Today being June 4, the date of Casanova’s death, it seemed like the perfect time to post this.
Apparently there is some controversy about Casanova’s death, that he didn’t actually die on June 4, 1798. I reached out to Pablo Gunther, Adriano Contini, Tom Vitelli, and Marco Leeflang, who all confirmed that no scholar refutes this date. Gunther writes, “Hundreds of Casanovists saw [the death certificate] and never had a doubt.” In fact, Marco wrote to me, “I know of only one book in which deaths in Dux are reported and I have seen it, holding it in my hand, and I have published it in several spots.” I have no reason to doubt him, as he worked extensively at Waldstein’s castle in Dux and with the Dux authorities when organizing C’s papers. Tom sent this:
Wikimedia Commons offers this picture of the death certificate entry. Apparently a previous writer confused Giacomo Casanova’s death date with his brother’s death, but we really have no reason to doubt this document. There have been questions about Casanova’s burial site, as the marker was lost years ago, and the exact site is now lost. Perhaps some people have confused the two issues.