Morehouse was past convalescence.
He was not breathing.
The official cause of death was heart failure but it was really death by fad.
The dancer was among thousands of participants to push the limits of his body and mind in dance marathons – a curious attraction born in the 1920s that was twisted into a cruel spectacle by the 1930s.
Initially contestants would perform actual dance moves.
By the time the weight of the Great Depression rolled in the real appeal was in seeing which of them could withstand exhaustion – hallucinations – fistfights and unscrupulous promoters long enough to be crowned the ‘winner’..