Accidents can happen anywhere – part 2

Welcome to the second instalment of accident can happen anywhere. In the first part we looked at the demise of Franz Reichelt (tailor and inventor) and the death of 9 people in a beer flood.The second part of this post will address people who have suffered from accidents up to the start of the 21st century. You will be surprised at the types of accident claiming peoples lives.

Famous American escape artist Harry Houdini died in 1926. Mr Houdini claimed that he could withstand any blow to his body that occurred above the waist, excluding his head. This lead to him being punched in the stomach by an amateur boxer. This has been done with Houdinis’ permission but complications developed from the blow which caused his death days later on Halloween. Try not to get punched.In 1972 Leslie Harvey, guitarist of the popular rock band ‘Stone the Crows’ died after touching a live microphone on stage. The surge of electricity was so great that the guitarist died there and then.

Tommy Cooper, a British slapstick comedian suffered and died from a heart attack on stage whilst being broadcast live on national television. Mr Cooper collapsed on stage and the audience continued to laugh believing that it was all part of the show. Other actors tried to fill the time until his body was moved off stage. Attempts where made to revive him but all where unsuccessful and was pronounced dead at the scene.

2005 saw the death of a 28 year old South Korean. The young man collapsed after suffering from fatigue after playing a computer game for 50 hours straight. The fan of the game ‘Starcraft’ collapsed and died in an internet café after becoming engrossed in the game play.

Very few people get to do the job that they love. For those few that enjoy their job, it is not uncommon to see their enthusiasm come pouring through. None more so than that of the late great Steve Irwin. An Australian television presenter known by many as ‘The Crocodile Hunter’ died at a young age when his heart was punctured by a short tail stingray whilst filming a documentary called ‘Oceans Deadliest’ in Queensland on the great barrier reef.

This provides you with a quick overview of how some icons of society have passed away and other people that have just been in unfortunate events that have lead to their demise.

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