Does any one know what C T Russell died from??

by frankiespeakin 49 Replies latest jw friends

  • patio34

    It's been on this board a couple of years ago that he died of rectal cancer. There were some jokes made about this being appropriate, but for personal reasons, I didn't think that was funny.


  • blondie

    I thought it was Rutherford who died of rectal cancer and Farkel has a copy of the death certificate.


    St. Paul Enterprise Articles Regarding the Death and Burial of, and Memorial Services for, Pastor Russell

    Tuesday, Nov. 7, 14, 21 and 28, 1916 editions

    Bible Students throughout that portion of the world reached by the Associated Press were shocked last Wednesday morning to find on the front pages of their morning papers the above meager news of the death of their most beloved leader, Pastor Charles Taze Russell, the dispatches merely adding that he was accompanied by his secretary, M. Sturgeon, and that the cause of death was heart trouble.

  • patio34

    Hi Blondie,

    You're right--I just did a search and it was Rutherford, not Russell. Here's a copy:

    (didn't work--but here's the link:

    That didn't work either. But it's at the If anyone cares. He died of primarily carcinoma of the rectum.


  • TD

    The only direct mention of any physical ailment related to his death that I've ever run across was "Cystitis."

    "Traveling all night then and reaching the home of Sister Frost Tuesday morning, it was not surpirising to find him [Russell] in much physical pain. His labors were telling on him more than ever. His overworked body began to break at its weakest point. Cystitis was becoming acute. We secured various things for him that morning--in fact, everything he wished, and he seemed to know exactly what to get and do. He worked faithfully on his case all morning; and although we had gone to see a doctor who was somewhat interested in the truth and who would gladly have called to see him, yet it was not his wish."

    "We watched by his side all Tuesday morning with but little to do except to watch and pray."

    "I called in the regular conductor, and telegraphed for a physician to board the train at Pan-handle; and he did. He saw the condition, recognized the correctness of the diagnosis and conclusion, gave me his name, and was off before the train got under headway. At one o'clock all were dismissed from the room, the door was locked, and we quitely watched over him until he breathed his last."

    (The Watch Tower December 1, 1916 pp.362-366 [6002-6006 Reprints])

  • Leolaia

    According to some, rectal cancer is what killed King Herod.

  • frankiespeakin


    Interstitial cystitis (IC) is a chronic inflammatory condition of the bladder that causes frequent, urgent, and painful urination and pelvic discomfort. The natural lining of the bladder (epithelium) is protected from toxins in the urine by a layer of protein called glycoaminoglycan (GAG). In IC this protective layer has broken down, allowing toxins to irritate the bladder wall. The bladder then becomes inflamed and tender and does not store urine well.

    Unlike inflammation of the bladder caused by bacterial infection (cystitis), which is associated with urinary tract infections (UTI) and usually treated with antibiotics, no infectious agent has been found in IC. Though not curable, IC is treatable and most patients find some relief with treatment and lifestyle changes.

    Incidence and Prevalence
    According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), IC affects about 700,000 people in the United States, 90% of which are women. The average age of onset is 40 years. Although only 25% of cases involve people under age 30, the number of children affected by IC may be greater than commonly believed. IC is often misdiagnosed, and sufferers may see several doctors over the course of years before a diagnosis is made. Increasing awareness of the disease is helping to speed diagnosis and treatment.

    Causes and Risk Factors Video on how IC affects the GAG layer

    IC is a poorly understood disease with unknown causes. Although no bacteria or viruses (pathogens) have been found in the urine of IC sufferers, an unidentified infectious agent may be the cause. Others believe that IC occurs with ischemia (tissue death) or a deficiency of GAG in the epithelium. It may be an autoimmune disease, in which the immune system attacks healthy cells, perhaps following a bladder infection. Spasms of the pelvic floor muscles may also contribute to the IC symptoms. It is likely that several factors cause the condition.

    Other conditions associated with IC include the following:

  • gumby
    Spasms of the pelvic floor muscles may also contribute to the IC symptoms.

    So Russell was a damn floor humper too!!! That'll kill a guy!


  • frankiespeakin

    This from 12/1/1916 WT:

    In the early morning he surrendered. He was exhausted; and I could now lay him straight in bed with his head on the pillow in its accustomed place, and he could at last rest. The calm after the storm had come. He was now to die gradually, regularly, peacefully; and I was to stand by watching him, loving him, and expressing my affection for him by gently stroking his hair and his beard and rubbing his head, his face, his hands, and his feet. I did not seem to be able to do enough for him, now that he had passed beyond a certain line.

    Several times on Monday I raised him up in bed, sat behind him so as to brace him; and his head would lean against mine. Once he whispered, "Have you anything to suggest?" I had; for I wished him to return direct to Galveston and take the steamer for New York, or else go through by train without stopping at Topeka, Tulsa or Lincoln. He answered, "Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof," by which I understood him to mean that Topeka and other places would take care of themselves when we got to them, and that we need not consider them as yet. It was then that I asked him respecting the Seventh Volume, and afterwards sat meditating what to suggest. After a period of perfect silence I thought I would say something to him about dying and certain matters connected therewith, but I hesitated and hardly knew how to begin. He was sitting up in bed and I put my arm around his neck and said, "Brother Russell, you are a very sick man." His lip quivered; we lowered him, and turned away to weep. I had gone far enough in that direction. I knew not to attempt that again. It was evident that neither he nor I could stand it, and that nothing more could be done.

    The most wonderful thing about this most wonderful man was that, during all his sufferings, trials, inconveniences and perplexities, he spoke not a word of complaint; ::R6005 : page 366::

    he heaved not a sigh; he uttered not a moan; he shed not a tear. He had resolved that he would not murmur nor complain, and he kept his resolution to the end. He literally died in doing the Father's will, and thus fulfilled his vow. "Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from henceforth. "

    Wow Talk about giving him a hero's send off. Sound fishy to me.

  • Kenneson


    You beat me to it. The best description of Pastor Russell's ailment is described by Menta Sturgeon in the Address at Afternoon Services; entitled "Pastor Russell's Last Days" in the memorial issue to Russell in the Dec. 1, 1916 W.T. In addition to acute cystitis mentioned Sturgeon also refers to much pain and at least three episodes of chills. In the section entitled "Death Drawing Near" he goes on to state: "His pain settled deeper in. He could no longer lie straight in bed as formerly. He must sit up; and when he would lie down, he would double together, and his head would rest straight toward the window and free from the pillows. In this posture he would be quiet for awhile until his mouth would fill from his stomach, and he would be signaled to be raised. Being relieved of this, he would request to be lowered for comfort, until, to prevent strangulation, he would be raised again. This prevented it, and proper attention given, he would lie down again to get relief from pain.

    "This continued for seven hours with increased frequency and weakness..."

    Next he describes the moments leading to Russell's death.

  • DaCheech

    He died from Aluminum!!!! LOL

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