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World's deadliest karaoke song has caused the deaths of multiple people

World's deadliest karaoke song has caused the deaths of multiple people

Bet you'll think twice before belting out this one

No matter how cool you are, it's simply a fact that everyone loves a little karaoke for a chance to belt out their favourite track.

However, it's clear that karaoke isn't always sunshine and rainbows as what is being hailed as the world's deadliest karaoke song has been responsible for the deaths of multiple people.

While there's a whole bunch of killer tunes people can choose from - there's one particular track that really takes the biscuit for its deadly status.

The world's deadliest karaoke song has been responsible for the deaths of 12 people since 1998.
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And the song in question?

None other than one of Frank Sinatra's biggest hits of all time - 'My Way'.

More than just a classic for the ages, the 1960 ballad has seemingly sparked an incredibly sinister phenomenon.

Oddly enough, over the past few decades, there have been a series of violent incidents in the Philippines as a result of the track.

And no - it's nothing to do with any aspiring pop star butchering the harmonies after having one too many bevs.

Since 1998, it's believed that around a dozen people lost their lives in what have been called the 'My Way Killings'.

One of the most prolific cases happened back in 2007 when 29-year-old Romy Baligula was shot dead by 43-year-old security guard Robilito Ortega at a bar in San Mateo, Riza.

Apparently, the singer was only halfway through the song when the guard got involved and told him to stop as he was singing out of tune.

But, after refusing the strict orders, the bloke carried on belting out the song, leading to the guard whipping out his revolver and shooting the man directly in the chest.

At the time of the incident, police Senior Superintendent Felipe Rojas revealed he died instantly at the scene.

The violence became so rife that some bars even went as far as to remove the track from their karaoke machines out of sheer fear it could trigger further trouble.

One of Frank Sinatra's biggest hits of all time has sparked a string of bizarre 'My Way' killings.
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While there may have been a brief hiatus to the 'My Way' killings, everything went south again in 2018 when an elderly chap was tragically stabbed following some fisticuffs at a birthday party.

The victim had apparently tried to sing the song but was stopped from doing so by another man and wound up getting knifed in the chest.

He was subsequently rushed to Zamboanga del Norte Medical Center where he unfortunately died.

Weighing on the dark phenomenon, podcaster Mr Ballen explained: "In the Philippines, there is one song that everybody knows you do not sing.

"In fact, this song is often banned in most karaoke bars and then even when it's not banned nobody sings it.

"And the reason this song is so forbidden is because since 1998 people have begun being murdered for singing it."

He added: "No one really understands why this song somehow elicits all this violence in people in karaoke bars in the Philippines, but it does."

Mr Ballen went on: "Some have said that the message of the song – which is about a man being a man and doing it his way kind of brings out a lot of masculine energy among people that are listening to it and it can apparently prompt people to just suddenly start acting violent."

Well, that's one way of looking at it.

Featured Image Credit: Flashpop via Getty/YouTube/FrankSinatra

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