Audre Lorde’s Death – Cause and Date

Born (Birthday)

Feb 18, 1934

Death Date

November 17, 1992

Age of Death

58 years

Cause of Death

Breast Cancer



The poet Audre Lorde died at the age of 58. Here is all you want to know, and more!

Biography - A Short Wiki

Caribbean-American poet, author, and political activist known for works such as Coal, The Black Unicorn, and The Cancer Journals. As an activist, she sought to expose the currents of racism in feminist ideology.

She identified as a lesbian, but had two children with attorney Edwin Rollins, whom she later divorced. Lorde died of breast cancer in 1992.



“Poetry is not only dream and vision; it is the skeleton architecture of our lives. It lays the foundations for a future of change, a bridge across our fears of what has never been before.” (Audre Lorde)


“The learning process is something you can incite, literally incite, like a riot.” (Audre Lorde)


“When I dare to be powerful – to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.” (Audre Lorde)


“I have come to believe over and over again that what is most important to me must be spoken, made verbal and shared, even at the risk of having it bruised or misunderstood.” (Audre Lorde)


“In our work and in our living, we must recognize that difference is a reason for celebration and growth, rather than a reason for destruction.” (Audre Lorde)