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DIDEROT, Denis (1713-1784)

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DIDEROT, Denis (1713-1784)

After dinner on the evening of 30 July 1784, the French philosopher Denis Diderot is said to have reached for an apricot.

His wife advised against it, but Diderot replied, "How the devil do you think that will harm me?"

Then he put the apricot in his mouth, rested his elbow on the table, and died.

Whether he choked to death on the apricot stone, as some maintain, however, is open to question.


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