And now, we know how he died.
October 11, 2007 03:26 PM
Who, you ask? Count Gottfried Alexander Leopold Graf von Bismarck-Schonhausen! We profiled his obituary back in July, because it began as few obituaries do:
Count Gottfried von Bismarck, who was found dead on Monday aged 44, was a louche German aristocrat with a multi-faceted history as a pleasure-seeking heroin addict, hell-raising alcoholic, flamboyant waster and a reckless and extravagant host of homosexual orgies.
It's an awful lot to put on a tombstone, but at least he managed to get in in the first sentence of his Telegraph obit. And back in July, NBS commeter Dr. Mabuse asked, "But what did he die of?" And now we know. He'd injected himself with cocaine once an hour, for 24 hours.
And on a totally unrelated sidenote: This does kind of remind me of the time the Enquirer was interviewing my mom for my grandmother's obit and the reporter had never heard of "Vassar." We still shake our heads in wonder over that. [A weird obituary story is the only link between my grandmother and Count Gottfried von Bismark, lest you be wondering how he put me in mind of her. She was not flamboyant waster or a reckless and extragagant host of homosexual orgies. Well, not unless you count the times she'd have in her antiques appraiser. That always got pretty crazy.]