June 14, 2017

More bizarre deaths, every one a tragedy to their families and friends

Man drowns after hitting a fire hydrant and getting sucked into 6ft-deep hole created by the water pressure

Robert Dreyer, 89, was driving his 2016 Mercedes in Melbourne when he veered off the road and crashed into a fire hydrant. The fire hydrant started spewing water, as the safety valve was likely damaged during the accident. When Dreyer got out of his vehicle, a roughly six-foot deep hole opened up beneath him and he was pulled under his Mercedes by the rush of the water from the damaged hydrant. Witnesses say Dreyer dropped straight down into the hole. It was his 89th birthday.

Tractor crushes former Chloe Farrell. 22, to death after falling on her at exclusive holiday resort

In north Wales, Chloe was helping to launch a boat when the tractor rolled on top of her. Paramedics and firemen had to use hydraulics to lift the vehicle off of Chloe, but the 22-year-old was tragically pronounced dead at the scene on Friday.

 Choloe Farell,22

19-year-old female US airman serving in Japan has died after slipping and falling at a waterfall in Okinawa

Shannon Purcell, a native of Pennsylvania, was spending an afternoon with her comrades at Aha Falls, a site popular with service members and tourists,  when she took a bad fall, plummeting 15 feet to her death into the Tanaga Gumui basin.

 Shannon Purcell. Rip

Teenage girl, 15, dies after a tree supporting her hammock falls on her during a birthday camping trip with her friends

A teenage girl has died after a tree supporting her hammock snapped in half and fell on her while she was celebrating a friend's birthday on a camping trip. Joelle Dalgleish, 15, was sleeping at the Red Top Mountain State Park in Cartersville, Georgia on Saturday night when the tree fell. She was immediately rushed to he hospital after she reportedly suffered a fractured skull, damaged spine and brain swelling, and was pronounced dead on Sunday afternoon.

 Joelle Daglish 15

Worker dies after vanishing into huge sinkhole that opened up in a backyard as he installed a cesspool

On Long Island, the man was directing a crane when it happened, The new cesspool 'has rings that go into the ground and two rings were in when the worker fell into the hole and it collapsed over him and he got buried,' Another just barely escaped the same fate by clutching onto a bucket being used to grab dirt.

British father, 52, dies falling off an inflatable sofa being towed by a speedboat on the final day of 'dream Greek holiday' as his partner looks on in horror

Simon Crewe, a British father-of-three, was a passenger on the dinghy ride along with his brother David and a family friend.  His partner Vicki Hewitt said 'Simon wanted us all to go on the sofa but I had a bad back so myself and another woman went in the boat,' said Vicki, recalling the horrific events. 'We didn't have life jackets but the three men who went on the sofa did.'

His brother tells the story: 'The ride had begun and there was a massive bang. Something hit my head. I thought we must have hit a wave. 'Our friend was thrown into the sea and disappeared completely. I turned to Simon and - I don't know what had happened, but I watched him die.'

 Simon Crewe

Hiker, 25,  plunged to his death from a cliff while taking a selfie with his girlfriend at a waterfall

Cade Prophet, 25, of Spokane, Washington, fell to his death from a cliff at Palouse Falls Monday. Prophet and his girlfriend were attempting to take a selfie when he slipped and plunged 40ft into the river. His girlfriend told authorities that he struck a rock on his way down and rolled into the water. Divers recovered his body in a pool of water Tuesday afternoon, nearly 24 hours after the accident.  Below is his final photo taken 2 hours before his death.

 Final-Photo Cade Prophet+Girlfriend

Man dies after developing sepsis when his fresh tattoo wound became infected from swimming in the sea.

The unidentified 31-year-old ignored advice given to those with new inkings that they should wait for two weeks before venturing into pools or oceans.  Instead, he decided to venture into the warm waters in the Gulf of Mexico just five days after obtaining a religious cross on his right calf. But because his wound was still fresh, it became contaminated with a flesh-eating bacteria that tore chunks out of his skin and ultimately led to his death.

Father-of-two  being hit by a bus in NYC while riding a bike.

