The Strange Deaths Of 16 Historic And Famous Figures

Published November 13, 2017
Updated November 14, 2018

Many of history's most important figures have suffered strange deaths that do not seem to befit their noble legacy.

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The Strange Deaths Of 16 Historic And Famous Figures
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Many of history's most important figures have suffered strange deaths that do not seem to befit their noble legacy.

Though we'd hope that those who rose to great heights would be granted a dignified death, many of these prominent and respected historical figures died some truly bizarre demises.

In a time before modern medicine, for example, many of the injuries and diseases we would readily dismiss in our current were able to kill some of the greatest people in history.

From swallowing a toothpick to dying of laughter, here are some of the strangest ways that historical figures have died.


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Gabe Paoletti
Gabe is a New York City-based writer and an Editorial Intern at All That Is Interesting.
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