DEAD: Edgar Wallace

DEAD: ON THIS DATE

Edgar Wallace (aged 56)

British writer (King Kong)

Richard Horatio Edgar Wallace (1 April 1875 – 10 February 1932) was an English writer.

DEATH: In December 1931, Wallace was assigned work on the RKO “gorilla picture” (King Kong, 1933) for producer Merian C. Cooper. By late January, however, he was beginning to suffer sudden, severe headaches and was diagnosed with diabetes. His condition deteriorated within days. Violet booked passage on a liner out of Southampton, but received word that Edgar had slipped into a coma and died of the condition, combined with double pneumonia, on 10 February 1932 in North Maple Drive, Beverly Hills.The flags on Fleet Street’s newspaper offices flew at half-mast, and the bell of St. Bride’s tolled in mourning. He was buried at Little Marlow Cemetery, Fern Lane, Buckinghamshire, not far from his UK country home, Chalklands, in Bourne End.

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