John Coltrane's Death
The saxophonist John Coltrane died at the age of 40. Here is all you want to know, and more!
Biography - A Short Wiki
Influential saxophonist and composer best known for his influence on modern jazz. He was the recipient of a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1997.
He married twice: To Juanita Grubbs and Alice Macleod. He had two children.
How did John Coltrane die?
Coltrane died of liver cancer at the age of 40 on July 17, 1967, at Huntington Hospital on Long Island.
Biographer Lewis Porter suggested that the cause of Coltrane’s illness was hepatitis, although he also attributed the disease to Coltrane’s heroin use.
His funeral was held four days later at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in New York City. The service was started by the Albert Ayler Quartet and finished by the Ornette Coleman Quartet.
Final resting place
Coltrane is buried at Long Island National Cemetery in Suffolk County, New York, which comprises the northern section of an area known as “Pinelawn”.
Coltrane’s death surprised many in the music community who were unaware of his condition. Miles Davis said, “Coltrane’s death shocked everyone, took everyone by surprise. I knew he hadn’t looked too good… But I didn’t know he was that sick—or even sick at all.”
“You can play a shoestring if you’re sincere.”John Coltrane
“My music is the spiritual expression of what I am – my faith, my knowledge, my being.”John Coltrane
“I want to be a force for real good. In other words. I know that there are bad forces, forces that bring suffering to others and misery to the world, but I want to be the opposite force. I want to be the force which is truly for good.”John Coltrane
“I think that music, being an expression of the human heart, or of the human being itself, does express just what is happening – the whole of human experience at the particular time that it is being expressed.”John Coltrane
“When you begin to see the possibilities of music, you desire to do something good for people, to help humanity free itself from its hang-ups.”John Coltrane