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Mummified Michigan Woman ID'd

But cause of death still a mystery for woman who died in 2009

(Newser) - Pia Farrenkopf had a poodle named Baby and a cat named Bungee, had traveled the world, and—though estranged from family and friends—was described as kind and private. And now, DNA has positively identified Farrenkopf as the mummified body found in the backseat of her Jeep in March . “... More »

Hoffman Left His Kids Out of Will

Longtime girlfriend trusted to keep them from being 'trust fund' kids

(Newser) - Philip Seymour Hoffman left behind a $35 million estate, but not a penny to his three children. The late actor apparently worried that Cooper, 10, Tallulah, 7, and Willa, 5, would be "trust fund" kids, the New York Post reports. Hoffman also stipulated in his will—written before his... More »

Brooklyn Woman Found Living With Mother's Bones

Chava Stirn, 28, discovered living in trash-packed apartment with remains

(Newser) - Skeletal remains were found in a Brooklyn apartment on Monday, and the New York Post today reports that, as suspected , a 28-year-old woman found in the apartment had been living with her dead mother's bones. Cops came upon the scene after the apartment building’s superintendent, who was investigating... More »

Woman Killed by ... Phone Charger

Sheryl Aldeguer electrocuted by faulty charger in April

(Newser) - A mother of two has died in Australia thanks to a $4.95 phone charger. Authorities say Sheryl Anne Aldeguer, 28, was talking on the phone, plugged into a cheap charger that failed to meet Australian safety rules, when she was electrocuted with 240 volts and died instantly. The Filipino... More »

Grandma's Body Accidentally Sent to Be Dissected

But medical examiner's office insists body was never dissected

(Newser) - Bronx morgue workers allegedly sent the corpse of an 85-year-old woman to be dissected at Albert Einstein College—despite the fact that her body was never supposed to be used as a teaching aide. Now, the family of Aura Ballesteros, who died May 16, plans to sue the city, the... More »

Venezuela Running Low ... on Coffins

Production down 20% to 30% in country with high murder rate

(Newser) - Now even in death, Venezuelans are afflicted by shortages. Coffin production has dropped between 20% and 30% this year for lack of materials, industry officials say, forcing funeral and burial delays and boosting coffin prices. In especially short supply is the metal leaf used in coffin-building, says Pedro Navarro, former... More »

Here's What Eventually Kills Centenarians

New study looks at causes of death for the 100-and-over crowd

(Newser) - Centenarians really are different than most of us. A study in the UK has revealed that the oldest of the old typically die not of the chronic illnesses that often fell the “younger” elderly, but of infections or frailty, LiveScience reports. Out of almost 36,000 centenarians who died... More »

Great-Grandpa Killed While Rescuing Dog

Richard Kurtz 'would put his life in danger to save anybody'

(Newser) - A beloved great-grandpa was killed Monday in Missouri while attempting to rescue a dog from a busy highway. Richard Kurtz, 78, spotted what was either his or a friend's small whippet across the highway from his farm and immediately went out on the road to help, the St. Louis ... More »

Flying Deer Kills New Mexico Man

Deer was hit by car before striking Ben Archibeque

(Newser) - Authorities in northern New Mexico say a 30-year-old man was fatally injured when a deer struck by another motorist was thrown into the car carrying the victim and his mother. Police say Benardino "Ben" Archibeque of Brazos was traveling north on US 64/84 near Chama when the accident occurred... More »

Boy Killed Fighting Off Sister's Rapist: Family

Family members say assailant hit him in head with a rock

(Newser) - A gut-wrenching case out of Richmond, Virginia, though the details remain murky: Family members say an 8-year-old boy was killed via a rock or brick to the head when he tried to fight off a teen who was sexually assaulting his 12-year-old sister. The siblings were playing near railroad tracks... More »

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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