Death is never a laughing matter, but sometimes how a person dies can be quite absurd. We're not saying the deaths are funny, they're just so completely random, uncommon, and altogether strange that no one would believe it could happen to them. But they can, and have to people in Quebec.
From punches to the gut, to wedding photos, to parties at a beach club, Quebec has played host to many deaths you would never dream possible. Our province proves that you really can die from just about anything, no matter how absurdly tragic.
We've compiled eight of the strangest, which you can read below.
Houdini, Who Was Killed By A McGill Student
After performing at Montreal's Princess Theatre, the famed Harry Houdini was challenged by a McGill student to see if he could take a couple of punches to the gut. Houdini complied, then died from peritonitis and a ruptured appendix days later, which a majority of people link directly back to the idiot student who hit the magician for almost no reason other than to be macho.
The Montreal Woman Who Was Killed By Falling Concrete...During Her Birthday Dinner
At Mikasa on Peel street, a 33-year-old woman was enjoying a pleasant birthday dinner of sushi with her husband, until a 135kg slab of concrete fell from 17 stories up and crashed into the atrium window, taking the woman's life.
The Woman Who Was Strangled By Her Scarf On The Metro
While riding the escalator in Fabre metro station, Naima Rharouity's scarf got caught, resulting in her death. The coroner's report is quite grizzly, stating "the woman was strangled by her scarf and her scalp was lacerated by the teeth of the escalator before the machine stopped."
The Woman Who Was Killed By A Flying Bear
Out of nowhere, when a Ottawa woman was driving on a Quebec highway, a massive 200-kilogram Black Bear came crashing through the windshield. The bear itself was thrown into the air because of a collision with another car, with the driver also perishing.
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The Man Who Was Walking To Work On St-Denis Then Got Shot By The Cops
On the corner of St-Denis and Ste-Catherine, the Montreal police were apprehending a man who was said to have been disturbing the peace. When the man in question ran, the police shot after him. The police killed their assailant, along with a 36-year-old who was walking to work at the Saint-Luc Hospital and got hit by a stray bullet.
The Woman Who Died During Her Wedding Photographs
30 kilometers north of Montreal, a woman was clad in her wedding gown and posing for her wedding photographs, only to then fall into the Ouareau River. Standing right by the river, the woman's dress got heavy from the water, and when she fell in, she was too heavy to be pulled out. A quick current whisked the woman away, and she drowned shortly after.
The Man Who Died At The Montreal Saint Patrick's Day Parade
After jumping from a flatbed truck during the St. Paddy's Day Parade, a 20-year-old man got stuck underneath a float and died. There is some controversy as to exactly what happened/caused the man to fall off the initial car, but either way, police confirmed alcohol was involved.
The Two People Who Died Because Someone Stopped For Ducks
When driving on a Quebec provincial highway, Emma Czornobaj saw a row of ducks crossing the street, and stopped to let the ducks cross the road. Czornobaj's seemingly kind act led to the deaths of two people, as her abrupt braking caused the motorcyclist behind her, who had his daughter in the behind him, to crash right into the back of her car.
The Man Who Died At F1, But Not From A Car Crash
Cranes are just as dangerous as automobiles, apparently, as one man tragically learned. Once the 2013 Montreal Formula One race had ended, a track-worker was using a crane to move a stopped vehicle. When his radio fell, the worker tried to pick it up, causing the man to fall out of the crane. The crane then fell on him and he later died of injuries in the hospital.
Photo cred - jeanpierrelavoie
The Man Who Was Killed From A Falling Steel Plate Because Of Construction
While walking by a construction site at the corner of De La Montagne and René-Lévesque, Saad Syed, a language teacher in Montreal, was killed by a falling steel plate that weighed more than a tonne. Poor safety regulations were cited as the direct cause of the man's death.