The story of Nessus and Deianira records the denouement of Hercules' long and eventful life. Deianira, the wife of Hercules, was abducted by the centaur Nessus when he offered to ferry her across a river. Hercules then slew Nessus but the latter, in his dying moments, tricked Deianira into administering a fatal potion to her husband. Hercules donned a shirt which had been sprinkled with a potion that ate into his flesh with a mysterious fire and then killed him. He was later raised to the status of god and joined the other gods and goddesses on Mount Olympus.