Way to Die #438
"Tongue Died"
Name of the death is a pun on "tongue tied"
Tongue Died
Date September 4, 2008
Location Detroit, Michigan
Episode this death
was featured in
"Today's Menu: Deep Fried Death"

"Tongue Died", Way To Die #438, is the second death featured in "Today's Menu: Deep Fried Death", which aired on December 8, 2010.


During the 2008 recession/housing crisis, a scavenger named Max is hard at work stealing metal from foreclosed homes and sells them for scrap. While attempting to cut off power to one of the abandoned houses, he is caught by an obese police officer and is chased. He succeeds in escaping the police officer but ends up falling into an open manhole (the lid of which was stolen by Max earlier in the segment). The impact of the fall causes Max to bite off his tongue (which remains above ground) and break his neck, asphyxiating him.

"When people bottomed out, Max cashed in.Until he wound up in the hole. What's the matter, Max? Cop got your tongue?"


Despite taking place in Detroit, Michigan, this death was filmed in El, Segundo, California, including Isis Ave.

Cast and Interviewees

  • Joey Rassool - Max (lead: intended victim)
  • Christopher D. Turner - Policeman
  • Jonathan Coogan - Himself (Scrap Metal Dealer)
  • Dr. Pavel Bindra - Himself (Cardiac Electrophysiologist)