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Mentally Ill Man Asphyxiated in Police Car

Officers in Brazil 'turned a car into a gas chamber,' activist says

(Newser) - Anger and protests in Brazil have followed the death of a Black man who was gassed in police custody. After a traffic stop, officers in the city of Umbaúba put the man in the back of a police car, then set off a gas grenade, the Guardian reports. "...

Outside Mexico Governor's Office, a Horrifying Discovery

10 bodies found packed in SUV

(Newser) - A report of a suspicious vehicle outside the office of a Mexican state governor before dawn on Thursday was the first sign of a trouble. It was not the last. Inside the vehicle, left in a public square still decorated with a Christmas tree, were the bodies of 10 murder...

3 Ohio Brothers Die in Manure Pit
3 Ohio Brothers
Die in Manure Pit

3 Ohio Brothers Die in Manure Pit

They were working on family farm when they became trapped, overcome by fumes

(Newser) - The obituaries for three Ohio siblings all feature the same chilling line: "He is preceded in death by his brothers." That's because the Wuebker brothers—31-year-old Todd, 35-year-old Brad, and 37-year-old Gary—died together this week in a freak accident, overcome by fumes after becoming trapped in...

Man on Anniversary Trip in Cancun Found Dead in Window

Elijah Snow was found dead at a neighboring hotel

(Newser) - A 10th anniversary celebration in Mexico ended in tragedy for a Texas couple early Monday. CBSDFW reports Elijah Snow and his wife were spending their first night at an all-inclusive resort in Cancun and were drinking at the hotel bar. NBC News reports the wife decided to go to bed,...

4th Child's Death Blamed on TikTok Challenge

Latest is a 12-year-old boy in Oklahoma

(Newser) - A 12-year-old boy has died in Oklahoma after reportedly taking part in a TikTok challenge in which participants choke themselves until they pass out. Police officers were called just before midnight Monday to an apartment building in Bethany, where they found the boy unconscious and not breathing, with ligature marks...

Scientist Found in Bunker Died From 'Criminal Act'

Suzanne Eaton was reportedly suffocated

(Newser) - The American scientist whose body was found in a World War II bunker on Crete nearly a week after she vanished died as the result of a "criminal act." A state coroner tells the AP he believes the death occurred near the time Suzanne Eaton was last sighted...

Spike in Suicides Followed Death of Robin Williams

Researchers can't prove his suicide caused copycats, but the numbers did rise after he died

(Newser) - The world was shocked by the August 2014 death of Robin Williams , but "middle-aged men in despair" may have taken his suicide especially hard, Reuters notes. For a study published Wednesday in Plos One , researchers sifted through CDC data from 1999 through 2015 and found that there was a...

Cause of Death Released in Ex-Glee Star's Death

Mark Salling died of asphyxiation due to hanging—a suicide

(Newser) - What was already speculated on has now been confirmed: Former Glee star Mark Salling took his own life. Per TMZ , the Los Angeles County Coroner determined the 35-year-old actor, who was found hanging from a riverside tree near his home in Sunland, Calif., died from asphyxia due to hanging, and...

Coroner: Owner Died After 'Show of Affection' From Pet Snake

Victim's mom kept all 10 of his snakes

(Newser) - Dan Brandon loved his 8-foot pet python Tiny and, fatally, the feeling was apparently mutual. Brandon, 31, was found dead in his home in Basingstoke, England, last August, and a coroner's inquest has concluded that he was asphyxiated by the African rock python, one of 10 snakes and a...

Schoolteacher's Murder Points to 'One Person Only'

Husband Andrew MacCormack charged Tuesday

(Newser) - Days after a second-grade teacher was found murdered in her home in Revere, Mass., a state police chief says an investigation has "led to one person and one person only, and he is now under arrest." Andrew MacCormack was arrested Tuesday and charged with murder in the death...

Answers Died With Woman Buried Alive at Beach: Cops

Police end investigation into death of Ashley O'Connor

(Newser) - Without discovering a satisfactory explanation for her death, police have closed the investigation into a woman who suffocated beneath the sand of a Maryland beach, WTOP reports. "How the hole collapsed, she unfortunately is the only person that will know," Ocean City Police Chief Ross Buzzuro says. Ashley...

10-Year-Old Found Dead Under 2 Feet of Snow

It was a freak accident

(Newser) - A boy doing what any kid does on a snow day—digging around in the snow—met a tragic end when the tunnel he had burrowed collapsed and suffocated him. The 10-year-old was playing on his grandparents' farm in upstate New York Wednesday when his father, who was clearing the...

'Co-Sleeping' Mom Charged After a 2nd Baby Dies

Erin Piche-Pitts had been warned on co-sleeping dangers for both babies, authorities say

(Newser) - "It happened again" is what Erin Piche-Pitts told authorities when her second infant died of apparent suffocation, even though she'd been repeatedly warned about the dangers of co-sleeping, the New York Times reports. The son of the woman from Winter Haven, Fla., died in October, this time resulting...

'Choking Game' Kills 11-Year-Old
'Choking Game'
Kills 11-Year-Old

'Choking Game' Kills 11-Year-Old

Garrett Pope's parents are speaking out to warn others

(Newser) - Last Wednesday, the parents of Garrett Pope, Jr., found the 11-year-old South Carolina boy in his room, dead from accidental asphyxiation. Now they're speaking out to let the world know that something called the "Choking Game" killed their little boy and to warn other parents so the same...

Cops: Robin Williams Hanged Himself by Belt

Assistant found him inside his home

(Newser) - Robin Williams' personal assistant is the person who found his body inside the actor's home yesterday morning, the Marin County Sheriff's Office said today. The assistant became concerned when Williams didn't answer the door and entered the home to investigate, discovering Williams in a seated position, slightly...

Missing Oregon Mom's Death Ruled a Suicide

Jennifer Huston was found with an empty bottle of sleeping pills and a note

(Newser) - Just a day after finding missing Oregon mom Jennifer Huston's body, officials are ruling her death a suicide. Her husband first reported her missing after she left to run errands on the evening of July 24; the last known footage of her shows her entering a Rite Aid pharmacy,...

Death of UK Spy Found in Gym Bag 'Probably an Accident'

Police think Gareth Williams was alone

(Newser) - The MI6 spy whose naked body was found inside a zipped, padlocked gym bag probably died ... by accident, UK police have decided. The coroner said last year Gareth Williams was probably killed by someone else in a criminal act, but now the Metropolitan Police have completed an evidence review and...

Roach-Contest Winner Choked to Death

Edward Archbold, 32, couldn't stop vomiting

(Newser) - Hope you're not in the middle of eating: The Florida man who died after winning a roach-eating contest suffocated partly on little bug bodies, CBS Miami reports. Edward Archbold, 32, died from choking and vomiting due to "airway obstruction by the arthropod body parts," according to his...

Teen Deaths Prompt Police Alert Over 'Choking Game'

Asphyxiation game known as 'good kids' high'

(Newser) - The deaths of two teenage girls have prompted Chicago police to issue a warning about the "choking game"—asphyxiating oneself to gain a feeling of euphoria. Within just 2 weeks, the parents of Rebekah Toia, 15, and Angelena Ohanessian, 14, came home to find their children hanged. "...

Autoerotic Asphyxiation No Choking Matter

Death rate roughly equivalent to NYC's homicides

(Newser) - Autoerotic asphyxiation may seem like a fringe pursuit, but it kills hundreds of American men every year, Ian Daly writes in Details. Dubbed AeA, it involves partially choking oneself during orgasm to cut off oxygen and unleash a flood of pleasure-inducing chemicals in the brain. Once considered the fatal fetish...

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