It’s Author Day and Authors are not Immune to Smoking-Related Deaths

Do you know an author or have a favorite book? Many writers are smokers, though the correlation between the two seems to accompany a time-old impression that writers must all be depressed and drink, too. There are many authors and writers who do not smoke and have never smoked in their life, but today, I want to share a list of authors (some quite famous) who died due to smoking related illnesses.

James Baldwin died at 63 due to esophageal cancer. Baldwin wrote Go Tell It On The Mountain and The Fire Next Time.

Erskine Caldwell died at 83 to lung cancer. Caldwell produced the author of Tobacco Road andGod’s Little Acre.

Raymond Carver died at 50 to lung cancer. Carver penned What We Talk About When We Talk About Love and Fires: Essays, Poems, Stories.

Gary Crosby, son of Bing Crosby, died at 61 to lung cancer. Crosby wrote Going My Own Way.

TS Elliot died at 76 as a result of emphysema. Elliot created multiple works including The Hallow Men and Murder in the Cathedral.

Ian Flemming suffered a heart attack at 56. Flemming penned the James Bond novels.

Vittorio Gassman suffered a heart attack at 77. Gassman wrote Bitter Rice, Mambo, and Scent of a Woman.

Lillian Hellman lost her battle to lung cancer at 79. Hellman penned The Little Foxes and The Children’s Hour.

Louis L’Amour passed away at 80 as a result of lung cancer. L’Amour created High Lonesome, Comstock Load, Sackett, and Hondo.

Ayn Rand died at 78 due to heart failure and lung cancer. Rand wrote The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged.

Jean-Paul Sartre was hospitalized and died due to edema of the lungs at 74. Sartre is most known as a biographer, literary critic, and philosopher. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1964, but refused the honor.

Ross Thomas died at 69 due to lung cancer. Thomas wrote the screen play for Bad Lieutenant and award-winning book Briarpatch.


There are many more authors who have lost their lives before their time as a result of smoking. It is important to end your addiction with cigarettes today.

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