Alexander Pushkin (Алекса́ндр Пу́шкин) (1799-1837)

Death: 10th February 1837
Location: Svyatogorsky Monastery Cemetery, Pushkinskie Gory, Russia
Cause of death: Fatally wounded in a pistol duel.
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Russian author of the Romantic era who is considered by many to be the greatest Russian poet and the founder of modern Russian literature.
Notoriously touchy about his honour, Pushkin fought a total of twenty-nine duels. At the age of thirty-seven years, however, Alexander Pushkin was fatally wounded in such an encounter with Georges-Charles de Heeckeren d'Anthès. D'Anthès, a French officer serving with the Chevalier Guard Regiment, had been attempting to seduce the poet's wife. Pushkin's early death is still regarded as a catastrophe for Russian literature.