Silent movie icon and sex symbol, Rudolph Valentino died on Aug. 23, 1926. He suffered from perforated ulcers mimicking appendicitis, now referred to as "Valentino's syndrome", despite surgery he developed Peritonitis, which was his official cause of death. The news of his death caused mass hysteria and suicides of despondent fans were reported. Windows were smashed as fans tried to get in to the funeral home and an all-day riot erupted. Over 100 Police were called out to keep back the mobs.