This Day in Music History
1963 : Elmore James, American blues guitarist, singer, songwriter and band leader, born Elmore Brooks, died of his third heart attack in Chicago, Illinois, at the age of 45.
See also: This Day in Music History Births (27 January 1918)
1971 : Duke Ellington, American composer, pianist, and jazz-orchestra leader, born Edward Kennedy Ellington, dies of lung cancer in New York City at the age of 75.
See also: This Day in Music History Births (29 April 1899)
1991 : Gene Clark, American singer-songwriter, born Harold Eugene Clark, died of "natural causes" in Sherman Oaks, California, at the age of 46. During the last year, his health had been deteriorating due to drinking problems. The coroner declared he succumbed as a result of "natural causes" brought on by a bleeding ulcer. (The Byrds - founding member)
See also: This Day in Music History Births (17 November 1944)
2009 : Jay Bennett, American guitarist, multi-instrumentalist, engineer, producer, and singer-songwriter, born Jay Walter Bennett, died of an accidental overdose of a prescription painkiller, in Urbana, Illinois, at the age of 45. The coroner reported that he was wearing a Duragesic patch on his back when his body was found. Such patches release fentanyl, a potent opioid, slowly through the skin for about 72 hours. (Wilco)
See also: This Day in Music History Births (15 November 1963)
2010 : Paul Gray, American musician, songwriter, born Paul Dedrick Gray, died of an accidental overdose of morphine and fentanyl in his hotel room in Johnston, Iowa, at the age of 38.
See also: This Day in Music History Births (8 April 1972)