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Top 10 Famous Deaths Caused by Animals

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Though highly uncommon, several well known people throughout history have died from the result of an animal. Whether an attack, an indirect occurrence, or some kind of allergic reaction, it does happen. Here are the ten most famous records of death by animal.

10. Alexander I of Greece (1893-1920) – Monkey


Although history has unfairly described King Alexander as a careless pet owner who died from a bite “from his pet monkey”, the 27 year old monarch actually died after defending his pet dog from an attack during a walk through the Royal Gardens, and he suffered wounds from two of the monkeys. The attack occurred on October 2nd, 1920. In the report dispatched from Europe, it was stated that King had been walking in the park with a pet dog, when the dog was attacked by a monkey. The King beat off the monkey with a stick but in the fight the monkey bit him on the hand slightly. Within days he died of sepsis.

9. Joselito Gomez (1895- 1920) – Bull


José Gómez Ortega, commonly known as Joselito or Joselito el Gallo, or Gallito, was a Spanish Matador in the early twentieth century. He was born in Seville in the famous neighborhood of La Macarena. His father was the matador Fernando Gómez García, known as “El Gallo”. He was the younger brother of the matador Rafael Gómez Ortega, also known as “El Gallo”. Joselito was the youngest bullfighter to receive the title of matador, at the age of 17. Joselito was fatally gored in the ring at the age of 25 during a competitive bullfight with his brother-in-law. The day he died will also be remembered for being the only day in which the Virgin Macarena wore black clothes. Belmonte and Gómez are considered the two greatest bullfighters ever.

8. Kenneth Pinyan (1960-2005) – Horse


Kenneth Pinyan was a Gig Harbor, Washington (a suburb in the greater Seattle-Tacoma area) resident was a prolific Boeing employee who engaged in receptive anal sex with full-size stallions at a farm near the city of Enumclaw . He videotaped those sex acts and distributed them informally under the name Mr. Hands. During a July 2005 sex act, which was being videotaped by a friend of his, he suffered a perforated colon, and later died of his injuries. The story was reported in the The Seattle Times and was one of that paper’s most read stories of 2005.

Pinyan’s death prompted the passing of a bill in Washington State prohibiting both sex with animals, and the videotaping of the same, some months later. However, the video seen by many others was before the accident. The image above is from a documentary of his life released last year called Zoo that one several awards at The Sundance Film Festival.

7. Cleopatra (69 BC – 30 BC) – Asp


The ancient sources, particularly the Roman ones, are in general agreement that Cleopatra poisoned herself by inducing an asp to bite her. The oldest source is Strabo, who was alive at the time of the event, and might even have been in Alexandria. He says that there are two stories: that she applied a toxic ointment, or that she was bitten by an asp. Several Roman poets, writing within ten years of the event, all mention bites by two asps, as does Florus, a historian, some 150 years later. Vellieus , sixty years after the event, also refers to an asp. Plutarch, writing about 130 years after the event, is the main source of the story that has come down to us with all its detail of Cleopatra being found dead, her handmaiden Iras dying at her feet, and another handmaiden, Charmion, adjusting her crown before she herself falls. He then goes on to tell us that some say an asp was concealed in a basket of figs that was brought to her by a rustic, and finding it after eating a few figs, she holds out her arm for it to bite. Others say that it was hidden in a vase, and that she poked it with a spindle until it got angry enough to bite her on the arm.

6. Aeschylus (525 BC – 455 BC) – Turtle


He is often recognized as the father or the founder of tragedy, and is the earliest of the three Greek Tragedians whose plays survive, the others being Sophocles and Euripides. He expanded the number of characters in plays to allow for conflict among them; previously, characters interacted only with the chorus. No more than seven of the estimated seventy plays written by Aeschylus have survived into modern times. As legend has it, an eagle, mistaking the playwright’s bald crown for a stone, dropped a tortoise on his head (though some accounts differ, claiming it was a stone dropped by an eagle or vulture that mistook his bald head for the egg of a flightless bird).

5. Timothy Treadwell (1957 – 2003) – Bear

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Timothy Treadwell, born Timothy Dexter, was an American bear enthusiast, environmentalist, amateur naturalist, and documentary film maker, who lived among the coastal grizzly bears of Katmai National Park in Alaska for approximately 13 seasons. At the end of his thirteenth season in the park in 2003, he and his girlfriend Amie Huguenard were killed and devoured by one or possibly two grizzly bears. An audio recording of the attack survived. Treadwell’s life, work, and death were the subject of the 2005 documentary film by Werner Herzog titled Grizzly Man.

