"Cock-A-Doodle Die", Way to Die #616, is the second death to be featured in "Putting a Happy Face on Death", which aired on December 30, 2009.
Fernando matches up with a man nicknamed "Maldito" ("The Wicked One" in Spanish) in an illegal cock fight, hoping to put some food on the table for his family with the help of his prize rooster, "Corazon" ("Heart" in Spanish). Maldito's rooster "El Caliente" ("The Hot One" in Spanish), was a seasoned killer/murderer; Corazon was ultimately outmatched. In a blur of claws and feathers, El Caliente wins the match and Corazon is killed. But while the crowd erupts with approval, Fernando's grief was replaced with suspicion; upon closer inspection, he spots tiny razors hidden on the back of El Caliente's talons, meaning that Maldito had cheated all along. Fernando spread the word and the crowd turned into an angry mob and chased Maldito around the room. Maldito couldn't find a way to escape. He stumbled and fell. But just as the mob was about to attack and kill him, El Caliente gets there first, having turned against his owner; he slashed Maldito's throat with his hidden razors, cutting open the jugular vein. Maldito bleeds out and dies within seconds.
Cast and Interviewees
- Frank Alarcon - Maldito (lead: intended victim)
- Slim Khezri - Spectator
- Angel Fajardo - Spectator
- Darrell Lake - Spectator
- Jules Sylvester - Wild Animal Trainer/Wrangler
- Dr. Khyber Zaffarkhan - Physical Medicine & Rehab
- This is so far the only death where it was fictional until someone actually died like this. In 2011, Jose Luis Ochoa died after being stabbed in the leg at a cockfight in Tulare County, California U.S., by one of the birds that had a knife attached to its limb. This true story was made in 2011 after this episode segment in 2009. This would happen again in Out to Launch in which a similar death happened to a man named Tobias.
- Corazón is the first named animal death in the series.
- Maldito's death is similar to that of Leslie's Death in Chain On You and Lumpy's death in Happy Tree Friends episodes, "The Way You Make Me Wheel".
- Razored Rooster (Spike TV)
- Gallo de la Muerte (Rooster of Death) - Latin American dub
- Mörderischer Hahn (Murderous Rooster) - German dub
- Kikirikí, muerte para ti (Cock-A-Doodle-Doo, Death for you) - Spanish dub