Mystery solved: How Oscar Wilde's wife died

January 5, 2015 3:22 PM

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Mystery solved: How Oscar Wilde's wife died

The cause of Constance Wilde's death at age 40 has long been a mystery, but now, 116 years later, it appears to have been solved. Family letters unveiled by Oscar Wilde's grandson suggest that the writer's wife died within days of a gynecological operation gone wrong, the Guardian reports.

An expert concluded as much after investigating the letters, which discuss her trouble walking and her medical treatment. Constance Wilde showed symptoms of what today would be considered multiple sclerosis.

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