Norman Rockwell – How Did the Painter Die?

Norman Rockwell died at age 84, impressive. Check out the death cause, death date, and more facts about the circumstances surrounding painter Norman Rockwell's death.

Biography - A Short Wiki

Painter and Saturday Evening Post illustrator known for his images of American family life. His most famous, politically themed works included “Rosie the Riveter” and “The Problem We All Live With.”

He was asked at age 18 to illustrate Carl H. Claudy’s work, “Tell Me Why: Stories about Mother Nature.” Early in his career, he also began creating cover art for Boys’ Life, the Boy Scout publication. His first Boys’ Life cover, “Scouts at Ship’s Wheel,” was published on the September 1913 edition.

His “Four Freedoms” series was inspired by President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s four principles for universal rights: Freedom from Want, Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Worship, and Freedom from Fear. He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1977.

How did Norman Rockwell die?

Norman Rockwell's death was caused by emphysema.

Death. Rockwell died on November 8, 1978, of emphysema at age 84 in his Stockbridge, Massachusetts, home.

Information about the death of Norman Rockwell
Cause of deathEmphysema
Age of death84 years
BirthdayFebruary 3, 1894
Death dateNovember 8, 1978
Place of deathStockbridge, Massachusetts, United States
Place of burialStockbridge Cemetery, Stockbridge, Massachusetts, United States


"Everyone in those days expected that art students were wild, licentious characters. We didn't know how to be, but we sure were anxious to learn."

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"I'll never have enough time to paint all the pictures I'd like to."

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"The secret to so many artists living so long is that every painting is a new adventure. So, you see, they're always looking ahead to something new and exciting. The secret is not to look back."

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"Very interesting for an old duffer like me to try his hand at something new. If I don't do that once in a while, I might just turn into a fossil, you know!"

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"Eisenhower had about the most expressive face I ever painted, I guess. Just like an actor's. Very mobile. When he talked, he used all the facial muscles. And he had a great, wide mouth that I liked. When he smiled, it was just like the sun came out."

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