He was murdered during the Gropa Crisis of 1712.
From the Books: "The loud thump we had heard had probably been the fall of a body off of a small platform covered with sheepskins. Wet crimson streaks now dyed the skins. The body stretched his hand to us in hope, but the deep slash across his belly ended his hope as it ended his life. Blood pumped from the stumps of the fingers with which he had attempted to shield himself." - ALMD, p. 188