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2 Students Dead, 1 in Coma After Odd Mishaps

One teenager was chased by a pit bull into traffic

(Newser) - Three tragic incidents this week have left two young people dead and one in a medically induced coma—the latter because his testicles were squeezed as a prank. To start with a sad fatality:
  • Sixth-grader Alex Newsome died Friday while throwing batting practice at school in Wilmington, North Carolina, the
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Man Finds Dead Body, Thinks It's Fake, Dumps It

'Mannequin' was actually 96-year-old woman

(Newser) - How exactly is it possible to mistake a dead body for a mannequin? Well, first of all, this story happened early on the morning after April Fools' Day. Ronald Benjamin, a desk clerk at a Florida seniors' apartment building, noticed the shape of a body on the patio while on... More »

Oblivious Renters Lived With Dead Body for Year

Missing man found behind door under stairs

(Newser) - Samuel McAlpine had been missing for a year when his ex-wife came to clean the Alaska home the couple had once shared and discovered a foul odor coming from beneath the stairs—a stench that apparently hadn't bugged the tenants who'd spent the last year living there. What... More »

Alabama Woman Lives With Dead Hubby for Weeks

Police had to break into house of elderly woman with Alzheimer's

(Newser) - An elderly Alabama woman lived with her dead husband for about a month before police broke into her house and discovered the sad scene, NBC News reports. Doris Kirby, 78, has Alzheimer's disease and didn't realize that police were there to check on her, at the request of... More »

How We Die Author Dies at Home, Age 83

Nuland 'wasn't scared of death,' daughter says

(Newser) - Dr. Sherwin Nuland, whose book How We Die sparked national debate over end-of-life decisions, has died from prostate cancer at his Connecticut home. The 83-year-old surgeon's award-winning 1994 book on death argued that death with dignity was rare and doctors too often tried to prolong life when further treatment... More »

Will You Die in 5 Years? New 'Death Test' Predicts

Body's biomarkers may show chance of death: study

(Newser) - Researchers have announced a rather morbid find: a "death test," as the Telegraph puts it, which may predict the likelihood of a seemingly healthy person biting the dust within five years. The blood test looks at the levels of four of the body's "biomarkers," molecules... More »

Couple Die Hours Apart, Unaware of Other's Death

Olympia and Michael DeNittis had been married for 67 years

(Newser) - A New Jersey couple that was married for 67 years died just a day apart even though each didn't know of the other's death, Huffington Post reports. Olympia DeNittis, 95, died last Sunday in Edison, NJ, after a bout with pneumonia, the Asbury Park Press reports. Michael DeNittis,... More »

Driver Backs Out of Spot, Hits 7, Kills 3

Then hit a curb, some trees, and ended up in a canal

(Newser) - A 79-year-old woman mistakenly backed into seven people in a parking lot with her SUV Sunday, killing three of them and injuring four. The Florida Highway Patrol said yesterday that Doreene Landstra of Palmetto has been ordered to appear in court next month after receiving a citation for improper backing.... More »

Police Fire AK-47s at Cambodian Protesters

3 killed as garment workers demand double the current minimum wage

(Newser) - At least three people were killed today when police in Cambodia opened fire to break up a protest by striking garment workers demanding a doubling of the minimum wage, police and human rights workers said. Police said the three were killed and two others were wounded in a southern suburb... More »

Mouse Kills Man and Other Weird Victorian Deaths

Townsfolk kill 'zombie,' alarm clock brings cruel fate in BBC list

(Newser) - Need a break from the holiday cheer? At the BBC , Jeremy Clay offers a list of weird and horrifying 19th-century deaths, which from the vantage point of centuries later are also darkly amusing. Among them:
  • After causing a stir in a London factory in 1875, a mouse literally killed a
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Activist Dies in Reservoir She Battled Against

Chile's Nicolesa Quintreman likely fell in and drowned, say prosecutor, sister

(Newser) - A Mapuche Indian leader who became the face of Chile's environmental movement has been found floating in a reservoir she spent a decade trying to prevent from being created. Authorities say they're awaiting autopsy results, though the death appears accidental. While there's no official cause of death... More »

Woman Tweets About 30-Hour Workday, Then Dies

Mita Diran was 'going strooong' ... and then she wasn't

(Newser) - It's not just banking : A copywriter for ad agency Young & Rubicam Indonesia collapsed last Saturday and died the next day, and fingers seem to be squarely pointed at two potential culprits: overwork and "Thai Red Bull." As Gawker reports, Mita Diran, who had worked for the... More »

Guy Dies in Jail Cell After Guards Ignore His Allergies

Michael Saffioti, 22, jailed on minor marijuana charge

(Newser) - Michael Saffioti was in Washington's Snohomish County Jail on a minor marijuana possession charge—the 22-year-old had actually turned himself in. But he paid an enormous price: He had severe dairy allergies, and died after apparently being served oatmeal containing dairy. The guards allegedly accused Saffioti of "faking"... More »

Want to Know Who Died in Your Home? Check This Site tells you, well, who died in your house

(Newser) - Been hearing strange noises in the night? Thinking your house just may be haunted? Well, now you can get answers, at . As the name suggests, the website tells you who, if anyone, has died in the place you call home. Roy Condrey started the site after one of... More »

Cops Look at Hate Crime in NY Punching Death

Jeffrey Babbitt dies after random attack

(Newser) - The death of a man who suffered a skull fracture and brain hemorrhage in Manhattan after being punched has been ruled a homicide, NY1 reports. Jeffrey Babbitt (some outlets use the spelling "Jeffery Babbit"), 62, was walking in Union Square around 3pm last Wednesday when Lashawn Marten allegedly... More »

Couple, Married for 71 Years, Dies on Same Day

They eloped during World War II

(Newser) - After their first blind date, Nora Schaddel told Robert Viands that she never wanted to go out with him again. It didn't exactly work out that way. Viands persisted, a romance blossomed, and when he was drafted to go fight in World War II, they decided to get married.... More »

Couple Married 65 Years Die 11 Hours Apart

Just days before their 66th anniversary

(Newser) - Relatives of an Ohio couple who died at a nursing home 11 hours apart on the same day say their love story's ending reflects their devotion over 65 years of marriage. The Dayton Daily News reports that Harold and Ruth Knapke died in their shared room on Aug. 11,... More »

Bank of America Intern Dies After 3 All-Nighters: Sources

Moritz Erhardt reportedly suffered from epilepsy

(Newser) - A 21-year-old intern at Bank of America in London had reportedly worked 72 hours straight when he collapsed in the shower and died, according to the Independent and other sources , which are citing Internet chatter. Moritz Erhardt "went home at 6am three days in a row," according to... More »

NC Hotel Mystery as Room Sees 3rd Death in 2 Months

Carbon monoxide found in hotel, but no word yet on official cause of death

(Newser) - Three people have died in the same North Carolina hotel room since April, in a mystery authorities are still investigating. On Saturday, Jeannie Williams and her 11-year-old son, Jeffrey, were found unresponsive in the Best Western room in Boone. Jeffrey was pronounced dead; his mother awoke from her coma yesterday.... More »

Suicide Jumper Lands On, Kills Girl, 5

South Korean girl dies in hospital of skull fracture

(Newser) - A tragedy turned horrific in South Korea on Wednesday, when a man's suicide attempt ended up killing a young girl, too. The man, described as age 38 or 39, jumped from the 11th floor of his apartment building in Busan, and landed on the five-year-old, reports CNN . He died... More »

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