Frida Kahlo Dies

I hope the exit is joyful- and I hope never to return- Frida”

— Frida Kahlo

A few days before Frida Kahlo died on July 13, 1954, she wrote in her diary: "I hope the exit is joyful — and I hope never to return — Frida". The official cause of death was given as a pulmonary embolism, although some suspected that she died from an overdose that may or may not have been accidental. An autopsy was never performed. She had been very ill throughout the previous year and her right leg had been amputated at the knee, owing to gangrene. She had a bout of bronchopneumonia near that time, which had left her quite frail.

About a week after her forty-seventh birthday, Kahlo died on July 13 at her beloved Blue House. There has been some speculation regarding the nature of her death. It was reported to be caused by a pulmonary embolism, but there have also been stories about a possible suicide.

In 1954, Frida Kahlo painted the “Sandías con leyenda: Viva la vida”(Watermelons with legend: The life lives). She entered the hospital twice more and recuperated of pneumonia. She attended a march in a protest against the coup d'etat in Guatemala. Eleven days later, the 13 of 1954 July Frida Kahlo died in her Blue House in Coyoacán.

On the night of July 13th, 1954, Frida died in the "Blue House" where she was born 47 years earlier. The cause of death was officially reported as "pulmonary embolism". Suicide was suspected but never confirmed. Diego refused to believe that she was actually dead claiming that she still showed signs of life. To prove to him that she was really dead, a doctor cut open a vein and she did not bleed.