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Gorgeous Weather Turns Deadly for Kayakers

Group of 7 wasn't prepared for sudden storm; 2 perish

(Newser) - The weather was calm and "beautiful" when a group of kayakers set out paddling near Washington state's Dungeness Bay on Saturday, USA Today reports. Then, suddenly, as the church group of seven headed back from lunch at a lighthouse on Dungeness Spit, the wind picked up. "Within... More »

'90s Singer Dead in Freak Wine Glass Accident

Charmayne Maxwell apparently fell, cut neck on broken glass

(Newser) - A 1990s R&B singer died in a bizarre accident at her Los Angeles home Friday night. Charmayne Maxwell, a member of the Grammy-nominated group Brownstone , was reportedly home alone with her son after his soccer game; around 9pm, her husband, music producer Carsten Soulshock, came home to find her... More »

Dad Accidentally Shoots, Kills Babysitter

Adonis Forbes charged with negligent homicide in 13-year-old boy's death

(Newser) - A Louisiana father who was trying to fix his handgun accidentally killed his kids' 13-year-old babysitter, the Advocate reports. Adonis Forbes, 25, and his wife were out for their anniversary on Saturday when they came home for a quick check on their kids. That's when Forbes, of Baton Rouge,... More »

5-Year-Old Shoots, Kills Baby Brother

Accidental death occurred after boy found gun: reports

(Newser) - A 5-year-old boy shot and killed his infant brother in what authorities say was an accident, KCTV reports. The older boy found the loaded gun while the 9-month-old was in a playpen yesterday morning, says Nodaway County Sheriff Darren White of the events in the small town of Elmo, Mo.... More »

Boy, 7, Dies in Freak School Cafeteria Accident

Foldaway bench fell on Brendan Jordan during soccer practice

(Newser) - Brendan Jordan, 7, was chasing a soccer ball inside the gym at Berkley Street Elementary School in New Milford, NJ, Wednesday night when a freak accident took his life. Somehow, a wood-and-steel bench that weighed more than 100 pounds broke free from the wall and hit the boy, killing him,... More »

Woman Killed by Her Own Empty Car

Jennifer Feuerman got out, but left it running and in gear

(Newser) - Jennifer Feuerman apparently exited her Mercedes-Benz while it was still running Saturday, and it was a move that ended in tragedy. The 50-year-old Long Island woman was found dead around 7pm that night on Bowditch Lane in Center Moriches, and investigators believe the 2012 car—which was still in gear—... More »

Man Lying in Road Dies After Cop Runs Him Over

Garrett Gagne, 22, had been out with friends celebrating New Year's Eve

(Newser) - A 22-year-old described as "the best of the scholar athletes" at his university had been out with friends to celebrate New Year's Eve when he got separated from them—and somehow ended up lying in the middle of an unlit road in Chatham, Mass., police say. That's... More »

Celebratory Bullet Kills Guy Watching New Year's Fireworks

He dropped dead at his wife's side in their front yard

(Newser) - A Houston man was standing outside his home watching New Year's fireworks just after midnight when he fell to the ground at his wife's side, dead of a bullet wound to the head, KTRK reports. "They'd come out from their home where they'd had a... More »

Teen Spears Shark He Watched Kill Friend

Jay Muscat, 17, dies after shark bites leg

(Newser) - A 17-year-old Australian boy is dead after being attacked by what authorities suspect was a 13-foot-long great white—and a friend who was alongside him managed to survive after shooting the animal with his spear gun. "The shark hit me first, then attacked Jay," Matt Pullella wrote on... More »

Teen Dies Days After Legs Severed at Birthday Party

Australia's Adrian Simon may have been asleep on tracks

(Newser) - An Australian teen whose legs were severed by a train while celebrating his 18th birthday died on Christmas Eve in the hospital, three days after the incident, ABC Australia reports. "The death of the young lad is very sad, very upsetting," Paul Hogan, mayor of Taree—where the... More »

