Joseph Carey Merrick (5 August 1862 – 11 April 1890). English sideshow performer and celebrity.Probably died from the accidental dislocation of his neck while sleeping. The cause of his deformities is still unknown. Elephantiasis, neurofibromatosis type I and Proteus syndrome have all been suggested.Merrick became something of a celebrity in Victorian high society. Alexandra,Queen Consort, demonstrated a kindly interest. He became a favourite of Queen Victoria. Died at 27.