fell on a car she was in with her daughter and husband. Her husband, Lloyd Curtis, died as a result of his injuries a few days later

Date of Death: January 19 and 23, 2023

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