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Composers were just as prone to drug-fuelled excess as their modern rock star equivalents, from alcohol to opium and most things in-between. Discover who did what in our gallery.
The story of Beethoven's death and his final words has become legendary: "Pity, pity, too late!" he supposedly garbled as he was told that his publisher had sent him a case of red wine. Upon inspection of his liver during an autopsy, it emerged that he had cirrhosis, apparently exacerbated by his fondness for the red stuff.
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