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Soccer Star Dies After Accidental Fall

Peter Whittingham was 35

(Newser) - An English soccer star is dead at age 35 after an accidental fall, the Guardian reports. Peter Whittingham started his career with Aston Villa from 2003 to 2007, played more than 450 times for Cardiff City during 11 seasons with the team, and ended his career with Blackburn Rovers. He... More »

Falling Ice Kills Woman Right After Talk About Mortality

Linda Freedman Scharrenberg and her husband had been having a cocktail outside

(Newser) - A couple who had been married for nearly 50 years had just enjoyed a cocktail on their deck, where they talked about their inevitable deaths. As they walked back inside their Vermont home, a heavy piece of ice slid off the roof and fatally struck 73-year-old Linda Freedman Scharrenberg in... More »

Rider and Horse Die in Devastating Equestrian Fall

Rotational fall claims the lives of Katharine Morel and Kerry On

(Newser) - A Florida equestrian competition turned doubly devastating Saturday after a rider and her horse both died in a terrible fall. Katharine Morel of Canada was riding Kerry On on a cross-country course at Altoona's Rocking Horse Winter III Horse Trials, a United States Eventing Association-recognized competition, when the horse... More »

Grandfather Will Plead Guilty in Toddler's Cruise Ship Death

Sam Anello won't face jail time, lawyer says

(Newser) - An Indiana grandfather has decided to take a plea deal instead of trying to clear his name after the fatal fall that killed 18-month-old Chloe Weigand last year. Attorney Michael Winkleman tells NBC that Sam Anello has decided to plead guilty to a charge of negligent homicide brought by authorities... More »

Skier Is Dead After Freak Chair Lift Accident

New Jersey man dies from asphyxiation in Vail because his coat strangled him

(Newser) - A skier has died in Colorado after getting caught on a chair lift with his coat wrapped around his neck. Jason Varnish, 46, of New Jersey was skiing in Vail Mountain's Blue Sky Basin when he boarded the Skyline Express on Thursday. He asphyxiated when he fell through the... More »

Teen Killed by Accidental Shot From BB Gun

Police investigating incident in Florida

(Newser) - Family members of a 17-year-old boy killed with a BB gun are demanding answers of the man whose 8-year-old son fired the fatal shot. Ivan Johnson, 17, died Feb. 4, three days after he was accidentally shot in the left eye, according to police in Tampa, Florida. Johnson was riding... More »

Wife Dies After Husband Trips While Carrying Her

He's now suing over pothole that tripped him, leading to her fatal head injuries

(Newser) - A young Marine was carrying his wife to their car after a night out with friends when he tripped on a pothole—and five days later, she was dead. John and Robyn Pinkham were newlyweds when tragedy struck on June 14 of last year, People reports. They were leaving the... More »

Rep: TobyMac's Son Died of Accidental Overdose

Truett Foster McKeehan ODed on amphetamines, fentanyl

(Newser) - In October, the 21-year-old son of Christian rapper TobyMac (real name: Kevin McKeehan) died suddenly at his Tennessee home. Now, the cause of Truett Foster McKeehan's death has come to light. A rep for TobyMac tells People that the younger McKeehan accidentally overdosed on a mix of fentanyl and... More »

Father-Son Snowmobiling Trip Turns Fatal

Son, 18, killed in avalanche

(Newser) - Tragedy struck during a father-son snowmobiling trip in Utah when an avalanche buried the son, killing him. Chase Adams, 18, and his dad, Ben, were snowmobiling in Farmington Canyon Saturday when the avalanche struck around 1:30pm, immediately burying Chase and his snowmobile. His father escaped and called 911 and... More »

9-Year-Old Girl Who'd Just Started Hunting Is Shot Dead

Lauren Drawdy, dad Kim Drawdy, accidentally killed by another hunter in South Carolina

(Newser) - New Year's Day was the last day of deer hunting season in Colleton County, SC, which makes what happened there this week even more tragic. WCBD reports that a father and his 9-year-old daughter were accidentally shot and killed in Walterboro while hunting, just a few weeks after the... More »

