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Murder Mystery? In 2010, Tycho Brahe was dug up and reburied yet again in another attempt to discover whether he died from natural causes or was murdered. Among the many articles about this last search for answers, The crazy life and crazier death of Tycho Brahe, history's strangest astronomer is one of the more colorful.  After samples were obtained, they re-buried Brahe on Nov. 18, 2010.  Stuart Clark's website also includes an excerpt  from the novel in which German mathematician Johannes Kepler learns a little more about Tycho's astronomical achievements.

After two years of study, in November 2012 they concluded that Tycho Brahe was not murdered, but most likely died of a burst bladder. An interesting article on the results of the study can be found at the UK's Guardian newspaper.  As the article notes:

Brahe's death in 1601 at the age of 54 was long believed to have been due to a bladder infection. Legend said it was the result of his reluctance to breach court etiquette during a reception by leaving for a toilet. Kidney disease was another suspect. But some speculated that he might have been poisoned with mercury even at the hands of a king or a rival astronomer.

"Brahe's famous assistant [astronomer] Johannes Kepler has been identified as a possible murder suspect, and other candidates have been singled out for suspicion throughout the years," said Jens Vellev, a professor of medieval archaeology at Aarhus University, Denmark, who heads the Czech-Danish team of scientists that conducted the research.

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