Jim Nesbitt died suddenly on August 20, 2022, at Keswick Multi-Care Center where he had been in a long-term care bed since a fall in 2021 that badly broke his right tibia. He had a poor surgical result and remained bedridden. He struggled with chronic schizophrenia for more than 50 years, which frustrated many attempts to lead a normal life. For a time, he was a self-taught decorative bird carver and produced some beautiful pieces. In his later years, he began translating works of literature and history into French to occupy his mind.