Mozart died from…

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July
2011

Mozart (photo: bleicher/Flickr)

…a deficiency of vitamin D.

So says a new theory.

In an article published in Medical Problems of Performing Artists, the researchers wrote at the latitude of Vienna, 48 degrees North, where Mozart lived, it is impossible to make vitamin D from solar ultraviolet-B irradiance for about six months of the year.

Mozart died Dec. 5, 1791, two to three months into the winter and he is reported to have suffered many infectious diseases, including catarrh, fever and polyarthritis, sore throat, bad cold, vomiting from between mid-October 1762 to mid-May 1783.

Read more: Vitamin D lack linked to Mozart’s death (United Press International)

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