Is the Saxophone Cursed? 

Adolphe Sax (1814-1894), inventor of the saxophone

Source: Georgia Straight previews a documentary on the sax.

The life of Adolphe Sax could have been directed by Tex Avery. The Belgian inventor survived seemingly countless bizarre and faintly hilarious near-death experiences—poisoning, drowning, gun powder mishaps, a couple skull fractures—before producing the musical instrument that bears his name in 1846. His appalling luck continued afterward, up to and including a failed assassination attempt by jealous rivals. Before dying in poverty at the unlikely age of 80, the slightly mad horn-maker had devised a 10-meter wide hilltop cannon designed to blow away his enemies.