Gary Kildall’s Death – Cause and Date

Born (Birthday)

May 19, 1942

Death Date

Jul 11, 1994

Age of Death

52 years

Cause of Death


Place of Death

Monterey, California, United States



The entrepreneur Gary Kildall died at the age of 52. Here is all you want to know, and more!

Biography - A Short Wiki

Famous as the founder of Digital Research, Inc., and as the creator of an operating system called CP/M (the Control Program for Microcomputers), he tried, but failed, to license his product to IBM.

After earning his bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington, he taught at Monterey, California’s Naval Postgraduate School and began programming for an early Intel microprocessor. He later returned to his alma mater and completed his computer science Ph.D.

He died suddenly in his early fifties, having suffered a head injury, possibly as the result of a fall.

Born to a family of Scandinavian heritage, he spent his youth in Seattle, Washington. He was married twice — first to Dorothy McEwen Kildall and later to Karen Kildall.

Microsoft founder Bill Gates attempted to orchestrate a deal between IBM and Kildall’s Digital Research company.