The author of The Beautiful and the Damned, lived a life better suited for one of his characters than an actual human being. F. Scott Fitzgerald and his wife Zelda Sayre personified the spirit, recklessless, and excess of the Roaring Twenties better than anyone else alive at the time. And they were ultimately destroyed by it.
Scott died of a heart attack brought on by his debilitating alcoholism. He was 44. Zelda spent the last 18 years of her life checking in and out of mental institutions where she died in an accidental fire. She was 47. You can read more about the tragic storybook lives the Fitzgeralds here!