The 10 Strangest Accidental Celebrity Deaths

When a celebrity dies as the result of a seemingly preventable accident, it makes the loss feel all the more tragic. After a tireless—and, admittedly, morbid—search, I discovered a number of such deaths.

There were quite a few deaths by car accident, such as James Dean and Dale Earnhardt, that didn’t make my final cut. There were also a few self-piloted plane accidents, such as John F. Kennedy, Jr. and John Denver, that also didn’t make the list. While they were all sad and tragic losses, I decided to limit my results to deaths that were not merely accidents, but also unique in nature.

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President of the American College of Surgeons Resigns After Dirty Joke

In a surprising turn events surgeons across the land (renowned for their way with words and senses of humor) have ousted Dr. Lazar Greenfield from his position as editor in chief of Surgery News and president-elect of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) after a semen joke gone wrong.

Writing his Valentines Day editorial for the Surgery News, Greenfield mused on the findings that semen contained trace elements of “mood enhancers like estrone, cortisol, prolactin, oxytocin, and serotonin; a sleep enhancer, melatonin.”

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Frightening Examples of Do-It-Yourself Surgery

Whatever the cause — obsession with celebrity beauty, economic difficulties, mental illness — some people have found the need to bypass medical professionals and perform complicated surgical procedures on themselves, almost always with bad consequences. Consider these your cautionary tales…

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Surgeries Gone Horribly Awry: 13 Botched Surgeries to Learn From

Let these stories of botched surgeries serve as cautionary tales for both medical staff — who should double- and triple-check all instruments and details on the patients and procedures — and for patients, who should do all they can to fully understand their treatment and to feel comfortable that the surgeons know what they’re doing.

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20 Scary Old School Surgical Tools

A quick glance at our gallery of some of history’s gnarliest surgical tools will definitely make you thankful for just how far our industry has progressed throughout time. Browse through images and descriptions of surgical tools dating as far back as the 1600’s – a time when surgery was definitely not for the squeamish.

You might think your HMO plan is scary, but at least it doesn’t use these vintage surgical instruments…hopefully.

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