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In April 1955, Einstein experienced an abdominal aortic aneurysm and began to bleed internally. He was taken to the hospital where doctors recommended he have surgery. Einstein refused and said, "I want to go when I want. It is tasteless to prolong life artificially. I have done my share, it is time to go. I will do it elegantly."
He died at 76 at Princeton Hospital. The doctor performing his autopsy removed Einstein's brain without permission, hoping that studying it would reveal why Einstein was so intelligent.