All in all it was still a Edward young beautiful presence, sweet and gentle, skilled in riding and whose dream was to one day become a cowboy. But fate was not much on his side: one day, while trying to tame a runaway horse, the animal was visible, the violent and the plinth took him right in the face, snapping the nasal septum.
The Gigantism often brings problems to bones and muscles, and it is not uncommon that in spite of the gross tonnage the Giants are actually very fragile and weak. This however was not the case of Edouard Beaupré, physical prowess that made the centerpiece of his show: he centered, so to speak, two different classic sideshow figures in one performer – was both a giant and a "Trapeze" (strongman).
His show consisted of various tests of strength and weight lifting. But it was the final twist that left the audience invariably astonished and speechless. Edouard did call on one of his beloved horses. Said, jokingly, how as a boy he had abandoned the dream of making the Cowboys because even in the highest horse saddle her legs touched the ground; so now the animal used to keep in shape ... that said, Edouard is bending under the horse and caricandoselo shoulders, lifted the beast from the Earth. A heave from more than 400 pounds.
On 25 March
1901 Edouard, albeit worn by a disease that the next year
would have turned out to be tuberculosis, met in a
wrestling match Louis Cyr, the man who even today is
considered the strongest ever experienced – capable of
lifting 227 kg with one finger and almost two tons on the
back. For the occasion, Edouard was officially measured
his height was 2.37 meters. The meeting in the ring lasted
very little: the giant was defeated in a huff because they
ventured even touch the great champion. According to those
who knew Edouard, probably because of his gentle nature,
he was too afraid to hurt the opponent.
The 3 July 1904, at the world fair in St. Louis, after his usual performance, Beaupré collapsed to the ground. Continued growth, not alluded to stop, and tuberculosis had been better on his physique causing pulmonary hemorrhaging. Born in the hospital dying, Edouard had just time to murmur how sad he died so young and far from her parents. So the life of the famous Willow Bunch Giant went out, just 23 years of age.
But his story does not end here.
A certain Dr. Gradwohl performed an autopsy on her body, and as expected found a tumor in the pituitary gland that had probably caused the Gigantism of Edouard. After that, the body was placed in the care of a firm of undertakers, Eberle & Keyes to be embalmed and prepared for burial. His body was to be returned in the Christmas village of Edouard, but the manager of the circus, William Burke, persuaded the Beaupré family that the costs were too high and that Edouard would have a worthy burial there too where he stood. His parents agreed, unaware of the fact that Burke actually had no intention to pay even a dollar. After making believe the family that the funeral had taken place and that their son was buried in the cemetery of St. Louis, Burke cut the rope and sailed with the circus for another city, leaving the corpse at a funeral Agency.
The Agency's managers, furious for not being paid, they decided to include expenses for embalming, exposing the giant's body on display. It didn't last long, because after a few days the police ordered them to remove it from public view. At this point begins the Odyssey of Edouard's corpse, initially sold to a traveling showman, then returned to Montréal from a friend of the family, Pascal Beaupré Bonneau. Here was exhibited for six months at Eden Museum in Rue St. Laurent, a sort of shabby Wax Museum; yet to see the giant file viewers were so long to block the road.
Towards 1907 the corpse becomes owned by the Montreal Circus, another reality in decadence. Exposed on a catafalque, his body embalmed remains easy prey to moisture, which ruin, until the circus does not go bankrupt. Accused of "abusive performance of corpse", the owners abandon the remains of Edouard in a shed in the City Park of Bellerive.
Are children to find out, with horror, as they play.
"Huge body of man found by children to Bellerive Park – a lush but poor part of town. The local doctor was called, and I was notified that it was in the presence of a giant human. The condition of the remains is not specified. I bought this amazing discovery with high hopes for the search and examination. The doctor asked me for sneaking that can cost such a treasure. I told him to bring the corpse, a lot. " So noted in his diary the Dr. Louis-Napoléon Délorme, fond of deformity, who paid $ 25 for the body of Edouard. Given the poor condition of the corpse, proceeded to mummificarla definitively, and used for various dissections with his students at the University of Montréal. Finally the giant found a new place to live, under glass, in the Faculty of medicine.
remained until the late 70 's, when Ovila Lespérance,
Edouard Beaupré 's nephew, asked the University to give
back to the remains of the giant family of Willow Bunch.
In 1989 the academic Committee agreed to cremation of the
remains of Edouard, finally the July 7, 1990 were buried
in the small Canadian town: a life-size statue recalls the
features of Beaupré, and tourists can also compare their
feet with the footprint of a gentle giant's shoe. That,
after 85 years of vicissitudes, has finally found rest.
Most of the
information in this article comes from The Anatomy of
Edouard Beaupré, Sarah Kathryn York.