By Harvey Hanford – Updated 10/31/2016
Houdini Died at Grace Hospital on October 31st (Halloween) 1926 at 1:26 PM. Dr. Kennedy listed the Cause of death as “Diffuse Peritonitis” According to Kenneth Silverman’s Book “Houdini The Career of Ehrich Weiss” Hardeen recalled Houdini’s last words either on Saturday or Sunday “I can’t fight any more”.
Below is a picture of the stunt coffin liner that had been lost in a Detroit warehouse. It is believed that his corpse was shipped home in it and that he was possibly buried in it but there is still some question on that account.
His funeral was held on November 4th at the Elks Club House on West Forty-Third Street near Times Square. Upwards of 2000 people turned out crowding into the ballroom, more stood on the streets hoping to get a glimpse of the casket as it went by.