Thomas Midgley was strangled to death in 1944 by the mechanical bed he invented.

In 1940, Midgley was struck with polio and lost the use of his legs.

Midgley suffocated to death while sleeping, having become entangled in the ropes of a contraption he had invented to help him out of bed.

He also invented leaded gasoline and the use of freon for refrigerators, both having a significant effect on the earth's atmosphere.

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