Washington: Had Wolfgang Amadeus Mozartspent a few minutes basking the Sun, it might have helped theyoung Austrian composer live longer, researchers say. Many theories have been raised in the past about thenature of Mozart`s untimely death, ranging from head trauma torheumatic fever. Now, researchers claimed that lack of vitamin D couldhave killed the legendary musician who died at the age of 35,LiveScience reported. An important vitamin in fighting off disease, VitaminD is produced in the body from ultraviolet B (UVB) rays fromthe sun. Where Mozart lived, in Vienna, these low levels ofUVB rays would have easily caused vitamin D deficiencies, saidthe researchers. William Grant of the Sunlight, Nutrition and HealthResearch Center in San Francisco and Stefan Pilz of Austria`sMedical University of Graz suggested that low levels of UVBrays during the winter, along with his nocturnal habits couldhave made Mozart vitamin D-deficient. "Mozart did much of his composing at night, so wouldhave slept during much of the day. At the latitude of Vienna,48 degrees N, it is impossible to make vitamin D from solarultraviolet-B irradiance for about 6 months of the year," theywrote in the journal Medical Problems of Performing Artists. Mozart had been sickly for years. This deficiencycould have led to an increased number of infections,especially a few months into winter, the researchers said. They hypothesised that the day Mozart died at age 35(on December 5, 1791) was two to three months into the"vitamin D winter", when ultraviolet B rays are lowest. Vitamin D deficiencies have taken the lives of othercomposers, most notably Gustav Mahler, who died in May 1911 ofa bacterial infection around the lining of his heart. Such bacterial infections are easier to fight off whenvitamin D levels are normal, the researchers said. PTI
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