Vitamin D deficiency may have been involved in Mozart's death

THE cause of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s death in the winter of 1791 remains a mystery, but researchers now suspect vitamin D deficiency played a role.

Hypotheses about Mozart’s death, aged 35, include poisoning, infection and cardiovascular disease.

But an Austrian endocrinologist notes: “Mozart did much of his composing at night, so would have slept during much of the day”.

At the latitude of Vienna, it is impossible to make vitamin D from sunlight for about six months of the year, he said.
Mozart’s death should serve as a warning to people today, the endocrinologist added.