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how did poe die

-- Anonymous, September 14, 2000


i think it is a mystery with some speculations. i do believe he was found unconscious in an alley or street. i do believe he did come too long enough to say someone's name and he died in a hospitol if my memory serves correctly. grant

-- Anonymous, September 14, 2000


Edgar Allan Poe died in Washington College Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland on October 7, 1849 and was attended by Dr. John J Moran who indicated that he had died of congestion of the brain. No autopsy was performed and his remains were removed for burial on the 9th of October, 1849 to the Presbyterian Church Cemetery, known today as the Westminster Burying Ground.

Currently, there are three theories based on varying degrees of research. The first is the Alcohol theory, second the Medical Illness theory and the third is the Cooping theory. You can read about these three at the URL address:

There is a fourth of more recent origin. In 1996, Dr. R. Michael Benitez, after a case study of Poes condition, symptoms and behavior as recorded 150 years ago by Dr. John J Moran during Poes four day stay in the hospital, feels that Edgar Allan Poe most likely died of rabies.

Personally, I lean toward the Cooping theory but only because I find it palatable for now. Quite frankly, no one really knows for sure.


-- Anonymous, September 14, 2000

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