Tree Trimmer Suffocated by Palm Fronds

He got trapped, firefighters pulled him out 2 hours later

(Newser) - A tree trimmer in North Las Vegas died yesterday after getting trapped in a palm tree, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports. The fire department was called to the scene around 4:30pm; the man was having trouble breathing. Authorities found him unconscious and trapped in the fronds, and he later... More »

Teen Dies After Letting Friend Punch Him

They agreed to settle argument over car accident with punch

(Newser) - A dispute between teens ended in tragedy last weekend, when one high school senior punched another—who never got up after falling to the ground. Victim Jarom Thomas, 18, was with friends at a cabin on Lake Roesiger, Wash., on Saturday night when, witnesses say, Thomas accidentally backed into a... More »

Men Far More Likely to Die Stupid Deaths

Darwin Awards back up 'male idiot theory'

(Newser) - The winners of " Darwin Awards " die in a stunning variety of stupid ways, but the great majority of those killed trying to clean chimneys with grenades, ride in shopping trolleys hitched to trains, and so forth have one thing in common: They're men. A tongue-in-cheek study in... More »

Hunter Accidentally Shoots, Kills Himself

Not clear how 79-year-old's gun went off

(Newser) - A coroner says a 79-year-old hunter found dead in the western Pennsylvania woods accidentally shot himself with his own rifle. The body of James Turnbull, of White Township, was discovered by another deer hunter shortly before 5pm yesterday in a wooded area of the township. Indiana County Coroner Jerry Overman... More »

Prosecutors Call for Ferry Captain's Death

Lee Joon-seok 'supplied the cause,' they say

(Newser) - Prosecutors want the captain of a South Korean ferry that sank in April and killed 300 people, mostly schoolchildren, put to death. Prosecutors concluded their case today against Lee Joon-seok by saying he "supplied the cause" that sunk the Sewol, and therefore "has the heaviest responsibility for the... More »

Guy Kills 3-Year-Old in Game of 'Gun Tag'

26-year-old says he was intoxicated and didn't know the gun was loaded

(Newser) - Loaded guns, booze, and a toddler proved tragic in Montana last week when a 26-year-old man who said he was playing "gun tag" with a 3-year-old at a home north of Missoula shot and killed the boy. Galen Hawk had reportedly been drinking whiskey and alcoholic lemonade when he... More »

14 Fall 65 Feet to Their Death in Concert Disaster

Victims were watching girls' band 4Minute

(Newser) - Fourteen people watching an outdoor pop concert in South Korea fell 65 feet to their deaths today when a ventilation grate they were standing on collapsed, officials say. Fire officials say two more people are unresponsive and feared dead and 11 others are seriously injured. The victims were standing on... More »

2 Nuns Die in 'Movielike' Crash

Police chief: It was like 'a bomb ... went off somewhere'

(Newser) - Two Chicago-area nuns were killed in a "violent and bizarre" 11-vehicle pileup a local fire chief compared to a scene from a movie, the Chicago Tribune reports. On Sunday in Oak Lawn, Sister Sharon Ann Walsh was driving fellow nuns Jean Stickney, 86, and Kab Kyoung Kim, 48, back... More »

Cruisegoer Plunges to Death While Watching Sunrise

Kendall Wernet was in a restricted area at the time

(Newser) - Kendall Wernet was watching the Miami sunrise from a Carnival cruise ship with his friends Monday when the idyllic moment took a tragic turn. The group of five people climbed the mast of the Ecstasy as it came into port, then sat on a restricted platform talking—but 45 minutes... More »

Pa. Trooper Shot, Killed During Gun Training

David Kedra, 26, was 2-year member of state police

(Newser) - A Pennsylvania state trooper was killed yesterday when he was shot in the chest during annual gun training, the Express-Times reports. David Kedra, 26, had been with the state police since 2012. "He died serving the people of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and the men and women of the... More »

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