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Shel Silverstein’s Death – Cause and Date

Born (Birthday) September 25, 1930

Death Date May 10, 1999

Age of Death 68 years

Cause of Death Heart Attack

Profession Children's Author

The children’s author Shel Silverstein died at the age of 68. Here is all you want to know, and more!

Biography - A Short Wiki

Known as Uncle Shelby for his children’s books, such as Where the Sidewalk Ends. He wrote A Boy Named Sue, which Johnny Cash popularized.

He had a daughter named Shoshanna with Susan Hastings and a son named Matthew with Sarah Spencer.



“If the track is tough and the hill is rough, THINKING you can just ain’t enough!” (Shel Silverstein)


“I will not play tug o’ war. I’d rather play hug o’ war. Where everyone hugs instead of tugs, Where everyone giggles and rolls on the rug, Where everyone kisses, and everyone grins, and everyone cuddles, and everyone wins.” (Shel Silverstein)


“Tell me I’m clever, Tell me I’m kind, Tell me I’m talented, Tell me I’m cute, Tell me I’m sensitive, Graceful and wise, Tell me I’m perfect – But tell me the truth.” (Shel Silverstein)


“Never explain what you do. It speaks for itself. You only muddle it by talking about it.” (Shel Silverstein)


“I want to go everywhere, look at and listen to everything. You can go crazy with some of the wonderful stuff there is in life.” (Shel Silverstein)