The novelist Thorne Smith died at the age of 42. Here is all you want to know, and more!
Biography - A Short Wiki
An American writer of fantasy fiction, he is best known for the Topper novels, which follow the misadventures of banker Cosmo Topper. His other works include Haunts and Bypaths (poems) and The Stray Lamb (novel).
He was the son of a Navy Commodore. Smith suffered a fatal heart attack while on vacation in Florida in 1934.
Without so much as turning a hair I freely admit that I am one of America’s greatest realists.
Like life itself my stories have no point and get absolutely nowhere.
Quite casually I wander into my plot, poke around with my characters for a while, then amble off, leaving no moral proved and no reader improved.