Mattie Stepanek’s Death – Cause and Date

Born (Birthday)

Jul 17, 1990

Death Date

June 22, 2004

Age of Death

13 years

Cause of Death

Muscular Dystrophy



The poet Mattie Stepanek died at the age of 13. Here is all you want to know, and more!

Biography - A Short Wiki

Child poet who is remembered for Heartsongs, a seven-volume, New York Times bestselling work. He died at age thirteen from an atypical form of muscular dystrophy.

His mother, Jeni Stapanek, served as Vice President of the Muscular Dystrophy Association.



“Keep all special thoughts and memories for lifetimes to come. Share these keepsakes with others to inspire hope and build from the past, which can bridge to the future.” (Mattie Stepanek)


“Poetry is a beautiful way of expressing feelings – happy, sad, angry, caring. It’s also a way that we share with other people, to help them with those feelings.” (Mattie Stepanek)


“Sunset is still my favorite color, and rainbow is second.” (Mattie Stepanek)


“We all have life storms, and when we get the rough times and we recover from them, we should celebrate that we got through it. No matter how bad it may seem, there’s always something beautiful that you can find.” (Mattie Stepanek)


“Sad things happen. They do. But we don’t need to live sad forever.” (Mattie Stepanek)