This video was filmed in 1912. Franz Reichelt was going to test his parachute prototype by jumping from the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France. The test jump was a failure, Franz Reichelt jumped to his death. It wasn’t really a parachute he was wearing, but rather an airy cloak but it’s easy for us, who have seen hundreds of working parachutes to judge. In Franz Reichelt’s time, there was no such thing.
Needless to say, being from 1912, the video counts as one of the oldest deaths caught on camera in existence. Gore doesn’t get any more classic than this. Even though a failure, Franz Reichelt did make an IMPACT with his parachute test. All jokes aside, the real reason why Franz Reichelt died is because he had balls of steel. No parachute could possibly carry a man who has balls big enough to jump off Eiffel Tower using something that nobody had the way to test was capable of gliding a man down safely.
Franz Reichelt gets gore props for unrivalled courage coupled with unrivalled stupidity. He died doing something nobody before or after him had the balls to do.
Many thanks to deadly_dolly for the video. Inventors who died testing their own things deserve a spot on Best Gore even if the recording of it may not be as graphic as we’re used to seeing. The jump took place on February 4, 1912.