on Belle Isle Bridge in 1906
says Harry Houdini drowned in the Detroit River, but I'm sure he
died after someone hit him in the stomach. Who's right?
But he almost did drown in 1906 after escaping from a sealed
trunk on the river's bottom at old Belle Isle bridge. When
he reached the ice-covered surface he couldn't find the hole
through which the trunk was lowered. He might not have
emerged alive except for his fine physical condition. And
he still had it 20 years later in Montreal when he agreed to
show how he could take a heavy abdominal blow without injury.
But a college boxing champ threw the punch before Houdini could
tense his muscles. He collapsed a week later in Detroit's
Garrick Theater and died of a ruptured appendix and abdominal
damage in Grace Hospital on Oct. 31, 1926, Before his death he
told friends he'd try communicating with them from the grave.
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