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Weird Death Coincidences

by | Jun 20, 2016 | For Families

An all-way stop sign

Sometimes, things happen that have no explanation. Deaths can be the same way. Here are a few instances where death or near-death ended in an interesting coincidence:

Hoover Dam Deaths

On December 20, 1922, J.G. Tierney was the first person to die while constructing the Hoover Dam. He drowned while surveying for an ideal spot for the dam. The last person to die during the project was J.G.’s son Patrick — on the exact same day 13 years later.

The Heart Transplant

A man in congestive heart failure received a heart from a man who had shot himself. He later married the man’s widow, and then shot himself almost 13 years to the day that he had the transplant.

Terrible Tuesdays

Alexander I of Yugoslavia refused to attend public events on Tuesdays after three of his family members died on that day of the week. But on Tuesday, October 9, 1934, he had no choice but to speak as he arrived in France to strengthen their alliance. He was promptly assassinated.

Swim at Your Own Risk

In 1985, a guest at a pool party was found dead after he had drowned in the deep end of the pool. The party was for lifeguards who were celebrating a season without any drownings.

A Shocking Tale

During his lifetime, Walter Summerford was struck by lightning three times. Four years after his death, his gravestone also was struck by lightning.


Marie Curie, the winner of two Nobel Prizes who conducted pioneering research on radioactivity, died from aplastic anemia due to long-term radiation exposure after studying it for years and being exposed to X-rays from unshielded equipment while serving as a radiologist during WWI.


Henry John “Harry” Patch was the last surviving combat soldier of WWI and briefly the oldest man in Europe. He died in 2009 at the age of 111 years, 1 month, 1 week, and 1 day.

Family History

Edwin Booth is credited with saving the life of, or at least preventing injury of, Abraham Lincoln’s son Robert after he fell off of a train platform and onto the tracks. Edwin was the brother of John Wilkes Booth, who assassinated Abraham Lincoln just months later.

Don’t Steal

A 19-year-old in Ohio died after running a stop sign and being hit by a tractor-trailer. He had been on a stop sign stealing spree and had at least three stolen stop signs in the back of his car.

No Escape

Troy Leon Gregg, a death row inmate in Georgia, managed to escape from prison in 1980 only to be beaten to death in a bar fight that same night.


Jimi Heselden, owner of Segway, Inc., died in 2010 after he rode his Segway off of a cliff and fell 80 feet into a river. It is believed that he was simply trying to give more room to a man who was walking his dog on the same path as he was traveling.


Futility, or the Wreck of the Titan is a novella written in 1898 that talks about the fictional ocean liner Titan, which sinks in the North Atlantic Ocean after hitting an iceberg. Though published 14 years earlier, the book has many striking similarities to the Titanic, including an almost identical account of its accident. More people survived on the Titanic than the Titan, though.

Do you know of any weird death coincidences? Share them in the comments below!


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