Famous People's Cause of Death Friedrich Nietzsche

About the famous philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche, biography, history and cause of death.



Born: Oct. 15, 1844

Died: Aug. 25, 1900

Cause of Death: Apoplexy

Physician's Notes: From his youth, the philosopher and ascetic who developed the concepts of the "will to power" and the Superman suffered intense headaches, vomiting, and pain in his eyes. Occasionally he was stricken with temporary paralysis and sometimes lost the power of speech. His condition was probably due to what is now known as migraine. Thinking his troubles had to do with digestion, he often starved himself, thus making his health worse. He spent most of his later years wandering from one health resort to another, in excruciating pain "200 days a year." It is probable that Nietzsche also suffered from chronic melancholia. In 1888 his mind snapped completely. He suddenly fell down and could not get up. For days he was semiconscious, and when he awoke his mind was deranged. He would let no one in his room but would sit and talk loudly to himself. Committed to an asylum, he partially recovered, but throughout his years of insanity he was hardly able to speak. Only after 12 years of torment did death bring him relief from an unusually painful life.

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