Did a car crash cause Ravel’s early death?main
The invalidity and early death of the exquisite French composer may have been caused by the whiplash after-effects of being knocked down by a Paris taxi, travelling at low speed.
Research in the Archiv für Kriminologie,by Andreas Otte, a whiplash specialist at Offenburg University, focuses on a night in October 1932 when Ravel, returning to his Paris hotel, was thrown into the back of a seat by a collision, losing several teeth and spending several days in bed. Otte contends that he suffered spinal damage with neurological complications that led to memory loss and general decline.
Ravel died on December 28, 1937, aged 62.
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