March 26, 1911 - February 25, 1983: Age 71
Thomas Lanier Williams, known as "Tennessee", was one of the greatest American playwrights of the 20th century. He won the Pulitzer Prize twice, once for Streetcar Named Desire and once for Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.
Williams used eyedrops, and had a habit of putting the bottle cap in his mouth and then leaning back to put the drops in his eye. One day in 1983, while staying at the Hotel Elysee in New York, the cap dropped into his throat. He choked on it, and died.