When it comes to death it’s an experience that all of us only ever get to experience once. Sure, some of us will get a dress rehearsal where we may come exceedingly close to death, or even be brought back from the Pearly Gates, or Purgatory, depending on how well behaved you have been. But even with these very close calls, death is something that every single one of us will only ever get to experience once. We can’t even share our experience with those that have been left behind. So seeing as it’s a once in a lifetime thing, why not go out in a way that will be remembered? That’s exactly what Adolf Frederick of Sweden did when he became known as the king who ate himself to death.
Morbid obesity, it’s normally not something that many of us would aspire to, but nonetheless, it’s a condition that can trap a lot of people, even those that think it would never happen to them. I personally know someone that was as thin as a rake a decade ago, and is now rounder than a beach ball, all thanks to a lack of exercise and overeating. That, would you believe it, was part of the deadly combination that resulted in Adolf Frederick of Sweden becoming the king who ate himself to death.