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10 Of The Craziest Ironic Deaths In History

Death. It’s not a pretty subject by any means and it’s certainly never funny. Sometimes, no matter how bad a situation might be, you’ve just got to wonder, especially when the deaths that befell these

Death. It’s not a pretty subject by any means and it’s certainly never funny. Sometimes, no matter how bad a situation might be, you’ve just got to wonder, especially when the deaths that befell these extremely unlucky people were as ridiculous, unforeseen and, in some cases, horrifically ironic as they were. Whether it was something they did or said, or if they just were very, very unlucky, these people all suffered from strange ends; ends that make you wonder if fate just had it out for all of them. These deaths are certainly shocking; pioneers in their field killed by the very same thing that they devoted their lives to. And there are some that are just plain unlucky, wrong place, wrong time or just a moment of carelessness that cost them dearly in the end.

Take a look at our list to see some people that died in very ironic ways;

10 Colonel Pierpoint (1864)

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9 Frank Hayes (1923)

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8 William Huskisson (1830)

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7 Garry Hoy (1993)

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6 Clement Vallandigham (1871)

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5 Charles Rolls (1910)

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4 Marie Curie (1934)

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3 Bobby Leach (1926)

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2 Jimi Heselden (2010)

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1 John Sedgewick (1864)

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Military men are in one of the most dangerous professions in the world, so death would be no stranger to this final entrant. However, General John Sedgewick of the Union Army (US Civil War) perhaps may have regretted saying a few things before he met his end. Sedgewick died on May 9th, 1864 in the Battle of Spotsylvania Court House; a death that was met with great sadness and disappointment on the side of the South. He was the highest ranking casualty of the War and, when news broke of his death, Northern Lt. General Ulysses S. Grant reportedly kept asking “Is he really dead?” Whilst a soldier dying in battle is not that unusual or ironic, it is what he is reported to have said moments before his demise that earns him a place on this list. After watching some of his staff ducking and hiding from enemy sniper fire, Sedgewick is reported to have said something along the lines of “Why are you dodging like this? They couldn't hit an elephant at this distance”. Moments later (accordingly), he was shot just under the left eye and killed instantly by one of the opposition snipers.

Sources:  mentalfloss.com, historyhome.co.uk, news.bbc.co.uk, britannica.com

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