Sylvia Plath death: How did Sylvia Plath die? Why did she kill herself?
Clinical depression drove Sylvia Plath to her death. On 11 February 1963, the poet Sylvia Plath, distraught at the break-up of her marriage to Ted Hughes, committed suicide.
Plath died of carbon monoxide poisoning with her head in the oven, having sealed the rooms between her and her sleeping children with tape, towels and cloths.
At approximately 4:30 a.m. Plath had placed her head in the oven, with the gas turned on. She was 30 years old.
She left behind her children, four-year-old Frieda and one-year-old Nicholas.
Sylvia Plath death aftermath:
Six years after Sylvia Plath death, her husband Ted Hughes faced more tragedy when his mistress Assia Wevill – who had lured him away from Plath – killed herself and their four-year-old daughter Shura.
In March 1969, Assia had dragged a bed into the kitchen of her Clapham flat, dissolved sleeping tablets in a glass of water and gave the drink to her daughter before draining the rest herself. Then she turned on the gas stove and got into bed with the child.
Hughes eventually married his wife, Carol Orchard in 1970 and they were married until his death in 1998.
Ted Hughes died 28 October 1998 (aged 68) in London, England. His cause of death was Myocardial infarction (heart attack)
Nicholas Hughes, the son of poets Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes, killed himself on 16 March 2009, 46 years after his mother committed suicide and almost 40 years to the day after his stepmother, Assia Wevill, did the same. He was 47 years old.
Frieda Hughes, the daughter of poets Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes is still alive.