Chester Himes’ Death – Cause and Date

Born (Birthday)

July 29, 1909

Death Date

Nov 12, 1984

Age of Death

75 years

Cause of Death

Parkinson's Disease

Place of Death

Moraira, Spain



The novelist Chester Himes died at the age of 75. Here is all you want to know, and more!

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?

In 1969, Himes moved to Moraira, Spain, where he died in 1984 from Parkinson’s disease, at the age of 75.



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

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