Molière’s legendary death: collapsing on stage while performing in the last play he had written, insisting on completing his performance, collapsing again, died hours afterwards.

Molière

This article is about the French playwright. For other uses, see Molière (disambiguation).

Jean-Baptiste Poquelin (15 January 1622 (baptised) – 17 February 1673), known by his stage name Molière (UK: /ˈmɒliɛər, ˈmoʊl-/, US: /moʊlˈjɛər, ˌmoʊliˈɛər/, French: [mɔljɛʁ]), was a French playwright, actor and poet, widely regarded as one of the greatest writers in the French language and world literature. His extant works include comedies, farces, tragicomedies, comédie-ballets, and more. His plays have been translated into every major living language and are performed at the Comédie-Française more often than those of any other playwright today. His influence is such that the French language is often referred to as the “language of Molière”.[be… Continue Reading (21 minute read)

12 thoughts on “Molière’s legendary death: collapsing on stage while performing in the last play he had written, insisting on completing his performance, collapsing again, died hours afterwards.”

  1. Rejected_Bull

    His last play being called “Le malade imaginaire” translating to something like: “The Hypochondriac”.

  2. elyonmydrill

    And he died wearing green, which is why (at least in France) it’s bad luck to wear green on stage

  3. Burntwing

    His last play? You mean he didn’t write anymore after he died? Poor guy.

  4. LemonWetGood1991

    You might be interested to read about the British magician, Tommy Cooper, who had a heart attack and died on stage whilst performing. When he collapsed and the curtain went down, people thought it was a part of his act

  5. Aqquila89

    And the play was *The Imaginary Invalid*, a comedy about a hpochondriac.

  6. defrench

    Reminds me of Atlanta musician Col. Bruce Hampton, who died onstage at the Fox theatre in Atlanta, during the encore, surrounded by his musical friends, at his OWN tribute concert. What a way to go.

  7. flimflammed

    He really pumps my nads.

  8. breakfastmeat23

    And people lip sync these days. SMH.

  9. dampcheesesteak

    The name of that play…. The Imaginary Invalid

  10. serau

    One of france’s greatest authors. He couldn’t be blessed with the last sacrament or even be burried in christian ground because he had criticized religion, he had to be buried ~~”under the limit of depth of the consecrated soil”~~ during the night, so his tomb wouldn’t be desecrated.

    Edit : Can’t find back where i have read this

  11. silverback_79

    “Damnit!” *grips wrist* “Th…third act had so many good oneliners…!”

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