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Posted 30 July 2007 - 06:45 PM

There's another Diana deathopic on C5 tonight, which got me to thinking - what are the greatest ever deaths? The person probably needs to be a combination of very famous, with an unexpected, violent even, demise.

Answers on a post card please.

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Posted 30 July 2007 - 06:50 PM

View PostCowboy Ronnie, on Jul 30 2007, 01:45 PM, said:

There's another Diana deathopic on C5 tonight, which got me to thinking - what are the greatest ever deaths? The person probably needs to be a combination of very famous, with an unexpected, violent even, demise.

Answers on a post card please.

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Posted 30 July 2007 - 07:16 PM

View PostCowboy Ronnie, on Jul 30 2007, 07:45 PM, said:

There's another Diana deathopic on C5 tonight, which got me to thinking - what are the greatest ever deaths? The person probably needs to be a combination of very famous, with an unexpected, violent even, demise.

Answers on a post card please.

Steve Irwin has most of those criteria covered, as does the other dead blonde who was killed in a car accident - Jayne Mansfield.

Unexpected and violent but sad Kirsty McColl. Desmond Llewellyn's death was no surprising but I didn't expect him to go in a car accident. I didn't realise that old people die in that manner more often than you'd think.
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Posted 30 July 2007 - 07:22 PM

Going back a few years, but the mysterious hunting accident that put an end to the life of King William II in 1100 must be one the greatest deaths ever on British soil.

I suppose a comparable modern day scenario would be if The Queen's head was blown off during a pheasant shoot. B)
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Posted 30 July 2007 - 07:22 PM

John Lennon is also covered by the above criteria. Elderly Scottish actor Ian Bannen also died, like Desmond Llewellyn, in a car crash.

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Posted 30 July 2007 - 07:25 PM

Payne Stewart, watched as his chilled corpse flew miles before plummetting into the ground. NTSB Report.

or JFK, of course, courtesy of good ol' Abraham Zapruder!
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Posted 30 July 2007 - 07:26 PM

I suppose there are quite a few of the very famous who have died prematurely.
Otis Redding and Jim Reeves ( very famous in their day) didnt find Air travel very agreeable.
One possible unexpected very famous death, with a twist, would have to be Glenn Miller who, despite folklore telling us that he is laying at the bottom of the English channel in a Light Aircraft actually met his maker in a Paris brothel.
Carol, apparently Vic Morrow died a hero, saving two children from certain death. Correct?
JFK, for me, is THE greatest ever death. I dont reckon that its trumpable.
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Posted 30 July 2007 - 07:29 PM

View PostLord Fellatio Nelson, on Jul 30 2007, 08:26 PM, said:

JFK, for me, is THE greatest ever death. I dont reckon that its trumpable.
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Posted 30 July 2007 - 07:33 PM

Forget JFK, I reckon Rod Hull's topple from the roof whilst attempting to fix the aerial is the one death where everyone remembers where they were when they heard the news...

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Posted 30 July 2007 - 07:34 PM

Thats because your fingers are quicker than mine sweetie, God they are soooo nimble!!!!! B)
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Posted 30 July 2007 - 07:37 PM

Tommy Cooper, live (ahem) on stage, "just like that"

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Posted 30 July 2007 - 07:38 PM

View PostBrinsworth House Baiter, on Jul 30 2007, 08:33 PM, said:

Forget JFK, I reckon Rod Hull's topple from the roof whilst attempting to fix the aerial is the one death where everyone remembers where they were when they heard the news...

Cheers,

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Yes, I was sitting at home with a cuppa and a Hobnob when I heard. I couldnt help thinking " If only he hadnt gone onto the roof with one hand still stuck up Emus arse..."
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Posted 30 July 2007 - 07:41 PM

View Postwelshman, on Jul 30 2007, 08:37 PM, said:

Tommy Cooper, live (ahem) on stage, "just like that"

http://news.bbc.co.u...les/3625301.stm

http://news.independ...icle2521678.ece
This one I do remember.
His collapse was slow, so slow. I actually thought that he was disappearing down a trap door as part of the act.
The terrible thing about it was you could clearly hear the " Death Rattle" while the audience laughed merrily away. B)
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Posted 30 July 2007 - 07:48 PM

Sid James' death live on stage was another one. There weren't any television cameras around though

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Posted 30 July 2007 - 07:52 PM

View PostLord Fellatio Nelson, on Jul 30 2007, 08:26 PM, said:

JFK, for me, is THE greatest ever death. I dont reckon that its trumpable.

agreed with JFK, but if, for example, on September 11 the terrorists took control of Air Force One, with President GW Bush on board, and flew that into the World Trade Center, the world would be a safer place today that would arguably be a greater death.

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Posted 30 July 2007 - 08:04 PM

View PostCowboy Ronnie, on Jul 30 2007, 08:52 PM, said:

View PostLord Fellatio Nelson, on Jul 30 2007, 08:26 PM, said:

JFK, for me, is THE greatest ever death. I dont reckon that its trumpable.

agreed with JFK, but if, for example, on September 11 the terrorists took control of Air Force One, with President GW Bush on board, and flew that into the World Trade Center, the world would be a safer place today that would arguably be a greater death.
I agree it would, but that death would be greater because of its relevence today, for this generation.
JFKs death was on the back of a cold war and a game of Russian roulette with a Nuclear weapons and the world really was on the Brink of a Nuclear war.
But, yes I agree with your scenario Cowboy.
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Posted 30 July 2007 - 10:33 PM

Some more candidates:

Jesus of Nazareth*
The crew of Columbia
Admiral Nelson
Bonny and Clyde
Donald Campbell
Gordon of Karthoum
Adolf Hitler
William Wallace
Francis Bacon (died from pneumonia caught after inventing the first frozen chicken -chilled it with snow)



* Has to be top death, surely.

Plus tons of saints: Catherine, Peter, Sebastian and a whole lot more.
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Posted 30 July 2007 - 10:54 PM

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Posted 30 July 2007 - 11:01 PM

View PostGodot, on Jul 30 2007, 11:33 PM, said:

Plus tons of saints: Catherine, Peter, Sebastian and a whole lot more.

i was going to mention how alot of the saints have had good/terrible deaths.
i can only think of catherine though, as its why "catherine wheel" fireworks are called so.

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Posted 30 July 2007 - 11:23 PM

Franklin D. Roosevelt.
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