Leo Burnett – Cause of Death, Age of Death, and Other Facts!

Leo Burnett died at age 79, respectable. Check out the death cause, death date, and more facts about the circumstances surrounding entrepreneur Leo Burnett's death.

Biography - A Short Wiki

Founder of the eponymous global ad agency that created the so-called Chicago School of advertising.

He worked on signs and advertisements for his father and then worked as a journalist before deciding to go into the more lucrative advertising career.

His style of advertising preferred striking, emotion-filled images over text-filled explanations. For example, he created the iconic images of the Pillsbury Doughboy and the Marlboro Man.

How did Leo Burnett die?

On June 7, 1971, Burnett went to his agency, pledging to colleagues to work three days per week due to health problems. That evening, at age 79, he died of a heart attack at his family farm in Hawthorn Woods, Illinois. He is buried at Rosehill Cemetery in Chicago.

Information about the death of Leo Burnett
Cause of deathN/A
Age of death79 years
BirthdayOctober 21, 1891
Death dateJune 7, 1971
Place of deathHawthorn Woods, Illinois, United States
Place of burialN/A


"The work of an advertising agency is warmly and immediately human. It deals with human needs, wants, dreams and hopes. Its 'product' cannot be turned out on an assembly line."

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"Good advertising does not just circulate information. It penetrates the public mind with desires and belief."

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"Regardless of the moral issue, dishonesty in advertising has proved very unprofitable."

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"I have learned that any fool can write a bad ad, but that it takes a real genius to keep his hands off a good one."

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"I have learned to respect ideas, wherever they come from. Often they come from clients. Account executives often have big creative ideas, regardless of what some writers think."

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