4. Marty Feldman (1934-1982) – Shellfish


Martin Alan “Marty” Feldman was an English writer, comedian and BAFTA award winning actor, notable for his bulging eyes, which were the result of a thyroid condition known as Graves Disease. Feldman died from a heart attack (as a result of shellfish food poisoning) in a hotel room in Mexico City during the making of the film Yellowbeard. The famous cartoonist Sergio Aragones was filming a movie nearby and when he introduced himself to Feldman earlier that night, he frightened Feldman and possibly induced his heart attack. He has told the story with the punchline “I killed Marty Feldman”. The story was converted into a story in Aragones’ issue of DC Comics’ Solo.

3. Tom and Eileen Lonergan (1998) – Shark

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Tom and Eileen Lonergan were a married couple from Baton Rouge, Louisiana who had just recently completed a three year tour of duty with the Peace Corps. They were stranded January 25th, 1998 while SCUBA diving with a group of divers off Australia’s Great Barrier Reef and were never found. The group’s boat from the Outer Edge Dive Company accidentally abandoned Tom and Eileen due to a faulty head count taken by the dive boat crew. Upon leaving the diving area, the twenty-four other divers and five crew members failed to notice that the couple was not aboard. The couple was left to fend for themselves in shark-infested waters. Although their bodies were never recovered, they likely eventually died of dehydration, drowning, shark attack, or a combination thereof.

2. Christopher Reeve (1952-2004) – Horse

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Though ultimately Reeve succumbed to an allergic reaction, much of his health struggles stemmed from his fall from a horse. Reeve suffered from asthma and allergies since childhood. He had experienced several illnesses, including Infectious Mononucleosis and malaria. He suffered from mastocytosis, a blood cell disorder. More than once he had a severe reaction to a drug. In Kessler, he tried a drug named Sygen which was theorized to help reduce damage to the spinal cord. The drug caused him to go into anaphylactic shock and his lungs shut down. He believed he had an out-of-body experience and remembered saying, “I’m sorry, but I have to go now”, before it occurred. In his autobiography, he wrote, “and then I left my body. I was up on the ceiling…I looked down and saw my body stretched out on the bed, not moving, while everybody—there were fifteen or twenty people, the doctors, the EMTs, the nurses—was working on me. The noise and commotion grew quieter as though someone were gradually turning down the volume.” After receiving a large dose of epinepherine , he woke up and was able to stabilize later that night. In 2003 and 2004, Reeve fought off a number of serious infections believed to have originated from the bone marrow. He recovered from three that could have been fatal. In early October 2004, he was being treated for a pressure wound that was causing a systemic infection called sepsis, a complication that he had experienced many times before. On October 9th, Reeve felt well and attended his son Will’s hockey game. That night, he went into cardiac arrest after receiving an antibiotic for the infection. Reeve died of heart failure at the age of 52.

1. Steve Irwin (1962-2006) – Stingray


Stephen Robert Irwin, known simply as Steve Irwin and nicknamed “The Crocodile Hunter”, was an Australian wildlife expert and television personality. He achieved world-wide fame from the television program The Crocodile Hunter, an internationally broadcast wildlife documentary series co-hosted with his wife Terri Irwin. Together with her, he also co-owned and operated Australia Zoo, founded by his parents in Beerwah, Queensland. He died in 2006 after his chest was fatally pierced by a stingray barb.

Contributor: StewWriter

  • goof_ball


    • SG

      No, its Irwin.

  • Diogenes

    ah yes Steve Irwin, what a wonderful wierdo.
    and the legacy with the daughter 'rapping' went side by side here(or a gap of a few days or weeks) here on the morning news with hulk hogan's daughter rapping.

    • Beej

      I saw Terry Irwin rapping on TV the other day. I feel sorry for kids forced to watch that s**t. Disgraceful.

  • goof_ball

    Poor Steve Erwen :(

  • goof_ball


  • steve

    I remeber watching that grizzlyman documentary and they wouldn’t play the audio of their deaths. They played it for a director and I remember Him telling them to destroy the tape and never let anyone else hear it…brutal

  • mrbizmark

    wasnt #3 made into a movie?

