- Year of Death: 1912
- Experiment: Testing Parachute Suit
- Cause of Death: Blunt Force Trauma, “Officially” A Heart Attack
Franz Reichelt was actually a tailor but in his spare time, this Frenchman was also an inventor. In fact, he invented a parachute suit design that was inspired by airplanes just as they emerged on the horizon. He tested his parachute design on several mannequins and each test was successful. This led him to try out the invention himself. After speaking to the French government, he was given permission to jump off of the Eiffel Tower wearing his parachute.
His friends and family tried to get him to rethink the idea. Yet killer science experiments will happen when people like Franz are involved. Nothing was going to stop him from testing his invention. However, wind speed and other factors were not considered by Franz. Thus, he jumped off the 187-foot structure, but the parachute suit did not work, resulting in Franz hitting the frozen ground with a high impact. An autopsy was done after and found that he died from a heart attack during his fall.