William Burroughs - The death of his son
Being back in America brought Burroughs back into contact with his son, William Burroughs III (known as Billy, Jr.). In general, they did not get along very well. In fact William Jr. didn't get along with anyone very well, and with the exception of their abuse of drugs and alcohol, father and son didn't have much in common. Despite attempts by both William and Allen to help him out, William, Jr. later ended up as a broken down hippie wandering around streets.
In 1981, at age 34, he was found dead in a ditch.