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Hemingway's Death and Hemochromatosis Awareness

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Ernest Hemingway, one of America's greatest writers, died from hereditary hemochromatosis on July 2, 1961. He was one of many Hemingways who succumbed to America's most prevalent genetic killer, a condition that is treatable if detected early. Yes, you were probably taught that Hemingway died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, but hereditary hemochromatosis--also known as HHC, iron overload, bronze diabetes and Celtic Curse--was undoubtedly the underlying cause of his death. Depression and suicide are closely associated with hemochromatosis, as is the diabetes that afflicted Hemingway, along with his liver problems and high blood pressure.

[This is a refresh of an article originally written in 2011 with updated information about genetic testing.]

Tragically, like many people who suffer from hemochromatosis, Hemingway did not know he had the condition until close to his death, too late for treatment to reverse the damage to his health caused by toxic iron accumulation. Indeed,…