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Man dies during taco eating contest at Fresno Grizzlies game

QLE Posted: August 15, 2019 at 03:57 AM | 64 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Jeff Francoeur's OPS Posted: August 15, 2019 at 08:38 AM (#5871572)
Welp, that's the last taco eating contest at the Fresno Grizzlies.
   2. My name is RMc and I feel extremely affected Posted: August 15, 2019 at 09:17 AM (#5871589)
Some people are afraid of dying painfully, or dying too young. I just want to avoid a stupid death; you know, like falling down an elevator shaft. A death so undignified, people just can't help but poke fun at it.

The man, 41-year-old Dana Hutchings was participating in the taco-eating contest when he began choking. Paramedics performed the Heimlich maneuver and performed CPR, but Hutchings was declared dead on arrival at a local hospital. It is suspected that he asphyxiated.


That poor guy. Now, he'll always be known as the guy who choked on a freakin' taco at a baseball game. His family will have to hear the jokes forever.

It's part of the reason why I finally lost the excess weight I've been carrying around for 40+ years. I mean, when a thin man dies of a heart attack, it's a tragedy...but if a fat man does, everybody says, "Ha! Shoulda laid off the chili fries, there, fatty!"

Welp, that's the last taco eating contest at the Fresno Grizzlies.

Yep. In a press release, the Grizzlies said, “No competitive eating on Saturday. The remainder of the event will move forward as scheduled.”
   3. PreservedFish Posted: August 15, 2019 at 09:40 AM (#5871596)
Did they use crispy shells? Shameful.
   4. PreservedFish Posted: August 15, 2019 at 09:46 AM (#5871600)
“It was like he’d never eaten before,” Boylan said. “He was just shoving the tacos down his mouth without chewing.”

About seven minutes into the contest, Hutchings abruptly collapsed and hit his face on a table as he went down to the ground


How do you choke abruptly? Isn't there always a period of gasping for air, clutching at one's throat, and so on? Or did he just use that time to shove more tacos down his gullet?
   5. Zonk Has Great and Unmatched Wisdom Posted: August 15, 2019 at 10:04 AM (#5871611)
Some people are afraid of dying painfully, or dying too young. I just want to avoid a stupid death; you know, like falling down an elevator shaft. A death so undignified, people just can't help but poke fun at it.


IDK.... I guess I've never thought about it, but at first pass? I don't actually know that I'd mind it... the idea of my passing giving strangers a grim chuckle kind of makes me think "meh, we all gotta go somehow."

I suppose, though, you're right -- this WOULD be something I should discuss with my family... Let them know that, all things considered, I hope they won't feel embarrassed or otherwise troubled because it's actually how I'd prefer to go.

The other problem, of course - is that I'm not exactly looking to seek out death so the chances of having the choice are pretty slim.
   6. Swoboda is freedom Posted: August 15, 2019 at 11:00 AM (#5871634)
I just want to avoid a stupid death

I want to die peacefully in my sleep like my grandfather. Not screaming in terror like the passengers in his car.
   7. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: August 15, 2019 at 11:13 AM (#5871638)
Welp, that's the last taco eating contest at the Fresno Grizzlies.
Or anywhere else in the U.S.
   8. Fancy Crazy Town Banana Pants Handle Posted: August 15, 2019 at 11:14 AM (#5871639)
It's part of the reason why I finally lost the excess weight I've been carrying around for 40+ years. I mean, when a thin man dies of a heart attack, it's a tragedy...but if a fat man does, everybody says, "Ha! Shoulda laid off the chili fries, there, fatty!"

Just because you have chiselled abs and stunning features, it doesn't mean that you too can't not die in a freak gasoline fight accident.
   9. My name is RMc and I feel extremely affected Posted: August 15, 2019 at 11:20 AM (#5871641)
Just because you have chiseled abs and stunning features, it doesn't mean that you too can't not die in a freak gasoline fight accident.

That's awfully...specific...
   10. Fancy Crazy Town Banana Pants Handle Posted: August 15, 2019 at 11:34 AM (#5871649)
Uh, earth to RMc, I was making a joke.
   11. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 15, 2019 at 11:35 AM (#5871650)
My friends and I were seriously talking about having a taco eating contest last year, I guess we like to live life on the edge, but I had no idea it was this hazardous.
   12. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: August 15, 2019 at 11:45 AM (#5871654)
It's part of the reason why I finally lost the excess weight I've been carrying around for 40+ years.


