10 Bizarre Deaths in History
We know that death comes to everyone sooner or later and it’s not something that many would like to ponder on. Many times, death comes in very unusual ways. Here are some strange deaths that have happened throughout history.
Tennessee Williams (1911 – 1983): Death by Bottle Cap
Williams was a Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning American playwright known for psychological dramas such as “The Glass Menagerie” (1945), “A Streetcar Named Desire” (1948), and “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” (1955). Williams died in his room at the Hotel Elysee in New York after accidentally choking on a bottle cap. He would customarily open the eyedrop bottle with his mouth, and then lean backwards to place eyedrops in each eye. According to the police report, his lack of gag response was largely the result of drugs and alcohol abuse.
Thomas Midgley, Jr. (1889 – 1944): Death by Strings and Pulleys
Midgley was an American mechanical engineer turned chemist best known for his controversial discoveries of tetra-ethyl lead (TEL), a gasoline additive dubbed as ethyl by General Motors to avoid any mention of the highly toxic substance lead that prevents internal combustion engine from knocking; and Freon, a chlorinated fluorocarbon (CFC) used as a non-toxic refrigerant in household appliances. In 1941, Midgley contracted polio that left him severely handicapped, so he devised an intricate network of strings and pulleys to assist others lift him from bed. This system became the ultimate cause of his death when he got himself entangled and died of strangulation in 1944, some three decades prior to the discovery of the destructive effects of CFC on the ozone layer.
Attila the Hun (c.405 – 453): Death from Nosebleed
Attila, the leader of the Huns, earned the nickname the “Scourge of God” for his brutality and rapacity. Under his leadership, his army conquered large areas of central and eastern Europe and ravaged Italy in the declining years of the Roman Empire. In spite of his fearsome reputation, Attila was well-known for being a light eater during large banquets. However, on his very own latest wedding feast, he let himself loose, stuffing himself heavily with food and drink. He suffered a severe nosebleed sometime during the night and drowned in his own blood in a stupor.
Tycho Brahe (1546 – 1601): Death from Failure to Heed Nature’s Call