Who was George Booth? How did he die? Death Cause and Obituary

George Booth was an American cartoonist who worked for the New Yorker magazine. His cartoons frequently portrayed an older everyman, everywoman, or every couple troubled by modern complexity, puzzling one other, or interacting with cats and dogs.

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At the age of 96, American cartoonist George Booth passes away.

George Booth was dead from complications of dementia at his home in Brooklyn, on November 1, 2022, at the age of 96. He was a prize-winning cartoonist for The New Yorker who, with maniacal compassion, caught the age-old humor of dogs, cats, and the people who are somehow responsible for their well-being.

He has since passed away. Less than a week after the passing of his wife, Booth passed away.

George Booth’s daughter gives tributes to him

His daughter Sarah said,

 “All his life, he’d sit in his studio and come up with captions and laugh at his own work.”

Early Life

George Booth was born on June 28, 1926(96 years old) in Cainsville, Missouri, U.S. He holds an American nationality and His Zodiac sign is cancer. He belongs to the white ethnicity.

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George Booth was the son of schoolteachers; his mother, Irma (Swindle) Booth (1903–1989), was also a pianist and fine artist and cartoonist, while his father, William Earl “Billy” Booth (1898–1982), became a school administrator in Fairfax, Missouri, where Booth grew up on a farm.

Personal Life

George Booth and his wife Dione, whom he married in 1958, spent many years residing in Stony Brook, New York. Dione passed away in 2022. Together, they had a daughter named Sarah.


George Booth attended the Corcoran College of Art and Design, the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts, the School of Visual Arts, and Adelphi College but did not complete his studies there.

When George Booth was ordered back to Leatherneck after being re-drafted for the Korean War, he accepted an invitation to re-enlist and join the Corps’ Leatherneck magazine as a staff cartoonist. Booth relocated to New York City as a civilian and struggled as an artist until getting married and worked as an art director in the magazine industry.

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In 1956, he contributed to the comic strip Spot. When his first New Yorker cartoon was successfully sold in 1969, Booth decided to leave his job and pursue cartooning full-time. A ceiling light bulb on a cord that is pulled by another cord connected to an electrical item, such as a toaster, is one distinguishing feature of Booth’s typically disorganized or dilapidated interiors.

 He drew the majority of the domestic elements in his cartoons from his own residence. He characterized one of his cats, which he had acquired later in his career as “resembles my drawing more In 1986, Booth also produced the comic strip Local Item.

In 1993 and 2010, the National Cartoonists Society honored him for his achievements with the Gag Cartoon Award and the Milton Caniff Lifetime Achievement Award, respectively.