Way to Die #992
"I'll Sleep When I'm Dead"
Name of the death is a pun on the phrase of the same name
I'll Sleep When I'm Dead
Date August 22, 2002
Location Cleveland, Ohio
Episode this death
was featured in
"Death - The Gift That Lasts Forever"

I'll Sleep When I'm Dead, Way to Die #992, is the fifth death to be featured in "Death - The Gift That Lasts Forever", which aired on August 22, 2011.


A man named James suffers from fatal familial insomnia. One night, he decides to take a drive in order to clear his head, but accidentally hits and kills a pedestrian crossing the street since he can't focus well due to his very bad fatigue. James continues to drive until he gets back home and washes away all the blood from his car. James' guilty conscience only makes his insomnia worse. Instead of turning to the police, he checks into a sleep clinic. Unable to sleep due to hallucinations of his victim's face, he lies awake without sleep for two months and dies from a massive stroke and a heart attack.

"After 2 months of no sleep, After being haunted day and night, a massive stroke put an end to his living nightmare and sent him to the hell he deserved."

Cast and Interviewees

  • Denny Zartman - James (lead: intended victim)
  • Dr. Stuart Menn - Himself (Sleep Doctor)


  • In reality, the record for going without sleep is 11 days and 24 minutes.