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Hard Lives, Easy Deaths is the second episode of Season 1 of 1000 Ways To Die. It features six segments, the last of which being an Escaped Death segment. It originally aired on May 21, 2008.

It's the last episode to be narrated by series creator, Thom Beers.


Way to Die #293: Freeze Died

A man working at a mafia-owned South Philadelphia meat packing company is deliberately locked in a walk-in freezer out of revenge for stealing cuts of meat and getting his employer's 17-year-old granddaughter pregnant, and dies of hypothermia.

Way to Die #713: Dive Bombed

A group of friends fly themselves home from Cabo San Lucas in a private plane shortly after going scuba diving. At 12,000 ft, they all suffer from decompression sickness and crash, causing the plane to explode and killing everyone aboard.

Way to Die #91: De-Coffinated

A land dispute between two brothers in Haiti ends with one brother asking a witch doctor to poison the other with tetrodotoxin, causing paralysis. Believed to be dead, the poisoned brother is buried alive, and his corpse is later found by grave robbers, having succumbed to suffocation. Shortly before the brother's death, he tried to claw his way out with his fingers, wearing them down to the bone.

Way to Die #606: Wet Dream

A man who wants to live like a fish constructs a fish suit out of waterbed material and attempts to use it. The suit is so constricting, however, that he cannot get into the water fast enough, and he dies from heat exhaustion.

Way to Die #112: Fur Burger

In the 2nd century, one method of execution was wrapping the victim in freshly killed animal skins, tying him to a tree, and leaving him to be eaten alive by whatever carnivores happened to be in the area (a flock of vultures in this case).

Escaped Death #2: Shayna Richardson

See the chart about Escaped Deaths.


  • This is the first episode to not feature the death of a female.
  • Freeze-Died and De-Coffinated were both featured on the Top 100 Deaths special as Numbers 4 and 3 respectively.