Death begets a range of emotions that are acute, and often conflicting. A sudden, unexpected passing can bring about indescribable ache and confusion. An elderly loved one passing after the ills of disease, however, is sometimes bitter-sweet; we often assume that they were able to move on to a better place, that they no longer have to suffer.
The purpose of this post is not to trivialize death in any way, or to strip emotion from the equation; rather, it is to look at one of its oft unnoticed elements—”irony.”
- Man acquitted from the electric chair and given life in prison dies when he accidentally electrocuted himself on his cell’s metal toilet (skip down in the article to the section about Michael Anderson Godwin)
- Daredevil Niagara Falls jumper and survivor dies of complications from a small fall after tripping on an orange peel