Dinah Washington’s Death – Cause and Date

Born (Birthday)

Aug 29, 1924

Death Date

Dec 14, 1963

Age of Death

39 years

Cause of Death

Drug Overdose

Place of Death

Dec 14, 1963


R&b Singer

The r&b singer Dinah Washington died at the age of 39. Here is all you want to know, and more!

Biography - A Short Wiki

R&B and blues singer and pianist who was inducted into the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame in 1986 and won a Grammy Award for “What a Difference a Day Makes.”

She was married seven times and her last husband was football star Dick “Night Train” Lane.



“I always liked Nat King Cole. I always wanted to go my own way, but I always favoured other singers like Dinah Washington, Sarah Vaughn, Ella Fitzgerald – I loved Ella Fitzgerald. There are so many of them. Nina Simone was one of my favourites – Johnny Mathis.” (Billy Paul)


“That’s why I loved Dinah Washington. She sung jazz, but they called her the Queen of the Blues. She had the control and sophistication of jazz in her note selection and how to attack a song or certain lines, but then attacked it with a painful force of blues behind it. That’s why I admired her so much, because of that versatility.” (Andra Day)