25 Death Masks of the famous and infamous

25 Death Masks of the famous and infamous

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Whether they were executed, assassinated, committed suicide, killed in battle or car crash, or died in their beds of old age, the features of these 25 famous, and infamous, men were preserved for posterity in plaster.



 

1.    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) – likely cause of death: liver damage from heavy alcohol consumption; aged 56.

Ludwig van Beethoven

 

2.    Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821) – likely cause of death: gastric cancer; aged 51.

Napoleon Bonaparte

 

3.    Oliver Cromwell (1599-1658) – likely cause of death: septicaemia following urinary infection; aged 59.

Oliver Cromwell

 

4.    James Dean (1931-1955) – cause of death: car crash injuries; aged 24.

James Dean

 

5.    Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881) – cause of death: bronchitis; aged 76.

Benjamin Disraeli

 

6.    Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) – cause of death: pleurisy; aged 84.

Benjamin Franklin

 

7.    Frederick the Great (1712-1786) – cause of death: unspecified; aged 74.

Frederick the Great

 

8.    Ulysses S Grant (1822-1885) – cause of death: throat cancer; aged 63.

Ulysses S Grant

 

9.    Henry VII (1457-1509) – cause of death: tuberculosis; aged 52.

Henry VII

 

10.   Reinhard Heydrich (1904-1942) – cause of death: wounds from bomb attack; aged 38.

 

Reinhard Heydrich 2

 

11.   Heinrich Himmler (1900-1945) – cause of death: suicide by cyanide poisoning; aged 44.

Heinrich Himmler 2

 

 

12.   Samuel Johnson (1709-1784) – cause of death: heart failure; aged 75.

Samuel Johnson

 

13.   Ned Kelly (1855-1880) – cause of death: execution by hanging; aged 25.

Ned Kelly

 

14.   Robert E Lee (1807-1870) – cause of death: pneumonia following stroke; aged 63.

Robert E Lee

 

15.   Vladimir Lenin (1870-1924) – likely cause of death: syphilis; aged 53.

Vladimir Lenin

 

16.   Martin Luther (1483-1546) – cause of death: apoplectic stroke; aged 62.

Martin Luther

 

17.   Horatio Nelson (1758-1805) – cause of death: gunshot wound in battle; aged 47.

Horatio Nelson

 

18.   Isaac Newton (1642-1727) – cause of death: kidney stone; aged 84.

Isaac Newton

 

19.   Maximilien Robespierre (1758-1794) – cause of death: execution by beheading; aged 36.

Maximilien Robespierre

 

20.   Erwin Rommel (1891-1944) – cause of death: forced suicide by cyanide poisoning; aged 52.

Erwin Rommel

 

21.   Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919) – cause of death: blood clot on lung; aged 60.

Theodore Roosevelt

 

22.   William T Sherman (1820-1891) – cause of death: unspecified; aged 71.

William T Sherman

 

23.   Richard Wagner (1813-1883) – cause of death: heart failure; aged 69.

Richard Wagner

 

24.   Arthur Wellesley, Duke of Wellington (1769-1852) – cause of death: epileptic seizures following stroke; aged 83.

Duke of Wellington

 

25.   Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924) – cause of death: heart failure following stroke; aged 67.

Woodrow Wilson 2

 

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