Study: Alexander the Great felled by toxic wine

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    The sun is seen through the fog behind a monument depicting Alexander the Great in Skopje on December 18, 2013. AFP PHOTO/ROBERT ATANASOVSKI
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    (NEWSER) -- One of the greatest mysteries surround Alexander the Great is why he died at the young age of 32, may have been solved.

    New Zealand toxicologist and study co-author Dr. Leo Schep now say that Veratrum album, a member of the lily family, may have been the cause.

    Alexander the Great died in 323 BC after a 12-day illness. Writing in the journal Clinical Toxicology that "Veratrum poisoning ... may also be accompanied by nausea and vomiting, followed by bradycardia [a heart-rate below 60 bpm] and hypotension with severe muscular weakness. Alexander suffered similar features for the duration of his illness."

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