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Harry Houdini – How Did the Actor Die?

Harry Houdini died at age 52, not too shabby. Check out the death cause, death date, and more facts about the circumstances surrounding actor Harry Houdini's death.

Biography - A Short Wiki

Hungarian-born American magician and escapologist who was famous for his sensational escape acts. Houdini first gained attention in vaudeville in the US and then as “Harry ‘Handcuff’ Houdini” on a tour of Europe, where he challenged police forces to keep him locked up. He also appeared in several early movies and made many early flights in aeroplanes. Born Erik Weisz on March 24, 1874 in Budapest, Hungary, to Jewish parents Cecelia Weisz Steiner and Mayer Samuel Weisz, he changed his name Erik Weisz to Harry Houdini when he became a professional Magician. He was married to Bess Houdini from 1894 until his death in 1926.

How did Harry Houdini die?

Harry Houdini's death was caused by appendicitis.

After a second operation on Oct. 28, and the introduction of a new anti-streptococcal serum, the great Houdini succumbed to overwhelming sepsis. He died on Oct. 31, 1926 at the age of 52.

Information about the death of Harry Houdini
Cause of deathAppendicitis
Age of death52 years
ProfessionActor, Escapology, Film Producer, Historian, Magician, Pilot, Stunt Performer
BirthdayMarch 24, 1874
Death dateOctober 31, 1926
Place of deathDetroit, Michigan, United States
Place of burialMachpelah Cemetery, New York, United States


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"Pickpockets either work alone or in pairs, or what is called a mob."

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"The great day of the Fire-eater - or, should I say, the day of the great Fire-eater - has passed."

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"Only one man ever betrayed my confidence, and that only in a minor matter."

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