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Teen Surfer Sought Irma's Waves. It Cost Him His Life

Zander Venezia drowned in dangerous conditions in Barbados

(Newser) - A young professional surfer is dead after venturing into waves generated by Hurricane Irma. Zander Venezia, 16, was surfing on the east coast of Barbados on Tuesday when he ran into trouble with a closeout set—a wave that breaks all at once so that a surfer doesn't have... More »

Bodybuilder's Last Words to GF: 'I Love You. Goodbye.'

Dallas McCarver, aka 'Big Country,' has died at 26, apparently from choking on food

(Newser) - Champion bodybuilder Dallas "Big Country" McCarver is dead after apparently choking on food, TMZ reports. A friend found the 26-year-old unconscious at his Florida home just after midnight on Tuesday, per McCarver's girlfriend, the WWE star Dana Brooke. She says she spoke to McCarver shortly before he died... More »

Boy, 14, Collapses, Dies at Football Practice

High school freshman's cause of death is not yet known

(Newser) - A 14-year-old boy collapsed during a football practice held on a hot, humid Tuesday morning at a private high school in New York City and later died, police and school officials said. Dominick Bess was headed into his freshman year at Mount Saint Michaels Academy, a Catholic, all-boys prep school... More »

Parents Fall Off Cliff to Death During Family Hike

New York outing turned tragic Sunday

(Newser) - When William and Amanda Green took their two boys on a weekend outing, they headed for the Zoar Valley Gorge, a rugged area not far from their Buffalo, New York, home that includes waterfalls, forests, and cliffs that plunge as many as 40 stories. But a summer hike turned tragic... More »

Teacher's Fatal Fall From Balcony Caused by Laughing

Sharon Regoli Ciferno was vacationing in Mexico with her daughter

(Newser) - A beloved Pennsylvania teacher died Monday after falling from a balcony in Mexico while laughing too hard. Trib Live reports 50-year-old Sharon Regoli Ciferno was on a vacation in Mexico with her 15-year-old daughter when she fell from a balcony Aug. 4. David Regoli tells Penn Live his sister was... More »

'Split Second': Stuntwoman Killed on Deadpool 2 Identified

Joi 'SJ' Harris died in a crash during filming in Vancouver

(Newser) - The motorcycle stuntwoman who was killed on the Deadpool 2 set has been identified as Joi "SJ" Harris, who was working on her first film, reports Deadline Hollywood . Harris lost control of her motorcycle while filming a scene in Vancouver and crashed through a plate-glass window. She wasn't... More »

Stunt Driver Killed on Deadpool 2 Set

Sources say it was a woman riding a motorcycle

(Newser) - A stuntperson has been killed on the set of Deadpool 2, a spokesperson for distributor 20th Century Fox confirms to ABC News . Details, including the identity of the stunt driver involved in the Vancouver accident, were not immediately available, but sources tell TMZ the Monday morning accident involved a female... More »

Mom Sues Hospital for $8.6M After Suffocating Her Newborn

Monica Thompson was heavily medicated when staff left him to nurse

(Newser) - Monica Thompson tried for 12 years to get pregnant, so when she had her first child, Jacob, she called him her "miracle baby." Tragically, he didn't live past day 10. Now the mother of a toddler girl, Thompson is suing Portland Adventist Medical Center in Oregon for... More »

Teen Dies When Football Drill Involving Log Goes Wrong

16-year-old was struck in the head

(Newser) - Police say a group of New York high school football players were carrying a large log overhead for a workout when the wood fell on a 16-year-old and killed him, the AP reports. Suffolk County police say Joshua Mileto was fatally struck in the head during the pre-season drill. The... More »

Parents of Teen Who Died in Gym Mat Ordered to Pay $292K

After Kendrick Johnson's parents dropped their lawsuit, judge orders them to pay up

(Newser) - The parents of a Georgia teenager found dead inside a rolled-up gym mat and their attorney must pay more than $292,000 in legal fees to dozens of people they accused of foul play in a lawsuit that was later dropped, a judge ruled. The body of Kendrick Johnson, 17,... More »

