Kilgore Trout is a fictional character who crops up in many of Kurt Vonnegut's novels and stories, as either a major or a minor character. Trout is a fictionalized version of another author, or maybe of Vonnegut himself, or maybe both. He has had two predicted death dates that I know of, and he may have committed suicide by drinking Drano in 2004 (well, the 2004 in the Vonnegut universe).
The Wikipedia entry has a nice overview of all of the events that have been recounted in Trout's life over the course of his appearances in Vonnegut writings, but it is sort of jumbled and confusing. I am wondering if anyone can provide a timeline of his life as it's recounted in Vonnegut books in order.
It's kind of a tall order, but I'm willing to bet that there are folks on here that are much more readily familiar with Vonnegut's canon than I am... so it's worth a shot!