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He Attempted a Houdini Trick, and It May Have Killed Him

Chanchal Lahiri didn't emerge from the Hooghly river on Sunday

(Newser) - He tried to do as Houdini once did—and it may have killed him. An Indian magician was lowered into the Hooghly river in West Bengal state on Sunday, his body bound with a chain and six locks in a Houdini-style trick, reports the BBC . Chanchal Lahiri's intention was... More »

Poker Star Likely Electrocuted in Bath: Reports

Russia's Lilya Novikova was big on the Twitch streaming platform

(Newser) - A young poker star is dead in Russia, apparently after accidentally electrocuting herself while using a hair dryer in the bathtub. Local media report the body of Lilya Novikova was found by an elderly neighbor in the bathroom of her family's Moscow apartment days before her 27th birthday after... More »

In Sao Paulo, Another Model Dies Tragically

Caroline Bittencourt drowned amid stormy weather over the weekend

(Newser) - Another model has tragically died in Sao Paulo in less than a week: Brazilian model Caroline Bittencourt was on a catamaran Sunday when bad weather struck; she fell into the ocean and drowned. The 37-year-old's body was discovered late Monday near Cigarras Beach, Fox News reports, citing local media.... More »

A Noise From Meat Grinder, Then a Horrifying Scene

Worker killed Monday in Pennsylvania meat-processing facility

(Newser) - "This was a horrible accident" seems an understatement considering how a plant worker died Monday in Pennsylvania. Lycoming County Coroner Charles E. Kiessling Jr. said 35-year-old Jill Greninger fell or was pulled to her death inside a large commercial meat grinder she was operating at Economy Locker Storage Co.... More »

Fordham Student Dies After Banned 'Rite of Passage'

She fell inside university's iconic tower

(Newser) - A 22-year-old Fordham University student was fatally injured early Sunday during a banned "rite of passage" at the Bronx campus. The Jesuit university says Sydney Monfries was injured in a fall inside the iconic Keating Hall clock tower around 3am, the Fordham Ram reports. She was pronounced dead in... More »

He Tried to Yank Out a Hive. The Bees Became 'Agitated'

51-year-old Arizona man dead after insects attack him in yard

(Newser) - The wife of Epigmenio Gonzalez was stung, as were several first responders and police officers, after the 51-year-old Arizona man tried to yank a beehive out from behind a couch in his Yuma yard. But Gonzalez ended up "covered with bees"—and it proved fatal, ABC News reports.... More »

Parents of Teen Killed by Hammer Throw Sue NCAA

They allege negligence in teen's death

(Newser) - The NCAA is being sued by the parents of a suburban Chicago Christian college freshman who was struck and killed in 2017 by an errant hammer throw at a track and field meet. The wrongful death lawsuit filed by the parents of Wheaton College student Ethan Roser in US District... More »

Girl, 15, Fatally Shoots Self in Gun Club Accident

Teen was target shooting with her dad

(Newser) - Authorities say a 15-year-old girl accidentally shot and killed herself at a gun club in Iowa, the AP reports. Lee County sheriff's officials say deputies and medics were called around 10:40am Sunday to the Tri-State Gun Club outside Montrose, a community about 80 miles south of Iowa City.... More »

You May Never Have Heard of Ski Slopes' 'Silent Killer'

Tree wells kill about as many people as avalanches every year

(Newser) - You know that trees can be deadly for skiers and snowboarders if they lose control and slam into the trunk. But what you may not know is that the innocent-looking depression in the snow that appears around the base of a tree after a lot of snow falls is, in... More »

Country Singer Killed While Filming Music Video

Justin Carter dies after gun being used as prop goes off

(Newser) - Country singer Justin Carter was killed in an accidental shooting just as his career was starting to take off. The 35-year-old died after a gun being used as a prop in a music video went off, according to Mark Atherton at Triple Threat Management. The gun "went off and... More »

Paragliding Tragedy Claims 2 Lives

2 men killed after in-air collision above Torrey Pines, Calif.