You make it sound so easy!
   13. Dr. Pooks Posted: August 15, 2019 at 11:45 AM (#5871655)
/unexpectedZoolander
   14. vortex of dissipation Posted: August 15, 2019 at 12:37 PM (#5871678)
Between this and the Memorial Day Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez video fiasco, the Fresno Grizzlies PR department is having a horrible year.
   15. My name is RMc and I feel extremely affected Posted: August 15, 2019 at 02:06 PM (#5871700)
Re 10: Never saw Zoolander, sorry.

Re 12: Easy? No. But necessary. And it's a struggle every day to keep it off. (I won't go back to my old body, tho. Never.)
   16. RoyalFlush Posted: August 15, 2019 at 02:24 PM (#5871708)
Or anywhere else in the U.S.


If you think one lousy death (T&P to his family) is enough to keep red-blooded Americans from shoving a deadly amount of food down their own throats - then you've got another thing coming.

   17. Pat Rapper's Delight (as quoted on MLB Network) Posted: August 15, 2019 at 03:11 PM (#5871721)
It's part of the reason why I finally lost the excess weight I've been carrying around for 40+ years. I mean, when a thin man dies of a heart attack, it's a tragedy...but if a fat man does, everybody says, "Ha! Shoulda laid off the chili fries, there, fatty!"

Eat healthy
Exercise regularly
Die anyway

That's my mantra.
   18. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: August 15, 2019 at 03:28 PM (#5871725)
If you think one lousy death (T&P to his family) is enough to keep red-blooded Americans from shoving a deadly amount of food down their own throats - then you've got another thing coming.
No, no, I think one lousy death is enough to make the lawyers and insurance companies shut it down.
   19. Cris E Posted: August 15, 2019 at 05:15 PM (#5871755)
But he signed a release, and the kids are so excited to see the gravy chugging championships.
   20. Man o' Schwar Posted: August 15, 2019 at 05:33 PM (#5871761)
At least it's hard to choke on gravy. I was in a cheeseburger eating contest once. On about the 12th one, I felt myself start choking, so I quit. But I wasn't playing for a prize, just stupid bragging rights among my idiot friends.

From the full story:

In 2018, A retired boxer died during a croissant eating contest in Argentina.

I think that's more embarrassing - a croissant-eating contest?
   21. Walt Davis Posted: August 15, 2019 at 06:40 PM (#5871781)
You make it sound so easy!

Carrying excess weight for 40 years is easy as pie. :-)

I'm pretty sure I know how I'll die -- some variation on I'll be driving one direction, an attractive woman will be walking the other direction, I'll slam into the back of a cement truck. I've already had this happen twice on a small scale with grocery carts.
   22. Zonk Has Great and Unmatched Wisdom Posted: August 15, 2019 at 06:43 PM (#5871785)
I'm on the Tyrion Lannister plan myself....

Now, I just need to get rich as a Lannister.
   23. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: August 15, 2019 at 07:15 PM (#5871799)
I'm a regular motorcycle rider and own several sports bikes that I utilise at the track frequently.

I'm pretty confident that I'll come unstuck one day in a pretty bad way and they'll be no correcting whatever racing error I have committed at nearly 200mph, eh, such is life.
   24. Man o' Schwar Posted: August 15, 2019 at 08:12 PM (#5871812)
I'm pretty sure I know how I'll die -- some variation on I'll be driving one direction, an attractive woman will be walking the other direction, I'll slam into the back of a cement truck. I've already had this happen twice on a small scale with grocery carts.

I was interviewing a guy once, and as I was walking him to the next office, the prettiest girl at the company walked past us going the other way. He turned to watch her as she passed, and walked head-first into an open filing cabinet drawer. He dropped like a wet sack of hair.

Sometimes you just can't look away.
   25. Dag Nabbit at ExactlyAsOld.com Posted: August 15, 2019 at 08:28 PM (#5871816)
I'm pretty sure I know how I'll die -- some variation on I'll be driving one direction, an attractive woman will be walking the other direction, I'll slam into the back of a cement truck. I've already had this happen twice on a small scale with grocery carts.

Must've be some mighty fine grocery carts you were staring at.
   26. Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: August 15, 2019 at 08:53 PM (#5871820)
He dropped like a wet sack of hair.

