Is Creepy Poe Toasting Guy Dead?

“I think we can safely say it’s not car trouble, and he’s not sick. This doesn’t look good.”
— Jeff Jerome, curator of the Poe House and Museum, discusses the absence of the mysterious stranger who for nearly 60 years would leave three roses and a half-empty bottle of cognac at Edgar Allan Poe’s grave on the anniversary of his birth. The “Poe Toaster” has missed the occasion for two years in a row now, leading to speculation that… well, pretty much every news story you read about this is going to contain the word “nevermore.”