The 25 Most Arizona Ways to Die

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Kevin Cannon
25. Get crushed by a saguaro: When you mess with Mother Nature, she might just strike back. Case in point: the 1982 death of David Grundman, a local hoodlum who was crushed by the enormous arm of a 27-foot saguaro near Lake Pleasant after he unloaded two shotgun blasts into the cactus. Fittingly, he posthumously scored a Darwin Award for the stunt.

Arizona's not for the weak of heart. It’s filled to the brim with dangerous creatures, killer heat, bad drivers, horrible diseases, freak accidents, raging wildfires, and raging psychopaths. Some of 'em are unique to our state. All of 'em could kill you. It’s definitely happened to plenty of others.

We’re not trying to scare you. We just want you to be fully aware of the many perils that exist here.