2 Friends Died While Eating Dinner. Now Mystery Is Solved

And it turns out they were 'stupid' deaths

(Newser) - Olivier Boudin and Lucien Perot were close friends, almost like "father and son," according to one person who knew them. So locals were baffled when the two French men were found dead over a backyard garden dinner at Perot's home last Thursday, 69-year-old Perot sitting at the... More »

Mobb Deep's Prodigy Choked to Death, Says Coroner

Rapper had been hospitalized for sickle cell anemia complications in Vegas

(Newser) - An update on the June death of Mobb Deep's Prodigy: Per TMZ , the Clark County Medical Examiner in Nevada has determined the rap artist, whose real name was Albert Johnson, died after accidentally choking. The site had reported right after his death that the 42-year-old had choked on an... More »

Relaxing Evening in Hammock Turns Tragic for Ky. Teen

Michelle Chalk, 15, killed by falling tree

(Newser) - A Kentucky teen who was set to start her freshman year in high school this fall instead met a tragic fate this week while hanging out with a friend. Michelle Chalk, 15, was lounging in a hammock positioned between two trees in a friend's Fort Thomas backyard Tuesday when... More »

Newlywed Found Dead on Beach Was Buried Alive

Ashley O'Connor suffocated in hole in sand

(Newser) - The Texas woman found buried on a Maryland beach Monday met with what was apparently a fatal stroke of bad luck. Ocean City police say Ashley O'Connor suffocated in a deep hole that apparently collapsed or was otherwise filled with sand sometime after 2am Monday. "We don't... More »

8-Year-Old Girl Killed When Plane Crash-Lands on Beach

She and another sunbather died on the Portugal beach

(Newser) - A light plane made an emergency landing on a packed beach near Lisbon, Portugal, on Wednesday afternoon, killing a 56-year-old man and an 8-year-old girl who were sunbathing, authorities said. Hundreds of sunbathers were on the popular beach at Caparica and witnesses said some sunbathers ran into the sea to... More »

Teen Killed in 'Thrill Ride' Had Just Joined Marines

Maker wants Fire Ball rides worldwide shut down

(Newser) - The teenager killed in a horrific accident at the Ohio State Fair planned a future of serving his country and had enlisted in the Marine Corps just days earlier. Tyler Jarrell, 18, signed up for the Marines on Friday, with training to begin after he graduated from high school next... More »

One Wrong Step in Flip-Flops Proves Fatal

Montana man dies after 100-foot fall in Glacier National Park

(Newser) - A visitor to Montana's Glacier National Park is dead after one wrong step led to a 100-foot fall. Park authorities say 26-year-old Robert Durbin was taking photos by a creek on a scenic mountain road in the park when he fell into the water, reports the Missoulian . According to... More »

15-Month-Old Girl Found Dead in Bucket

Authorities say the girl fell into the bucket and drowned

(Newser) - Authorities says a 15-month-old girl drowned Wednesday in North Carolina after falling into a large bucket of water, WPDE reports. According to the Robeson County Sheriff's Office, the girl was reaching for something in the bucket when she fell in head first. The girl was less than 3 feet... More »

Jet Blast Kills Tourist on Beach

NZ woman failed to heed warning signs

(Newser) - A tourist from New Zealand was killed by a jet blast Wednesday at a Caribbean beach famous for being under low-flying aircraft. According to 721News , the 57-year-old woman was holding on to the fence separating St. Maarten's Maho Beach from Princess Juliana International Airport when the blast from a... More »

Green Day: We Didn't Know About Fatal Stunt

Band played set after acrobat plunged to his death

(Newser) - Green Day are not "heartless people," and they "most likely" would have called off their performance at a music festival in Spain Friday night if they had known that an acrobat had fallen to his death just before they came on, frontman Billie Joe Armstrong says. Armstrong... More »

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