Top four bizarre Colorado-related deaths

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The death of Saleman Abdirahman Dirie, whose body was found Monday in a Denver hotel room with a pound of sodium cyanide, was certainly unusual — but it's hardly the only strange demise to have a Colorado connection. Below, find four more, including death by wood chipper and the tale of a hitman who collapsed and died after failing to strike his target. Fate can be nasty, can't it?

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