Way to Die #429
"Weed Whacked"
Name of the death is a pun on "weed whacker"
Weed Whacked
Date February 8, 2002
Location Diablo Desert
Fort Wayne, Indiana
Episode this death
was featured in
"The Lighter Side of Death"

"Weed Whacked", Way to Die #429, is the fourth death to be featured in "The Lighter Side of Death", which aired on March 1, 2009


On February 8, 2002, investigators found 2 young men lying dead, with a video camera close by. The confiscated tape reveals a very stupid and avoidable death. The 2 men were desperate stoners, who had run out of their precious marijuana. As the tape shows, they set out to sample anything they thought that provide "a buzz." The 2 potheads were so desperate, they actually tried smoking horse dropets. Finally, as the tape shows, the young dopers made a discovery: an unknown green would certainly get them high. Suddenly, the 2 men start vomiting. The misguided youths didn't realize they had smoked the leaves of poison sumac, the most toxic plant species in the United States. It caused their lung cavities to swell up and fill with liquid, a reaction known as pulmonary edema.

"Desperate to get high, these two stoners made some very stupid decisions. That's why they called it dope."


  • Stefan Timmermans
  • Dr. Steven Burstein

Foreign names

  • Golpe de Hierba (Blow Weed) - Latin American dub
  • Hierba Mortal (Mortal Weed) - Spanish dub