Benjamin Zephaniah Died After a Brief Illness — What Was His Cause of Death?

Melissa Willets - Author

Dec. 7 2023, Published 9:53 a.m. ET

Benjamin Zephaniah attends the Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards at The Royal Festival Hall on May 08, 2022 in London, England
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The Gist:

  • Poet, book author, and actor Benjamin Zephaniah has died at the age of 65.
  • The British artist passed away after a brief illness, shocking his mass following of admirers.
  • Fans are remembering Benjamin via sweet tributes online following his untimely passing.
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British poet and actor Benjamin Zephaniah's sad passing on Dec. 7, 2023 was confirmed by his wife in a moving Instagram post.

What was the iconic author's cause of death? Read on for the tragic details behind the loss of a man many are deeply mourning.

Benjamin Zephaniah attends The South Bank Sky Arts Awards at The Savoy on July 19, 2021 in London, England
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What was Benjamin Zephaniah's cause of death? He battled a very short illness.

In a very upsetting Instagram post, Benjamin's wife shared that the Peaky Blinders star had died after being diagnosed with a brain tumor just eight weeks ago.

"It is with great sadness and regret that we announce the death of our beloved husband, son, and brother," the post began, going on to share that the legendary artist had passed in the early hours of Dec. 7, 2023.

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With his wife by his side, Benjamin died following his very brief illness. "Benjamin was a true pioneer and innovator," the post said in part, adding that he leaves behind "a joyful and fantastic legacy."

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Indeed, the professor was accomplished in countless ways, with achievements that went far beyond his turn on the well-known TV show Peaky Blinders.

Per the BBC, the Birmingham native, who was diagnosed with dyslexia in his teen years, would go on to publish his first book at the tender age of 22.

The novelist many times over is further credited with introducing British people to the art of Dub Poetry, and also previously performed with his band, appropriately named The Benjamin Zephaniah Band.

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Fans and celebrities alike are mourning the passing of Benjamin Zephaniah.

Given the many areas of life and culture that Benjamin clearly enhanced, his death is making waves among fans and colleagues, who are taking to social media to express their sadness.

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One admirer said about the news of the gifted poet's passing, "So very sad and indeed shocked to read this. A rare man."

Someone else called him "hugely talented," while yet another fan lamented, "He represented the very best of Britain. Our hearts are heavy with his loss."

Meanwhile, Benjamin's Peaky Blinders co-star Cillian Murphy also released a statement about the death of his former colleague, saying, "Benjamin was a truly gifted and beautiful human being. A generational poet, writer, musician and activist. A proud Brummie and a Peaky Blinder. I'm so saddened by this news."

Well-known DJ Trevor Nelson also took to X to share his disbelief about the news, tweeting, "So sad to hear about the passing of Benjamin Zephaniah. Too young, too soon, he had a lot more to give. He was a unique talent R.I.P."

We join the poet's many fans in mourning his loss, and extend our deepest condolences to Benjamin's family and friends at this very difficult time.

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