Genealogie Bos

This is my English-language Genealogy & Ancestry Blog.
(Mijn Nederlandstalige blog is genealogiebos.blogspot.nl).

22 Jul 2013

Madness Monday - Death by Orange Peel

Bobby Leach [wiki] was born 1858 in Cornwall (UK). Leach worked as a performer with the Barnum and Bailey Circus. He was no stranger to stunting and really wasn't afraid to court death. In 1911 Leach was the second person in the world to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel, after Annie Taylor [wiki], and the first male to do so, accomplishing the feat on July 25, 1911. He spent 6 months in the hospital recovering from injuries he sustained during the fall, which included 2 broken knee caps and a fractured jaw. 


Bobby Leach and his barrel after his trip over the Niagara Falls.

The daredevil went on to perform many other death-defying stunts, so his death is especially ironic. One day, while walking down a street in New Zealand, Leach slipped on a piece of orange peel. He broke his leg so badly it had to be amputated. Leach died on April 26, 1926, due to complications that developed afterwards. 

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