Once upon a midnight dreary, while I stumbled weak and weary....
Edgar Allan Poe was found in Baltimore (wearing clothes that weren't his) on Oct. 3, 1849, "in great distress, and... in need of immediate assistance," according to the man who found him.
He was taken to the Washington College Hospital, where he died on Sunday, Oct. 7, 1849, at 5 a.m. Poe never regained consciousness long enough to explain what happened.
Poe is said to have called out the name "Reynolds" on the night before his death, and some sources say Poe's final words were "Lord help my poor soul."
All medical records, including his death certificate, have been lost. The cause of his death remains a mystery.