In what has to be one of the worst proposal gimmicks ever, 30-year-old Alexey Bykov of Russia hired a movie director, stuntmen, make-up artists, and a script writer to stage a scene in which he dies in a car crash.... so he could propose.
"I wanted her to realise how empty her life would be without me and how life would have no meaning without me.
His girlfriend, Irena Kolokov, arrived at the scene of the "accident" and was, of course, devastated.
"We'd arranged to meet at a certain place but when I arrived there were mangled cars everywhere, ambulances, smoke, and carnage," said Miss Kolokov.
"Then when I saw Alexy covered in blood lying in the road a paramedic told me he was dead and I just broke down in tears."