David McCullough, the best-selling author and decorated historian, died on Sunday. He was 89 years old. He had won Pulitzer Prizes for his biographies of presidents John Adams and Harry Truman. Read on to know what happened to the veteran author and the cause of his death.
McCullough was known for writing several deeply researched and popular works about important figures and topics in American history. He had covered the building of the Brooklyn Bridge, the Panama Canal, and the first flight by the Wright Brothers.
The late author was praised by many as the “national treasure” who should be protected at all costs.
How did David McCullough Die? What was the Cause of Death?
David McCullough died on Sunday, August 7, 2022, at his home in Hingham, Massachusetts, at the age of 89 years. He was surrounded by his five children during his final moments as revealed by a Facebook page dedicated to his works and managed by his publisher Simon and Schuster.
The news of his death was shared on the same Facebook page. However, an exact cause of death wasn’t revealed. It is believed that the great historian died a natural death due to old age. He was reportedly having certain age-related issues in his final days.
McCullough’s health had been falling ever since his wife passed away a couple of months ago in June. The two must’ve been reunited once again above the skies just after months.
We have tried contacting McCullough’s family members. If and when we receive a response, we’ll update this post with the exact cause of death.
David McCullough Early Life and Writing Career
David Gaub McCullough was an American author, film narrator, historian, and lecturer. He was born on July 7, 1933, in the Point Breeze neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The ma
After graduating, McCullough moved to New York City where Sports Illustrated hired him as a trainee. He went on to work as an editor and writer for the United States Information Agency in Washington, D.C.
He worked the next twelve years in editing and writing and also landed a gig at American Heritage. At this point, McCullough believed that “he had reached the point where he could attempt something on his own.”
He then started writing about critical topics in American history. McCullough wrote the highly-praised “The Johnstown Floods” which made two new publishers offer him contracts. He never looked back from here and went on to become a legendary historian.
In 1954, McCullough married Rosalee Barnes. The loving couple first met as teenagers and stayed together till death did them apart. They had five children and the couple moved back to Hingham in 2016.
David McCullough Awards and Accolades
David McCullough won a Pulitzer Prize first in 1993 for “Truman,” a biography about the 33rd president of the United States, and another Prize in 2022 for “John Adams,” the 2nd president of the U.S.
He also earned National Book Awards for “The Path Between the Seas: The Creation of the Panama Canal” and “Mornings on Horseback.” In 2016, McCullough received the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
McCullough also held more than 40 honorary degrees, including one from the Eastern Nazarene College in John Adams’ hometown of Quincy, Massachusetts.
“As a historian, he paints with words, giving us pictures of the American people that live, breathe, and above all, confront the fundamental issues of courage, achievement, and moral character,” the citation for his honorary degree from Yale University read.
Our condolences go out to the departed soul. May the great man rest in peace.
this article originally posted on BareillyCollege.org