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THE LIFE OF CHARLES DICKENS

DEATH INFO

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Charles died on June 9, 1870. His cause of death was paralytic stroke. Physicians believed Dickens worked himself to death. As a young child, he was always sick and had horrible attacks of spasms and fever. When he was 52 years old, he contracted goyt in his left foot, which overwhelmed him until his death. On June 9, 1865, Charles was a passenger on a train when it derailed and killed 10 people on the trian. Even though he survived, he never got over the nervous shock to his system. In 1866, he developed severe pain in his left eye, stomach, and chest. He developed heart trouble in the late 1860's, his blood pressure began to rise until he would turn colors in his face. In december of 1868, he was diagnosed with a mild case of paralysis. Throughout all of his health issues, he still managed to continue working, until he had a breakdown in 1869.
     A year later, as he was having dinner, his face began to turn colors.Later that night he went unconsious and died that follwing day due to a stroke. Exactly five years after the train crash, he was buried in Westminister Abbey. When people heard of the distrubing news, they all were deeply sad to hear the bad news of what happened to him and how it happened. However, as time progressed, people began to have the outlook on Charles life as not a sad thing, but more so of a peaceful thing. They all remembered the things he did for others, and the things he accomplished in life, and the thoguht of his death made people smile because they know Charles Dickens died after he had lived his dreams into reality.
 
 
1975-1981 by David Wallechinsky & Irving Wallace
Reproduced with permission from "The People's Almanac" seris of books.
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MONIQUE KELLY, BRITISH LITERATURE, FAYETTE COUNTY EVENING HIGH SCHOOL