Top 10: Worst Ways to Die

Trixie November 8, 2010 25


Nobody really wants to die. It is almost universally agreed upon that the best way to die is in your sleep, of natural causes, at roughly 98 years of age. What is not quite so cut and dried are the worst ways to die. It can vary from person to person, and be greatly influenced by individual fears and experiences. While there is no real scientific measure of what’s truly the most traumatic way to die – there is no way to ask anyone who’s experienced it how bad it really was – these are all genuinely awful.Viewer discretion is advised.

1. Burning

Burning alive is one of the few deaths that we actually do have a preview of. Burn victims describe their pain as sheer agony. A living victim of a fire will suffer first, second, or third degree burns – the slightest of which causes pain, redness, and swelling, and the more severe of which extends into the deepest muscle tissues, causing the skin to blister and eventually char. The pain is excruciating and it continues until the internal organs begin to liquefy, death finally occurring either by the layers of your body literally burning away bit by bit, or your brain shutting the body down because it can no longer function in the intense heat. If a fire is large enough, lucky victims actually die of carbon monoxide poisoning before the flames ever reach them. So, fingers crossed for carbon monoxide!

2. Drowning

Death by drowning is one of the most common fears shared by people. A drowning person will attempt to hold their breath as long as possible, but eventually, the body will demand oxygen, and when it receives only water, the oxygen deprivation brings on cardiac arrest; consciousness is lost after 2 to 3 minutes, and after 6, brain death occurs. It can take anywhere from 6 to 10 minutes for the body to die by drowning. It is one of the most panicked deaths a body can experience.

3. Disease

Disease seems vague, but the truth is, there are millions of ways for sickness to kill us. As painful as they are, conditions like Cancer and AIDS are actually not the worst ways one can die. Flesh eating viruses gift the victim with truly terrible deaths, complete with their flesh slowly decomposing while they’re still alive. The Ebola virus slowly thins your blood and breaks down your internal organs until your body can no longer contain it and it begins to leak out of every pore. Ebola victims technically bleed to death.

4. Flaying

The act of being flayed alive was once common used as torture, first as punishment if someone was believed to have betrayed or defied their ruler, and later, as a form of information extraction. The skin is literally peeled away from the muscle, usually with an attempt to keep it intact. This is a popular method of crafty-minded serial killers interested in making their own flesh suits.

5. Electricity

The electric chair, once the most common method of execution in the correctional facility, is now considered by many to be far too barbaric a punishment. Volts of electricity passing through the body causes fatal damage to the internal organs and the brain until death occurs. In theory, the first volt of electricity would cause an immediate cessation of brain function, but this is not always the case. To date, only the United States and the Philippines remain the only countries in the world to use the electric chair to put convicts to death.

6. Trauma

Trauma occurs many ways. A blunt object can strike the cranium, causing a hemmorage. If the bleeding cannot be stopped, the wound is fatal, but only after a bout with great pain and disorientation, as well as the certain knowledge that you are going to die. Gunshot wounds, stabbings, and other violent crimes fall into the category of trauma where numerous wounds are inflicted and the body is simply incapable of coping.

7. Pressure

As was the fear with the miners trapped in Chile, the body maintains a certain pressure that changes the deeper we move into the earth, or sea. Scuba divers emerge from deep, deep exploration in pressure chambers designed to gently ease the return to normal conditions. When something goes wrong, and pressure re-stabilizes suddenly, it causes all the air in the body to expand up to 9 times its current orientation, ending in combustion. The pieces go on for miles.

8. Dismemberment

Everyone has experienced the feeling that they’re being pulled in a million different directions at once, metaphorically. Well, imagine that feeling being literal, and you’ve an idea how awful a way to die this is. Dismemberment is another form of punishment in days of yore. The practice of simultaneously pulling at the body’s limbs – which are surprisingly sturdy – until they disconnect from the torso after several minutes of agony is, thankfully, no longer practiced outside of the worst S&M clubs.

9. Falling

Falling is the most common dream. Usually it’s a bottomless fall. In the case of death, it can be the most terrifying and powerless. There is nothing to knock you out as you freefall – only the inevitable knowledge that the second you hit the ground, it’s over. You cannot save yourself. You can only resign yourself to going the way of Wyle E. Coyote.

10. Buried

The psychological ramifications of being buried alive are actually far worse than the physical, but the mental effect is so severe that being buried alive still makes the cut. Physically, you will eventually run so short on oxygen that your body passes out before you die. Mentally, however, your panic becomes so great that you will likely break fingernails attempting to claw your way out of the tomb in which you’re imprisoned. Bet you’ll never look at elevator rides the same way again.

25 Comments »

  1. Peter Schlään November 10, 2010 at 4:16 pm -

    The 1 at the top is a Rage Against the Machine album

  2. James Drapht November 13, 2010 at 8:22 am -

    You forgot being eaten alive…

  3. Lawman Y November 13, 2010 at 9:20 am -

    Do you have “Top 10 : Best Ways to Die” ????

