Django’s Death

Django’s Departure on the 16th May 1953

Django made his last commercial recording on April 8, 1953, with a progressive group consisting of Vibes (“Fats” Lallemand), Piano (Martial Solal), Bass (Pierre Michelot), and Drums (Pierre Lemarchand).

Differing accounts surround his death.

May 16, 1953, when, while returning from the Avon, Seine-et-Marne train station, he collapsed outside his house from a brain haemorrhage. It took a full day for a doctor to arrive and Django was declared dead on arrival at the hospital in Fontainebleau.

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