*A Russian man trying to win the Sauna World Championships died after collapsing with severe burns in the final stage of an event that required contestants to sit in a 230-degree room as water was tossed onto a searing stove.

Vladimir Ladyzhenskiy, an amateur wrestler in his 60s, was pronounced dead late yesterday after he collapsed alongside reigning champion Timo Kaukonen of Finland roughly six minutes into the final round.

Video footage shows workers pouring cold water over the two men and administering first aid as organizers tried to cover up the scene and calm spectators.

The men were bleeding from what appeared to be severe burns, said one onlooker. (more…)