Imagine climbing into bed with your significant other for a night of passionate freaking only to keel over dead at the end of it all. Believe it or not, people often die during sex and, more often than not, it’s a result of sheer stupidity, and maybe some alcohol. Some fall to their deaths while trying to change into doggy-style, others gulp down a bottle of Viagra, thus inducing a heart attack. There have even been records and rumors of popes dying while doing the dirty. Though, there’s really no surprise there.
While Matthew McConaughey’s mother seems to think having one last roll in the hay was the best way for her hubby to go, we’re still unsure if dying during sex is a preferable last moment on earth. Click on for some of the most hilarious, sad, ironic, and disturbing deaths that have resulted during sex and decide for yourself.
A man who wanted to see sparks fly between he and his wife…literally.
Cause of death: Electrocution
When it happened: Jan 2008
Where it happened: Craley, Pa.
Kinky sex can kill you. It’s happened before. 27 year old Kristen Taylor, a Pennsylvania woman, died after her husband Toby electrocuted her nipples with a pair of electric clamps. It was one of many times the couple had used electricity during intercourse. In their last moments together, however, Toby shocked Kristen for a few seconds too long, sending her into cardiac arrest. Originally, Toby told authorities his wife had shocked herself while reaching for the hair dryer from inside the shower. But, he eventualy revealed that sometimes he and the Missus just liked to feel some sparks while doing the dirty.
A pope. No surprises there.
Cause of death: Hemorrhage
When it happened: 964 AD
Where it happened: Rome
Apparently, Pope John XII wasn’t a very good pope. In fact, he used to hit on women all the time, and when they rejected him, he would often force himself on them. There’s a story out there that says Pope John XII actually died of a stroke while sleeping with a woman by the name of Stefanetta. What likely happened is that while the two were getting it on, Stefanetta’s husband walked in on them and murdered Pope John XII on the spot.
A man who had six wives.
Cause of death: “Raped to death”
When it happened: July 2012
Where it happened: Ogbadibo, Nigeria
Jealousy kills, and sometimes polygamy can work against you. A Nigerian man Uroko Onoja who had six wives learned this the hard way in July 2012. He was spending some quality bonking time with his youngest wife when his five other wives descended on him. With knives and sharped sticks, the jealous five demanded he have sex with them too. While this orgy may sound like a dream come true, Onoja ended up dropping dead before the last wife got her turn. Damn.
Cause of death: Sodomy
When it happened: July 1471
Where it happened: Rome
It must not be easy being a pope. After he died, there were people who ran around telling people Pope Paul II was sodomized to death by a page boy. Ouch.
The legendary Attila the Hun.
Cause of death: Bled to death
When it happened: 453 AD
Where it happened: Hunnic Empire
It’s true. Attila the Hun, the great ruler of the Huns, is also said to have died for sexual reasons. Legend has it, after Attila married the beautiful Ildico, he actually choked to death, stunned over how beautiful his new wife looked. Other stories suggest that even Attila the Hun, who was probably a sucker for S&M, had his nose broken by his wifey in the middle of some rough intercourse. He then bled to death.
A chick who thought having sex near the home of a pride of lions would be a good idea.
Cause of death: Mauled by lions
When it happened: March 2013
Where it happened: Zimbabwe
When is it ever a good idea to have sex outside? Sure, it may be thrilling to have a quickie with your sweetheart behind a couple of trees, but sometimes you just might end up with sticks and dirt all over you—or dead. A Zimbabwe woman was mauled to death while having sex with her boyfriend near the roaming grounds of a pride of lions. Her boyfriend survived because he fled. Nice.
A former French president who enjoyed fellatio.
Cause of death: Apoplexy
When it happened: Feb 1899
Where it Happened: Paris
Apparently, fellatio can be fatal. A former French president, Felix Faure allegedly died after summoning his mistress Marguerite Steinheil into his chambers. Though no one knows for sure what happened before his death, rumor has it Faure died from a sudden seizure that struck while Steinheill was going down on him.
A dude who enjoyed some messed up foreplay.
Cause of death: Foreplay
When it happened: July 2007
Where it happened: Grimsby, England
Simon Burley, a 38-year-old UK man, thought it would be stimulating to have his girlfriend Elizabeth Hallam pretend to be a Neo-Nazi hangman and hang him from a noose during foreplay. Their roleplaying sesh went horribly wrong after Hallam kicked away the chair he was standing on and discovered the knife he had provided her was too blunt to cut the noose. Paramedics were too late to save Burley. Can’t say we feel totally sorry, though. That’s some f**ked up foreplay!
A couple who decided to do it in the car, not on it.
Cause of death: Carbon monoxide poisoning
When it happened: Feb 2006
Where it happened: Milwaukee
Sex on the hood of the car is the real deal. Sex inside a car? It’s overrated, and as evidenced here, sometimes deadly. A Milwaukee couple was found dead in a 1978 Cutlass, which was parked inside a closed garage. They were apparently going for a ride inside of the car before the two died from carbon monoxide poisoning. That’s why we advocate lovemaking on top of the car—not inside of it!
A bouncer who thought he was smooth.
Cause of death: Crushed by a piano
When it happened: Nov 1983
Where it happened: San Francisco
Condor Club is most famous for opening in 1964 as the first topless bar in the world. Today you can get a drink called “Sex on the Piano,” but you’ll be shocked to find out how the beverage got its name. It actually alludes and pays homage to a horrible death that happened in 1983. Jimmy Ferrozzo, a bouncer at the club, decided to lay his girlfriend, Theresa Hill, down for some late night lovin’ after closing the club one night. They were doing it on the club’s baby grand piano, which would be lowered from the ceiling every day while the topless dancers did their thing on top of it. The couple ended up accidentally activating the lift, hauling the piano toward the ceiling. Ferrozzo was crushed to death, while Hill lie trapped beneath him.
