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-A 35-year-old clergyman used a .357 Magnum revolver loaded with one blank round to dramatize his sermon before a packed congregation at in Jacksonville, Florida. He illustrated each of the seven deadly sins by playing Russian roulette, spinning the chamber and holding the gun to his head. After one spin, the gun fired and the cardboard wadding in the blank pierced his temple, inflicting a fatal brain injury. He was eventually rushed to hospital where he died five days later.

-A man's family was awarded $3 million in damages after he died during a threesome with a woman who was not his wife and a male friend. The decision was against his cardiologist who had failed to inform him that overexerting himself was unsafe. They family previously sought $5 million but it was determined that he was 40 percent responsible for his own death.

-A German man jumped to his death from the Cairo Tower in Egypt to demonstrate to his friend his Pharaonic belief that the dead return to life. A student of Egyptology, the study of ancient Egyptian history, had told her he was a "spiritual psychiatrist" who believed the Giza pyramids provided spiritual energy to enable believers to transcend humanity.

-A chocolate factory employee in Camden, New Jersey, was loading chunks of raw chocolate, when he fell into a large melting tank filled with 50C of Hershey's goodness and was knocked out by one of the mixing paddles. He was trapped in the melting tank for 10 minutes before rescuers were able to extract him. He was declared dead a short time later. This is how I want to die.

-A colonel and electronics engineer in the Ivory Coast army was fatally wounded by gunfire as he tested a "magic" belt supposedly with powers to protect him from bullets. He died on the spot after being hit by a bullet fired from his own service pistol by a 20-year-old son of the magic belt's maker. The colonel's cousin who made the belt insisted that its protective powers were real, provided one abstained from sex while wearing it.

-A West Virginia Pentecostal was bitten on the thigh when he sat next to a rattlesnake during an outdoor service in a park. He was taken to a relative's home to recover, but was rushed later to a local hospital where he was declared dead. The man believed that the Bible requires Christians to handle poisonous snakes to test their faith in God and to remain steadfast in their belief that they will not be bitten or will be healed if they are attacked.

-According to police, an ROTC cadet was fatally stabbed to death by a fellow cadet in a tragic accident. In a case of very poor judgment, the cadet died when he dared his roommate to stab him in an attempt to prove that a knife could not penetrate the Kevlar flak vest he'd just purchased from a mail-order catalog. According to the catalog, the flak jacket guaranteed complete safety from bullets, knives, and hand grenade fragments.

-A flight attendant was sucked out of an airliner when the bulkhead tore off mid-flight. The Boeing 737-297 suffered extensive damage after an explosive decompression but was able to land safely in Maui. The only fatality was the chief flight attendant who was standing collecting drink cups from passengers.

-An Australian man and female friend got a little bit drunk before finding themselves a little bit frisky and deciding a sexual romp in the sea was in order. At one point the woman went underwater presumably pleasure the man. He became excited, put his hands on her head and kept her submerged. The man later told police that when the woman stopped sucking, he wondered what was going on, so he let her up. She had not tried to get up and wasn't kicking or splashing. When he realized she was dead, he freaked out, dressed and drove away. He was arrested two days later.

-A distraught 77-year-old whose wife had recently died, was only a few feet away from his own tombstone which was engraved with his name and date of birth in a family burial plot. When he was found by the police totally out of his mind, he instantly pointed a loaded gun at a deputy. The officer urged him to put down the gun but he still aimed and was fatally shot.

-A grumpy 60-year-old dad fired a pistol at his 26-year-old son for standing in front of the TV during a Holiday Bowl football game between the University of Missouri and Colorado State. He missed but the son grabbed the pistol and began beating his father until the gun broke apart. Dad then got a shotgun from a cupboard and fired twice into his son, killing him.

-A man died after slipping a nitrous oxide filled condom over his head. They 31-year-old was discovered naked on his bed alongside three empty canisters he used to blow up the contraceptive. The cause of death was listed as asphyxiation.

-Two Los Angeles brothers decided to remove a bee's nest from a shed on their property with the aid of a pineapple grenade... aka a powerful and illegal firecracker. They ignited the fuse and raced into the house to watch a window some 10 feet away from the hive. The explosion shattered the window inwards, seriously lacerating one of the brothers. Realizing stitches were required, they headed out to go to hospital but while walking towards their car, the already inured man was stung three times by the surviving bees. Unbeknownst to them, he was allergic to bee venom, and died on the way to the hospital.

-An 18-year-old Bolivian picked a bizarre and gruesome way to commit suicide, police say. The intoxicated teen jumped out of his canoe into a stretch of river infested with piranhas and bled to death after suffering dozens of bites. Police believe the death was suicide because the teen was a fisherman who knew the river well and was aware that it was swarming with the flesh-eating fish.

-A 25-year-old man died on after being struck on the head by a woman's outstretched foot as she whizzed by on a roller coaster at Paramount's Great America Theme Park. He jumped over a fence into a restricted area to retrieve a hat blown off his wife's head while she was riding "Top Gun". A woman 'accidentally' kicked the man when her car passed him and was treated for leg injuries.

