Don Byas’ Death – Cause and Date

Born (Birthday)

October 21, 1912

Death Date

August 24, 1974

Age of Death

61 years

Cause of Death

Lung Cancer

Place of Death

Amsterdam, Netherlands



The saxophonist Don Byas died at the age of 61. Here is all you want to know, and more!

Biography - A Short Wiki

Collaborator with many jazz greats who took Lester Young’s place in Count Basie’s band in 1941. He was a bandleader on more than twenty albums, including Midnight at Minton’s.

He played a variety of instruments as a young man but switched to tenor saxophone when he moved to Los Angeles, where he performed with many bands.

He spent time living and performing in his Oklahoma hometown, in Los Angeles, in New York City, in Paris, and in the Netherlands.

When he moved to the Netherlands, Byas married a Dutch woman with whom he stayed until his death.

He toured in Europe with many different artists, including Dizzy Gillespie.

How did Don Byas die?

Byas did not visit the U.S. until 1970, appearing at the Newport Jazz Festival. He died in Amsterdam in 1972 from lung cancer at the age of 59.