WWII Hero, 94, Crushed To Death By Fridge

A 94-year-old Russian WWII hero has been crushed to death by his refrigerator while making lunch.

Aleksey Matveyevich Sharunov, who celebrated his 94th birthday on 27th February, died in his flat in the town of Yeysk in the south-western Russian region of Krasnodar Krai.

The veteran of the Great Patriotic War – which is what Russians call World War II – against Nazi Germany between 1941 and 1945 was preparing lunch in his kitchen when he apparently felt unwell, fell, and pulled the fridge towards himself.


The heavy refrigerator fell on top of the elderly man and his body was later discovered by relatives.

The police arrived, examined the scene, and launched an investigation into the former Soviet soldier’s death.

Meanwhile, the war veteran’s body will undergo an autopsy to establish the exact cause of death.


Sharunov, who served in a reserve rifle regiment, was awarded the medal ‘For the Victory over Germany in the Great Patriotic War 1941–1945’.

The investigation is ongoing.

The Great Patriotic War is a term used in Russia and other countries of the former Soviet Union and refers to the conflict between 22nd June 1941 and 9th May 1945.

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