Jimmy Dean’s Death – Cause and Date

Born (Birthday) August 10, 1928

Death Date June 13, 2010

Age of Death 81 years

Cause of Death Natural Causes

Place of Death Varina, Virginia, United States

Place of Burial Dean Family Estate, Varina, Virginia, United States

Profession Entrepreneur

The American singer and TV host Jimmy Dean died at 81. Here is all you want to know, and more!

Biography - A Short Wiki

“Big Bad John” singer who turned actor, television host, and businessman. He created the Jimmy Dean sausage brand.

He married his first wife Mary Sue at the age of 22. They had three children: Robert, Connie, and Garry. The couple divorced four decades later in 1990 because of Dean’s affair with singer Donna Meade, who would become his second wife the following year until his death.

How did Jimmy Dean die?

Jimmy Dean died unexpectedly on June 13, 2010, at his home in Varina, Virginia, United States.

He is survived by his second wife, Donna, who expressed shock at his sudden demise. Donna recounted that he appeared in good health, but he suddenly became unresponsive while having dinner and watching TV. He was declared deceased at 7:54 pm.

Who inherited his fortune?

His estate was valued at over $50 million when he died. Since Dean passed away without drafting a Will, his assets were distributed to his heirs according to intestate law. Since his mother had already passed away, his entire estate was inherited by his father.


He was laid to rest in a unique mausoleum shaped like a 9-foot-tall (2.7 m) piano, positioned to overlook the James River on his estate grounds. His epitaph, “Here Lies One Hell of a Man,” is inspired by a paraphrased lyric from the uncensored version of his song “Big Bad John.”



"My favorite song? 'Amazing Grace.' Anybody singing it. But the best it'll ever be done is by the Scottish National Pipe band and their National Orchestra. It'll bring tears to your eyes."

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"You gotta try your luck at least once a day, because you could be going around lucky all day and not even know it."

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"Poverty was the greatest motivating factor in my life."

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"Love is an ice cream sundae, with all the marvelous coverings. Sex is the cherry on top."

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"I think the kids in school that laughed at the clothes that we wore and the house that we lived in, and then my mother had to cut hair... I think that was a good motivator. Every time they laughed at me, they just built a fire, and there was only one way to put it out - to try and show 'em I was as good as they were."

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