Booth and his friend, James W. Magee, Jr. (1938–1972), of Morgan City in Terrebonne Parish in south Louisiana, were killed in an airplane crash near Dorchester, Ontario. The two were in Canada on a fishing trip when their four-seat Piper Cherokee Arrow crashed during a thunderstorm. Witnesses said that the plane blew up and fell to the ground, with wreckage spread over an area of some one and one-half miles. The plane was en route from Windsor to London but crashed some ten miles (16 km) before reaching its destination. Booth is interred in Westlawn Memorial Park in Gretna in Jefferson Parish.