3 Family Members Die in Resort Swimming Pool

They were visiting a resort in Spain

(Newser) - Three family members died Tuesday while vacationing at a Spanish holiday resort—all in the same swimming pool, the New York Times reports. The resort, Costa del Sol, says a 9-year-old British girl, her British father, and a 16-year-old American family member were found unresponsive in the pool. Authorities say... More »

Boy Falls From Parade Float, Is Run Over by Dad

No charges laid in Tennessee

(Newser) - The Christmas parade had just wrapped up when a boy fell out of a trailer packed with kids and into the path of its tires. Rowan Frensley, 7, was run over, though the truck pulling the trailer—driven by his own father—was driving slowly as it prepared to unload... More »

Water Agency Pays $14M to Families of Electrocuted Boys

17-year-olds died trying to save dog from canal

(Newser) - On April 1, California 17-year-olds Jacob Schneider and Jacob Hourmouzus jumped into a canal from a metal bridge to save a dog that had fallen in. When they grabbed the same bridge to pull themselves out, they were electrocuted. The Solano Irrigation District has now agreed to pay $7 million... More »

Why One State 'Scuttled' Worker's Horrible Death

Phillip Lee Terry died in Indiana in 2017

(Newser) - Phillip Lee Terry's death was needless and gruesome. Now Indiana officials are accused of crippling a probe into the tragedy while trying to get Amazon to open its second headquarters in the state, Vice reports. John Stallone, a former state safety inspector, is the whistleblower who triggered the story.... More »

Gun Goes Off In Court, Killing Female Lawyer

Addelaid Ferreira-Watt was shot in the hip

(Newser) - Addelaid Ferreira-Watt was doing her job when a shotgun accidentally went off and killed her—leaving friends and family in a state of shock, People reports. The South African lawyer was shot in the hip Monday when the weapon, entered in court as evidence, fell to the floor and discharged.... More »

Mom Charged After Son Falls to His Death From Escalator

Charges filed against mom 2 months after death of Jaiden Cowart, 3

(Newser) - Jiterria Lightner was traveling alone with her three young children in September when the unthinkable happened: Her son Jaiden Cowart fell from the top of an escalator at North Carolina's Charlotte-Douglas International Airport, dying days later from his injuries. Now Lightner finds herself charged in his death, WCNC reports.... More »

Man Falls to His Death in Lava Tube Hiding in His Yard

He was believed to be trimming trees at the time

(Newser) - A 71-year-old Hawaii man was believed to be trimming trees in his backyard in Hilo when an unseen hazard killed him, Big Island Now reports. The man slipped "through a soft area of ground" into a two-foot-wide lava tube and fell 22 feet to his death, according to a... More »

Father on Climbing Trip With Son Falls to His Death

Texas man was attempting to descend Washington state's Aasgard Pass

(Newser) - A father-son climbing trip in the Cascade Mountains turned tragic last week when Robert Jake Colburn apparently slipped and fell several hundred feet to his death. The 60-year-old from Dallas was descending Washington state's Aasgard Pass Thursday with three other people when he got ahead of the group, NBC... More »

Woman Killed After Gender Reveal Party Goes Wrong

Police say Iowa woman was hit by flying debris

(Newser) - An Iowa woman is dead after a gender reveal party went very wrong. The Marion County Sheriff's Office says they received a 911 call around 4pm Saturday stating that somebody had been badly injured in an explosion at a home in Knoxville, around 40 miles southeast of Des Moines,... More »

Family Night Out Turns Fatal

An unidentified girl was flung from a "Scrambler" ride in New Jersey

(Newser) - Tragedy struck a New Jersey amusement park Saturday when a 10-year-old girl was ejected from a ride and killed, Newsweek reports. The unidentified victim lay motionless amid distraught family members, per a witness, and was pronounced dead that evening at a hospital. "We are absolutely heartbroken," says the... More »

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