Beethoven was a narcotics addict and syphilitc philanderer who drove his nephew to attempt suicide and died from acute cirrhosis due to his excessive drink. He neglected his appearance so badly that he was once mistaken as a tramp and arrested. He was once evicted from his quarters because he let food rot and ruined the bedsheets by never changing them. He was terrible with money. He was extremely arrogant, once writing, "my nature shows I do not belong among this plebian mass." He had a nasty temper, was suspicious of and cold to strangers, and was known never to forget a slight.