In summer 1844, shortly after Joseph and Hyrum Smith were murdered by a lynch mob, young Samuel Smith also died, probably from pneumonia unrelated to mob violence (contra the martyrology of many early LDS). In eulogizing him for the church organ, the editorialist, likely John Taylor, had the following to say about the “highest point in the faith of the Latter Day Saints”
that they know where they are going after death, and what they will do, and this gives a consolation more glorious than all the fame, honors and wealth, which the world has been able to heap upon her votaries or ever can.
Was this true in 1844, or only emphasized because the two church presidents had been killed shortly beforehand? How true is it now?
 Essentially all the Smiths were convinced Samuel died as a result of pursuit by lynch-mobsters after his brothers’ death. Though this is a symbolically pregnant association, there is little evidence to suggest a direct connection on biomedical grounds. The evidence I have been able to accrue suggests bacterial pneumonia, a common infectious scourge for the day.
“Died,” Times and Seasons 5, no. 14 (August 1, 1844): 606.