  • mrbizmark: yes – it was called Open Water – it was a bit of a b-grade film but not too bad otherwise.

  • mortem

    Great list!! I really enjoyed it..

    Timothy Treadwell’s documentary is really really good, make sure to check it out.

  • Hitesh

    Yeah, right. Superman died because of a horse.

  • sarah

    wow. superman shoulda been called can-defeat-everything-but-a-horse man

  • Diogenes

    animals dropping outa the sky. you gotta look out for that.
    Aeschylus. How many times did we tell you to keep an eye on those things materializing suddenly from the ether?

    stay outa the ocean.

    i dont think monkeys like us

    whats funny is that this sorta thing will be the next movie niche, and its already started. how do we stop it?

  • BHO

    I miss Steve Irwin… he was awesome…… such a shame :(

  • SubliminalDeath666

    #1 makes want to eviscerate a stingray…..

  • kunle

    #8 that was totally insane

  • SubliminalDeath666

    b-grade film?! LMAO!! Their movie budget was $130,000!!! That movie was BEYOND mediocre!!!

  • Andie_Girl9

    Kenneth PInyan was just so….so I don’t know. I even saw his video…the one where it all went down….just tell me if you’re man enough to want to see it.

    -Andrea Carlena Beauman

  • I’m pretty sure it’s spelled Irwin…

    Also, was it really that hard to find famous deaths caused directly by animals? I think there are a few of them out there that would have been better than death by shellfish allergy and including someone who was only paralyzed. What about Sigfied and Roy with the tigers? I dunno, maybe it was hard. I haven’t done any research myself or anything. I just think that #4 is kinda weak. =P

    I get so angry when I hear stuff like number 8. It just SICKENS me that there are people out there willing to let their animals participate in that sort of thing. That is so disgusting and disturbing.

    • oliveralbq

      i havnt seen kelsi anywhere in quite some time, but to anyone else wondering about this,

      seigfried and roy arent dead —
      i agree with her that #8 is fucking gross, and #4 is dumb, and belongs on a list of great acts of idiocy, but in 2003 when roy horn was mauled by the white tiger, the sensationalism of the event grew its own head and legs and ran off into convolution. he was in critical condition for a while, but most of his injury was to his arm. this tiger did bite his arm, when horn got between the tiger and the audience, and only bit horn's neck when the tiger got distracted by the audience (an roy horn accidentally hit him with the microphone), and thinking horn was in danger, attempted to drag horn offf stage to safety. — there was no damage to his neck, other than teeth marks.

      he did have brain swelling, but recovered fine.


      • ……………….cont'd

        they took a fairly long hiatus, and never went back to the mirage, to the siegfried and roy theatre, their home for many years, but in 2009, they did do a benefit (for a brain fixing organization i think) at the las vegas hilton, and they did several illusions, including a 'switching places' trick between sigfried and the white tiger that bit roy horn.

        fucked up their carrer, yes — but dead, not yet

  • JT

    That’s not how you spell Steve Irwin…

  • DiscHuker

    #8 – holy crap. i think i just threw up in my mouth a little.

  • phubbie

    i have been working at australia zoo for almost three years
    it was so shocking when steve died
    nobody working on the day believed it at first
    the media circus out the front of the zoo during the following weeks was crazy
    something i will never forget
    by the way if anyone is interested terri, bindi and little robert are doing really well despite what the tabloids say

  • petey mcgee

    yeah, looked up a little more info on #8 and found the video. i know it’s been said before, but there are some things you can’t unsee. but is having an animal take you as bad as you taking an animal? haven’t you seen the supposed funny pics of a dog on a cat or rabbit or whatever? and isn’t a mule a cross between a donkey and a horse? i’m not saying it’s ok or not fucked up, but to the animal it’s more natural to stick it somewhere than being violated.

    and with the tiger thing back in the news re: san fran. i have to quote chris rock “that tiger didn’t go crazy, that tiger went tiger.” the arrogance of humans that think we can control nature.

  • Petey: Comparing the fact that mules exist to blatant bestiality is like saying if you leagalize gay marriage, the next thing you know people will be marrying rocks. It’s just riddiculious and not EVEN close. And I believe that the issue with the tiger was not that he went crazy, it was that he was frightened and acting protective of his trainer, with whom I understand he shared a close bond. Why is it arrogant of us to think that we can control animals? We do it on a regular basis VERY well. Some animals better than others, but generally we’re very good at it.

