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The Final Destination series has produced some of the most successful movies of recent times, with a great plot line (initially intended to be an episode of The X-Files), and some of the goriest on screen deaths ever made. Final Destination is about a group of kids who cheat death, yet in the end, everyone ends up dying in some sort of freaky and unexpected way, either days, or months, after they were meant to die.

But what happens when life imitates art, so to speak? What happens when these weird occurrences happen to normal everyday people like you and me?

These next stories feel as if they were taken straight out of the Final Destination franchise themselves, except, they really did happen. They cheated death once and unfortunately by the end, it finally came back to claim them.

1. Fagilyu Mukhametzyanov

On June 24, 2011, a woman from Russia by the name of Fagilyu Mukhametzyanov complained about chest pains to her husband. Later, a local doctor had pronounced the woman dead. While friends and family gathered to mourn at the woman's funeral, the casket suddenly flew open only to reveal that Mukhametz was STILL alive. As the woman screamed in horror in front of everyone, she collapsed 12 minutes later and died of a heart attack due to shock.

2. Elzie Bud Warren and Phyllis Jean Ridings

In 2007, a father, Elzie Bud Warren, and his daughter, Phyllis Jean Ridings, from Texas survived a plane crash after their homemade aircraft caught on fire.

“I give all the credit to God and my father's flying skills,” Ridings said after the 2007 crash. “He saved our lives.”

In 2011, four years after the incident, they lost their lives in a plane crash none the less. The plane was being prepared for an upcoming air show, when the cockpit began to fill with smoke. Soon after, the plane crashed in a ball of fire and both of them lost their lives.

3. Jessica de Lima Rohl

21-year-old college student Jessica de Lima Rohl helped her fellow classmates sell tickets to an event at a famous local club called Kiss Nightclub. That same night when she was getting ready to go to the event, her boyfriend (who lived in the neighboring town) begged her NOT to go.

On January 13, 2013 the news broke that the club had caught on fire due to the band's pyrotechnics malfunctioning. 238 people were killed that night, some of them due to toxic fumes, while others were crushed trying to escape. Jessica was lucky to be alive thanks to her boyfriend who she called her "guardian angel." Five days later, she was picking her boyfriend up from work, when their Volkswagon collided head on with a truck, killing Jessica instantly and her boyfriend the following day, he would have turned 21.

4. Hilda Yolanda Mayol

On September 11, 2001 when the World Trade Center suffered the terrible terrorist attacks, a few people were lucky enough to make it out alive. One of them was Hilda Yolanda Mayol, who at that time was working inside a restaurant in the ground floor.

Two months later, Hilda sent her mother and two kids to her native Dominican Republic, she would join them two weeks later. Tragically, Hilda was aboard flight 589, the same one that crashed into the New York borough of Queens on November 12, in which all passengers were killed.

5. Jessica Redfield

Jessica Redfield was one of the 12 unfortunate souls who lost their lives at the famous Dark Knight Rises movie theater massacre in Aurora Colorado. The young redheaded sportscaster/blogger from Texas had previously survived the Eaton center mall shooting in Toronto, which left one person dead and several wounded. She decided to go outside and take a breath of fresh air instead of grabbing some sushi at that time, if not, she would have ended up right in the line of fire.

"I can't get this odd feeling out of my chest. This empty, almost sickening feeling won't go away… It's hard for me to wrap my mind around how a weird feeling saved me from being in the middle of a deadly shooting."

Sadly, a month later her life was cut short in the tragic shooting.

6. Lynn Geiling's nephew

Lynn Geiling and her husband took their 5-year-old nephew in after he survived through a severe tornado that destroyed his beloved home. While the child's parents went back to pick up the pieces and try to restore what was left of it, they left their kid with the Geilings. That day, the child had a "temper tantrum" and while his aunt was trying to calm him down, apparently their 150lb bull mastiff thought that he was attacking her and therefore launched towards the boy, fatally mauling him, puncturing his head and neck. The boy was rushed to the hospital where he later was pronounced dead.

7. David Fur

On December 13th, 1977 the entire basketball team of the University of Evansville were tragically killed in an airplane crash right after lift-off. The only team member who did not board the plane due to injuries to his ankle was freshman David Fur, only to be killed two weeks later by a drunk driver, along with his brother. Therefore, leaving all the members of the Purple Aces Basketball team deceased.

8. Johanna Ganthaler

A french woman by the name of Johanna Ganthaler was vacationing in Brazil with her husband when they arrived late to the airport to catch their plane back to France. Four hours before the plane was able to reach Paris, it crashed into the Atlantic, killing all 228 people aboard. The couple made it back to France the following day safely. Yet two weeks after the horrible incident with the airplane, Ganthaler sadly died when her car veered across a road in Kufstein, Austria and swerved into an oncoming truck, killing her instantly.

9. Marcus Garvey

Marcus Garvey, a famous Jamaican political leader and activist known for his Black Nationalism and Pan-Americanism movement, passed away due to reading a mistaken obituary of himself. While reading the obituary/article written by the people of the Chicago Defender, Garvey suffered a stroke. Once he had realized what they had written about him "Mr. Garvey died "broke, alone and unpopular" this prompted him to have a second stroke and died.

10. Ye Meng Yuan and Wang Linjia

On July 6, 2013 Asiana flight 214 crashed at San Francisco International Airport. While people were running amok in the midst of the panic, trying to get the passengers free from their seats and helping others around, firefighters were arriving at the scene and were dousing the aircraft in fire-retardant foam in order to control the engulfing flames.

No one knows exactly how 16-year-old Ye Meng Yuan came to be lying on the ground just 30 feet away. But she managed to get covered completely with the foam, making her invisible to the eye and sadly a fire truck. Unaware that someone was there, the fire truck backed up, killing Yuan and her classmate Wang Linjia. In a tragic turn of events, they were the only victims of the accident, the other 305 passengers survived.

What do you think about these creepy, real life 'final destination' stories? Let me know in the comments below. In the meantime please don't forget to FOLLOW ME!! For more scary and creepy content, and remember... Sweet Screams!


Do you think all these tragedies were coincidence? Or was it their time?



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