Chet Atkins’ Death – Cause and Date

Born (Birthday)

Jun 20, 1924

Death Date

June 30, 2001

Age of Death

77 years

Cause of Death

Colon Cancer



The guitarist Chet Atkins died at the age of 77. Here is all you want to know, and more!

Biography - A Short Wiki

Guitarist, vocalist, and record producer who recorded with many different performing artists, from Elvis to Hank Williams. He has won the Instrumentalist of the Year honor from the Country Music Association nine times.

He married Leona Johnson on July 3, 1946 and they had one child together.



“Everything I’ve ever done was out of fear of being mediocre.” (Chet Atkins)


“Years from now, after I’m gone, someone will listen to what I’ve done and know I was here. They may not know or care who I was, but they’ll hear my guitars speaking for me.” (Chet Atkins)


“Do it again on the next verse, and people think you meant it.” (Chet Atkins)


“A long apprenticeship is the most logical way to success. The only alternative is overnight stardom, but I can’t give you a formula for that.” (Chet Atkins)


“I’ll always be poor in my mind.” (Chet Atkins)