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on 4 Jan 2010 05:40

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Actors/Actresses that died from unusual deaths

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1. Molière

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1673: Molière, the French actor and playwright, died after being seized by a violent coughing fit, while playing the title role in his play Le Malade imaginaire (The Hypochondriac).
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Average listal rating (5 ratings) 6.2  IMDB Rating
2. Martha Mansfield

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1923: Martha Mansfield, an American film actress, died after sustaining severe burns on the set of the film The Warrens of Virginia after a smoker's match, tossed by a cast member, ignited her Civil War costume of hoopskirts and ruffles.

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3. Sirkka Sari

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1939: Finnish actress Sirkka Sari died when she fell down a chimney. She was at a cast party celebrating the completion of a movie, her third and last. She mistook a chimney for a balcony and fell into a heating boiler, dying instantly.

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4. Gareth Jones
1958: Gareth Jones, actor, collapsed and died (from a massive heart attack) while in make-up between scenes of a live television play, Underground, at the studios of Associated British Corporation in Manchester. Director Ted Kotcheff continued the play to its conclusion, improvising around Jones' absence.

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5. Bruce Lee

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1973: Bruce Lee, an American martial artist and actor, is thought to have died by a severe allergic reaction to Equagesic*. His brain had swollen about 13%. His autopsy was written as "death by misadventure."**

*Equagesic is a combination drug indicated for short-term pain treatment accompanied by tension and/or anxiety in patients with musculoskeletal disorders or tension headache. (Wikipedia)

**Lee collapsed in Golden Harvest studios while doing dubbing work for the movie Enter the Dragon. Suffering from seizures and headaches, he was immediately rushed to Hong Kong Baptist Hospital where doctors diagnosed cerebral edema.
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Average listal rating (2 ratings) 4  IMDB Rating
6. Bandō Mitsugorō VIII
1975: Bandō Mitsugorō VIII, a Japanese kabuki actor, died of severe poisoning when he ate four fugu* livers (also known as pufferfish). The liver is considered one of the most poisonous parts of the fish, but Mitsugorō claimed to be immune to the poison. The fugu chef felt he could not refuse Mitsugorō and lost his license as a result.

*Fugu is the Japanese word for pufferfish and is also a Japanese dish prepared from the meat of pufferfish (normally species of Takifugu, Lagocephalus, or Sphoeroides) or porcupinefish of the genus Diodon. Because pufferfish is lethally poisonous if prepared incorrectly, fugu has become one of the most celebrated and notorious dishes in Japanese cuisine.

Average listal rating (16 ratings) 8.1  IMDB Rating
7. Vic Morrow

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1982: Vic Morrow, actor, was decapitated by a helicopter blade during filming of Twilight Zone: The Movie. Two child actors, Myca Dinh Le (who was decapitated) and Renee Shin-Yi Chen (who was crushed), also died

Average listal rating (21 ratings) 7.9  IMDB Rating
8. Tommy Cooper

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1984:Tommy Cooper, British slapstick comedian died of a heart attack while performing at Her Majesty's Theatre in London, live on national television. The audience continued to laugh as he lay collapsed on the stage, thinking it was part of the act. Following the principle that the show must go on, his body was left on the stage, hastily curtained off, and while attempts were made to revive him the other actors continued the act on the small part of the set which remained.

Average listal rating (12 ratings) 7.5  IMDB Rating
9. Jon-Erik Hexum

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1984: Jon-Erik Hexum, an American television actor, died after he shot himself in the head with a prop gun during a break in filming (Cover Up), playing Russian Roulette using a revolver loaded with a single blank cartridge. Hexum apparently was not informed that blanks have gunpowder that explodes into gas with enough force to cause severe injury or death if the weapon is fired as contact shot. This is the principle that gives a powerhead its lethality.

Average listal rating (151 ratings) 7.5  IMDB Rating
10. Brandon Lee

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1993: Actor Brandon Lee, son of Bruce Lee, was shot and killed by Michael Massee using a prop gun while filming the movie The Crow. A cartridge with only a primer and a bullet was fired in the pistol before the fatal scene; this caused a squib load, in which the primer provided enough force to push the bullet out of the cartridge and into the barrel of the revolver, where it became stuck. The malfunction went unnoticed by the crew, and the same gun was used again later to shoot the death scene. His death was not instantly recognized by the crew or other actors; they believed he was still acting.
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These actors and actresses died from unusual deaths according to Wikipedia's "List of unusual deaths".This list is non-exhaustive.

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Comments

Posted: 4 years, 5 months ago at May 1 9:55
Nice list, but not as large as this one yet...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_unusual_deaths

Also you've got the wrong Gareth Jones, unless Gareth Jones is now a Zombie and filming twenty years after his death - I'd watch if he was (loved Shaun of the Dead)
Posted: 4 years, 5 months ago at May 2 8:11
I'm not going to lie. Both your list, and the one Nonfictionguy suggested amused me to no end tonight. Sick and morbid, yes, but entertained!
Posted: 4 years, 5 months ago at May 3 23:05
haha! I'm glad you liked it! :)
Posted: 4 years, 4 months ago at Jun 15 1:49
I loved Jon Erik Hexum's show --Voyagers -----That he basically caused his own death was as much a tragedy as was Heath Ledger's death.
Posted: 3 years, 11 months ago at Nov 27 22:53
Nice list. I do enjoy a look at the Wikipedia list as well though. The first entry is hilarious; c. 620 BC: Draco, Athenian law-maker, was smothered to death by gifts of cloaks showered upon him by appreciative citizens at a theatre on Aegina.
Posted: 3 years, 9 months ago at Jan 14 15:31
Great list, I'd like to see some more recent ones though
Posted: 3 years, 9 months ago at Jan 14 15:33
felt crying after reading brandon lee story
Posted: 3 years, 9 months ago at Jan 14 15:33
a different and out of the block kind of list it is ..
thanks pal ...
Posted: 3 years, 6 months ago at Apr 25 17:57
Wow poor Vick and Brandon... Great List!!!
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Posted: 2 years, 4 months ago at Jun 15 21:37
I would add Martha Mansfield (silent film actress who burned to death when her costume caught on fire) and Charles McGraw (film noir actor who died at home after falling through a glass shower door); good list nonetheless.
Posted: 1 year, 10 months ago at Dec 9 20:05
OMG I totally forgot about Jon-Erik Hexum (I actually never knew his real name) I knew him from the TV show, I was just a girl and I was so in love with that guy!
Posted: 1 year, 10 months ago at Dec 10 12:39
model- Ruslana Kurshunova suicide because of her hair cut and many problems
Posted: 1 year, 9 months ago at Jan 8 3:06
Jane Mansfield was decapitated when she drove under the back of a truck while she was in a convertible!

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