On February 16TH, 1899, French President Félix Faure died at the Elysée due to a stroke… In fact, a few seconds earlier, he was in the company of his lover, Marguerite Steinheil. Hence the suspicion that the death of the French president was caused by the ardour and passion of the woman. Hmmm…..

On the morning of the fateful day, Faure decided to invite Marguerite to the Presidential Palace at 5 pm, once all the commitments had been completed. It is said that, shortly before the arrival of the woman, the 58-year-old President, to be as performant as possible with his mistress (who was about half his age), took an aphrodisiac.

The news, along with its spicy aspect, immediately toured the country, provoking sarcastic remarks about Faure’s demise.

French President Félix FaureFor example, Georges Clemenceau summarised his death in a few, but explicit, words: “The voulait être César, the ne fut que Pompée” (could mean both “he wished to be Caesar, but ended up as Pompey”, or “he wished to be Caesar and ended up being blown”). Obviously the woman was not spared either, winning several not very elegant nicknames.

Another death alleged to have been caused by pleasure is that of actor David Carradine, remembered by many above all for his interpretation of one of the protagonists in “Kill Bill”. On 3rd June 2009 Carradine was found dead in a hotel in Bangkok hanged with a rope. Since then, many claim that the actor was the victim of a self-erotic game that ended badly, a version that, however, does not convince his family.