Jean-Michel Basquiat’s Death – Cause and Date

Born (Birthday)

Dec 22, 1960

Death Date

Aug 12, 1988

Age of Death

27 years

Cause of Death

Heroin Overdose

Place of Death

Aug 12, 1988



The painter Jean-Michel Basquiat died at the age of 27. Here is all you want to know, and more!

Biography - A Short Wiki

Neo-Expressionist and Primitivist painter who investigated social and political dichotomies in his work.

He was born in Brooklyn, New York, to a Haitian father and an American-born, Afro-Puerto Rican mother. He was raised mostly by his father. His mother suffered from mental illness and was institutionalized when Basquiat was eleven years old.



“I don’t think about art when I’m working. I try to think about life.” (Jean-Michel Basquiat)


“I’m not a real person. I’m a legend.” (Jean-Michel Basquiat)


“The black person is the protagonist in most of my paintings. I realized that I didn’t see many paintings with black people in them.” (Jean-Michel Basquiat)


“For a while, I was drawing on good paper, but now I’ve gone back to the bad stuff. I put matte medium on it. If you put matte medium on it, it seals up, so it doesn’t really matter.” (Jean-Michel Basquiat)


“Some days I can’t get an idea, and I think, ‘Man, I’m just washed up,’ but it’s just a mood.” (Jean-Michel Basquiat)