10. Prince Phillippe:
Along with his father King Louis IV, Philip of France was the co-ruler of France. He was killed when his horse tripped over a pig in the streets of Paris in 1131, two years into his reign.
9. William Huskisson:
Huskisson was a British Member of Parliament in the early 19th century. But William Huskinsson is known for being the first widely reported railway casualty. While attempting to meet the Duke of Wellington, Huskisson was run down by a train during the opening of the first railways in 1830. His leg was mauled and he died of injuries.
8. Frederick, Prince of Wales:
Frederick was the son of George II and heir to the British throne. It is believed that his death in 1751 from a burst abscess came after he was hit by a cricket or tennis ball. Although unproven, this is the generally accepted belief. He was the great-grandfather of Queen Victoria.
7. Isadora Duncan:
Isadora Duncan was an American dancer who was accidentally killed in 1927 after her scarf got caught in the wheel of a Amilcar automobile breaking her neck. On the night of September 14, 1927 she was riding the car as a passenger with French-Italian mechanic Benoît Falchetto, whom she had nicknamed “Buggatti”.
Carnarvon was an amateur Egyptologist who financed the excavation of Tutankhamen’s tomb in 1922. Several months after opening the tomb, Carnarvon died suddenly from a mosquito bite. This began the legend of the curse of Tutankhamen.
5. Jerome Cardan:
Jerome Cardan, also known as Gerolamo Cardano, was an Italian physician, mathematician and astrologer. He starved himself to death in 1576 to make sure that his own prediction of his death comes true.
4. Sir Thomas Urquhart:
Urquhart was the Scottish author of books with extraordinary titles such as Logopandecteision. It is believed that he died laughing when told of the Restoration of Charles II in 1660.
3. Franz Reichelt:
Franz Reichelt was an Austrian-born French tailor, inventor and parachuting pioneer who is known for his accidental death by jumping from the Eiffel Tower while testing a wearable parachute of his own design. Often referred to as the ‘Flying Tailor’ Franz’s death in 1912 was widely reported by the French media.
2. King Alexander of Greece:
Alexander of Greece was the second son of Constantine I of Greece and succeeded his father to the throne in 1917. He died at the age of 27 in 1920after he was bitten by an infected domestic Barbary macaque – a monkey.
Aeschylus was a famous Greek dramatist of the 5th and 4th century BC who died when an eagle carrying a tortoise dropped it on his head. Since there is no evidence to suggest he died in this manner, the story of his death is believed to be apocryphal.