Centuries have passed of speculations on what killed famous composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart at the age of 35 and a study from the University of Amsterdam suggests today that Mozart died from a throat infection.
The University of Amsterdam researchers said Mozart was victim of an epidemic streptococcus throat infection that was spread to young people in Vienna during the same month that he died. They studied information from official death registers for Vienna in the winter of 1791.
The infection developed into a deadly kidney failure that eventually ended the life of the composer, according to the study on Tuesday's Annals of Internal Medicine.
People have speculated that Mozart died poisoned by a jealous rival, by a rheumatic fever, a trichinosis or by a parasitic disease caused by eating undercooked pork.
Mozart is one of the greatest composers of all times. During his life he wrote more than 600 works and died in 1791.