-An amusement park operator was killed when his hair and arm got caught on a roller coaster car, pulling him up as high as 12 meters before he fell, back-first, onto a fence. The worker was spraying lubricant on the tracks when his long hair got caught on a passing car. He was scalped before falling and landing on the fence.

-Christmas 2002, a bartender was out drinking with friends. As they all walked home they got into a fight with each other. Witnesses said they saw one man throw the other down an open manhole. The drop was 18 feet. At the bottom was a pool of boiling water from a broken main. The victim didn't die instantly either. As emergency arrived, he was standing below screaming for help but with the water literally boiling and a huge amount of steam, paramedics or firefighters were unable to climb down. His body was recovered Four hours later. Its temperature was higher than medical thermometers can read. The medical examiner stated it looked like the body had been steamed like a lobster. His entire outer layer of skin had peeled off, and his internal organs were literally cooked. He otherwise had no broken bones and no head trauma, which meant he was fully conscious as he boiled to death.

-In a tragic case of bad luck, two college students spending a night outdoors were killed in the collapse of their snow cave. The freshmen on spring break at a ski resort from were found buried in the collapsed cave by friends. To save money the avid outdoors-men had dug a cave at the edge of their parking lot while the rest of their group spent the night in cars, campers, and a motel. The tragedy was caused when a bucket-loader dumped snow directly on top of the cave. Crews from the ski resort had been trying to clear the area for more parking spaces.

-A Russian woman had been wrongly declared deceased by doctors after being taken to hospital. The horrified 49-year-old began screaming when she realized they were getting ready to bury her. She was rushed back to the hospital, where doctors had declared her dead from a suspected heart attack.

-A circus act in Romania ended in tragedy when the fire-eater performer belched mid-performance and was blown to bits. He must have swallowed some of the liquid which when he burped, triggered an explosion. Incredibly no one came to his rescue as stunned onlookers assumed this was part of his act. Consequently this unfortunate man, who probably could have been saved, was left there to die.

-A Nebraska woman died after a 75-foot Taco Bell sign fell on top of the truck cab she was in. The pole broke in strong winds and fell right on top of the pickup. She had been waiting to meet a Wyoming couple to sell them some dogs.

-A Bangladeshi man once caught a cobra on and started playing with it. As you do. The snake of course bit him on the hand and he retaliated by biting the snake's head. Sure enough he died in hospital the next day. The snake also died.

-During a gun safety class at a gun range, a participant shot himself in the head in front of more than a dozen people, including children. Witnesses said the man had appeared 'deflated' during the class and apart from shooting himself, he never spoke to anyone or raised his hand to ask questions.

-A French zoo director was crushed to death by a frightened hippopotamus. He was cycling around the park in when the 7-year-old male hippo, charged through an electrified fence after an employee driving a tractor spooked it. The man, aged in his 60's, had trained the hippo. Posters for the zoo even featured a picture of the hippo with the trainers head in his mouth. Investigators concluded the animal had fled to him for protection.

-A 76-year-old man was killed when the ambulance stretcher he was strapped to rolled down a grade and overturned. The ambulance attendants, while speaking to a doctor's staff, had left the stretcher unattended. The man suffered a head injury and died a short time later. He was being transported from a nursing home to a doctor's office for an appointment.

-A 41-year-old Detroit man got stuck and drowned in two feet of water after squeezing headfirst through an 18-inch-wide sewer grate to retrieve his car keys. Unable to remove his head, the man drowned when the continuous downfall eventually raised the water level in the sewer.

-A bride fell to her death in the Ouareau River, north of Montreal. She was standing in about 15 to 30 centimeters of water while a photographer was taking her picture. A witness said her dress got heavy from soaking up water and the woman asked for help getting out of the river. The photographer and his assistant were unable to lift her out and the woman was soon swept away by and taken under water. Police found her body four hours later. The woman had been married for a few months and was doing a 'trash the dress' photoshoot.

-A German couple in their 50's took their old car to a scrap yard. They parked, completed the paperwork, but got back in the car to shelter from a sudden squall of rain. Meanwhile the crane operator was told to process the car and did so without realising the couple were sitting inside. The car was grabbed by the crane's steel claws and dropped in the crusher, which normally reduces cars to a small cube. It was stopped when the crane driver heard the woman's screams, but it was too late to save her husband.

-A suicidal woman who jumped from an eighth floor window crushed a passer-by to death in a horrific accident. The Barcelona woman hurled herself from a balcony and landed on top of a 50-year-old pedestrian who was walking below. The jumper died instantly and the man died in hospital shortly afterwards from his injuries.

-Stag party attendees were curious when a stripper failed to jump out of a huge cake. Assuming she was no longer in there, they received a nasty surprise when they found her dead inside it. The 23-year-old had suffocated after waiting for an hour inside the sealed cake.

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