An Israeli-born investment banker, Dan Hanegby, 36, of Brooklyn, New York, was riding a Citi Bike alongside a charter bus on 26th Street in Manhattan on Monday morning, when he collided with the bus and was run over by it.  Police say that following his collision with the bus, Hanegby fell to the ground and was then run over by the bus' rear tires.  'They were very close, the bus and him… unfortunately he lost his balance and went under,' said a witness. The collision occurred after Hanegby, who was wearing a suit and tie, and the bus driver swerved to avoid hitting something.

 Dan Hanegby

New York mother-of-two 'dies following botched boob job, tummy tuck and butt lift at Dominican Republic clinic'

Janelle Edwards, 25, was found unconscious in her car near her home in the Bronx, New York, last Tuesday, and later died in hospital. Family members said Ms Edwards, whose daughters are believed to be aged seven and one, complained of stomach pain following the operations. Police sources told the news outlet that an initial autopsy had proved inconclusive but a doctor had told detectives a blood clot caused by the surgeries was to blame.

This is part of an intermittent series to emphasize that death can come to anyone unexpectedly. No one woke up and thought that this would be their last day alive.  I do not mean to make light of the unspeakable loss that their families and friends experience.  May they all rest in peace and their memory become a blessing to their families.

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May 26, 2017

They died while defending Leningrad (St Petersburg) when it was under siege for more than 2 years in WW2

Remains of 602 Russian WWII soldiers are re-buried near St Petersburg after being found by volunteers .

Volunteers who found the remains of 602 Soviet soldiers slaughtered by the Nazis give fighters proper burial  The group discovered the skeletons on the bank of the River Neva, near St Petersburg during a voluntary dig Around 200,000 Soviet soldiers were killed there when the Nazis laid siege to Leningrad for 900 days in 1941.

Russia lost around 11 million soldiers in total and up to four million who have never been found. This has inspired younger generations of Russians to volunteer their spare time to searching for the missing fighters, with the hope of being able to give them a proper burial.

 Reburial Ww2 Russia


The Siege of Leningrad, was a prolonged military blockade undertaken mainly by the German Army Group North against Leningrad, historically and currently known as Saint Petersburg, in the Eastern Front theatre of World War II. The siege started on 8 September 1941, when the last road to the city was severed. Although the Soviets managed to open a narrow land corridor to the city on 18 January 1943, the siege was only lifted on 27 January 1944, 872 days after it began. It was one of the longest and most destructive sieges in history and possibly the costliest in terms of casualties.
When the German High Command considered how to destroy Leningrad, they ruled out occupying the city  "because it would make us responsible for food supply". The resolution was to lay the city under siege and bombardment, starving its population "
The two-and-a-half year siege caused the greatest destruction and the largest loss of life ever known in a modern city. On Hitler's express orders, most of the palaces of the Tsars, such as the Catherine Palace, Peterhof Palace, Ropsha, Strelna, Gatchina, and other historic landmarks located outside the city's defensive perimeter were looted and then destroyed, with many art collections transported to Nazi Germany. A number of factories, schools, hospitals and other civil infrastructure were destroyed by air raids and long range artillery bombardment. .....

The 872 days of the siege caused extreme famine in the Leningrad region through disruption of utilities, water, energy and food supplies. This resulted in the deaths of up to 1,500,000 soldiers and civilians and the evacuation of 1,400,000 more, mainly women and children, many of whom died during evacuation due to starvation and bombardment. Piskaryovskoye Memorial Cemetery alone in Leningrad holds half a million civilian victims of the siege. Economic destruction and human losses in Leningrad on both sides exceeded those of the Battle of Stalingrad, the Battle of Moscow, or the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The siege of Leningrad is the most lethal siege in world history, and some historians speak of the siege operations in terms of genocide, as a "racially motivated starvation policy" that became an integral part of the unprecedented German war of extermination against populations of the Soviet Union generally.
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Lady Dai, more than 2000 years old and skin still soft to the touch

This 2,000-Year-Old Chinese Woman Is One Of The Most Well-Preserved Mummies In The World

She died in 163 BC. When they found her in 1971, her hair was intact, her skin was soft to the touch, and her veins still housed type-A blood.


