Dead of heart failure—just a day shy of his 92nd birthday. Ironic, given that timing was what he was best known for.
What more can possibly be said about the man? Let’s just listen. Here he is with his quartet (Paul Desmond, alto; Eugene Wright, bass; Joe Morello, drums) in Belgium in 1964:
UPDATE (12.06): Make that Germany, 1966. Apparently, a copyright claim took the other video down. ‘Cause, you know, it’s more important to worry about a copyright on 48-year-old black-and-white footage with bad sound than to allow us the simple enjoyment of a few moments of music from a remarkable man.