Did he get the job?
   27. The Yankee Clapper Posted: August 15, 2019 at 08:58 PM (#5871822)
Did he get the girl?
   28. Joe Bivens, Slack Rumped Rutabaga Head Posted: August 15, 2019 at 09:03 PM (#5871824)
What's with all the italicizing?
   29. Bote Man sez Deivi is MoY Posted: August 15, 2019 at 09:10 PM (#5871826)
Carrying excess weight for 40 years is easy as pie. :-)

Especially if it's pecan pie. The first time I watched it being made I was flabbergasted: sugar, fat, more sugar, more fat, even more sugar, even more fat. Oh, and some pecans.

I think the whole food-eating contest thing is disgusting. The end.
   30. Brian C Posted: August 15, 2019 at 09:18 PM (#5871828)
When I'm competing in a taco-eating contest, it's the ladies gasping for breath.

High five brah!!
   31. Gold Star - just Gold Star Posted: August 16, 2019 at 02:37 AM (#5871900)
It's part of the reason why I finally lost the excess weight I've been carrying around for 40+ years. I mean, when a thin man dies of a heart attack, it's a tragedy...but if a fat man does, everybody says, "Ha! Shoulda laid off the chili fries, there, fatty!"
Reminds me of something I saw at Arthur Bryant's in Kansas City.

Posted by the front door (at least in 2005) was a woman's touching letter about the joy the restaurant had brought her husband, how he ate there regularly and always made a point to bring in out-of-town guests... until he unexpectedly died of heart troubles at a too-young age. With the letter was a photo of the man, and, yeah, he looked like a guy who ate a lot of barbecue. I wonder if the woman, after writing the letter, put 2 and 2 together then called an attorney.
   32. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: August 16, 2019 at 08:30 AM (#5871905)
I just want to avoid a stupid death; you know, like falling down an elevator shaft. A death so undignified, people just can't help but poke fun at it.


Eh, #### it. If I’m gonna be dead anyway, I’m fine with making a few people laugh on the way out. Life’s hard enough, right?

I feel pretty much the same way about registering as an organ donor. I’m not doing anything with that kidney anymore, so why not give it to someone who needs it?
   33. PreservedFish Posted: August 16, 2019 at 08:51 AM (#5871907)
[RDP]Because then a doctor is more likely to pronounce you dead quickly so as to harvest your organs when you might still have a slim chance of surviving. [/RDP]
   34. Fernigal McGunnigle Posted: August 16, 2019 at 09:13 AM (#5871910)
I recently discovered that my lifelong arch-enemy has developed liver troubles. So I've worked out my death plan: I'm going to step up my drinking, really take it to the next level. Then when things are good and ready, I'm going to stage an "accident", possibly involving tacos or maybe sexy ladies and grocery carts, that ends up with me dead in such a way that my organs are harvestable. But first I'm going to bribe the organ transplant people to transplant my liver into my arch-enemy. The dude thinks he has problems now, but once the surgon's through with him that ###### is going to be in an all new world of hurt. As Ricardo Montalban once said, revenge is a dish best served pickled.
   35. PreservedFish Posted: August 16, 2019 at 09:40 AM (#5871912)
lifelong arch-enemy


More details please.
   36. Zonk Has Great and Unmatched Wisdom Posted: August 16, 2019 at 09:59 AM (#5871917)
That seems like an awful lot of work.

Have you ever considered a flaming bag of poop on his porch?
   37. Fernigal McGunnigle Posted: August 16, 2019 at 10:06 AM (#5871918)
lifelong arch-enemy

More details please.
Oh, the usual. Guy I went to school with K-12 and college, where we were stuck in the same dorm for two years. We naturally didn't get along, he tried to get with my girlfriend and was generally envious of my general superiority to him in all matters, things like that. In high school he got into Nietzsche and I started calling him "undermensch" and claiming he was a Nazi. (He eventually got a PhD in history as a specialist on the German military in WW2 and has spent his professional career speaking admirably about the Wehrmacht when he's not working for the Department of Homeland Security, which proves that I was right.) Plus, he just looks extremely punchable. He's a great lifelong enemy, who totally deserves my shrunken, cyst-ridden, cirrhotic liver.
   38. jmurph Posted: August 16, 2019 at 10:30 AM (#5871927)
My initial instinct is to judge you and say this is crazy, Fernigal, but honestly I kind of respect the commitment.
   39. Pat Rapper's Delight (as quoted on MLB Network) Posted: August 16, 2019 at 10:41 AM (#5871929)
he tried to get with my girlfriend and was generally envious of my general superiority to him in all matters

Welcome to my world.
   40. Fernigal McGunnigle Posted: August 16, 2019 at 10:43 AM (#5871930)
My initial instinct is to judge you and say this is crazy, Fernigal, but honestly I kind of respect the commitment.
Thank you for the kind words. Perceived slights received during the Reagan administration should not be forgiven too easily.
   41. SandyRiver Posted: August 16, 2019 at 12:25 PM (#5871966)
It is suspected that he asphyxiated.

