Listed below are some of my favorites:
1987: Franco Brun, a 22-year-old prisoner at Toronto East Detention Centre, in Toronto, Ontario, died after attempting to swallow and choking on a 6.35 cm. (2.5 inches) by 10 cm. (4 inches) by 1.27 centimetres (half an inch) Gideon's Bible. Brun reportedly had mental deficiencies and as such, the coroner did not label his death as suicide, believing that "the swallowing of the Bible to him was some form of symbolism or allegory as though he was trying to purge himself of the devil by consuming religion". He was only serving a 15-day sentence.
Okay, so this man had probably had some mental illnesses. I'll give him the benefit of the doubt and assume he was not in a sane mindset when he ate his religion. But he must have been really out of his mind to end it all during a 15-day sentence.
2008: Abigail Taylor, a 6-year-old American girl, died nine months after several of her internal organs were partially sucked out of her lower body while she sat on an excessively powerful swimming pool drain. After several months, surgeons replaced her intestines and pancreas with donor organs. She later succumbed to a rare transplant-related cancer.
I am trying to figure out how something like this could happen. Was this child sitting on the bottom of a swimming pool when her insides got sucked out, and in that case, wouldn't it have been more likely that she drown in the pool? And what are the chances that she survive a potential drowning, her internal organs actually being sucked out of her body, and a transplant, only to die of a rare form of cancer 9 months later?
2009: Sergey Tuganov, a 28-year-old Russian, bet two women that he could continuously have sex with them both for twelve hours. Several minutes after winning the $4,300 bet, he suffered a heart attack and died, apparently because of having ingested an entire bottle of Viagra just after accepting the bet.
I think the real losers in this situation are the two women who each paid $180 per hour to have sex with this man.