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'Zombie Boy' Death May Not Have Been a Suicide

Family thinks Rick Genest leaned too far back on a balcony while smoking a cigarette

(Newser) - His death Wednesday was widely reported to be a suicide , including by Lady Gaga , whose music video "Born This Way" helped make his tattooed face famous. But the family and manager of model Rick Genest, aka "Zombie Boy," are telling everyone to pull back on the conclusion... More »

He Had Dry Ice in His Car for Work. It Likely Killed His Mom

Pierce County Sheriff’s Department describes it as 'horrific accident'

(Newser) - A Washington man's new car may have contributed to his mother's death in the oddest of ways. The News Tribune reports the 51-year-old Tacoma-area man woke at 4am Friday to get ready for work and discovered his wife hadn't returned from taking his 77-year-old mother home the... More »

Unsecured Boulder Causes Horrific Accident

It fell from dump truck, killed 2 women

(Newser) - Two women in Minnesota are dead and a contractor is facing two counts of vehicular homicide after a horrific accident, police say. Karen Christiansen, 67, and daughter Jena Christiansen, 32, were killed Monday when an unsecured 800-pound boulder tumbled from a southbound dump truck and smashed into their northbound Toyota... More »

Girl, 12, Fatally Crushed by Horse on Family Outing

The California girl's little sister was seriously injured

(Newser) - A young California girl was fatally crushed by a horse this week while out riding with members of her family. According to the Mercury News , police identified the 12-year-old victim as Yolanda Ceja. Yolanda was reportedly on an outing with her family at a Lake View Terrace ranch when the... More »

Girl, 10, Electrocuted Trying to Save Kittens

Animals were stuck behind dryer, family says

(Newser) - A Texas family says they are trying to "make sense of the senseless" in the tragic death of their 10-year-old daughter, who was electrocuted in their home. Greenlee Marie Buckley's mother says the girl, who loved animals, died while trying to rescue two kittens that had become trapped... More »

Massachusetts Woman Dies After Falling in Fire Pit

Investigators say she was unable to climb out

(Newser) - A Massachusetts woman died from severe burns after falling into a fire pit outside her home, authorities say. Jacqueline Cardinal, 71, was pronounced dead at the scene of the Saturday night accident in Worcester, MassLive.com reports. Michelle Gay, one of her two daughters, says her mother was outside the... More »

Fatal Vape Pen Blast Sent Projectiles Into Man's Brain

Florida's Tallmadge D'Elia also suffered burns to 80% of body

(Newser) - An awful first in the US: death by exploding vape pen. Former CNBC television producer Tallmadge D'Elia, 38, was found dead in a burning bedroom in his home in St. Petersburg, Fla., on May 5 as a result of what the Pinellas County medical examiner now says was an... More »

Cops: Man Died After Climbing Inside Women's Bathroom Wall

Calgary mall death ruled accidental

(Newser) - Police in Calgary have ruled out foul play in a gruesome find behind a wall of a mall bathroom —but there are still some unanswered questions. Police say a man in his 20s died after climbing inside the wall of a women's bathroom and becoming stuck, but they'... More »

Horrifying Find Made Behind Wall of Mall Bathroom

Man's body was found at Calgary mall

(Newser) - Police in Calgary are investigating a horrifying find made when a mall maintenance worker tried to fix a toilet in a women's bathroom that wouldn't flush. "If you were to look at the toilet, there's a panel behind it so that when people move, it would... More »

As His Mother Watched, Rogue Wave Swept Boy to His Death

The body of 4-year-old Wesley Belisle was found 5 days after he was swept out to sea

(Newser) - The body of a 4-year-old boy has been found five days after a rogue wave swept him out to sea during a family vacation to the Outer Banks, a popular tourist destination in North Carolina. "Under the watchful eye of the attending parents while walking along the shore" in... More »

Family of Teen Killed in Van Walks Out of City Meeting

Kyle Plush's family found councilman's remarks 'insensitive'

(Newser) - The family of the 16-year-old fatally crushed by his minivan's backseat, despite two calls to 911 , stormed out of a Cincinnati City Council meeting Tuesday. After five hours of testimony about Kyle Plush's death at the special meeting, Councilman Wendell Young offered his closing remarks. "On the... More »

'Horrific': Teen Dies While Trapped in Minivan's Backseat

Investigation into Cincinnati tragedy has been launched

(Newser) - A horrifying—and perplexing—case out of Cincinnati: A 16-year-old boy died Tuesday after two panicked calls to 911 in which he relayed that he was trapped and dying inside his minivan in the parking lot of his school. "I probably don't have much time left, so tell... More »

Man Dies After Bizarre Accident at the Movies

He got trapped inside a high-tech seat

(Newser) - A British moviegoer has died after a freak accident that wouldn't be out of place in a Final Destination film. Authorities say the customer was at Vue Cinema in Birmingham when his head became wedged under the electronic footrest of a reclining "Gold Class" seat, the Guardian reports.... More »

Snow Buries Mom, Son Feet Away From Front Door

It was a tragic freak accident, police in California say

(Newser) - A massive block of snow fell from a roof and buried a mother and her 7-year-old son just feet from the front door of their Northern California mountain condo, authorities say. Olga Perkovic and her son Aaron Goodstein had been skiing in the Sierra Nevada near the Nevada state line,... More »

Colorado Woman Dies in 70-Foot Bungee Fall

Investigators say equipment did not malfunction

(Newser) - Authorities in Colorado are investigating how a 20-year-old nurse died in a bungee jump accident—when the equipment was apparently working properly. Ciara Romero died after a fall Jan. 4 at the 70-foot Get Air attraction at the Silo Trampoline Park in Grand Junction, the Denver Post reports. The jump... More »

Couple Swept Away in Hawaii River

Gladys Novinger dead, husband still missing

(Newser) - Tragedy struck on a trip to Hawaii that was meant to be an early Christmas present from former US diplomat George Novinger to his wife, Gladys. The prominent San Diego couple were swept away Saturday as they tried to cross the Wailuku River above Rainbow Falls in a state park... More »

Details Given on SD Lawmaker's Death in South Pacific

Rep. Craig Tieszen reportedly became caught in a current

(Newser) - More details have been released surrounding a South Dakota state representative's death in a kayaking accident off the South Pacific island of Rarotonga. Rep. Craig Tieszen, 68, and his brother-in-law, 61-year-old Brent Moline, borrowed hotel kayaks last Wednesday and paddled out around 9am into what is described as having... More »

Round the World Yacht Race Claims Another Victim

Crew member on one of the yachts swept overboard, buried at sea

(Newser) - A 60-year-old with more than four decades of experience as a sailor was killed during the UK's Clipper Round the World yacht race Saturday. Simon Speirs, a crew member on the Great Britain yacht since the race began on Aug. 20, was helping to change its sails amid gale-force... More »

Cleaning Up After Son's Drug Overdose Likely Killed Mom: Coroner

Son also ended up dead

(Newser) - A double tragedy in Pennsylvania, where authorities say a woman may have died because she cleaned up her son's drug paraphernalia after finding him unresponsive in the bathroom—and the son, too, ultimately died of a drug overdose. Theresa Plummer probably absorbed a substance through her skin or had... More »

UN Diplomat Dies in Alleged Trust Game Gone Wrong

Australia's Julian Simpson fell from Manhattan balcony Wednesday

(Newser) - "Let's play the trust game" and "I will prove that you can trust me," Australia's second secretary to the United Nations reportedly told his friend as he leaned back over a railing, some 70 feet above a Manhattan street. The words were among the last... More »

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