He was on his way to marry his second wife, Lenore, but was overcome with a stupor induced by opium and alcohol.
Found sleeping on a park bench, he was carried to a hospital.
When told by the nurse that he was in the care of good friends, he replied:
"My best friend would be the man who would blow my brains out with a pistol... O, God the terrible strait I am in! Is there no ransom for the deathless spirit?"
He slept but his health continued to diminish. He awoke during his final moments to say:
"Doctor, it's all over. Eddie is no more."
When asked to hope and trust in God he replied:
"Self-murderer, there is a gulf beyond the stream. Where is the buoy, life-boat, ship of fire, sea of brass? Rest, shore, no more!"
His eyes rolled upward into his head so that only whites balls could be seen. He twitched and then died. It was midnight.