The composer Scott Joplin died at the age of 48. Here is all you want to know, and more!
Biography - A Short Wiki
Known as the King of Ragtime, his “Maple Leaf Rag” was the first official ragtime hit and by far the most influential.
He married Belle Jone Hayden in 1899, but the couple divorced because she did not share his musical passion. He then married Freddie Alexander on June 14, 1904, whom he had mentored. She died soon after the marriage. He then married Lottie Stokes in 1909.
When I’m dead twenty-five years, people are going to begin to recognize me.
It is never right to play ragtime fast.