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Bob Ross

Born: 1942-10-29 - Died: 1995-07-04
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Death Summary: Bob Ross died at the age of 52 in New Smyrna Beach, Florida from lymphoma.

Who was Bob Ross : Ross was a painter who is best known for his television show “The Joy of Paining”, which was shown on public broadcast stations across the United States.

During each episode Ross would show viewers the art of oil painting using the quick-study technique that kept colors to a minimum and broke the whole process down to simple steps that anyone could follow.

Ross is known for painting landscapes, mainly lakes, mountains, and snow scenes. His paintings were heavily influenced by his time in the Air Force, where he was stationed in Alaska.

Ross stated once on his show that one of his favorite parts about painting was simply cleaning the brush, specifically drying the brush off. He would dip the brush into the cleaner then gently hit it across the legs of his easel. He would often say, “Beat the devil out of it.”.

The Joy of Painting with Bob Ross ran from 1983 – 1995.
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  1. aaliyah Says:

    wats up bob ross sorry you died

  2. Dave Says:


  3. melinda d. Says:

    mr bob ross. i never knew your name til this day, however i use t see you painting as i flip threw the channels and i decidedto just watch your creativity an oh how i admired you, i do care for the elderly and i just receny told my client about you, didnt know of your passing from this life. ill remember you always good fellow and brother.

  4. christian L Says:

    happy 70th birthday

  5. nikki rose Says:

    october 29, 2012

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  8. javier trevino Says:

    Your rank up there with Mr. Rogers, thanks for good television!

  9. Linda Says:

    Dear Bob:
    Thank you for your beauty and peace..happy trees.
    and God Bless…………

  10. marla h Says:

    i watched as a teenager now at 50 just wondered what happened to u dear man. So enjoyed listing to u and watching of course. god bless

  11. Mercedes Roman Says:

    I just recently discovered you, and you have been gone 17 years; you were clearly a lovely, gentle human being and I’m glad your legacy remains.

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  13. Jeff Bellmer Says:

    Rest up Bob, I’m sure you are busy painting exactly what you want. Thanks for the peaceful, calming delivery…it made you work that much more alive. You are dearly missed and I’ll pick my lessons up when we meet again.

  14. Paula Martin Says:

    I love your paintings and watched your show everytime it was on, will miss you always.

  15. Marc Reed Says:

    You will be surly missed my friend

  16. Connie Ellison Says:

    I’m so sorry to hear of Bobs Death. I still record all of his shows, and pray they will continue to play his shows on PBS. I will never forget Maybe, Maybe, Maybe. May God be with all his Family and Friends. Rest with the Lord Bob.

  17. Serina Says:

    gotta love this guy, sucks that he died so young, i mean 52 is still young and he is an amazing painter. I still watch his show all the time

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  19. Jim Mann Says:

    Well my old friend you will be sorely missed but luckily your shows will be repeated over and over thus giving us hours of pleasure. Only the good die young but you were really too young to be taken from us, sleep well and thank you for being you

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    Bob Ross is better than yoga!!

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  22. william lee Says:

    u will be missed a lot

  23. Phylis Says:

    I still feel bad while looking at your show that you are gone. I love your updates on your critters. And your saying, “My feet run naked through the grass.” A person I know said in a dream told to her by a friend, the grass in heaven was so alive, it has its own sound. Hope you are enjoying Jesus’s grass on your naked feet.

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