DEAD: ON THIS DATE
Doc Holliday (aged 36)
Gambler, gunfighter, and dentist in the American West
John Henry “Doc” Holliday (August 14, 1851 – November 8, 1887) was an American gambler, gunfighter, and dentist, and a good friend of Wyatt Earp. He is best known for his role in the events leading up to and following the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral.
DEATH: In 1887, prematurely gray and badly ailing, Holliday made his way to the Hotel Glenwood, near the hot springs of Glenwood Springs, Colorado. He hoped to take advantage of the reputed curative power of the waters, but the sulfurous fumes from the spring may have done his lungs more harm than good.:217 As he lay dying, Holliday is reported to have asked the nurse attending him for a shot of whiskey. When she told him no, he looked at his bootless feet, amused. The nurses said that his last words were, “This is funny.” He always figured he would be killed someday with his boots on.:372 Holliday died at 10am on November 8, 1887. He was 36. Wyatt Earp did not learn of Holliday’s death until two months afterward. Kate Horony later said that she attended to him in his final days, and one contemporary source appears to back her claim.