Jaco Pastorius’ Death – Cause and Date

Born (Birthday)

Dec 1, 1951

Death Date

September 21, 1987

Age of Death

35 years

Cause of Death




The guitarist Jaco Pastorius died at the age of 35. Here is all you want to know, and more!

Biography - A Short Wiki

Jazz guitarist, composer, and electric bass who created intricate solos and singing melodies in his works. He worked with artists like Joni Mitchell and was a member of Weather Report.

He was the first of three children born to John Francis Pastorius II.



“I’ve been friends with Jaco Pastorius’s son since 1996 – Johnny Pastorius, the eldest son. And I remember when I first met him, I said, ‘Some day, you’ve gotta make a film about your father,’ because his influence is so broad.” (Robert Trujillo)


“I like Jaco Pastorius’ ‘Portrait of Tracy.’ He was this bass player who played jazz fusion. He was the dopest bass player who ever lived.” (Ty Dolla Sign)


“I just wanted to experiment with the bass, and my main influence from Jaco Pastorius inspired me to write music in a certain way.” (Robert Trujillo)


“I didn’t arrive on the scene until after Jaco Pastorius had passed, but ‘Three Views of a Secret’ is a long-time favourite of mine.” (Kurt Elling)


“Jaco Pastorius gave the bass a new voice. I mean, he was very inspired by singers like Frank Sinatra. And in a lot of ways, maybe he wanted to be a singer himself.” (Robert Trujillo)