Kit Carson was one of the toughest of the frontier pioneers, a man who survived numerous battle, injuries, sicknesses, etc. But an 1860 accident proved his undoing.
Carson—an expert horseman—fell off his horse; an aneurysm resulted, sapping his strength and limiting his activities. But he lived with it until May 1868. That was when his wife died in childbirth. Carson was heartbroken and his health failed, fast. He was taken to a doctor in Colorado where the aneurysm burst and he died on May 23, 1868 at age 58.