Christiaan Barnard’s Death – Cause and Date

Born (Birthday)

Nov 8, 1922

Death Date

September 2, 2001

Age of Death

78 years

Cause of Death




The doctor Christiaan Barnard died at the age of 78. Here is all you want to know, and more!

Biography - A Short Wiki

Famous cardiac surgeon who progressed the entire field of medicine with his surgeries.

He married Aletta Geertuida Louq in 1948. The couple had a child two years later.



“It is infinitely better to transplant a heart than to bury it to be devoured by worms.” (Christiaan Barnard)


“If the poor overweight jogger only knew how far he had to run to work off the calories in a crust of bread he might find it better in terms of pound per mile to go to a massage parlor.” (Christiaan Barnard)


“On Saturday, I was a surgeon in South Africa, very little known. On Monday, I was world renowned.” (Christiaan Barnard)


“The prime goal is to alleviate suffering, and not to prolong life. And if your treatment does not alleviate suffering, but only prolongs life, that treatment should be stopped.” (Christiaan Barnard)


“I don’t believe medical discoveries are doing much to advance human life. As fast as we create ways to extend it we are inventing ways to shorten it.” (Christiaan Barnard)