Edgar Allan Poe's Death

A tragic end to a challenging, disappointing, and brilliant life

To this day, the death of Edgar Allan Poe remains an unsolved mystery, though his legacy still is inscribed in America’s history. It has been said that on October 3, 1849, Poe was found delirious in Baltimore’s Lombard Street on election day. Some observers said that is seemed he was drunk while others said he had some sort of fever. Due to the lack of records of Poe’s whereabouts and activities in his final days, it is very hard to determine what happened to Poe. Poe was taken to the hospital where he died on October 7th, 1849. People have speculated that the cause of Poe’s death may have been from either alcoholism, cerebral hemorrhage, poisoning, diabetes, heart disease, tuberculosis, or rabies.