Eric Dolphy’s Death – Cause and Date

Born (Birthday)

June 20, 1928

Death Date

Jun 29, 1964

Age of Death

36 years

Cause of Death


Place of Death

Berlin, Germany


Flute Player

The flute player Eric Dolphy died at the age of 36. Here is all you want to know, and more!

Biography - A Short Wiki

Jazz flautist who came to prominence during the 1960s and who is considered the first important bass clarinet soloist in jazz. He also played instruments like clarinets and piccolos.

He learned the oboe in school and later performed locally as a member of bebop big bands led by Gerald Wilson and Roy Porter.

In 1962 he put a young pianist named Herbie Hancock onto one of his working bands.

Before his death he was engaged to be married to Joyce Mordecai, a classically trained dancer.

He was a frequent collaborator and friend of John Coltrane.

How did Eric Dolphy die?

On June 29, Dolphy died after falling into a diabetic coma. While certain details of his death are still disputed, it is largely accepted that he fell into a coma caused by undiagnosed diabetes.