John Donne (1572-1631)

Death: 31st March 1631
Location: St. Paul's Cathedral, London, England
Cause of Death: Cancer - stomach
Photo taken by: Lee Kottner
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English Jacobean metaphysical poet and preacher. Several of his sermons influenced works of English literature, including Ernest Hemingway's For Whom the Bell Tolls, which took its title from a passage in Donne's Meditation XVII.
Donne was buried in St. Paul's Cathedral and a memorial statue was erected in his memory which was based on a drawing of Donne as he lay dying. The memorial was one of the few that survived the Great Fire of London, although traces of fire damage can be seen on the bottom of the memorial.