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Franz Kotzwara

AKA Frantisek Kotzwara

Born: 1730
Birthplace: Prague, Czechia
Died: 2-Feb-1793
Location of death: London, England
Cause of death: Autoerotic Asphyxiation

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Composer

Nationality: Czechia
Executive summary: The Battle of Prague

Kotzwara was a virtuoso double-bass player working at the King's Theatre in London in the period before his death via autoerotic asphyxiation (the first such death on record). On 2 September 1793 he visited the brothel at Vine Street no. 5 in St. Martin's, where he met with prostitute Susannah Hill. Following dinner he asked her to cut off his testicles, to which service she refused. Kotzwara then strangled himself on a rope hooked to the door, ostensibly while swiving the girl. Hill was charged for his murder, but she was acquitted after testimony.

Composer of sonatas. His only extant work is "The Battle of Prague", which commemorates the Prussian victory in 1757 over the Austrians at Prague.

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