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How Chester Himes Died: Cause of Death, Age at Death, and More!

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Chester Himes reached the respectable age of 75 years. Find out the cause of death and more exciting information regarding the death of this famous novelist.

Biography - A Short Wiki

An American writer known for his Harlem Detective series, he also published the popular 1945 novel, If He Hollers Let Him Go. He was a recipient of the Grand Prix de Litterature Policiere.

He was sentenced to 20 to 25 years in prison for armed robbery; he served seven years of this sentence.

He moved to France in the 1950s.

He married Jean Johnson in 1936.

He was a friend of Malcolm X.

How did Chester Himes die?

Chester Himes' death was caused by Parkinson's Disease.

In 1969, Himes moved to Moraira, Spain, where he died in 1984 from Parkinson’s disease, at the age of 75.
Information about the death of Chester Himes
Cause of deathParkinson's Disease
Age of death75 years
Death dateNovember 12, 1984
Place of deathMoraira, Spain
Place of burialN/A


I would sit in my room and become hysterical about the wild incredible story I was writing. And I thought I was writing realism. It never occurred to me that I was writing absurdity. Realism and absurdity are so similar in the lives of American blacks one cannot tell the difference.

Chester Himes

American violence is public life, it’s a public way of life, it became a form, a detective story form. So I should think that any number of black writers should go into the detective story form.

Chester Himes

I grew to manhood in the Ohio State Penitentiary.

Chester Himes