This Day in History – John Henry “Doc” Holliday Died

On November 8, 1887 the infamous gambler, gunfighter, “deputy,” and dentist (yes, dentist) John Henry “Doc” Holliday died from complications with Tuberculosis at a sanitarium in Colorado. Reportedly, his final words were “Damn… this is funny.”

Holiday was educated as a dentist in Georgia. He moved out west in hopes of alleviating his Tuberculosis. He even spent a brief time in Dallas, with a dental practice near Dealey Plaza.

He is most remembered for his relationship with Wyatt Earp and his role in the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral. A skilled gambler and gunfighter, he made a name for himself (good and bad) throughout the West. Today, he is most remembered by the portrayal of Val Kilmer  in the 1993 film Tombstone.

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