One of the most notorious villains in history, Attila’s army had conquered
all of Asia by 450 AD-from Mongolia to the edge of the Russian Empire-by
destroying villages and pillaging the countryside.
How he died: He got a nosebleed on his wedding night.
In 453 AD, Attila married a young girl named Ildico. Despite his
reputation for ferocity on the battlefield, he tended to eat and drink
lightly during large banquets. However, on his wedding night he really
cut loose, gorging himself on food and drink. Sometime during the night
he suffered a nosebleed but was too drunk to notice. He drowned in his
own blood and was found dead the next morning.
An important Danish astronomer of the 16th century. His ground breaking
research allowed Sir Isaac Newton to come up with the theory of gravity.
How he died: Didn’t get to the bathroom in time.
before the meal was over. Brahe, known to drink excessively, had a
bladder condition but failed to relieve himself before the banquet
started. He made matters worse by drinking too much at dinner & was
too polite to ask to be excused. His bladder finally burst, killing him
slowly and painfully over the next 11 days.
Pioneered the use of anesthesia in the 1840s.
How he died: Used anesthetics to commit suicide.
While experimenting with various gases during his anesthesia research, Wells
became addicted to chloroform. In 1848 he was arrested for spraying two
women with sulfuric acid. In a letter he wrote from jail, he blamed
chloroform for his problems, claiming that he’d gotten high before the
attack. Four days later he was found dead in his cell. He’d
anaesthetized himself with chloroform and slashed open his thigh with a
One of the most influential minds of the late 16th century. A statesman, a
philosopher, a writer, and a scientist, he was even rumored to have
written some of Shakespeare’s plays.
wondrous notion that maybe snow could be used to preserve meat in the
same way that salt was used. Determined to find out, he purchased a
chicken from a nearby village, killed it & then, standing outside in
the snow, attempted to stuff the chicken full of snow to freeze it. The
chicken never froze, but Bacon did.
How he died: On the “Dick Cavett Show”, while discussing the benefits of organic foods.
Rodale often bragged “I’m going to live to be 100, unless I’m run down by a
sugar-crazed taxi driver.” He was only 72 years old when he appeared on the “Dick
Cavett Show” in January 1971. Part way through the interview, he dropped
dead in his chair. Cause of death: heart attack. The show was never
A Greek playwright back in 500 BC. Many historians consider him the father of Greek tragedies.
How he died: An eagle dropped a tortoise on his head.
According to the legend, eagles pick up tortoises and attempt to crack them open by
dropping them on rocks. An eagle mistook Aeschylus’ bald head for a rock & dropped the tortoise on him instead.
How he died: A heart attack – while jogging !
Fixx was visiting Greensboro, Vermont when he walked out of his house and
began jogging. He’d only gone a short distance when he had a massive
coronary. His autopsy revealed that one of his coronary arteries was 99%
clogged, another was 80% obstructed, and a third was 70% blocked and
that Fixx had had three other attacks in the weeks prior to his death !
Sometimes I suspect that there may be a god after all !