Odd phrasing. Did the writer mean that the victim "was" asphyxiated? Or perhaps the proper term was "aspirated" - sucking guacamole and salsa into the lungs?

No, no, I think one lousy death is enough to make the lawyers and insurance companies shut it down.

You think the ambulance chasers could shut down the Cony Island hotdog contest? I'll take the under.
   42. Bote Man sez Deivi is MoY Posted: August 16, 2019 at 01:13 PM (#5871975)
Have you ever considered a flaming bag of poop on his porch?

TAKE IT TO THE A-ROD THEFT-FROM-AUTO THREAD!!
   43. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: August 16, 2019 at 01:26 PM (#5871978)
Some people are afraid of dying painfully, or dying too young. I just want to avoid a stupid death; you know, like falling down an elevator shaft. A death so undignified, people just can't help but poke fun at it.

For undignified deaths, it'd be hard to top Elvis.
   44. Benji Gil Gamesh VII - The Opt-Out Awakens Posted: August 16, 2019 at 02:06 PM (#5871986)
If you think one lousy death (T&P to his family) is enough to keep red-blooded Americans from shoving a deadly amount of food down their own throats - then you've got another thing coming.
Really smart of Rob Halford not to keep first draft of the chorus to the Judas Priest classic.
   45. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: August 16, 2019 at 02:34 PM (#5871995)
For undignified deaths, it'd be hard to top Elvis.


That's a crowded field:

* Thomas Midgley Jr., the inventor of CFCs and leaded gasoline, was strangled to death by a pulley-operated mechanical bed of his own design.

* While Marcus Garvey was hospitalized and recovering from a stroke, he read a prematurely published obituary that described him as dying "broke, alone, and unpopular" and then suffered a second stroke, which proved fatal.

* Former Congressman and attorney Clement Vallandigham accidentally shot himself to death in open court while demonstrating how the victim in a murder trial could have accidentally shot himself with the weapon that killed him.
   46. Hot Wheeling American Posted: August 16, 2019 at 02:36 PM (#5871997)
You think the ambulance chasers could shut down the Cony Island hotdog contest? I'll take the under.

The under of what?
   47. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: August 16, 2019 at 02:37 PM (#5871998)
Two words: Michael Hutchence.
   48. Sunday silence Posted: August 16, 2019 at 02:41 PM (#5872001)
David Carridine for the win...
   49. GregD Posted: August 16, 2019 at 02:51 PM (#5872004)
* Former Congressman and attorney Clement Vallandigham accidentally shot himself to death in open court while demonstrating how the victim in a murder trial could have accidentally shot himself with the weapon that killed him.
1) The entire story of that trial is crazy even before you get to Vallandigham's self-own

2) It's hard to think of many people in US history more deserving of a humiliating death. Sure the US was full of lots of slavery apologists who went to extreme lengths to destroy the US....but most of them were living in slaveowning states and owning slaves; their treachery was tied to self-interest. Vallandigham had lots of models around of how to be a patriotic Democratic in opposition to the Lincoln administration, as many of his friends did; he just didn't give a ####.
   50. SandyRiver Posted: August 16, 2019 at 03:32 PM (#5872012)
You think the ambulance chasers could shut down the Cony Island hotdog contest? I'll take the under.

The under of what?

Clumsy way of saying I think the Coney Island contest will continue.
   51. Jay Z Posted: August 16, 2019 at 03:51 PM (#5872015)
Eh, #### it. If I’m gonna be dead anyway, I’m fine with making a few people laugh on the way out. Life’s hard enough, right?

I feel pretty much the same way about registering as an organ donor. I’m not doing anything with that kidney anymore, so why not give it to someone who needs it?


If it's not too much trouble, could your death include an unintentional decapitation? So your brain can more easily be dissected for further study, of course.
   52. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: August 16, 2019 at 04:55 PM (#5872021)
If it's not too much trouble, could your death include an unintentional decapitation?


