|Brother Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 - 1791)|
Shocked by his sudden death, his admirers immediately began to suspect he had fallen victim of foul play. Even his wife believed he had been poisoned--something she claimed even Mozart believed. He spent his last hours on his deathbed feverishly finishing his Requiem Mass so that it could played at his funeral.
His official cause of death was a fever, but the truth was, his doctors had no idea what had caused his death. Even before he had been buried, there were rumors that perhaps he had been murdered. There were a lot of people who could be listed amongst the list of suspects. He had enemies in the Imperial Court. He owed vast sums of money to a great many members of Viennese society. And he was a shameless womanizer. But even considering all of that, most of the suspicion was that the Freemasons had killed Mozart--for revealing Masonic secrets!
Mozart was a Mason--a member of Lodge Zur Woltatigkeit in Vienna, Austria. During his lifetime, he wrote several pieces for Freemasonry. He wrote "Fellow Crafts Journey" in 1785 when his father received his second degree. But his most famous Masonic piece was "The Magic Flute." This is the piece that allegedly angered the Freemasons because of Masonic content in the opera, including elements of the ritual initiation in the beginning of Act Two. But that is unlikely. Most scholars today believe that Mozart wrote "The Magic Flute" not to expose Freemasonry, but in order to preserve it. Many believe that when the opera was first performed in 1791, Mozart knew that Freemasonry would very soon be outlawed in Vienna and used the opera to encode and preserve the esoteric knowledge of the Craft.
However it is likely that Mozart was poisoned--by his doctors. Medicine being what it was at the time, Mozart was instructed to take "acqua toffana" for his stomach disorders. That medicine was a mixture of bitter salts and arsenic dissolved in water. In other words . . . poison.