Charles Mingus’ Death – Cause and Date

Born (Birthday)

Apr 22, 1922

Death Date

Jan 5, 1979

Age of Death

56 years

Cause of Death

Heart Attack

Place of Death

Jan 5, 1979



The bassist Charles Mingus died at the age of 56. Here is all you want to know, and more!

Biography - A Short Wiki

Jazz double bassist and composer who was inducted into the Down Beat Jazz Hall of Fame in 1971 for his influence on and development of jazz.

He married Sue Graham Ungaro.



“I’m going to keep on finding out the kind of man I am through my music. That’s the one place I can be free. But the reason it’s difficult is because I’m changing all the time.” (Charles Mingus)


“Creativity is more than just being different. Anybody can plan weird; that’s easy. What’s hard is to be as simple as Bach. Making the simple, awesomely simple, that’s creativity.” (Charles Mingus)


“I am Charles Mingus. Half-black man. Yellow man. Half-yellow. Not even yellow, nor white enough to pass for nothing but black and not too light enough to be called white.” (Charles Mingus)


“In high school I was on the basketball team, but the coach did something I didn’t dig and the next day he looked up and saw me practising with the football team.” (Charles Mingus)


“My music is evidence of my soul’s will to live.” (Charles Mingus)