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Sunday, August 7, 2011

Famous People Who Died of Eating and Drinking


Is it a shame to die because of eating and drinking? Scroll down and find out who were the popular people in history who died of drinking and eating.

1.) Tycho Brahe


Some etiquette kills!

Tycho Brahe is one of the most famous astronomer and alchemist during his time. But because of etiquette, he died at the age of 55 on October 24, 1601 due to complications resulting from a strained bladder at a banquet. Considered extremely bad etiquette to leave the table before the meal was finished, he stayed until he became fatally ill. He suddenly contracted a bladder or kidney ailment after attending a banquet in Prague, and died eleven days later.

2.) Adolf Frederick


Gluttony kills!

Adolf Frederick was king of Sweden from 1751 until his death in 1771. He died at the age of 60 on February 12, 1771 of digestion problems. What are the foods he ate? Well, he consumed a meal of caviar, lobster, sauerkraut, smoked herring and champagne. He topped it off with 14 servings of semla, his favorite dessert. Today, he is well remembered by Swedish schoolchildren as “the king who ate himself to death”.

3.) Julien Offray de La Mettrie


Overeating is dangerously deadly!

Julien Offray de La Mettrie is a popular materialist and sensual philosopher during his time. He is the author of L'Homme machine or Machine Man. Like King Adolf Frederick of Sweden, he also died of overeating at a feast given in his honor on November 11, 1751 at the age of 41.

4.) Marcus Licinius Crassus


Greediness will kill you!

How does gold tastes? Marcus Licinius Crassus is known in the Roman Empire as a wealthy man. This Roman general and consul was reported to have been put to death in 53 BCE by the Parthian General Surena after losing the battle of Carrhae. Crassus was forced to drink a goblet of molten gold, symbolic of his great wealth.

5.) Lucius Fabius Cilo
Watch out with the milk you drink!

This is ridiculously absurd. In 212, Lucius Fabius Cilo, a Roman senator of the 2nd century, died of choking by a single hair in a draught of milk.

6.) Len Koenecke
Too much drink will kill you!

It has been proven time and again that too much drink will kill you. In 1935, Baseball player Leonard George “Len” Koenecke died at the age of 34 due to excessive alcoholic drinking. While on a plane he drank a quart of whiskey and became very drunk. He then harassed other passengers and hit a stewardess. He was removed unconscious from the flight in Detroit and after sleeping on a chair in the airport he chartered a flight to Buffalo. While flying over Canada he had a disagreement with the pilot and a passenger and attempted to take control of the aircraft. In order to avoid a crash he was hit over the head by both the pilot and the other passenger with a fire extinguisher.

7.) Basil Brown
Carrots are healthy but they can be deadly!

In 1974, Basil Brown, a 48-year-old health food advocate from Croydon, drank himself to death with carrot juice. Anything that is too much will kill you.

8.) Maximo Rene Menendez
Be careful of soft drinks especially if it’s from Colombia!

Twenty years ago, Maximo Rene Menendez, a 25-year-old man from Miami, Florida, USA, fell into a coma after drinking “Pony Malta de Bavaria”, a Colombian soft drink. The bottle had been laced with cocaine in an apparent smuggling scheme. Menendez was declared brain dead and died after doctors disconnected his life-support equipment in 1991.

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