British scientists have named the real cause of death of Chekhov

The death of Anton Chekhov have long been considered not representing riddles – the great writer died at the age of 44 from tuberculosis, which suffered most of my life. However, a recent study scientists from the UK have shed light on the details of the death of the novelist. Examining the blood stains appeared on his shirt in the last hours of life, the experts came to an unexpected conclusion.


It is known that in the childhood the future writer had problems with his lungs. In his student years the disease became apparent. A frequent Moscow – Yalta – Moscow and a journey to Sakhalin in not the most favorable time of the year considered to be definitively undermined the health of Chekhov.

The death of the writer in Germany, in the resort of Badenweiler, where he went hoping to treat weak lungs. On the fateful night of July 2, 1904, as later recalled by the wife of novelist Olga Leonardovna, Chekhov asked: “for a Long time did not drink champagne!” – then he said in German (language almost didn’t): “Ich sterbe” (“I die”) – and drained the glass. He smiled as he lay on his left side and died shortly thereafter.

On the night of the death of Chekhov coughed up blood. The stain left on the shirt, was studied by scientists of the British Institute of biological Sciences in Norwich. Also samples were taken from the manuscripts of the dramatist, writes the British press.

The chemical composition of the samples showed that, in addition to protein, indicating the presence of Mycobacterium tuberculosis in the samples, there are also proteins contributing to thrombus formation. He, according to the researchers, and led to the blockage of blood vessels and subsequent bleeding in the brain.

It is the hemorrhage, scientists have found the direct cause of his death. Tuberculosis, decades have affected the body, did not become fatal for a writer.

Anton Pavlovich was buried at the Moscow Novodevichy cemetery, next to his father. In 1933, after the abolition of the cemetery in the monastery, at the request of the writer’s wife held a reburial outside the southern wall of the monastery. Chekhov’s coffin was moved to a new grave with the headstone and the headstone from the grave of his father, Pavel Yegorovich.

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