Death is a scary thing. It’s something that will inevitably happen to all of us at some point, but one thing we can all agree on is that when we do die, that it’s not caught on film to be distributed and viewed by thousands, if not millions of people. Deaths are tragic and disturbing, especially if the circumstances or unexpected or accidental. Some horrible accidental ways a person may die include:
- A car accident
- A fire
While many fear death and try to avoid talking about it, it’s also healthy to understand what death means and how it can affect different people. One thing that we probably don’t want when we die is for our families to actually see it, but in these tragic cases, people’s’ deaths were caught on camera, and it’s pretty disturbing.
Here are 16 horrific deaths caught live on camera.
1. Roger Williamson died during the 1973 Dutch Grand Prix in the Netherlands. It was his second Formula One race, and on the 8th lap, tire failure made his car flip upside down. It caught fire and was soon engulfed in flames. Williamson was not injured from the crash but he got trapped under the car and died.
After the tragedy, fireproof clothing became mandatory for all marshals positioned along the tracks so they could provide assistance in the case of a fire.
2. During a Liverpool vs. Nottingham soccer game on April 15, 1989, 96 people were crushed to death during an FA cup semi final. Because of football fan’s reputation for violence, a neutral venue was chosen which had fans of each team separated from each other by fences.
In the Liverpool section, dangerous overcrowding caused a barrier to fall only moments after the game started. Fans began to fall on one another, and the game stopped after only 6 minutes. 96 people were killed that day, while 766 were injured.
3. The Space Shuttle Challenger disaster took the lives of seven crew members and occurred on January 28, 1986. Only 73 seconds into the flight, the main fuel tank exploded at 48,000 feet and disintegrated above the Atlantic Ocean. The launch was filmed live, and was seen by over 40 million people around the world.
Most of the crew were alive as the spaceship fell back to earth. 4 personal air packs which were later recovered were found to be activated. The crew was not able to survive the impact with the sea, which was at 200 miles an hour.
The pilot survived with serious injuries, but 11 people who had been driving on the busy road were killed. It was the deadliest air show accident in England since the 1952 Farnborough air show, which claimed the lives of 31 people.
5. In 1955, the deadliest crash in auto racing history occurred in Le Mans, France. One of the racers had cut in front of another car to enter the pit for a pit stop. Another driver had to swerve to avoid him, and he hit the back of another car and became airborne. It flew over the protective barriers and into the crowd.
The car hit a concrete wall, causing the Mercedes to throw the engine, bonnet and axel into the crowd. The car caught fire, and burst into flames. 84 people were killed and 120 were injured.
The man immediately fell into a coma and later died in the hospital.
7. In 2013, a North Carolina prison officer viciously threw a 40-year old inmate onto the ground. The prisoner died from blunt force trauma to the head.
The officer was charged with involuntary manslaughter and was even sentenced to three months in the same prison the crime was committed.
The white tiger watched and circled around the man for 15 minutes before dragging him away.
9. The infamous John F. Kennedy assassination occurred at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, November 22, 1963 at Dealey Plaza in Dallas, Texas. He was murdered by Lee Harvey Oswald as he traveled with his wife Jacqueline in a motorcade. The assassination is perhaps the most highly talked about assassination in U.S. history. JFK was shot in the neck and the head.
Lee Harvey Oswald was arrested less than an hour after the assassination, and was murdered two days later by Jack Ruby at point blank range while Oswald was being transferred to the county jail.
Upon reaching the last bend, the bobsled flipped over completely and continued to slide down the track for 50 meters, or 165 feet. Jim Morgan died from fatal neck and head injuries.
11. On January 22, 1987, Budd Dwyer called a news conference in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. At the press conference, he put a gun inside his mouth and killed himself in front of several reporters. The suicide was later broadcast all across the state.
In 1986, the state of Pennsylvania determined that taxes had been overpaid by state workers. Accounting firms all over the country had competed to win the contract that would determine how much compensation each employee would be given. It was later revealed that Dwyer had accepted a bribe from a California firm that had won a multi-million dollar contract. He was to be sentenced for the charges on January 23, 1987, but committed suicide the day before he could be sentenced.
Dzhokar escaped in a stolen car, and a manhunt for his search began. Residents of Watertown and its surrounding communities were forced to stay indoors, and most businesses as well as the transportation system were shut down. On April 19, a Watertown resident found Dzhokar hiding in his boat. He contacted the police, who arrived at the scene, shot him and then arrested him. Three people were killed that day during the Boston bombing, and hundreds were injured.
13. On September 11, 2011, two planes crashed into the two World Trade Centers in New York City. Within two hours, both of the towers collapsed. The fires caused by the crashes left employees in the upper levels stranded. The halls and rooms were on fire and those in the upper levels had no way out. Left without a choice, many decided to break open the windows and fall to their death rather than burn alive.
The terrorist attacks killed nearly 3000 people that day, and have had lasting consequences and effects across the world.
The rescue operation took a total of four hours. When her body was retrieved, it was almost unrecognizable.
15. On August 25, 2015, news anchor Allison Parker was doing a live interview when shots began to ring out. The camera dropped to the floor and cut straight to a shocked news anchor. Allison Parker and her cameraman Adam Ward were shot by Vester Lee Flanagan, who was a former co-worker of Allison’s. He was known to have a bad reputation and was also said to be hard to work with.
Just two hours after the murder, he confessed to the crime and explained his motives in a 23 page fax which he sent to ABC news. He later killed himself with a gun in the middle of a car chase with the police. Before he killed himself, he uploaded a video of the murder to his Facebook and Twitter accounts. The video was 58 seconds long, and showed a first-hand perspective of him killing Allison.
The garage was built straight up into the ceiling. A spring that held the door up snapped, which caused it to come flying down, crushing and killing the man instantly.