Dizzy Gillespie’s Death – Cause and Date

Born (Birthday)

Oct 21, 1917

Death Date

Jan 6, 1993

Age of Death

75 years

Cause of Death

Pancreatic Cancer

Place of Death

Jan 6, 1993



The composer Dizzy Gillespie died at the age of 75. Here is all you want to know, and more!

Biography - A Short Wiki

Considered one of the greatest jazz trumpeters in history. He was instrumental in the evolution of bebop and modern jazz.

His father James was a bandleader in the Cheraw, South Carolina area. He married Lorraine Willis on May 9, 1940, and they would remain together until his death. He had a daughter named Jeanie Bryson.



“I always try to teach by example and not force my ideas on a young musician. One of the reasons we’re here is to be a part of this process of exchange.” (Dizzy Gillespie)


“I don’t care much about music. What I like is sounds.” (Dizzy Gillespie)


“I think the idea is now for blacks to write about the history of our music. It’s time for that, because whites have been doing it all the time. It’s time for us to do it ourselves and tell it like it is.” (Dizzy Gillespie)


“Men have died for this music. You can’t get more serious than that.” (Dizzy Gillespie)


“They’re not particular about whether you’re playing a flatted fifth or a ruptured 129th as long as they can dance to it.” (Dizzy Gillespie)