Simon Bolivar may have died due to poison and not tuberculosis

May 5th, 2010 - 8:22 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

Baltimore, May 5 (THAINDIAN NEWS) A John Hopkins doctor has raised the issue of whether the death of Simon Bolivar was due to tuberculosis or whether he died because of poisoning. Dr. Paul Auwaerter presented his theory at the annual University of Maryland School of Medicine conference. The topic of the conference was the death of the famous figures. He said that arsenic was a common medicine in the 18th century, and it might have been the cause of the death of Simon Bolivar in 1830.

“Tuberculosis has been the conventional explanation for so many years, but that doesn’t make sense. It really doesn’t explain his final six months,” Dr. Paul Auwaerter said before the presentation. He also added that Simon never coughed up blood. And a sort of greenish phlegm and green fluid was found near his heart, which denotes a bacterial infection and not tuberculosis at all.

Even the Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said that he was convinced that Simon was murdered. “They killed him. Here in my heart for years I’ve had the conviction that Bolivar didn’t die of tuberculosis. I don’t know if we’ll be able to prove it, but I think they assassinated Bolivar,” according to Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.

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