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What was believed to be the cause of Juliet's sudden death? what did the people think happened to juliet

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The death of Juliet is so sudden that there is no detailed analysis of her possible cause of decease at the time her "corpse" (actually her drugged body) is discovered just prior to her wedding with Paris. No cause of death is mentioned in Act V, Scene 1, where the news of her presumed decease is conveyed to Romeo. However, when Paris comes upon Romeo opening Juliet's tomb in Act V, Scene 3, he does utter the following lines:

This is that banish'd haughty Montague
That murdered my love's cousin—with which grief
It is supposed the fair creature died—

This indicates that the generally accepted reason for Juliet's death was the same as the reason for the plan to marry her quickly to Paris -- her presumed excess of grief over the death of Tybald, her cousin, at the hands of Romeo:

Immoderately she weeps for Tybalt's death,
And therefore have I little talk'd of love;
For Venus smiles not in a house of tears.
Now, sir, her father counts it dangerous
That she do give her sorrow so much sway,
And in his wisdom hastes our marriage
To stop the inundation of her tears, (Act IV Scene 1)