In another of our Yuletide features, today As A Dodo gives a brief guide to some of the less glorious departures down the ages ...
- Chrysippus of Soli (c.280-c.207 BC) – the stoic philosopher died of laughter after getting his donkey drunk and watching it attempt to eat figs
- Attila the Hun (405-453 AD) – suffered a nosebleed but, too drunk to notice, drowned in his own blood.
- Francis Bacon (1561-1626) – died of pneumonia after trying to preserve a chicken by filling it with snow.
- King Bela I of Hungary (??-1063) - having defeated his own brother to claim the throne, Bela was crushed when the canopy of that very same throne collapsed on him.
- Pedro de Valdivia (c1500-1543) – the gold-obsessed conquistador breathed his last when South American Indians poured molten gold down his throat.
- Francois Vatel (1631-1671) – the great French chef committed suicide due to distress over the lateness of the fish course at a great banquet.
- Elisha Mitchell (1793-1857) – died after falling into the
, named after their discoverer … Elisha Mitchell. Mitchell Falls
- Jim Fixx (1932-1984) – the greatest ever jogging guru keeled over while, er, jogging.
- Dr Robert Atkins (1930-2003) – the man behind the Atkins diet died weighing 258 pounds and suffering a long-term heart condition.
- Steve Irwin (1962-2006) – the TV conservationist once satirised on
as the guy who sticks his finger up the ass of assorted wildlife was killed after … er … pointing at a stingray South Park