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Question:

A thief was brought before a king to receive his punishment. The king, feeling merciful, asked the thief how he would like to die. The thief told him, and the king let him go. How did the thief wish to die?

Answer:

He wanted to die of natural causes.

Try another Brain Teaser:

When I'm young I'm tall
When I'm old I'm short
When I'm alive I glow
Because of your breath I die

What am I?