St Agatha and Jimi Heselden both left their mark on the world, in the way they lived and the way they died.
Manner of death: Torture which included cutting off her boobs
St Agatha (or St Agueda – depends what website you’re looking at) was the daughter of a prominent and very influential Sicilian family. Her beauty was told far and wide, and she had many scores of admirers. One particular admirer, Senator Quintianus, fell desperately in love with her and vowed if he could not have her, nobody would.
He proposed to her many times, but she had made a promise to save her virginity for Jesus, so rebuffed his many advances. As the saying goes, there’s a fine line between love and hate, so... he decided to torture her instead.
It is said that the Senator did many unspeakable things to Agatha, the worst being having her breasts hacked off. He eventually grew tired of the torturous past time, and decided to have her burned at the stake. An earthquake saved her this agonising fate, and instead she passed away in prison from her injuries.
It is said that before she died, St Peter visited her and healed her physical wounds. She is the patron saint of breast ailments.
James William "Jimi" Heselden
Manner of death: Death by Segway
Jimi Heselden was a British entrepreneur who made his fortune manufacturing the Hesco bastion barrier system, a gabion used by the military worldwide for flood control. His early life was one of struggle, and once he hit the big time, he was very generous with his money, donating to many charities.
Jimi was also the owner of the Segway transport systems, those cool motorised scooter type things you see, which everyone wants to have a go on!
One morning Jimi was out for a ride on his Segway. He’d chosen to ride along a cliff edge and when he saw that a man was walking his dog on the same narrow path, he did the polite thing and reversed his Segway so the man and dog could pass. Unfortunately he reversed too far, falling off the 65 metre cliff to his death.
Put together by Ashley Hall 2013