Poe died at the age of 40, on October 7, 1949, in Baltimore, Maryland, and as seems appropriate for a writer best known for his tales of mystery and the macabre, the exact cause of his death seems to be open to conjecture to this day.
On October 3, 1849, Poe was found on the streets of Baltimore delirious, "in great distress, and... in need of immediate assistance", according to the man who found him, Joseph W. Walker. He was taken to the Washington College Hospital, where he died on Sunday, October 7, 1849, at 5:00 in the morning. Poe was never coherent long enough to explain how he came to be in his dire condition, and, oddly, was wearing clothes that were not his own. Poe is said to have repeatedly called out the name "Reynolds" on the night before his death, though it is unclear to whom he was referring. Some sources say Poe's final words were "Lord help my poor soul."
A Birthday Cake
No birthday celebration is complete without a cake and there couldn't possibly be a more appropriate cake for the occasion than this red velvet work of art from dessert artisan, Heather, of the Sprinkle Bakes blog. If you're up for the challenge of attempting to recreate this edible homage, you can get the recipe, instructions and downloadable template of Poe's portrait here.
A Birthday Treat
Here is a clip of the incomparable Vincent Price reciting Poe's masterpiece, The Raven.