A superstitious Russian man died after burying himself alive in the hopes it would bring him "good luck."
The 35-year-old computer programmer told friends that spending a night underground would bring him good fortune for the rest of his life.
"According to his friend, the man wanted to test his endurance and insistently asked his friend to help him spend the night buried," police official Alexei Lubinsky told the BBC.
The victim dug a hole in his garden in the eastern city of Blagoveshchensk and created an improvised coffin with pipes for air.
With a cell phone and a bottle of water in hand, he hopped in and had his friend cover the coffin with about eight inches of dirt.
Heavy rain fell overnight and when the friend returned the next morning, his pal was dead.
Police suspect the rain somehow blocked the air supply.
A similarly bizarre fate met a another man in Russia last summer after pals buried him. They found him dead an hour-and-a-half later, crushed by the weight of the dirt.
Thursday, June 2, 2011
Russian man buries himself for luck, dies.
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