Pickett died at the age of 69 on April 25, 2007 in Los Angeles, California, due to complications from leukemia. His daughter Nancy Huus was at his side when he died. He left two grandchildren, Jordan Huus and Olivia Huus.The Sunday, May 13, 2007, episode of the Dr. Demento show featured a documentary retrospective of Pickett's work.
He was cremated. His ashes were given to his daughter to made into a diamond ring she wears