How did Kit Carson die?
Mike Suhy — Corpus Christi, Texas.
A hard life on the frontier took a toll on Kit Carson’s health, which began to decline in 1860, when he was 51, following a fall from a horse that resulted in an aneurism.
When wife Josepha died a few days after giving birth to their daughter on May 13, 1868, his will to live was shattered.
While lying on the floor over a buffalo robe at Fort Lyon in Colorado, his aneurism burst and he died on May 23. His body was buried in Taos, New Mexico Territory.
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