Now more than 2,000 years old, Xin Zhui, also known as Lady Dai, is a mummified woman of China’s Han dynasty (206 BC-220 AD) who still has her own hair, is soft to the touch, and has ligaments that still bend, much like a living person. She is widely recognized as the best-preserved human mummy in history.

Xin Zhui was discovered in 1971, when workers digging near an air raid shelter near Changsha practically stumbled across her massive tomb. Her funnel-like crypt contained more than 1,000 precious artifacts, including makeup, toiletries, hundreds of pieces of lacquerware, and 162 carved wooden figures which represented her staff of servants. A meal was even laid out to be enjoyed by Xin Zhui in the afterlife.

An array of additional ailments was also found throughout Xin Zhui’s body, including gallstones, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and liver disease.  While examining her body, pathologists even found 138 undigested melon seeds in her stomach and intestines. As such seeds typically take one hour to digest, it was safe to assume that the melon was her last meal, eaten minutes before the heart attack that killed her.
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Why did they bury the killer in the same grave as his victims in the first place?

Body of father who stabbed his family to death before killing himself is exhumed so they won't have to share grave with him

The body of a deputy school principle who stabbed his wife and children to death has been exhumed so they will no longer have to share a grave with their killer. Alan Hawe took his own life after killing his schoolteacher wife Clodagh and their three children Liam, 13, Niall, 11, and Ryan, six, in County Cavan, Ireland in August.  All five family members were then buried in a single grave in the cemetery at St Mary's Church, Castlerahan in September for around 250 days until the exhumation.

Mrs Hawe's sister Jacqueline Connolly and her mother Mary Coll said 'evil' Hawe was a 'wolf in sheep’s clothing' who 'fooled us all'. She added that the boys were 'pure, lovely, kind, talented, intelligent and wonderful' and their mother was 'their friend and protector, their guide, counsellor and teacher'.Mrs Hawe's family believe she had no idea she was in danger and had always protected the boys until Hawe carried out the murders. The family believe he carried out the killings 'to escape a fall from grace'.

The family have said they will now fight to raise awareness of 'silent' domestic violence, adding: 'We need to learn to recognize where dangers lie in the home, see how the desire for control can get out of control and act before it is too late.'

Posted by Jill Fallon at 3:23 PM | Permalink
Categories: Funerals, Burials and Cremations

"It is very beautiful over there"

Badass last words

"One last drink, please,"
Jack Daniel, American distiller and businessman

"I should have drunk more champagne,"
John Maynard Keynes, British economist and father of Keynesian economics.

"I must go in, for the fog is rising,"
Emily Dickinson, American poet

"It is very beautiful over there,"
Thomas Edison, American inventor

Posted by Jill Fallon at 3:20 PM | Permalink
Categories: Last Words, Obits, Eulogies and Epitaphs

The things most likely to kill you in one infographic

Good infographics are amazing in the information they convey, especially about notoriously difficult subjects like assessing risk.  Below are two that the UK's National Health Service put together in the Atlas of Risk via Business Insider

 Leading Causes Death Uk

 Risks Leadingto Death Uk

Posted by Jill Fallon at 2:53 PM | Permalink
Categories: Death and Dying

May 25, 2017

Elephants remember

Big Game Hunter Crushed to Death by Elephant

Theunis Botha, 51, ran a professional hunting safari service that takes rich clients into the wilderness to kill large animals. According to the company’s website, it specializes in hunting leopards and lions with trained hounds.

On Friday afternoon, Botha was leading a hunt in Gwai, Zimbabwe, when they stumbled upon a herd of mating elephants. From the report: Three elephant cows stormed the hunters and Botha shot at them. A fourth cow stormed them from the side and one of the hunters shot her after she’d lifted Botha with her trunk. The shot was fatal and as the cow collapsed, she fell on Botha.

Though Botha specializes in leopards and lions, a wide variety of dead animals can be seen next to smiling rich men in memento photos on the company’s website. Several show Botha standing beside enormous trophy elephants


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