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Tony Bennett May Have Left His Heart In San Francisco…

But Thomas Hardy’s was taken by the cat?

In his will, English novelist Thomas Hardy specifically requested to be buried with his beloved first wife. His friends, however, didn’t think this was good enough for the author and lobbied to have him buried in Poet’s Corner at Westminster Abbey instead. An ugly fight between Hardy fans and family ensued, until they reached a compromise. The author’s heart was removed and buried with his wife; his ashes were preserved in a bronze urn inside the Abbey. There’s also a long-running (but unsubstantiated) rumor that Hardy’s sister’s cat snatched the heart of a table, and that a pig’s heart had to be substituted for the burial ceremony.

From The Missing Body Parts of 10 Famous People (by Terri Schlichenmeyer for Mental Floss), where you can read nine more tales.

See also a review of Thomas Hardy: a Biography by Claire Tomalin.

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