Tests confirm Zachary Taylor died of natural causes

President Zachary Taylor

(Wednesday, June 26, 1991) — Ending months of speculation about the death of Zachary Taylor, state and county medical officials said today that the 12th President of the United States died of natural causes almost 141 years ago.

Taylor’s death was caused by any of “a myriad of natural diseases which could have produced the symptoms of gastroenteritis,” said George R. Nichols 2d, the State Chief Medical Examiner, adding that because of severe decomposition of the body, a precise cause of death could not be determined (CLICK HERE for video of the exhumation).

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