  • Another dark list, but this one was kinda fun in a morbid kind of way.

    Is it asking too much to carefully proofread before posting? Read the following sentence carefully:

    “Kenneth Pinyan was a Gig Harbor, Washington (a suburb in the greater Seattle-Tacoma area) resident was a prolific Bpeing employee who engaged in receptive anal sex with full-size stallions at a farm near the city of Enumclaw.”

  • trebek

    #12 – That’s the last thing ol’ Steve-o would want.

  • malena992

    does it even matter?? you basically get the nauseating idea…..

  • VikingBerserker

    #8 has been brought to you by the word, “OUCH”!

  • The Dum Guy

    If anyone wanted to know about “horse fuckery” from a… ahem… supposed horse fucker, then here is funny a little thread all about (and from) this form of beastiality.


    It starts about halfway down, look for the name/handle “Equinas”, he’s the man with info.

  • The one thing truly great about some dude dying by getting drilled in the ass by a horse is that there is nothing you or I could ever do that is more stupid, disgusting or ridiculous. I hope.
    I wonder Pinyan’s human boyfriend was made to feel inadequate by his equine adventures? If so, he must have been an insensitive jerk. If not, I feel sorry for the boyfriend’s new lover.

  • natasha

    kinda creepy, when i read this list i was watching the timothy treadwell movie.

  • 20Fan20

    The Dum Guy: I appreciate you commenting on this site. I appreciate you adding to the discussion. But I hope your first post is not about a horse doing a guy in the ass (or for those in Europe ars, either way you spell it that should not happen!)) Of course if this is your first post you should get the award for most distrubing first post! I am just having fun with you!!! :)

  • Oops – thanks for the correction on the spelling of Irwin! It is now fixed.

  • sue

    so sad,i was a fan of steve irwin,and christopher reeve.and i think in the last sentence of no.8 u meant to say”that won several awards at the sundance film festival” instead of “that ONE several awards at the sundance film festival”.otherwise great list as usual.

  • Jackie: until this list was sent to me I had not heard of him – I will definitely keep my eye out for the documentary now.

    • Beej

      Very interesting film. I hate to say that I didn’t feel sorry for him. Wild is wild, and you can’t change that. It was his girlfriend that I felt sad for.

  • The Dum Guy

    20Fan20:: I’ve been posting here for awhile, I just remembered reading that thread and it was the first thing that came to mind…….

  • Niecy

    “it was so shocking when steve died”

    how so? dude fucked with wild animals on a regular basis. it was bound to happen. sad yes; shocking no.

  • Shabab

    “prolific Bpeing employee”

    shudnt that be “Boeing” or is there something calld Bpeing?

  • Shabab: Thanks – I have corrected that :)

  • ylekiot

    The Dum Guy: Man that link was that awful. Im not even going to ask how you found it.

  • Mom424

    I wanna know how the dumb guy just HAPPENED upon the horse f*&!ing thing,,,,I can get all sorts of random titties and such just by accident,,,,but horse f’ing…?????

  • Jackie

    Right after I read this list I caught “Grizzly Man” on animal planet; the documentary about Timothy Treadwell. It was interesting, I would recommend it. He definitely was a really crazy guy and actually thought he was safer than he really was; it was really sad and tragic how he and his girlfriend died.

  • chsrocket47

    the first time i heard about steve irwin’s death i cried soo hard. i wasn’t too surprised when it happened though


    TheDumGuy: OMG I went and read about 1/3 of the review and about 1/3 of the comments on that link. You are an interesting person too. ;)

  • Csimmons

    I miss Steve Irwin, but I don’t think it was that shocking when he died, I mean come on, look what he did for a living, it was only a matter of time.

  • The Dum Guy

    Mom424:: I posted on that thread (you might notice my screen name on it) so that is how I know of it’s existence, I’ve never looked into “horse play” on a whim to gain knowledge.

  • JMurf

    LMAO, found this audio of Timothy Treadwell , its a piss take

  • JMurf

    Good list btw

  • Monkey Nuts

    There’s a myth that one of the queens of england was killed when a pulley holding a horse above her bed snapped. The horse was of course banging her.

  • Mom424

    the dum guy,,,I was just joking,,,,unfortunately you can’t read tone,,,,honestly now I have come across worse things than a little horsey play….

