What are some unusual deaths in history
Unusual deaths in history | Nasty trap flutter scarf
„Dying can't be that difficult– so far everyone has made it"(Norman Mailer, US writer, 1923-2007)
Berlin - Much in life can be repressed, only one thing not: your own death.
Sooner or later, so the bitter truth, it will hit everyone.
However, not everyone is granted a "gentle" death in their sleep - whether young or old, celebrity or not.
The author Sigi Kube wrote in her book “Aller Abgang ist Schwer“ unusual deaths from history compiled - harrowing, tragic, bizarre.
And sometimes pretty nasty too! BILD presents some examples:
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With her expressive style, often only lightly dressed, the American dancer Isadora Duncan (1877-1927) cast a spell over the audience and became a pioneer of modern expressive dance in Europe. Her trademark: long scarves, on stage and in private.
On September 14, 1927, in Nice, she got into a Bugatti (other sources speak of an Amilcar) with a friend in order to take a jaunt. She wears her long favorite red scarf, which gets caught in the spokes of the right rear wheel shortly after starting off.
The driver notices that something is wrong and stops. But it's too late: Isadora lies strangled in her seat. In the hospital, fractures of the larynx, the nose (from a sudden impact against the car frame), the spine and a tear in the carotid artery are found.
In the palace of the Sun King Louis XIV, Jean-Baptiste Lully (1632-1687) set the tone as court composer. The monarch was enthusiastic about the exquisite quality of his operas. However, the high esteem was perdu when it was found out that Lully was gay. His apology, however, fell on deaf ears with the king. So what should he do to get his favor back?
Chance came to Lully's help: The Sun King was doing very badly after a dental operation, the court even expected his death. But he recovered - and Lully sensed his chance: He composed a solemn hymn of praise, which he excitedly presented to the king. He used the usual two-meter-long, heavy baton - and thundered it on his big toe with full force. A purulent ulcer was the result and eventually blood poisoning, which led to death.
Attention, falling turtle!
He knew about tragedies, Aeschylus is said to have written a total of 90 (525 BC - 456 BC) - of which only three (other sources speak of seven) have come down to us. He came from an ancient Greek noble family, fought in the Battle of Marathon and the Sea Battle of Salamis. With his poet colleague Sophocles he was in a real competition.
As an Athenian, Aeschylus was familiar with the prophecies of the Oracle of Delphi. He is said to have been prophesied to protect himself from falling objects ...
On a trip to Sicily, he dozed by the sea while birds of prey dropped hard-shelled prey from the air onto a hard surface in order to crack it.
According to legend, an eagle circled above him on that day, with a turtle in his claws. Perhaps he thought the poet's bald, shiny skull was a stone - and dropped the beast to crush it. Aeschylus was hit, suffered a fractured skull, and died on the spot.
Death by melancholy
Francesco Francia (1447-1517) from Bologna initially worked as a goldsmith and engraver before turning to painting. The portrayal of his saints or the Virgin Mary were highly praised, their "unearthly expression" was also praised by his painter colleague Raphael.
Francia was well acquainted with him - and when Raphael asked him to examine his latest work "The Rapture of Saint Cecilia", Francesco Francia happily agreed. After all, he had already painted the saint himself.
When Francia looked at the picture, however, he was as enthusiastic as it was shocked: Raphael's work was ingenious - and he had to realize that it was far superior to him in his art. In comparison, he felt his own ability to be insignificant. Torn between admiration and inner suffering, Francia fell into a deep depression and died soon afterwards.
It was only at the age of 36 that the American Sherwood Anderson (1876-1941) realized his passion for literature and became famous as the founder of modern American short stories. His anthology "Winesberg, Ohio" was celebrated, as was the following book ("Dark Laughter"). After that, however, there was no success. He traveled extensively and was increasingly bitter.
In March 1941 he traveled to South America on a cruise ship. Shortly before entering the Panama Canal, he had a martini cocktail - decorated with an olive garnish.
