Francis was a jack of all trades. He was a statesman, a writer (some say he has written some of Shakespeare’s plays), a philosopher and a scientist. This made him without a doubt, one of the most influential minds in the 16th century.
How Did He Die?
Francis died by stuffing snow into a chicken.
One freezing afternoon in 1625, Francis Bacon was observing a snowstorm and was struck by the wondrous idea that maybe snow could be used to preserve meat, yeah like salt or formalin. He purchased a chicken from a nearby village in order to try and prove his groundbreaking hypothesis. He killed poor chicken, and then, standing outside in the snow, attempted to stuff the chicken full of snow to freeze it. The chicken did not freeze. But Bacon did.