Authors Who Died In February

Authors Who Died In February

Discover information about authors who died in February.

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1851Mary Shelley, author of ‘Frankenstein‘ was born in Somers Town, London, UK on 30th August 1797. She died aged 53 in Chester Square, London, UK. She died from suspected brain tumour. She is bury at St Peter’s Church, Bournemouth, UK.

2017William Melvin Kelley, author of ‘Dancers on the Shore‘ was born in The Bronx, New York, USA on 1st November 1937. He died aged 79 from complications from kidney failure in Manhattan, New York, USA.

2019DJ Conway, author of ‘The Mysterious, Magickal Cat: The Magick of Claw & Whisker‘ was born in Hood River, Oregon, USA on 3rd May 1939. She died after a short illness at the age of 79.

2019Andrew McGahan, author of ‘The White Earth‘ was born on 10th October 1966 in Dalby, Queensland, Australia. He died aged 52 from Pancreatic Cancer in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.


2016Mike Oehler, author of ‘One Mexican Sunday‘ was born in Chicago, Illinois, USA on 2nd January 1938. He died aged 78 in Boundary County, Idaho, USA.

2019Carol Emshwiller, author of ‘Mister Boots‘ was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA on 12th April 1921. She died aged 97 in Durham, North Carolina, USA.

2021J. F. Johnson Tandberg, author of ‘Nattens joker‘ was born in Ålesund, Norway in 1959. He died aged 61/62 in Torrevieja, Spain.


2016Edith Skom, author of ‘The Mark Twain Murders‘ was born in Illinois, USA. She died aged 86 of a neurodegenerative condition in Winnetka, Illinois, USA.


2017Norah McClintock, author of ‘The Body in the Basement‘ was born in Montreal, Canada on 11th March 1952. She died aged 64 at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, Toronto, Canada.

2018John Anthony West, author of ‘Call Out the Malicia‘ was born in New York City, New York, USA on 9th July 1932. He died aged 85.

2018Michael White (Also known as Tom West and Sam Fisher), author of ‘The Kennedy Conspiracy‘ was born in the UK on 16th February 1969. He died aged 58 in Perth, Australia.


2016Juliette Benzoni, author of ‘Belle Catherine‘ was born in 7th arrondissement of Paris, Paris, France on 30th October 1920. She died aged 95 in Saint-Mandé, France. She is buried at the Cemetery in Saint-Mandè Sud, with her mother, husband and son.

2017Richard B. Wright, author of ‘Farthing’s Fortunes‘ was born in Midland, Canada on 4th March 1937. He died aged 79 as a result of a stroke in St. Catharines, Canada.


2016Margaret Forster, author of ‘The Unknown Bridesmaid‘ was born in Carlisle, Cumbria, UK on 25th May 1938. She died aged 77 at the Marie Curie Hospice, Hampstead, London, UK.


2019Patricia Nell Warren (aka Patricia Kilina), author of ‘The Fancy Dancer‘ was born in Helena, Montana, USA on 15th June 1936. She died aged 82 after almost a three year battle with lung cancer in Los Angeles, California, USA.


1932Edgar Wallace, author of ‘The Clue of the Twisted Candle‘ was born in Greenwich, London, UK on 1st April 1875. He died aged 56 in Beverly Hills, California, USA. He died from complications of diabetes and double pneumonia. He is buried at Little Marlow Cemetery, Fern Lane, Buckinghamshire, UK.


1963Sylvia Plath, author of ‘The Bell Jar‘ was born in Jamaica Plain, Boston, Massachusetts, USA on 27th October 1932. She died aged 30 in London, UK. Clinically depressed for most of her life, she died by suicide.

2020David Stout, author of ‘The Dog Hermit‘ was born in Erie, Pennsylvania, USA on 13th May 1942. He died aged 77 in Washington, DC, USA.


2018 – Bill Crider, author of ‘The Coyote Connection‘ was born in Mexia, Texas, USA on 28th July 1941. He died aged 76 from cancer at his home in Alvin, Texas, USA.


1975P.G. Wodehouse, author of ‘Right Ho, Jeeves‘ was born in Guildford, Surrey, UK on 15th October 1881. He died aged 93 in Southampton, New York, USA. He died from a heart attack. He is buried Remsenburg Presbyterian Church, New York, USA.

2019Andrea Levy, author of ‘Fruit of the Lemon‘ was born in London, UK on 7th March 1956. She died aged 62 after living with metastatic breast cancer for 15 years.


2017Hank Searls, author of ‘The Crowded Sky‘ was born in San Francisco, California, USA on 10th August 1922. He died aged 94 in Gig Harbor, Washington, USA.

2020James G. Spady, author of ‘Street Conscious Rap‘ was born in Capeville, Virginia, USA on 2nd April 2944. He died aged 75 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA of complications from diabetes.

2020Charles Portis, author of ‘True Grit‘ was born in El Dorado, Arkansas, USA on 28th December 1933. He died aged 86 in Little Rock, Arkansas, USA from Alzheimer’s disease.


2019Laura Solomon, author of ‘An Imitation of Life‘, was born in Auckland, New Zealand on 28th June 1974. She died aged 44 following a 10-year struggle with the effects of a brain tumour.


2016Harper Lee, author of ‘Go Set a Watchman‘ was born in Monroeville, Alabama, USA on 28th April 1926. She died aged 89 in Monroeville, Alabama, USA.


2017Frank Delaney, author of ‘Desire and Pursuit‘ was born in County Tipperary, Ireland on 24th October 1942. He died aged 74 after suffering complications from a stroke in Danbury Hospital, Danbury, Connecticut, USA.

2018Beryl Fletcher, author of ‘The Word Burners‘ was born in Auckland, New Zealand on 31st May 1938. She died aged 79 in Hamilton, New Zealand.


2020Clive Cussler, author of ‘Raise the Titanic! was born in Aurora, Illinois, USA on 15th July 1931. He died aged 88 in Paradise Valley, Arizona, USA.


1983Tennesse Williams (Thomas Lanier Williams III), author of ‘A Streetcar Named Desire‘ was born in Colombus, Mississippi, USA on 26th March 1911. He died at the Hotel Elyséein in his suite aged 71 in New York City, New York, USA. The medical report states that he died from chocking on the plastic cap of a bottle.


2019Charles McCarry, Author of ‘Christopher’s Ghosts‘ was born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA on 14th June 2930. He died aged 88 from complications of a cerebral haemorrhage caused by a fall in Fairfax County, Virginia, USA.

2020Betsy Byars, author of ‘The Two-Thousand-Pound Goldfish‘ was born in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA on 7th August 1928. She died aged 91 in Seneca, South Carolina, USA.


2023Royston Ellis (Christopher Royston George Ellis), author of ‘A Hero In Time‘ was born in Pinner, Middlesex, UK on 10th February 1941. He died aged 82 in Induruwa, Sri Lanka.


2019Stanley Price, author of ‘The Biggest Picture‘, was born in London, UK on 12th August 1931. He died aged 87 in London, UK.


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