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Frida Kahlo died on 13 July 1954

13 July 2022

A few days before her death, Frida wrote in her diary: "I hope the exit is joyful - and I hope never to return - Frida"

The declared cause of her death was pulmonary embolism, although there was no autopsy, and some people think she may have overdosed. Conspiracy theories surrounding Frida Kahlo's death grew rapidly, as they do with many renowned people, and they fascinated the public almost as much as her existence did.

"A few days before her death, Kahlo mustered the strength to attend a rally in her wheelchair to protest the CIA-backed coup d’état against the democratically-elected Guatemalan President Jacobo Árbenz. Shortly after the rally, on July 13, 1954, Kahlo died at the age of 47.

Some suspect the artist actually died of a suicide from overdosing. The suicide theory is further fueled by a diary entry she wrote in which she confessed frustration over her deteriorating health, punctuated with a drawing of a black angel. The entry was dated a few days before her death:

hose who believe that suicide was the cause of Frida Kahlo’s death point to the fact that Kahlo, known for her immense zest for life, was struggling at the end.

The mystery of the cause of Kahlo’s death inspired Nanin — who, as a queer Mexican artist, feels a kinship with Kahlo — to write the play Frida: Stroke of Passion which premiered in February 2020. Nanin’s show centers around Kahlo’s eccentric life and the uncertainty of her death.

“I explored her pain, fears, and lovers, her fervor for Diego Rivera and her paintings. But most of all I revealed the cover-up behind her death,” Nanin wrote of the play."

How Frida Kahlo died remains a mystery. 

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