Flute Player

How Eric Dolphy Died: Cause of Death, Age at Death, and More!

Eric Dolphy reached the too young age of 36 years. Find out the cause of death and more exciting information regarding the death of this famous flute player.

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?

Eric Dolphy's death was caused by Diabetes.

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.
Information about the death of Eric Dolphy
Cause of deathDiabetes
Age of death36 years
ProfessionFlute Player
BirthdayJune 20, 1928
Death dateJune 29, 1964
Place of deathBerlin, Germany
Place of burialN/A