Recently, one of only two known death masks of Napoleon Bonaparte sold at auction at Bonhams’ Book, Map and Manuscript sale in London for roughly $260,000 (£169,250.) And as we celebrate his 244th birthday today, we thought we would dig up a few famous faces from their final moments.
NAME: Dante Alighieri (56 years) WHO WAS: Writer, poet and politician Italian. It is considered the first major poet of the Italian language. Author of the Divine Comedy. BIRTH: June 1, 1265 - Florence, Italy. DEATH: 13 or September 14, 1321 - Ravenna, Italy. CAUSE OF DEATH: Malaria.
Malaria-infected red blood cell. The cell at upper right is misshapen due to infection with Plasmodium falciparum. This is the merozoite stage of the protozoan parasite. It invades red blood cells after the sporozoite stage is injected into the blood by an Anopheles mosquito. The merozoites replicate and destroy the red blood cell, causing hemolytic anemia.