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According to his personal secretary and chaplain, William Rawley , as a judge Bacon was always tender-hearted, "looking upon the examples with the eye of severity, but upon the person with the eye of pity and compassion". And also that "he was free from malice", "no revenger of injuries", and "no defamer of any man". 
Being a politician in Tudor England was a risky occupation and many lost their heads over it. However, it was Bacon's role as a scientist that lead to his death. A highly original thinker, Bacon had the idea during a snowstorm that snow might be used to preserve meat. He bought a gutted chicken from a woman in Highgate Hill, with the intention of testing out his theory on returning home. He became cold and feverish in the snow before being able to get home and took refuge at the Earl of Arundel's house in Highgate. He remained in bed there for 2 or 3 days and died - either of pneumonia or of an infection from the raw chicken meat.