I'll do my best to work it into my schedule.
   53. Fernigal McGunnigle Posted: August 16, 2019 at 05:16 PM (#5872023)
Jim Heselden, who owned the Segway company, died when he accidentally drove his Segway off a 30-foot cliff and into a river. Dying in a Segway accident is lame, but buying the company and then dying in a Segway accident 10 months later is really, really lame.
   54. Howie Menckel Posted: August 16, 2019 at 05:39 PM (#5872024)
Lou Gehrig died of Lou Gehrig's Disease.

too soon?
   55. Bote Man sez Deivi is MoY Posted: August 16, 2019 at 06:25 PM (#5872027)
Well, Tommy John had the very first Tommy John surgery. What are the chances???
   56. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: August 16, 2019 at 09:59 PM (#5872063)
For undignified deaths, it'd be hard to top Elvis.

That's a crowded field:

* Thomas Midgley Jr., the inventor of CFCs and leaded gasoline, was strangled to death by a pulley-operated mechanical bed of his own design.

* While Marcus Garvey was hospitalized and recovering from a stroke, he read a prematurely published obituary that described him as dying "broke, alone, and unpopular" and then suffered a second stroke, which proved fatal.

* Former Congressman and attorney Clement Vallandigham accidentally shot himself to death in open court while demonstrating how the victim in a murder trial could have accidentally shot himself with the weapon that killed him.


Yeah, but for undignified deaths, it's hard to top a heart attack caused by "straining at stool", and be found with your pants down and sprawled on the floor of the loo.

Although Elvis may have come out better than the actor Albert Dekker, most celebrated for his role as Big Jim Colfax in the classic 1946 noir The Killers.

Albert Dekker was a noted character actor who worked for 40 years on stage and screen and built up a filmography of 110 credits, including such movies as “Dr. Cyclops”, “The Killers”, “Kiss Me Deadly” and “East of Eden”. In 1968, the 62-year old Dekker completed his final role in Sam Peckinpah’s classic western, “The Wild Bunch”. On May 5, after not hearing from him for three days, Dekker’s fiancee, Geraldine Saunders, entered his Hollywood apartment and found him hanging dead from a leather belt inside the bathroom.

The circumstances of Dekker’s death were very, very strange. He was found nude in the bathtub with a scarf over his eyes, a ball gag in his mouth, and his hands were cuffed behind his back. In addition to the belt around his neck, Dekker had an additional belt around his waist, which was tied to a rope that also tied his two ankles together and was wrapped around his wrist and clasped in his hand. He also had a dirty hypodermic needle sticking out of each of his arms and there were two hypodermic punctures on his right buttock. Above these punctures, the word “whip” had been written on his buttock in lipstick, and a picture of the sun had been drawn. Lipstick was also used the write a lot of words on Dekker’s body, including “make me suck”, “slave” and “cocksucker”, and there appeared to be drawings of sun rays around his nipples and a picture of a vagina on his lower abdomen. The initial ruling was suicide, but after S&M pornography and bondage equipment was found in the apartment, the ruling was changed to accidental death caused by autoerotic asphyxiation (reminiscent of the death of David Carradine).
   57. SandyRiver Posted: August 17, 2019 at 12:02 PM (#5872125)
The circumstances of Dekker’s death were very, very strange.

That strangeness reminded me of an apocryphal story about a man determined to commit suicide. He went to the edge of a cliff overlooking a lake (he couldn't swim), put a noose around his neck with the tag end tied to a sturdy branch above his head, swallowed poison, pointed a pistol at his temple and jumped. The rope came taught an instant before the sear broke on the trigger, sending the shot wild such that it cut the rope. When he hit the cold water, the shock caused him to hurl the entire contents of his stomach, then a startled angler nearby came over and hauled the guy into the boat.

Some days nothing works.
   58. Brian C Posted: August 17, 2019 at 02:47 PM (#5872169)
That strangeness reminded me of an apocryphal story about a man determined to commit suicide. He went to the edge of a cliff overlooking a lake (he couldn't swim), put a noose around his neck with the tag end tied to a sturdy branch above his head, swallowed poison, pointed a pistol at his temple and jumped. The rope came taught an instant before the sear broke on the trigger, sending the shot wild such that it cut the rope. When he hit the cold water, the shock caused him to hurl the entire contents of his stomach, then a startled angler nearby came over and hauled the guy into the boat.

