You know that feeling after intimacy when we lay there wondering if our breathing and heart rate will ever return to normal? Well, sometimes they don’t. There you are, frantically plunging away or relaxing in the afterglow, and suddenly there is the Grim Reaper, tapping your shoulder and telling you that it is time to go.
Death is unfortunate, but of all the ways to die, few are more preferable than death from carnal loving – or at least from consensual relations. It actually happens more often than most might imagine: according to a 2003 German study, about 0.6% of all sudden deaths are caused by physical loving. So without further ado, let us plunge into thirty-six things about some fascinating deaths from history that occurred while getting it on.
36. The Prime Minister Who Died While Loving Up a Maid
Henry John Templeton, 3rd Viscount Palmerston (1784 – 1865) dominated British foreign policy from 1830 to 1865, when Britain stood at the height of her power. He served as Secretary at War from 1809 to 1828, as Foreign Secretary from 1830 to 1841 and again from 1846 to 1851, and twice as Prime Minister, from 1855 to 1858, and again from 1859 to 1865.
He is the only British Prime Minister to have died in office, and what a death it was. On October 18th, 1865, the octogenarian Prime Minister, who enjoyed robust health into his 80s, reportedly was loving up one of his maids on a billiard table. He seems to have overexerted himself, which led to his demise just two days short of his 81st birthday.