1087 – Death of William the Conqueror
Born an illegitimate son to a Duke, who would himself become Duke of Normandy and later king of England. William had a lot to boast about. In 1087, he was battling in France, when ruptured his internal organs when his horse reared. After he died from his wounds, they could not fit him into his coffin (as he seems to have been obese in this part of his life) and as a result of their actions, his bloated body exploded. Not a glamourous ending for a man who had such a significant impact on the European course of history.