  • corinthian0430

    lol #8 could be added to a list of stupid or bizarre deaths….

    who did he this he was? Catherine the Great?

  • Xoom

    It’s interesting how we suddenly stop hating the people we don’t like after they die. I say this because now I feel really sorry for this Irwin character and his family but i used to hate his guts. It’s probably just me but i thought he was harassing animals in the wild to showcase his obnoxious personality on TV. I mean, was there any scientific value to his work? You could argue that the size of a crock’s brain is about the size of a pickled tomato and it doesn’t mind wrestling clowns, but for god’s sake, can’t u just take a picture and leave, like any other respectable nature film producer?

    • Beej

      Don’t worry. You aren’t alone. I know plenty of people, including me, who thought that Steve Irwin went way too far with his animal interactions. You can’t constantly get that close, and expect to get out unscathed. I was saddened for his young children.

  • WildGrits

    Monkey Nuts

    I believe you are thinking of Catherine the Great. She was the Empress of Russia, not the Queen of England.

  • corinthian0430

    ^^ alas… ’tis but a hoax perpetrated by Catherine’s enemies after her death.

    The sad truth is, Catherine died in bed of illness.

  • ed9362

    of course it was shocking that steve irwin died by being stung by a sting ray, i thought he would be eaten by a croc or die by snake bite.

    either way steve irwin and peter brock in one month was a sad time in australia.

  • phubbie

    It was shocking for all of us at Australia Zoo when Steve died because we were all so used to seeing him interact with dangerous animals everyday and remain relativly unharmed. Despite what some may think, he was not ‘fucking around’ with wild animals. Steve was amazing with animals and never harmed them in anyway. Via educating the world on wildlife, he did more for animals than any other person I can think of. The rest of the world may of been expecting his death, however for people working one on one with him he seemed invincable.

  • HexenBexen

    This may have already been mentioned but I didn’t realize the movie Deep Blue Sea (?) was based on a true story…Tom and Eileen Lonergan.

  • andrew

    I thought Open Water was a really good film. A great suspense. And they used real frigging sharks. You don’t need millions and millions of dollars to make a good movie.

    Clerks had a budget of 36,000$ and nobody’s gonna tell me that’s not a great film.

  • phubbie

    Plus, an university in australia was about to award him the position of a professor however he died before they could officially do so. His knowledge of animals and the natural world far was unbelievably vast, however he never stopped trying to learn more. Steve did not just jump on backs of angry crocs all day. Any interaction he had with animals was well thought out and planned.Most of the time the animals he was involved with needed his help, whether as individuals in direct danger or as a species potentially in harms way. I hope that I am making sense. I just cannot stand hearing and reading about how ‘horrible’ Steve was when the people who had any contact with him (myself and many others)knew that this was NOT the case.

  • Alitax

    The horse that killed Reeves? please. No proper horseman falls off and then blames the horse for his lack of skill and luck.

  • jrjb

    Before I saw this list, I was just watching the Grizzly Man on Animal Planet in the wee hours of the morning. Tim’s rant at the end was bizarre but somehow heartfelt. He got way to close to those bears. He also was up for the Woody character on Cheers but the guy reminded me of owen wilson.

  • jrjb

    The Sundance Film Festival giving the award to film about that subject? I’m not sure I would classify Marty Feldman’s death would be classified in this category. Good thing Mama Cass Elliots death by ham sandwich was a myth.
    Death by pig.

    I was sure if Steve died it would be by a croc or seriously maimed by one. He pushed his luck. Remember he had a Michael Jackson moment with him carrying his baby around the crocodile. He was a good bloke though.

  • avi

    ”the image above is from a documentary of his life feleased last year called zoo that one several awards at the sundance film festival” one several awards? does that even make any sense? the word u r looking for is won

  • Anal sex with a horse?

  • Tomo

    I believe that Pharoah, the one who opposed Moses and declared himself all-powerful god, actually died of a mosquito bite.

    This warrants more research, of course, but I read that a mosquito entered through his nasal cavity and bit him from inside and he got infected with some incurable (at that time) disease (maybe malaria) and died.

