History’s Five Most Unusual Deaths

Published December 20, 2012
Updated September 1, 2017

History’s Unusual Deaths: Arius, The Orthodox Heretic

During his lifetime, Arius was a religious figure with beliefs so controversial that he was formally denounced as a heretic by the Orthodox Church. Arius’ last moments came in 336 A.D. when he was struck by sudden bowel cramps during a procession.

Before he made it to a bathroom, Arius vacated his bowels, a great deal of blood, small intestines, portions of his liver and spleen and eventually his life on Earth. At the time, some believed Arius was smote for his heresy, but modern historians believe he was likely poisoned by his enemies.

Franz Reichelt, The Flying Tailor

Reichelt was an Austrian-born French tailor who was well known during his time for his inventions. Posthumously, though, Reichelt is best known for his fatal 1912 leap from the Eiffel Tower. Having obtained permission from the Parisian police to test his new parachute suit from the landmark, Reichelt announced that the only dummie that would repel from the building was himself. Upon jumping, the suit failed and he fell to his death.

Malcolm “King Kong” Kirk

Most knew 70s professional British wrestler King Kong Kirk due to his memorable and massive size. The real-life giant met his end in 1987 during a match with Shirley “Big Daddy” Crabtree after Crabtree performed his “belly splash” move on Kirk.

Crabtree inundated Kirk with fleshy-waves until he noticed that Kirk appeared to have stopped moving and turned a strange color. It was later discovered at the hospital that Kirk had suffered from a heart attack during the “belly splash” and died instantly.

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