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These Inventors Were Killed By What They Created

Plenty of inventors, scientists and innovators from history met their demises at the hands of their own work. One tragic example is Franz Reichelt, inventor of the parachute suit. Reichelt died in 1912 after unsuccessfully testing his invention from the top of the Eiffel Tower.

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  1. Franz Reichelt invented the parachute suit, and died when he jumped from the Eiffel Tower wearing it. 00:39

  2. Thomas Andrews, Jr. oversaw the creation of the Titanic, which eventually led to his demise when it sank. 01:35

  3. Wan Hu invented the rocket-powered chair, and died when the rockets exploded. 03:46

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