A man who got it in for 12 hours.
Cause of death: A bottle of Viagra
When it happened: Feb 2009
Where it happened: Moscow
A Russian man, Sergey Tuganov, thought it would be a smart idea to bet two women $4,300 USD that he could have sex for 12 hours straight. The crazy thing is, Tuganov actually ended up winning the wager after gulping down a bottle of Viagra pills. Minutes after he won the bet, however, homeboy died from a heart attack. What a way to go out.
A couple who made a splash.
Cause of death: Drowning
When it happened: November 2002
Where it happened: East Riding of Yorkshire, England
A couple making love inside of a car died after the car plummeted into a nearby river. Authorities who looked into their deaths said that there was no way the car would have rolled into the river on its own. In fact, it’s likely the car had been pushed into the river by another person. Their bodies were discovered after a boat struck the sunken car. Coroners found traces of alcohol and ecstacy in the couples’ bodies. Lang had drowned to death, and Harold’s heart had stopped after making contact with the cold waters.
The lead singer of INXS.
Cause of death: Autoerotic asphyxiation
When it happened: Nov 1997
Where it happened: Sydney
The lead vocals of Australian rock band INXS is also rumored to have died from autoerotic asphyxiation. In 1997, he bound his genitals, tied his hands together, and hung himself in his hotel room at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Sydney. To this day, it’s still debated whether the singer decided to take his own life or if his death was an accident.
A famous actor’s father.
Cause of death: Heart attack
When it happened: Aug 1992
Where it happened: N/A
Yes, it happened to Matthew McConaughey’s father. James McConaughey was having sex with wifey Kay when he suddenly had a heart attack and died. In fact, Kay has even written a book entitled I Amaze Myself, in which she details the account. “I knew that something was wrong because I didn’t hear anything from him. Just nothing,” she told Us Weekly in 2008 after releasing her book. “But it was just the best way to go!”
The host of To Buy or Not to Buy.
Cause of death: Autoerotic asphyxiation
When it happened: March 2010
Where it happened: Newham, England
Likewise, Kristian Digby, an English television host, best known for hosting To Buy or Not to Buy jumped on this deadly trend of self-suffocation as well. In March 2010, Digby was found dead on his bed. He wore nothing but his boxer shorts, and his head was covered with a plastic trash bag. So much tragedy all for a bit of sexual arousal. People are nuts!
The man who had sex with a horse.
Cause of death: Perforated colon
When it happened: July 2005
Where it happened: Kings County, Wash.
Brace yourself for this story. In 2005, an engineer Kenneth Pinyan died after letting a horse, well, ride him on a farm. Hours after Pinyan had anal sex with the stallion (and allowed a friend to film the act), Pinyan died from a perforated colon in the emergency room. A perforated colon is a ruptured intestine, FYI. Apparently, Pinyan delayed his visit to the hospital because he didn’t want word of his weird injuries to affect his job. It is now illegal both to have sex with animals and to film said sex.
This drunk chick who thought sex on the balcony was a smart idea.
Cause of death: A fall
When it happened: Nov 1996
Where it happened: L.A.
As romantic as it might sound, sex and balconies do not make for a good combination. Back in 1996, a businessman Robert Salazar and his co-worker Sandra Orellana had a bit too much to drink while on a business trip in Ca. They tried to have a one night stand on the balcony of their hotel room, and you can probably guess what happened next. Orellana fell to her death after trying to switch positions on the balcony, and the rest is history.
Rockefeller, who thought he was coming (but he was going).
Cause of death: Orgasm
When it happened: Jan 1979
Where it happened: New York
Bill Clinton and Anthony Weiner are just two of the many politicians known for having done some raunchy things. Indeed, Nelson Rockefeller, who was vice president to Gerald Ford in the ’70s made headlines for his scandalous death. Initial reports said Rockefeller died from a heart attack while working on a book at Rockefeller Center. But, something different is rumored to have went down. Rockefeller allegedly climbed in bed with his assistant Megan Marshack, a 27-year-old blonde beauty, for some sexy time at his townhouse. Guess the orgasm was too much for his old heart. This lead to New York magazine’s famous joke, “Nelson thought he was coming, but he was going.”
A cop who was slick enough to score a threesome but not smart enough to refrain from “strenuous activity” on account of his heart problems.
Cause of death: Threesome
When it happened: March 2009
Where it happened: Lawrenceville, Ga.
Get this. William Martinez, a 31-year-old police officer from Atlanta, died while having a threesome in a motel with another man and a woman who was not his wife. Turns out, Martinez suffered from severely high blood pressure and major health issues, so around 3 a.m. that evening, he rolled off the bed unconscious. At the end of all of this, Martinez’ wife sued his doctors for not properly diagnosing him and not warning him of the dangers of strenuous physical activity like menage a trois. His wife won $3 million in the lawsuit last year.
Kill Bill superstar David Carradine.
Cause of death: Autoerotic asphyxiation
When it happened: June 2009
Where it happened: Bangkok
There’s such a thing as “autoerotic asphyxiation.” History has many accounts of kinky people strangling, suffocating, and hanging themselves for sexual arousal. Apparently, doing so prevents oxygen from reaching the brain, which then produces an orgasm. Most recently, Kill Bill actor David Carradine died from accidental asphyxiation. In June 2009, he hung himself from a rope in a closet in Bangkok. Coroners concluded his death was not a suicide, for there was “evidence” of an orgasm found. Why not just have sex, we wonder.