Jesse Owens – Cause of Death, Date of Death, and More!

Jesse Owens died at age 66, respectable. Check out the death cause, death date, and more facts about the circumstances surrounding runner Jesse Owens' death.

Biography - A Short Wiki

African-American track star won four gold medals at the 1936 Berlin Olympics, winning in the 100m, 200m, 4x100m, and long jump. A year earlier, he set three world records in less than an hour while competing for Ohio State University.

He was called Jesse only because his southern accent made J.C. difficult to hear.

The Jesse Owens Award, named after him, is considered the highest honor for track and field athletes.

How did Jesse Owens die?

Jesse Owens' death was caused by lung cancer.

Jesse Owens who had been a pack-a-day cigarette smoker for 35 years, died of lung cancer on March 31, 1980 at the age of 66. In 1988, President George H.

Information about the death of Jesse Owens
Cause of deathLung Cancer
Age of death66 years
BirthdaySeptember 12, 1913
Death dateMarch 31, 1980
Place of deathTucson, Arizona, United States
Place of burialOak Woods Cemetery, Chicago, Illinois, United States


"If you don't try to win you might as well hold the Olympics in somebody's back yard."

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"The only bond worth anything between human beings is their humanness."

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"A lifetime of training for just ten seconds."

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"For a time, at least, I was the most famous person in the entire world."

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"Find the good. It's all around you. Find it, showcase it and you'll start believing in it."

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