The movie focuses on his alcoholism, but then has him die of something like tuberculosis. Is there any connection between the two? Do alcoholics die coughing up blood?
The Wikipedia biography of PL Travers says: "Travers Goff's job took the family to Allora in 1905, where he died of influenza two years later, aged only 43."
In real life he died of influenza; his substance abuse may or may not have contributed to his inability to fight off the flu. The coughing up blood is almost certainly the screenwriters' idea. Anyone who was there in Travers Goff's final days is him/herself long dead, and the likelihood of there being any surviving medical records or anything else related to the details of his final illness is almost nil. Travers herself almost surely never recounted graphic details related to her father's demise.
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