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Death of Garrick



Garrick died at home, in Adelphi Terrace on January 20, 1779, of a kidney ailment (“my old disorder”) that had plagued him for years.  The autopsy revealed that he had been born with only one kidney, which had been either congenitally cystic or destroyed by infection.  A team of distinguished doctors attended him to the very end, including Richard Warren, physician to George III.  Mrs. Garrick wrote in her diary, “At a quarter before eight [am], my Husband sighed, and Died without one uneasy moment, the Lord be Praised.” 

 

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