    Also, I’m not one to speak ill of the dead, Steve was very entertaining. However, I saw an episode where he was just walking through the australian outback and he noticed a snake coiled up in a tree. He climbed the tree and poked the poor snake with a stick, the snake seemed really bothered. The snake slithered off to the ground but Steve followed, continuoulsy trying to lift it up with his stick. You could almost see the snake getting pissed off. Finally, the snake turned around and tried to bite him, which I think was his objective. I felt sorry for the snake, to be aggravated like that for the sake of tv viewing.

    But Steve did have amazing knowledge of animal behavior, he always knew what it meant if a babboon scratched its ass or if a komodo dragon hissed a certain way. May he rest in peace.

  • Northern girl

    Steve Irwin will be missed. He was great with animals and he always told the audience not to do what he was doing b/c he was an expert in handling these wild animals. Even though he tempted fate many times, I expected him to die an old man in a car accident or something lame like that.

    As for the horse sex guy??? What a moron, not to mention grosser than gross. I feel no sympathy whatsoever. And shame on Sundance for even showing a film on him. WTF???? Are they trying to glorify bestiality? Something is seriously wrong there.

  • I knew the Crocodile Hunter would be first.

  • warningdontreadthis

    Remember crying when I heard of Steve Irwins death. It was so tragic.
    Miss him alot : (

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  • earthcoler860

    steve Irwin wouldn’t have wanted this. It’s wrong that you put him on this list :(

  • scatts38

    intresting reading the top ten list ,and I remember back in the 90,s when a american model was taken by a salt water crocodile up the top end of western australia the town was called derby (has the second biggest tides in the world)the models name was ginger medows.

  • Jessy

    At least Steve died doing what he loved. :)
    But it is very sad. :(

  • juleigh

    It seems like I’ve read somewhere, or seen on TV, that it was not an asp bite that killed Cleopatra. Rather, it was the bite of an Egyptian cobra, and whether it was suicide or murder is still open to debate. If you think about it, using a snake as a murder weapon is kind of genius. It can just crawl away and who would know? Likewise, if Cleo chose to kill herself by having a snake bite her, the Egyptian cobra could be the snake of choice. Sure, the venom is a neurotoxin, so basically you suffocate, but I’ve heard it’s quick and almost euphoric.

  • nzkitten

    i think another notable death caused by an animal would have to be the one where the zookeeper in germany got killed after a consitpated elephant fed up on laxitives defecated on him

  • Ashleigh

    These are all definately weird tragedies

    Except for No. 9 though, he deserved it
    Bullfighting is evil.

  • Ouroboros

    i know i might have some facts wrong here, but I’m positive that they found Tom and Eileen Lonergans actual diving suits washed up on a near by shore-but there was no evidence of any shark or even animal damage, and there was a suicide rumor.

  • Paro

    Mate! Rupert Brooke! WWI poet who famously wrote about how glorius it is to die in battle for one’s country.

    ” Blow out, you bugles, over the rich Dead!
    There’s none of these so lonely and poor of old,
    But, dying, has made us rarer gifts than gold. ”

    He died on his way to Galapagos of a mosquito bite. Hahaha

  • Parker

    Atleast steve died doing what he loved..
    It is sad though.
    but i dont have much sympathy for.. the man who … died because of the horse (not superman) I saw the video of him and his encounter with the horse. It was quite disturbing. But he did die and i give my respect.

    Also i find it scary to swim in the ocean.. well when im not touching the ocean floor because i have no idea what is underneath me. Poorly made film.. but the thought of it REALLY happening is scary to me atleast.

  • muzli

    What about the 42 children who were killed by two she-bears after a curse was put on them by one bald guy ?

  • ChaoticPython

    I enjoyed Open Water. If it’s well made, it doesn’t need millions of dollars to support it.
    RIP Steve Irwin. You shall be sorely missed. )’:

  • iTz DrAkO

    some of these deaths r just dumb like who gets killed byaturtle ”really” and who dies from a shellsfish those r both little things they probly liked tried swallowing them alive live thats retarded

  • archs

    errr… horse guy? how does one even get a horse to do perform the act? (this question was rhetorical… please don’t answer it)

    I guess Aeschylus’ tragedy tells us that it is more dangerous to be bald.

  • poisonedapple

    I always wanted to hear the Grizzly audio, I thought for sure someone whould have had it. I read about it in People them saying you could hear the girl screaming as he’s yelling at her he’s dying etc and then you hear her mauled to shiz. This is what happens to hippies!!! You go camping and get eaten by bears. I laughed when I read it, because honestly as someone who grew up in Canada, in Grizzly country and knows you don’t go anywhere near them bears, EVER , I have to wonder why you would be so stupid as to get that close intentionally?. You are asking to die.

