Philip Roth’s Death – Cause and Date

Born (Birthday)

March 19, 1933

Death Date

May 22, 2018

Age of Death

85 years

Cause of Death

Congestive Heart Failure

Place of Death

Manhattan, New York, United States



The novelist Philip Roth died at the age of 85. Here is all you want to know, and more!

Biography - A Short Wiki

Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award-winning author known for works such as Goodbye, Columbus, Portnoy’s Complaint, American Pastoral, and The Human Stain. In 2001, he became the first ever recipient of the Franz Kafka Prize.

He graduated from Bucknell University and subsequently earned a Master’s degree in English literature from the University of Chicago. He published his debut novella, Goodbye, Columbus, in 1959.

His 1997 novel American Pastoral won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

He had two brief marriages. His first, to Margaret Martinson Williams, lasted from 1959-1963; his second, to Claire Bloom, spanned the first four years of the 1990s.

He was inspired to write after meeting Saul Bellow in 1956.

How did Philip Roth die?

Roth died at a Manhattan hospital of heart failure on May 22, 2018, at the age of 85.



I have no desire to write fiction. I did what I did, and it’s done. There’s more to life than writing and publishing fiction. There is another way entirely, amazed as I am to discover it at this late date.

Philip Roth

People are unjust to anger – it can be enlivening and a lot of fun.

Philip Roth

I’m an Obama supporter. And if you’re an Obama supporter, that means you had a hard time during the Bush years.

Philip Roth

If I don’t measure up as an American writer, at least leave me to my delusion.

Philip Roth

I work all day, morning and afternoon, just about every day. If I sit there like that for two or three years, at the end I have a book.

Philip Roth