Jesse Owens’ Death – Cause and Date

Born (Birthday)

Sep 12, 1913

Death Date

Mar 31, 1980

Age of Death

66 years

Cause of Death

Lung Cancer

Place of Death

Mar 31, 1980



The runner Jesse Owens died at the age of 66. Here is all you want to know, and more!

Biography - A Short Wiki

African-American track star won four gold medals at the 1936 Berlin Olympics, winning in the 100m, 200m, 4x100m, and long jump. A year earlier, he set three world records in less than an hour while competing for Ohio State University.

He was together with Minnie Ruth Solomon from high school until his death.



“The battles that count aren’t the ones for gold medals. The struggles within yourself – the invisible, inevitable battles inside all of us – that’s where it’s at.” (Jesse Owens)


“Friendships born on the field of athletic strife are the real gold of competition. Awards become corroded, friends gather no dust.” (Jesse Owens)


“Find the good. It’s all around you. Find it, showcase it and you’ll start believing in it.” (Jesse Owens)


“The only bond worth anything between human beings is their humanness.” (Jesse Owens)


“One chance is all you need.” (Jesse Owens)