Jazz great Dave Brubeck has died, one day short of his 92nd birthday. The pianist and composer was a pioneer in his genre, with millions of fans around the world.
Brubeck passed away at a hospital in Norwalk, Connecticut Wednesday, manager Russell Gloyd said. He died of heart failure, Gloyd told the Chicago Tribune newspaper.
Brubeck would have turned 92 on Thursday.
In a career that spanned six decades, Brubeck won countless awards, played for dignitaries and presidents at the White House, and was designated a "Living Legend" by the US Library of Congress.
The musician achieved widespread fame with The Dave Brubeck Quartet. His iconic "Take Five" became a classic jazz standard.
The Quartet's 1959 album "Time Out" was the first jazz LP to sell 1 million copies.
In 1954 he became the first modern jazz musician to be pictured on the cover of Time magazine.
Brubeck is remembered as a jazz pioneer, helping to push the genre into mainstream culture. He was still playing music as recently as last year.
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