Jasper Newton "Jack" Daniel (1846 –1911), American distiller and founder of Jack Daniel’s Tennessee whiskey distillery, died from blood poisoning Daniel came to work early one morning and wanted access to his safe. Unfortunately he had always had trouble remembering the combination and this morning was no exception. Finally, in frustration, he kicked it. Big mistake. It injured his toe and caused an infection which eventually killed him.
His last words were "One last drink, please".
The manner of his death was the subject of a marketing poster which used the line "Moral: Never go to work early."
A common joke that is told during the tour of the distillery is that all Jack had to do to cure his infection was to dip his toe in a glass of his own whiskey to clean it.