168 Years After This Great Composer’s Premature Death, Scientists Have Now Learned What Killed Him

Famous around the world for the striking piano music that he composed and a national hero in his homeland of Poland, Frédéric Chopin died at the age of just 39 in 1849. And ever since his death, the cause of his premature demise has been the subject of speculation. But now, scientists may have finally ascertained the cause of his passing.

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Fryderyk Franciszek Chopin was born in 1810 in the Polish village of ?elazowa Wola, about 30 miles from the country’s capital, Warsaw. His father was French while his mother was a Pole, and Chopin had three sisters. Not long after his birth, his family moved to Warsaw.

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