Mozart died at 35 because he did not get enough sunlight, says new study

The Guardian summarizes a new research monograph by Stephen Pilz and William Grant:

The researchers give us a simple theory. When exposed to sunlight, people’s skin naturally produces vitamin D. Mozart, toward the end of his life, was nearly as nocturnal as a vampire, so his skin probably produced very little vitamin D. . . .

[Scientists] Pilz and Grant explain: “Mozart did much of his composing at night, so would have slept during much of the day. At the latitude of Vienna, 48º N, it is impossible to make vitamin D from solar ultraviolet-B irradiance for about six months of the year. Mozart died on 5 December, 1791, two to three months into the vitamin D winter.

(The Guardian cheekily notes that if Stefan Pilz plays his cards right, he “will hereafter be known as “Vitamin” Pilz.” Not bad.)

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One Response to Mozart died at 35 because he did not get enough sunlight, says new study

  1. hortonw says:

    Like Mozart, I, too, enjoy a little Nachtmusik, but have the good sense to get out during the day.

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