The "Master of Macabre" died on October 7, 1849. Three days before he was found wandering the streets of Baltimore, penniless and in distress. He was taken to the hospital. His last words: "Lord, help my poor soul." Fewer than 10 people attended his funeral, including his uncle and cousin and a few friends. Because the crowd was so small, the reverend did not bother with a sermon. They lowered his cheap coffin into the ground, which didn't even have a pillow for his head.
On October 10, 2009, a "do-over" funeral was conducted by modern day admirers. Actors portrayed his contemporaries and other deceased artists and writers–Alfred Hitchcock even came to pay his respects. A wax cadaver was placed inside a replica of his casket, which was taken through the streets of Baltimore in an old hearse and brought to Westminster Hall, where a sold-out event was held in honor of the deceased American icon.