This Day in Music History
1948 : Sonny Boy Williamson, American blues harmonica player and singer, born John Lee Curtis Williamson, was murdered by a robber on his way home in Chicago, Illinois, at the age of 34.
See also: This Day in Music History Births (30 March 1914)
1984 : Nathaniel Nelson, American multi-instrumentalist musician and singer, died of heart disease in Boston, Massachusetts, at the age of 52. (The Flamingos, The Platters - tenor)
See also: This Day in Music History Births (10 April 1932)
1991 : David Ruffin of the Temptations, born Davis Eli Ruffin, died in Detroit at the age of 34.
See also: This Day in Music History Births (18 January 1957)
2000 : Tito Puente, Latin jazz and salsa musician and composer, born Ernesto Antonio Puente, died in New York City at the age of 77. "After a show in Puerto Rico on May 31, he suffered a massive heart attack and was flown to New York City for surgery to repair a heart valve, but complications developed and he died during the night of May 31 – June 1, 2000." (Wikipedia)
See also: This Day in Music History Births (20 April 1923)
2006 : Rocio Jurado, Spanish singer and actress, born María del Rocío Trinidad Mohedano Jurado, died of cancer in Madrid at the age of 65.
See also: This Day in Music History Births (18 September 1940)
2007 : Tony Thompson, American R&B/soul singer, born Tony Ulysses Thompson, died in Waco, Texas, at the age of 31. (Hi-Five - lead vocals) His body was discovered at around 10 p.m. Friday near an air-conditioning unit outside of an apartment complex. The foresnic medical examiner determined that Thompson died from 'toxic effects of chlorodifluoromethane', or accidentally inhaling a toxic amount of Freon. (Wikipedia)
See also: This Day in Music History Births (2 September 1975)