Some days nothing works.

So true. Once, after being stranded on an uninhabited remote Pacific island for a few years after a plane crash, I had given up hope and decided to end it. So I climbed up to the top of my island's tallest cliff, which had a tree growing on the top overhanging the edge that was perfect for hanging myself. But, I had to test it, you know? Of course, you know me. So I tied a big log to the tree with my homemade rope and threw it over. And the weight of the log snapped the limb of the tree, so I knew it wasn't going to be just a quick snap. Would've broken my neck, or leg or my back. Would've bled to death on the beach. So I just had to climb back down and pretend like nothing happened while my volleyball friend spent the next year quietly judging me.
   59. Greg Pope Posted: August 17, 2019 at 07:36 PM (#5872216)
Not undignified specifically, but there's a Wikipedia page for unusual deaths. Including:

Allan Pinkerton, the founder of the Pinkerton Detective Agency, was in Chicago, Illinois when he tripped on the pavement and severely bit on his tongue.[108] His tongue became infected with gangrene, ultimately leading to his death


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.


Jimmy Ferrozzo, a bouncer at the Condor Club in San Francisco, died while engaging in sexual intercourse with his girlfriend Theresa Hill on a grand piano that was lowered from the ceiling by a hydraulic motor. Ferrozzo accidentally activated the lifting mechanism which pinned him against the ceiling leading to his suffocation. Hill survived the accident.


Garry Hoy, a lawyer in Toronto fell to his death from the 24th floor of the Toronto-Dominion Centre while demonstrating to a group of visitors that the building's windows were "unbreakable". Hoy threw himself against the window, which did not break but popped out of its frame.


Betty Stobbs, 67, died after delivering a bale of hay to her sheep. The starving sheep rushed Stobbs, who was on her motorcycle. In the ensuing scuffle, Stobbs was knocked down into a deep ravine near Durham, England, and died when her motorcycle landed on her.


Ateef Rafiq, 24, died from cardiac arrest in a cinema in Birmingham, England whilst looking for his dropped mobile phone. His head became wedged under the electronic footrest of a seat.


Plus quite a few that are NSFW.
   60. AndrewJ Posted: August 17, 2019 at 08:58 PM (#5872232)
We like to think of these promotions as harmless fun -- nothing more traumatic than WKRP's turkey drop -- but things can get tragic quickly. About 20 years ago a radio station in Binghamton announced that "Britney" would appear for a live interview. Hundreds of people flocked to the station expecting to see Britney Spears (needless to say, it was an impersonator). In the pandemonium, a young mother hit her head on the sidewalk and died.

   61. Howie Menckel Posted: August 17, 2019 at 09:24 PM (#5872236)
Jimmy Ferrozzo, a bouncer at the Condor Club in San Francisco, died while engaging in sexual intercourse with his girlfriend Theresa Hill on a grand piano that was lowered from the ceiling by a hydraulic motor. Ferrozzo accidentally activated the lifting mechanism which pinned him against the ceiling leading to his suffocation. Hill survived the accident.

climax - and anticlimax.
   62. AndrewJ Posted: August 17, 2019 at 09:40 PM (#5872245)
As Richard Pryor said, "He came and went at the same time."
   63. Howie Menckel Posted: August 17, 2019 at 09:56 PM (#5872249)
well played, AndrewJ!
   64. Fernigal McGunnigle Posted: August 18, 2019 at 09:17 AM (#5872280)
George Herbert, 5th Earl of Carnarvon, who financed Howard Carter's search for Tutankhamun, died after a mosquito bite,
The most famous insect bite death might be the poet Rupert Brooke (acclaimed by all as the most handsome man in England, BTW). He died on a boat headed towards Gallipoli of blood poisoning gotten from an infected bite. Several of the mourners at Brooke's impromptu funeral, most notably the minor composer William Denis Browne, managed more traditional deaths in the Gallipoli campaign soon thereafter.

Death by "atomic wedgie" might be the best/worst in the list in #59. Although the sporting deaths are impressive -- death by breaking one's neck attempting a backflip after scoring a goal in soccer, getting stabbed in the heart by part of the golf club you broke in frustration. I suppose that the woman who fell off a golf cart onto a bunch of broken wine glasses wasn't actually golfing.

The saddest day of my life might have been when I discovered that Marie Prevost was not eaten by her dachshund after she died. She was not, in fact, a winner that became the doggie's dinner.

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