Mr. Everdeen had a beautiful voice, and it was claimed that even the birds would stop to listen when he sang. That was how he wooed beautiful Mrs. Everdeen to be his wife. Mrs. Everdeen was a healer from the Merchant area of District 12, while he was from The Seam. Their lives were considerably different, and it was a big change for both of them to move on to their new life.
Mr. Everdeen died during a terrible mining accident five years before the 74th Hunger Games. The mine collapsed on top of him and Mr. Hawthorne, killing them both. It is likely that others died in this as well.
Katniss relates the events of that fateful day in Mockingjay. The day started out normal, with Katniss and Prim going to school. Then, sirens went off and all the kids were herded out to the entrance of the mine. The elevator was working overtime bringing up black-coal covered men, much to the relief of many families. Soon, fewer and fewer men came up until none remained. Katniss's father and Gale Hawthorne's father never emerged and were instantly presumed dead.
In Mockingjay, it is described that Prim and Katniss were in school when the incident took place, as they went from school to the mines. According to Katniss, she still has nightmares about that day. These involve her screaming and telling her father to run and escape the mine before it explodes, reducing him to bits.
- Katniss was eleven years of age when he died.