It’s safe to say that we are slightly obsessed with superheroes. Any time a movie featuring superheroes is released, it’s sure to go to the number one slot at the box office right away. The opening weekend’s numbers are always astronomical.
Superheroes represent what we love. Justice. Taking down the bad guy. And, in most cases, love. Who can forget the upside down kiss between Spider-Man and Mary Jane?
Also, they can do cool stuff that we can’t, like run super fast, fly, and take down the bad guys.
Most kids love to pretend to be their favorite superhero. Boys and girls of all ages dress up as their fave all the time, and there are birthday cakes, posters and so many shirts donning the faces of Ironman, Batman, Captain America and Wonder Woman. For the record, I’m team Batman for life.
Most people are content watching their beloved Marvel or DC Comics characters on the big screen, reading the comics, or even dressing up and attending a Comic-Con event near them. Some, however, end up losing their lives as a result. Mostly children, sadly.
Below are some cases of real people who lost their lives attempting to emulate their number one hero.
1. Fall from a window
Six year old Kevin Morales fell from his bedroom window and died in 2011. His superhero of choice was Spider-Man. He, like a lot of kids, loved to pretend to be Peter Parker’s alter ego.
The boy lived in South London. He opened his window, after a long day of homework and cleaning up, and crawled on the ledge, just like Spidey does.
When he fell to the ground, his mom heard the thud, but didn’t expect to find what she did because he didn’t scream. Maria Morales, a nurse, found her precious baby unconscious in a pool of blood. He died the next day.
Nobody can quite put together how he got out of the window, as it had been locked and the gap was very small.
2. Spider Man wasn’t allowed
Another sad ending to a little boy climbing out of a window to play superhero comes from Jakarta, Indonesia.
Five year old Valentino wanted to watch The Amazing Spider Man 2, and was told no by his mom. He ran off his in anger and holed up in his room. His mother, Eva, 23, would soon face the hardest day of her life.
Valentino was a spirited child who loved pretending. He could be found as The Flash, Superman or Spider Man on a regular basis. On this day, that role pay led him out his bedroom window. He fell. His mother heard something as she tried in vain to gain access to her son’s room. She then ran outside. The neighbors were trying to help the poor boy, but it proved to be too late.
He had landed on a fiberglass roof and was pronounced dead upon arrival at the hospital.
3. Superman accident
In Hart Village, in Northeast England, tragedy struck wheel a young boy dreamed of being like his hero, Superman.
It was 1999 when Andrew Brooks, 4, tragically lost his life. He was strangled by the cords of a window blind while running about the house, pretending to fly.
Help arrived very fast, to no avail. He died just a while later.
Investigations proved it was simply a tragic accident that took this “lovely, bright boy” from his parents that day. What a horrible loss.