    Guy having teh sex with the Horse?. Sick f*ck, who deserved to die. sick sick f*ck. Nasty. That poor couple left to fend for themselves in shark infested waters, my worst nightmare come to life, which is why I will NEVER go anywhere that has Sharks in their water. It’s a thing I have.


  • Ransom

    accully the stingray barb accully only killed him because he pulled it out they say he might of not died if he hadent pulled it out himself.

  • phil

    funny about steves death is that the chances of being attacked by that stingray(self defense) and being killed in that manner are 1 in 1000000.
    He was very charismatic and boy did he love animals, we could learn something or two from him.

  • digital_scars

    I’ve noticed a problem in a few posts on this site… it is not A historic/historian etc.. it is AN historic. Strange, I know, but for the most part these lists seem to be written in an intelligent manner and I just figured you’d like to continue along that course. Yes, I know, this IS the internet… but that doesn’t mean it can’t contain proper sentence structure. :)

  • Missyhelen

    I live close to Seattle Washington and remember clearly when the Seattle Times published that story. Have the kids in my class did their current events paper on it. (back when I was a Sophmore in HS)
    Everyone felt really sorry for the horse

  • Disciple

    @petey mcgee (21): “the arrogance of humans that think we can control nature.”
    We don’t control nature per se, but we do have dominion over every animal and plant. Man is top of the chain and not by nature’s permission. Even the Bible says we have dominion over them.

    Genesis 1:26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth

    I agree that we should never take advantage of that of course, as we have a decent balance that we commonly throw off. Back to the heart of the matter… #8 is nothing short of abomination…and gross.

  • Lolo

    Actually your sentence structure is not correct either.
    It is A historic. You can look it up.
    Instead of … it should be a semi colon or a comma.
    Also, if you want proper sentence structure then you should not write “I’ve” or “can’t”. It is “I have” or “cannot”.

    Normally I would never comment on such a thing; but you seemed so arrogant that it bothered me.
    Since you decided to call everyone out, I decided to do the same to you.

  • Bree*

    She also didn’t use capital letters where needed. People who are ignorant ; try to appear not to be, drive me crazy.

    When using a / an. You use “a” when the following word starts with a consinant. You would therefore use “an” when the following word starts with a vowel.

    Long time lurker – First time poster. Awesome list!

  • soonerman

    I find it extremely ironic that the “crocodile hunter” dies because of a ray attack

  • dredknot

    reeves died from bed sores the horse did nothing more than paralyze him

  • ZibbyYamala

    sad. i miss the crocodile hunter!

  • facehairteeth

    I just listened to the audio of Timothy Treadwell’s death @ seriously….dont do it. he’s screaming for his girlfriend to get a frying pan in the most sickening voice I’ve ever heard. I’ve seen lots and lots of sick crap but that has kinda messed me up. i need a hug

  • dreamingdiva

    @Northern girl:

    It’s uncanny that you should say that, because Steve thought a car accident would probably be how he died. He had a gut feeling that he would die young, though.

  • dreamingdiva


    Steve would never have wanted that, ever.

  • alison

    i dnt get # 8

  • Butthead

    From #10:

    "The King beat off the monkey…"

    I just wanted to make sure everybody caught that.

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    Animals are a major group of mostly multicellular, eukaryotic organisms of the kingdom Animalia or Metazoa. Their body plan eventually becomes fixed as they develop, although some undergo a process of metamorphosis later on in their life. Most animals are motile, meaning they can move spontaneously and independently. All animals are also heterotrophs, meaning they must ingest other organisms for sustenance


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  • Nukem

    #6- Kinda tragic death for a guy who wrote tragedies , eh?…
    and i actually miss Steve Irwin’s shows…liked them very much..his death was surely a loss to the world..stupid stingray…


    steve irwin dead even cleopatra dead mama mia

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  • praveen

    very bad

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  • Dontblamehorse

    The title, it’s misleading. Deaths caused by animals seems to imply implicit will of an animal to kill or harm someone. True for some of these items, not for others. For e.g., Reeves horse was probably not trying to kill him, the eagle was not trying to kill a human being by throwing a rock/turtle etc.

  • Dillon

    The Horse was from Krypton or had kryptonite in its blood.

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