Death is unfortunately a part of life. Check out this list of 20 unusual ways that people have died, from the 1600's to today.
British Slapstick Comedian: 1984
Died of a heart attack while performing at Her Majesty's Theatre in London, live on national television. The audience continued to laugh as he lay collapsed on the stage, thinking it was part of the act.
Boston Molasses Disaster
21 people dead: 1919
21 people were killed and 150 were injured when a tank containing as much as 2,300,000 US gal of molasses exploded, sending a wave at approximately 35Â mph through part of Boston.
Fell to his death off the first deck of the Eiffel Tower while testing his invention, the coat parachute. It was his first ever attempt and he had told the authorities in advance he would test it first with a dummy.
100 people dead: 1960
Soviet rocket technicians and officials died when a switch was turned on unintentionally igniting the rocket. Included was Red Army Marshal Nedelin who was seated in a deck chair just 40 meters away overseeing launch preparations.
Died of a broken neck when one of the long scarves she was known for caught on the wheel of a car in which she was a passenger.
King of Hellenes: 1920
Taking a walk in the Royal Gardens, when his dog was attacked by a monkey. The King attempted to defend his dog, receiving bites from both the monkey and its mate. The animals were diseased, inducing infection which led to sepsis.
U.S. Congressman: 1871
Died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound suffered in court while representing the defendant in a murder case. Demonstrating how the murder victim could have shot himself, the gun discharged and mortally wounded him.
32 people dead: 1942
32 men died when the British cruiser HMS Trinidad accidentally torpedoed itself.
American Author: 1983
Died when he choked on an eyedrop bottle cap in his room at the Hotel Elysee in New York. He would routinely place the cap in his mouth, lean back, and place his eyedrops in each eye.
French actor and playwright: 1673
Died after being seized by a violent coughing fit, while playing the title role in his play Le Malade imaginaire (The Hypochondriac).
Baseball Player: 1862
Died when he swung a bat too hard and ruptured his bladder.
London Beer Flood
9 people dead: 1814
9 people were killed when 323,000 imperial gallons of beer in the Meux and Company Brewery burst out of their vats and gushed into the streets
American film actress: 1923
died after sustaining severe burns on the set of the film The Warrens of Virginia after a smoker's match, tossed by a cast member, ignited her Civil War costume of hoopskirts and ruffles.
Ruler of Hungary: 1063
Died when his throne's canopy collapsed upon him.
American Escape Artist: 1926
punched in the stomach by an amateur boxer who had heard that Houdini could withstand any blow to his body above his waist, excluding his head. Though this had been done with Houdini's permission, complications from this injury caused him to die days later.
19 year old video gamer: 1981
Became the first known person to die while playing video games. After achieving a score of 16,660 in the arcade game Berzerk, he succumbed to a massive heart attack. A year later, an 18-year-old gamer died after achieving high scores in the same game
Australian Television Personality: 2006
Known as the Crocodile Hunter, Irwin died when his heart was impaled by a short-tail stingray barb while filming a documentary entitled "Ocean's Deadliest" in Queensland's Great Barrier Reef.
Japanese Factory Worker: 1981
Killed by a malfunctioning robot he was working on at a Kawasaki plant in Japan. The robot's arm pushed him into a grinding machine, killing him.
American Environmentalist: 2003
Having lived in the wilderness among bears for thirteen summers in a remote region in Alaska, Treadwell and his girlfriend Amie Huguenard were killed and partially consumed by a bear.
3 month old Korean baby: 2009
Died from malnutrition after both her parents spent hours each day in an internet cafe raising a virtual child on an online game, Prius Online