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Solve the Mystery of Poe’s Death

As we approach the 161st anniversary of Poe’s death, the exact cause of his early demise remains a mystery. Here are some of the theories about Poe’s death that visitors to our website have posted recently. Review the evidence and share with us your own theory at

Marco Island, FL
Poe possibly could have died of A. seizures, B. Heart attack, or C. Brain tumor

Toledo, OH
I believe that he was not drugged. Nor do I believe he was beaten to death. I believe that he was murdered not by a human being, but by his very own self. I believe that his tumor of the brain had finally ended his existence and put an end to his suffering. He most likely was not beaten or drugged.

Jacksonville, AL
He had epilepsy when he got rabies. He had been robbed of his clothes, but for someone to do that they had to knock him out with a weapon. God put him out of his misery when he prayed to him.

Brentwood, CA
I believe he committed suicide. He said he no longer had the wanting to live. He could have taken a drug overdose, because he was already sensitive to alcohol and drugs. He was delirious because he was either drunk or had taken an overdose.

Westfield, MA
He was a random person who was picked to be a dummy to vote. He was drugged, and he was left to die on the street.

Toledo, OH
I think he was murdered by his cousin.

Woodbury, TN
He died from too much alcohol drinking and his possible brain tumor. I also believe that Mr. Poe was the best horror writer to have ever lived!!

Toledo, OH
I think Poe died of hypoglycemia because it s possible since he had diabetes.

Toldeo, OH
He had a pet raccoon named Chronic the Hedgehog. Then Chronic got in a fight with a zebra-cow-pig-tiger-elephant, and then Chronic got back from the fight because he had won the fight and ate them all, so since Poe was hungry he thought the raccoon was fat and juicy, so he ate Chronic and died of rabies and high sugar rate due to his diabetes.

Toledo, OH
I think he got jumped by people because they knew he was kinda rich and wanted his money.

Toledo, OH
I think that his step mom killed him for his money and that was all she wanted.

Toledo, OH
My theory is that someone tricked him into drinking alcohol, but Edgar took under a difficult circumstance of everything around it sounds as if what he wrote was his on life but a dreadful fantasy

Westfield, MA
He died from a brain tumor.

Naples FL
I believe that Poe died from mania a potu, and over the years people told different stories about his death. No one knows what really happened so everything that people say is partly true.

Chester VA
My theory is he died of alcoholism.

Edgar Allan Poe was so drunk he passed out.

McLeansville, NC
He was depressed and went suicidal.

Lexington MA

Jacksonville, AL
He died of a heart attack

Toledo, OH
He got hungry, ate a slice of pie and it had a lot of sugar, and he had a diabetes attack. The end.

Spring 2010 Newsletter

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