Cow crashes through roof, kills sleeping man

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USA TODAY - "I didn't bring my son up to be killed by a falling cow," says the grieving mother of a Brazilian man killed when a cow crashed through the roof of his home.

The 45-year-old was asleep next to his wife on Wednesday when the 3,000-pound animal, believed to have escaped from a nearby farm in Caratinga, stepped onto the corrugated roof after grazing on a hill behind the couple's home, the Telegraph reports. The wife -- and the cow -- were unharmed.

The man died the next day from internal bleeding and his family says he died because he had to wait too long to see a doctor; the Independent reports the hospital has denied the claim.

"Being crushed by a cow in your bed is the last way you expect to leave this earth," his brother says. "But in my view it wasn't the cow that killed our Joao, it was the unacceptable time he spent waiting to be examined."

According to local media, this is the third such incident in the area over the last few years, though nobody was killed in the previous two, the BBC reports.

In other extreme deaths, a motorcycle racer died yesterday after hitting 285 mph, reports Newser, a USA TODAY content partner providing general news, commentary and coverage from around the Web. Its content is produced independently of USA TODAY.

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