It Happened Today in New York City
On July 17, 1967, jazz saxophonist John Coltrane died of a liver ailment. Famous for his bebop and hard bop innovations and his great love of improvisation, Coltrane collaborated frequently with Thelonious Monk and Miles Davis. He was also profoundly religious and used many spiritual themes in his music. But hard drinking and heroin use took a toll on his health. He contracted hepatitis and died soon afterwards. He was 41 years old.
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