The funeral panegyric adumbrated the early scientist’s tragic demise, when looking at the etymology of the praise given to his work by the tenebrous philosopher Erebus in his native language. Some thought thought Erebus disingenuous in his eulogy, but it was Erebus that the scientist confided the details of his research in.
The scientist was experimenting with verdigris as a panacea for the Plague which had taken hold of the region. He was testing for side effects on mice. The side effects in the mice showed to be tenuous and the scientist was very sure he was on the path to a cure when he fell gravely ill.
Little did he know the pandemic was murine.