By 1830, Hegel was appointed as Rector of the University when he was sixty years old. Also at this time, Hegel was deeply bothered by riots that were taking place over reform in Berlin during that year. In 1831, he was decorated as a servicemen for the Prussian state, by Fredrick William III. Unfortunately though, that same year a cholera epidemic that had swept through Berlin, forced Hegel to flee Berlin for Kreuzberg, Germany. At this point Hegel was in poor health, but decided to return to Berlin after he thought that the epidemic had passed. Hegel then soon caught cholera and died on November 14th, 1831. His last words being said to have been “And he didn't understand me”. By his own wishes he was buried in Dorotheenstadt cemetery in Berlin by his philosophical colleagues Karl
Wilhelm Ferdinand Solger, and Johann Gottlieb Fichte.
As for his children, his legitimate son Ludwig Fisher dies in battle with the Dutch army in Bavaria, and Hegel never knew of Ludwig’s death. His daughter, Christiane, committed suicide early that following year by drowning herself. Hegels two legitimate sons, Karl and Immanuel, both lived out their lives and both safeguarded their father’s, Hegel, Nachlaß or his body of work and writings and helped release different editions of his works. This action assured that their father’s legacy as a philosopher would go on for future generations.