Death by tea at Ickworth
Controversial relationships filled his life, but it was tea that was blamed for the early death of Lord Hervey, the second Earl of Ickworth. He was notorious for his outspoken memoirs of the court of George II, his effeminate style, sharing a mistress with the Prince of Wales and having a 10 year relationship with another man.
Despite this he never separated from his wife and the couple had eight children together. When he died at 41 his father blamed the early demise on his son’s fondness for ‘that detestable and poisonous plant, tea.’