He was killed when it fell on him.
He reportedly fired two slugs from a 16-gauge shotgun at a 27-foot cactus, and began to shout, "Timber!" He only had enough time to utter the first syllable before a 23-foot section of the prickly plant fell and crushed him beneath its spiky skin.
This story was confirmed by a caller to RAdio-Free Wease in Rochester,
NY, who swore it happened "years ago" when he lived in Arizona. He placed a
call to the Arizona Republic and the operator connected us to editor Tamara
Thornton, who clearly rememberd the incident, but said it happened "like
fifteen years ago."
Another Cactus Encounter
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Reference: Arizona Republic, High Country News