It's kind of amazing that this worked.  Because this might be THE dumbest way to propose we've ever heard.

30-year-old Alexey Bykov is a wealthy businessman in Omsk, Russia, and he wanted to propose to his girlfriend.  Apparently, he didn't think "wealthy" was a good enough guarantee that she'd say yes.

So Alexey decided to STAGE HIS OWN FAKE DEATH . . . to show his girlfriend Irina how sad she'd be without him . . . THEN propose.

He told her to meet him on a street at a certain time.  Then he hired actors, a stuntman, a make-up artist, a screenwriter, and a director to stage a massive accident to make it look like he'd died in a car accident.

When Irina got there she saw ambulances, wrecked cars, smoke, and debris everywhere.  She also saw Alexey lying on the street, covered in blood.  A fake paramedic told her he was dead, and she immediately broke down, devastated.

At that point, Alexey jumped up and proposed.  She said yes . . . but did say she thought about, quote, "killing him for real" for pulling that stunt.