Does anyone have any info regarding Spare's death?
I've heard a couple of rumors but nothing for sure.
He died on May 15th 1956 at 1.50pm. The certificate cites the cause of death as generalised aperitonitis, perforated suppurative appendix and severe anemia. The days leading up to his death are chronicled in Zos Speaks!
Thanks for the info. I haven't read "ZOS Speaks" yet. Soon though...
I just acquired this incredible (INCREDIBLE!) tome recently and you will LOVE it! It's something like the Ultimate Spare Book-the illustrations are Gorgeous, loads of minutia etc etc. Utterly beautiful (even when its "ugly").
If your going to buy "Zos Speaks" from Fulgur its well worth buying Gavin Semple's book on Frank Letchford - also published by Fulgur. It's low price and contains some good artwork, plus Spare on sigils and Spare's opinions on Zen Buddhism.
Don't read too much into Spare's death as the funeral service was chosen by Spare's sister Ellen.
Spare's only request was that there should be no flowers as he thought they looked better on plants.
Best Wishes Robert.
Thank you all for answering. Perhaps I did't ask the right question. The exact question should be "What was the cause of his Death?".
I'd heard about illness but another rumour was that he commited suicide (which I did not consider as being true but couldn't cross-check it anywhere).
The exact cause of Spare's death as given by the South Western Hospital. Landor Rd.Stockwell.SW9. was:
"He was admitted to this hospital on the 10th May, 1956 with severe abdominal pain of twenty four hours duration which had to be dealt with immediately. He was found to have an inflamed appendix which had burst and infected the entire abdominal cavity with the infection. He was given the best antibiotic drugs but he did not favourably respond to them and died on the 15th of May 1956 at 1.50 p.m. A postmortem examination showed he had been suffering from Chronic Bronchitis, High Blood Pressure and infection of the Gall Bladder with Gall Stones. He was markedly anaemic as found from a blood examination on admission so had probably not looked after his health and nutrition well.
It could be stated that the last illness combined with the effects of the other diseases he suffered from served to bring about his death.
His death was very much regretted by the entire hospital staff who could not save him in spite of all their efforts."
Signed N. Vasavada
Resident Surgical Officer.
There was no no suicide. Spare died from old age plus illness.
Best Wishes Robert.
Just out of interest, where did you hear this rumour?
From two friends.
In a diary entry in Zos Speaks! Steffi Grant states that a nurse told her that had Spare pulled out a stomach tube a couple of days before his death, and in a footnote, writes,
'This must have contributed to his death. As it is he had, in his confused and delirious state, urged Kenneth- during his last visit- to tamper with the apparatus keeping him alive; this, needless to say, he ignored.'
Perhaps this is the origin of the "suicide" rumour?