In Poland, Chopin's heart may hold secret of his death

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The heart of Frederic Chopin, one of the world's most cherished musical geniuses, could hold the secret to his untimely death.

The renowned 19th century Polish-French pianist and composer died at the age of 39, of what is believed to be tuberculosis.

But leading Polish medical experts are betting that DNA tests on his heart -- perfectly preserved in what appears to be cognac -- could prove he suffered from cystic fibrosis.

Their request to Poland's culture ministry for tissue samples to check for the CFTR gene marking cystic fibrosis sufferers has, however, sparked mixed feelings over the prospect of picking over a national icon.

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