How did Edgar Allan Poe die? Nobody really knows. There are many theories regarding what happened to the famous author and poet, but in the end, his exact cause of death on Oct. 7, 1849 remains a mystery.
Poe was a talented author and poet who displayed a romanticist view of the macabre. Though famous, he struggled to make ends meet throughout his life and, like many authors, his talents were not fully recognized until after his death.
Birth and Death
Edgar Allan Poe was born Jan. 19, 1809 in Boston. By 1810, Poe's parents had separated and his mother stayed with Poe and his siblings. In 1811, Poe's mother died. Poe was separated from his siblings and taken in by the Allan family, but he was never formally adopted.
Poe was found drifting in and out of consciousness in Baltimore on Oct. 3, 1849. He was taken to the hospital and never regained enough strength to comment on his condition before he died on Oct. 7, 1849.
Many rumors did, and still do, surround the exact cause of Poe's death. Rumors include alcoholism, fever, brain tumor, suicide, murder, tuberculosis and even rabies.
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