T.S. Eliot had been a heavy smoker and had a lot of health complications because of it. He had been suffering a lot because of Bronchitis and Tachycardia. He suffered from Emphysema and died because of it.
His death took place in London, when he was 76. On January 4, 1965, T.S. Eliot breathed his last and it was truly the end of a great legacy. But his popularity only increased over the years and he continues to live through his work.
T.S. Eliot was cremated at Golders Green Crematorium. As per Eliot’s wishes, when he was alive, his ashes were taken to St. Michael’s Church in East Coker. It was the same village, from which, his ancestors had immigrated to America.
Several honours were made for the great writer. One of them being the wall plaque, that commemorates him with a quotation, from his own poem, “East Coker”.
“In my beginning is my end. In my end is my beginning”.
On the second anniversary of Mr. Eliot’s death, he was commemorated, by the installation of a large stone, in London’s Westminster Abbey, in the floor of Poets’ Corner. The stone was installed in 1967, as mark of respect for Mr. Eliot.
Mr. Reynolds Stone was the person who designed the stone. It has the inscription of Eliot’s life dates, his Order of Merit and a quotation from one of his poems, “Little Gidding”
“the communication/ Of the dead is tongued with fire beyond/ the language of the living.”