(Newser) - A man from Orange County, Calif., and another from San Diego met a tragic fate after they crashed while paragliding over Torrey Pines on Saturday. The San Diego Tribune reports the two men—identified as 61-year-old Raul Gonzalez Valerio and 43-year-old Glenn Johnny Peter Bengtsson, respectively, per KNSD —were... More »

High School Baseball Coach, Wife Electrocuted

Florida couple died in freak accident on field

(Newser) - A Florida high school baseball coach and his wife were killed in a freak accident Sunday while trying to get a hurricane-damaged field ready for baseball season. Authorities say Liberty County High School coach Corey Crum and wife Shana Crum, a school district health aide, were electrocuted while replacing a... More »

She Stepped on a Rock. It Came Loose—and Killed Her

Utah hiker, 37, thought to have died on impact, but was trapped underneath boulder for hours

(Newser) - A 37-year-old Utah woman hiking with her husband and a friend was killed Saturday in a freak accident. The unidentified woman was making her way down a mountain on Stansbury Island in the Great Salt Lake when she was crushed by a "4 foot by 4 foot by 2... More »

Framed Picture Falls, Killing Boy, 4

In freak Philadelphia accident, he was impaled with shattered glass

(Newser) - Authorities and a family member say a 4-year-old boy was struck with shards of glass and died after a framed picture fell in his Philadelphia home, the AP reports. A release from city police says the accident occurred Wednesday afternoon. Amanda Velez says her son, Adrian Ortega, and his two... More »

Investigators: Drowning Deaths Are Really Murders

Were the 'Smiley Face Killers' behind it?

(Newser) - Dakota James, drowning victim? So says a coroner, but others suggest the 23-year-old Duquesne University student was murdered by the "Smiley Face Killers"—an alleged group said to be eliminating young men across the country, CBS Pittsburgh reports. Officially, James parted with friends after an evening out in... More »

NYC Subway Train Drags Man to His Death

39-year-old got caught on moving train at Grand Central

(Newser) - Commuters packed onto a subway platform at New York City's Grand Central Terminal witnessed a horrifying scene Tuesday as a man was snagged by a moving train and dragged into a tunnel. The unidentified 39-year-old was walking on the yellow caution line on the edge of the platform around... More »

After Student's Death, Family Has Message: 'Never Walk Alone'

Connor Gage died of hypothermia while walking home from fraternity party

(Newser) - The family of a University of Vermont student who died in the snow after leaving a fraternity party alone wants to make sure no other student meets the same tragic fate. Connor Gage's parents have started the "Connor Gage Never Walk Alone Fund," with the aim of... More »

Man Falls Into Vat of Sulfuric Acid

It's not clear what caused the fatal accident at a manufacturing facility in Michigan

(Newser) - A horrific story out of metro Detroit, where a man fell into a vat of sulfuric acid Saturday and died. The 54-year-old man fell at a Michigan Seamless Tube facility in South Lyon and was injured, dying later at a hospital, WXYZ reports. It's not clear what caused him... More »

Mother Dies in 'Heartbreaking' NYC Subway Fall

She was carrying baby, stroller down stairs

(Newser) - A young mother from Connecticut who went to New York City for a shopping trip died in what the Metropolitan Transportation Authority calls an "absolutely heartbreaking incident." Malaysia Goodson, 22, fell down the stairs of the 7th Avenue subway station while carrying her 1-year-old daughter, a stroller, and... More »

Hotel Wall Collapses During Wedding, Kills 15

People dancing at Peru wedding were caught underneath

(Newser) - A hotel wall collapsed during a wedding celebration in Peru, killing at least 15 people on Sunday, authorities said. National civil defense chief Jorge Chavez said dozens of people who had been dancing were caught under the collapsing wall and a roof early Sunday at the Alhambra hotel in the... More »

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