Theories of how Edgar Allan Poe died.
There has been much discussion on the topic of Poe being an alcoholic. Some have stated that he drank only on rare occasions, and kept admirable control of himself. Others have gone as far as to brand him a raging alcoholic and opium addict. Still others claim that he when had bouts of depression and overindulged at these times. Poe himself once said, "I have absolutely no pleasure in the stimulants in which I sometimes so madly indulge. It has not been in the pursuit of pleasure that I have periled life and reputation and reason. It has been the desperate attempt to escape from torturing memories, from a sense of insupportable loneliness, and a dread of some strange impending doom." (Poe as quoted in Meyers 89). Yet others claim Poe may have had enzyme disorder, which made even small amounts of alcohol highly problematic for him. While we all have our opinions and assumptions it is hard to truly know what the true situation was regarding Poe and alcohol. http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Was_Edgar_Allan_Poe_an_Achoholic 2. Tuberculosis
Tuberculosis has been mentioned however this is unlikely. Poe had never been diagnosed with it and never displayed symptoms of it. TB is a wasting away disease (at the time it was called 'the consumption') Poe would have shown symptoms over time before he died of TB.
Cooping is voter fraud where backers of political candidates vote several times by changing their appearance either by shaving beards or changing clothes. Voter security was lax and cooping was a common practice. (The common phrase was 'Remember to vote early and often.') Sometimes backers would enlist strangers to do this either by bribery or threats of violence. Poe had been found delirious on the street outside a saloon which had been a polling...