The character Sherlock Holmes “died” in 1893.
After 24 Holmes stories in six years, creator Arthur Conan Doyle had grown weary of the popular hero and wanted to focus more on his “real” work, his historical novels.
The Holmes series was running in Strand magazine out of London, and so to end it, Doyle had Holmes plunge to his death from Switzerland’s Reichenbach Falls, holding his archenemy, Professor Moriarty, in a mutual death grip.
Public outcry was enormous, but Doyle was adamant about not bringing Holmes back.
So why was Holmes resurrected? Money, of course.
In 1903, McClure’s magazine in the United States offered Doyle $5,000 per story if he’d bring Holmes back to life.
Doyle as much as said the editors were fools but couldn’t resist the deal.
To bring him back, Doyle had Holmes come out of hiding after 10 years.
He then continued writing Holmes stories for nearly 25 more years, before retiring for good in 1927.