His name was Charles Beaumont and his story sounds as if it came right out of his show. Beaumont was 34 and extremely overwhelmed with his writing commitments. It was then that he began to suffer from what can only be called as “a mysterious brain disease.”
He began to age extremely rapidly, his speech slowed, he couldn’t concentrate, and could hardly stand. His colleague William F. Nolan described Beaumont just, “like his character ‘Walter Jameson,’ Chuck just dusted away.” Everything from Alzheimer’s to meningitis has been asserted as the disease, but to this day it remains a mystery and wouldn’t make such a bad episode of The Twilight Zone. One of his sons died under similar circumstances in 2004.