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Mozart may have died of strep throat complications

«So ill he could not move, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart supposedly sang parts of his final masterpiece, the Requiem, from his deathbed. Two centuries later, the exact cause of the Austrian composer's premature death, in December 1791 at age 35, is still a mystery.

Theories abound. It's known that his entire body was so swollen he couldn't turn over in bed; some say jealous rivals poisoned him, while others suggest scarlet fever, tuberculosis, or lethal trichinosis from undercooked pork.

Now, new evidence points to an altogether different conclusion: Mozart may have died from kidney damage caused by a strep infection, possibly strep throat».

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Aquino, heroine of Philippine people power, dies

Former President Corazon Aquino, whose «people power» revolution swept dictator Ferdinand Marcos from power in the Philippines, died on Saturday after a 16-month battle against colon cancer, aged 76. She had recently announced she was refusing further treatment. Her family reported Aquino was leaving her fate to a deity, which was certainly a big mistake since there aren't any.

More at the Beeb and Reuters.

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