How Did Mozart Die?

How Did Mozart Die? Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart who was an Austrian composer genius died of a short illness on 5 December 1791, at the age of 35.

Up to now, the actual cause of his death is still vague. After his death, there have been numerous theories around his “short illness”. Because there hasn’t been an autopsy yet, people have the right to suspect that he was killed. During this time there was no DNA to analyze.

During this time, there was a law that said the dead would be buried collectively. There have been 4 or 5 adults and 2 children who were placed in a common burial which would be covered with quicklime to speed up decomposition. Seven years later, those graves would be dug up, some of them dispersed, and the remains reused. The purpose was only to save space, as well as cut down on lavish funerals.

Mozart’s Sudden Illness

If we don’t have a corpse or an autopsy report, all we can do is determine symptoms in the final hours. Mozart suddenly took ill with a high fever, sweats, headaches, dramatic swelling, as well as pain in his hands and legs. By the 14th day, his swelling had increased dramatically. The next symptoms were nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, a rash, muscle pain, as well as an overwhelming stench. Just 15 days after his illness, Mozart had convulsions, went into a coma, and died.
His 7-year-old son, Karl, said that a few days before he died he couldn’t do even the smallest movements because of his swelling. He also mentioned that there was an awful stench, and an autopsy couldn’t find it after his death. It was observed that his corpse didn’t become stiff and limbs were able to be bent, which is a sign that someone has been poisoned.

So was it disease that killed Mozart or was he poisoned?

Someone can be poisoned when he himself created rumors telling his wife that: “ Someone has poisoned me “. So who could have done it?
Antonio Salieri, a chief composer to the court of Emperor Joseph II, who was his rival, was the first suspect. His wife blamed Salieri, and when he suffered from dementia in his later years, Salieri took credit of poisoning him. Did he have any reason to kill Mozart? In fact, Salieri had power and esteem with a significant income, and Mozart hardly threatened him.
Another theory about the poisoning was that he poisoned himself by using mercury and larger than recommended doses to treat his syphilis. Others thought that the Freemasons did it because his piece of music Magic Flute challenged their doctrines and uncovered their secret rituals. In the early 20th century, a German neuropsychiatrist brought forward a bizarre theory about the connection betwen Jews, Masons, and Catholics poisoned him.

Mozart Cause of Death Discovered

However, until the 1990s, the cause of his death that was the most widely accepted was rheumatic fever. It is caused by the bacteria Streptococcus psyogenes, related to strep throat. After researching for many years, many researchers concluded that strep killed him.
In 2001, from his letter to his wife, an infectious disease specialist thought that his habit of eating pork might have killed him.
Not until 1860, trichinosis was discovered through the death of a woman who had many symptoms similar to Mozart’s. The incubation period is 8 to 50 days. Through the blood stream, live larvae that travel to the skeletal muscle where they form cycsts. Some symptoms can be listed such as high fever, joint and muscle pain, vomitting, swelling of the body and face, and so on. In the final stages, symptoms include strokes, seizures, coma, even death from neurological or cardiac complications around the third week of the disease.