The Death of Chrysippus, 206 BC,
One of the great Greek philosophers of the Classical Age, Chrysippus was responsible for making Stoicism the most popular philosophy in the Hellenistic and later Roman world. He also contributed much to the fields of mathematics, logic, physics, ethics, and theology.
Today, however, it is not his life that is well remembered, but his death. Chrysippus had the weird hobby of feeding wine to his donkey and watching the various antics of the drunken animal for entertainment. Remember this was an age long before the invention of TV and the internet. One day he was enjoying his favorite form of entertainment when the drunk donkey tried to eat some figs from a fig tree. Chrysippus was so bemused by the donkey that he fell into a hysterical fit of laughter, eventually keeling over due to asphyxiation or heart failure.