By Lucky Uwakina (AGENDAWATCHDOG) – NAPOLEON BONAPARTE — hero of the French Revolution and twice emperor of France — may have been killed by his extreme obsession with cologne, a study has claimed.
The former leader died on May 5, 1821 on the remote Atlantic island of Saint Helena, where he had been in exile for six years following his surrender to the British navy.
While autopsy cited the cause of his death as stomach cancer, conspiracy theories abound — from poisoning at the hands of his captors or his arsenic-dyed wallpaper.
One rumour even suggests that the remains of the erstwhile emperor now in his tomb in Paris are that of an imposter, with Napoleon having escaped to America.
Now, biomedical scientist Parvez Haris of Leicester’s De Montfort University has a new theory — Napoleon was poisoned by the essential oils in his beloved scent.
The military genius went through what now would be considered an obscene amount of Eau de Cologne, getting through multiples bottles each day for years.
Previous studies from the US have shown that essential oils can act as ‘endocrine disruptors’ which affect hormones, leading to developmental disorders and tumours.
According to Professor Haris, prolonged over-exposure to these oils explain much of Napoleon’s dwindling health in his final years — and even his fatal gastric cancer.