    • darlene November 16, 2010 at 1:09 pm -

      come on, there is no such thing as the best way to die. Death is death. Soul’nt you say’”top 10 easiest way’s too die?” Or are you one of those crazy people who wnmt to know, ” The top 10 most terrible way’s to die?” Have you even had someone cloce to you die? I atched my mother and father slowing die from cancer. And my daughter’s father fell asleep outsode in the winter in atempeture of 30 degee. no one think’s to mention those two. Imagine what it’s like to freeze too death. Look it up. it’s not a way I’d want too go. not once did i hear my mom say,” Why me. I’m scared, I don’t want to die.She did’nt want to burdon us kid’s with those word’s in our memorries the rest of our lives. She was a very brave woman. I do’nt think I could be that brave. my father died of brain cancer. try taking care of your father who’s acting like a 2yr old and half the time he doe’nt even know who you are. He would’nt go until he got to talk to me over the phone. I was told that after he talked to me, he passed away. I even had a step-sister that was murdered. that man beat her, that ran her over with his truck. It wa reported in the Cabrrus paper’s n.c. he did’nt get the sentence he desevered for taking a life. I don’t believe in the death penalty, but i do believe in prison for life, which he did’nt get. God will give him his punishment on judgement day.

  4. Edy November 18, 2010 at 4:12 am -

    some other ways should be mentioned .. dying of hunger and thirstiness in a desert… i think being poisoned by Strychnine (which makes all muscles shrink strongly till bones are broken) should be on the top of the list ..

  5. rj January 2, 2011 at 8:51 pm -

    hi! We here in the Philippines no longer use the electric chair in carrying out death sentences for several years now.

    We moved to lethal injection procedure.

  6. JP January 8, 2011 at 8:11 pm -
  7. Mark February 7, 2011 at 5:18 am -

    Im pretty sure the Philippines uses lethal injection now.

  8. qwer February 14, 2011 at 1:58 pm -

    Almost all of those facts are wrong.

  9. Joe February 26, 2011 at 9:25 am -

    Dying of rabies is said to be the all-time worst way to die. The virus prevents unconsciousness from occurring, and the disease is extremely painful.

  10. Saku March 8, 2011 at 5:00 pm -

    The Philippines doesn’t use the electric chair anymore, nor the lethal injection. Death penalties are now gone and the worst penalty the law can give you there, is life imprisonment.

    And I believe the worst way to die is to die without anyone missing you. : ]

  11. Nora Marie March 14, 2011 at 6:29 pm -

    I want to be assassinated when I die. By someone I know. In fact, I’ve done so much reserch, I could murder myself! But I’ll leave the killing to Agustace McLeere. My best friend EVER!!!

  12. Suppressive Person March 19, 2011 at 10:50 am -

    Most of the descriptions are ridiculous. The primary cause of death in drowning is cerebral hypoxia, not cardiac arrest. Ebola is actually a much easier way to die than cancer or AIDS, since death occurs quickly and consciousness is lost well before the internal organs bleed out. The entry on pressure is ridiculous; the cause of death from depressurization is air embolism, and a body certainly couldn’t “combust” underwater (I don’t think you know what that word means). And I’ve never heard of an S&M club on earth that practices dismemberment. In short, you are retarded.

  13. James Smith João Pessoa, Brazil May 26, 2011 at 3:54 am -

    I want to pass like my grandfather, quietly in my sleep.

    Not crying and screaming like the passengers in his plane.

  14. Rituraj Yadav September 1, 2011 at 12:21 pm -

    There can be a lot more ways than those listed here, but i’d not want any of them for my death!

  15. George September 1, 2011 at 2:25 pm -

    I agree that being eaten a live should be up there like an animal (bear, alligator).

  16. Cecil richardson September 1, 2011 at 7:51 pm -

    oh my god worst of all it getting buried and dying….

  17. dinesh September 1, 2011 at 10:11 pm -

    All the ways for dying are worst. I mean when we think of death everything becomes worst. Among all above ways Drowning and Burning are worst ways to die according to me. Because it hurts all the time till you die.

  18. Bharti September 2, 2011 at 12:37 am -

    Death is always painful but when a man has feel it till his death is cannot be measurable. Death from Burning ,Drowning and pressure. We never measure how much pain the person is getting during that time. Every single minute he please to God for death

  19. Diana Milenkova September 2, 2011 at 2:17 am -

    I agree that to die buried is an awful way to die. Lets hope it happens in the movies only.

  20. Avid September 2, 2011 at 2:47 am -

    All the ways of dying are worst but if one have to make a list of top 10..this is it..!!

  21. Brad November 19, 2011 at 12:21 am -

    Last one = “The Game” — “I was drugged and left for dead in Mexico – and all I got was this stupid T-shirt.” haha

  22. jo January 4, 2012 at 6:27 pm -

    I think being crushed to death would be one of the worst or freezing to death

  23. I have no name 2 poor February 1, 2012 at 10:32 am -

    burning from the inside out by acid. (saw movie)

  24. jason May 3, 2012 at 6:39 pm -

    i wuold burn alive than freez and thats not even in here cool