A few days later, Anderson felt uncomfortable and was taken to the hospital. An inflammation of the peritoneum was diagnosed there, shortly afterwards he was dead. During the autopsy, the doctors determined: Anderson's intestine was perforated: he had eaten the olive with the wooden stick ...
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The composer Anton Webern (1883-1945), an important representative of the Second Viennese School and twelve-tone music, was banned from performing and publishing during the Nazi dictatorship because of so-called “degenerate art”. Impoverished and embittered, he and his wife fled from destroyed Vienna to Mittersill in the Salzburg region in 1944.
The place was overcrowded with refugees, illicit trading and illegal foreign exchange deals with US soldiers flourished. Anton Webern's son-in-law, Benno Mattel, also got involved in such deals - something Webern had no idea. When he visited him with his wife on September 15, 1945, he had no idea that the Americans had long since had their sights on the young man: Mattel was arrested. Webern, who was in an adjoining room, didn't notice anything. He decided to go outside to smoke. Little did he know that the house was surrounded.
Suddenly three shots echoed through the night, Webern was fatally hit. One of the US soldiers, company chef Raymond Bell, had fired, supposedly in self-defense ...
The mathematician Alan Turing (1912-1954) was only able to do his ingenious work in secret - it had historical dimensions: With his significant help, the British succeeded in cracking the code of the ingenious Nazi cipher machine "Enigma" - and with it the radio messages of the German Navy. In addition, Turing laid the foundations of modern information and computer technology.
His homosexuality was the undoing of the quirky genius, and a trial took place in 1952. The judge gave Turing a choice: either prison or chemotherapy to suppress his sexual inclinations. The scientist decided on the latter, had a hormone preparation implanted in his thigh, a chemical castration. Turing became depressed. He committed suicide on June 7, 1954 - with an apple that he had prepared with potassium cyanide.
It was not until 2009 that the then British Prime Minister Gordon Brown issued an official apology for the treatment of Turing, followed in 2011 by the “royal pardon” from the Queen.
David Carradine (1936-2009) became famous as a Shaolin monk in the TV action series "Kung Fu". Nobody suspected that behind the ascetic film character was a man with very special sexual inclinations, which he lived out during the filming in Bangkok.
But the auto-erotic game in the closet of his hotel went wrong: On June 3, 2009, Carradine was found dead. He had strangled himself on the clothes rail with cords around his neck and hands tied together. Due to the situation, the experts ruled out third-party negligence or suicide ...
End of the line in New York
Tennessee Williams (1911-1983) is celebrated for his works ("The Glass Menagerie", "Endstation Sehnsucht") and received the Pulitzer Prize twice. But the playwright, who came from a poor background, was considered quick-tempered, moody, and addicted to alcohol and drugs. As an avowed gay man, it was difficult for him, he suffered from discrimination and became depressed. When his significant other died of cancer after a 15-year relationship, Williams fell into a mental depression. He traveled to New York in February 1983. The city was held in an icy grip by a harsh winter, and Williams caught a severe cold.
He wanted to tackle the stuffy nose with nasal spray. He held the bottle and cap loosely in his hand, tilted his head back and felt the effect. He took another deep breath, this time with his mouth open - and literally sucked in the cap. It fell straight into the windpipe, and Tennessee Williams suffocated.
With his poetic descriptions of nature, Adalbert Stifter (1805-1868) became one of the most important German-speaking Biedermeier writers. His stories such as “Der Hochwald” became bestsellers. Stifter, the son of a poor linen weaver from Bohemia, rose to society. He was a guest of State Chancellor Prince Metternich and taught his children as a private teacher.
He loved the good life, the wine and the food: the Stifter house dined up to six times a day. The result: he and his wife Amalia gained massive weight, and Stifter developed cirrhosis of the liver.
It got bad when his wife infected him with the flu and he had to stay in bed for weeks, writing was hard to think of. Weakened and plagued by gloomy moods, he became increasingly disgruntled. On January 26, 1868, his wife found him in bed in the early hours of the morning, covered in blood: he had cut his neck vein with a razor and died two days later.
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