Here is a list of famous composers who died of tuberculosis. The study and treatment of tuberculosis led to the discovery of pasteurization and antibiotics. At its height many composers were TB patients. It may seem strange today to even think that anyone could die from the disease, yet at its height in the 1800s, is was one of the most deadly diseases in the world. Today, there are vaccines available to prevent people from dying from tuberculosis, but back several hundreds years, the disease strickened many, including a number of famous composers.
Musicians weren't immune from contracting one of the deadliest diseases in the world. Composers like Alfredo Catalani, Henry Purcell and the great Igor Stravinsky were all victims of this infection. Even the iconic American song composer Stephen Foster, who many consider the godfather of American music and came up with some of the greatest songs in American history like "Oh Susanna" and "My Old Kentucky Home" couldn't ward off tuberculosis.
The number of cases of tuberculosis (TB) disease reported in the United States has decreased each year since 1993. As the general standard of living and medical care improved in the United States, the incidence of death due to TB a.k.a consumption decreased. Here is a full list of all song composers who succumbed to death as TB victims.Have a look to see who were the most famous composers to die from tuberculosis are. While many are classical names and maybe unfamiliar, it is still interesting to see who was afflicted with TB and ended up dying.