Erik XIV King of Sweden
- Category : Notable-Famous-Royal-family
- Type : GE
- Profile : 4/6 - Opportunistic / Role Model
- Definition : Split - Small (3,18,42)
- Incarnation Cross : RAX The Vessel of Love 4
King of Sweden from 1560 until he was deposed in 1568. Eric XIV was the son of Gustav I (1496–1560) and Catherine of Saxe-Lauenburg (1513–35). He was also ruler of Estonia, after its conquest by Sweden in 1561.
While he has been regarded as intelligent and artistically skilled, as well as politically ambitious, early in his reign he showed signs of mental instability, a condition that eventually led to insanity.
Eric, having been deposed and imprisoned, was most likely murdered. He died on 26 February 1577. An examination of his remains in 1958 confirmed that he probably died of arsenic poisoning.