Shelby Foote’s Death – Cause and Date

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Born (Birthday) November 17, 1916

Death Date June 27, 2005

Age of Death 88 years

Cause of Death Heart Attack

Profession Historian

The historian Shelby Foote died at the age of 88. Here is all you want to know, and more!

Biography - A Short Wiki

An influential Civil War historian and author, he is best known for his three-volume work, The Civil War: A Narrative. He was one of the primary historians interviewed in the Ken Burns PBS mini-series, The Civil War.

He was born in Greenville, Mississippi, and he died in Memphis, Tennessee. He was married three times– to Tess Lavery, Peggy Desommes, and Gwyn Rainer– and had two children.

Foote died at Baptist Hospital in Memphis on June 27, 2005, aged 88. He had had a heart attack after a recent pulmonary embolism.



When you grow up in a totally segregated society, where everybody around you believes that segregation is proper, you have a hard time. You can’t believe how much it’s a part of your thinking.


I used to write sonnets and various things, and moved from there into writing prose, which, incidentally, is a lot more interesting than poetry, including the rhythms of prose.


I don’t want anything to do with anything mechanical between me and the paper, including a typewriter, and I don’t even want a fountain pen between me and the paper.


I think making mistakes and discovering them for yourself is of great value, but to have someone else to point out your mistakes is a shortcut of the process.


I began the way nearly everybody I ever heard of – I began writing poetry. And I find that to be quite usual with writers, their trying their hand at poetry.