Deaths in Music on May 25

  • 1765 Pierre-Joseph Le Blan, composer, dies at 53
  • 1826 Christian Friedrich Ruppe, composer, dies at 72
  • 1862 Johann Nestroy, Austrian actor, singer and playwright (Judith und Holofernes), dies at 60
  • 1914 Paolo Giorza, composer, dies at 81
  • 1917 Leon Felix Augustin Joseph Vasseur, composer, dies at 72
  • 1924 Theodore Morse, composer, dies at 51
  • 1934 Gustav Theodore Holst, English composer (Ode to Death), dies at 59
  • 1936 Jan Levoslav Bella, composer, dies at 92
  • 1946 Patty Smith Hill, American composer, teacher and songwriter (Happy Birthday to You), dies at 78
  • 1964 Vasily Andreyevich Zolotaryov, composer, dies at 92
  • 1965 Sonny Boy Williamson II [Aleck Miller], American blues harmonica player, singer and songwriter, dies at 65
  • 1971 Mark Brunswick, composer, dies at 69
  • 1974 Pam Morrison, wife of Door's vocalist Jim, dies of drug overdose
  • 1981 Rosa Ponselle, US singer (Metropolitan Opera), dies at 84
  • 1981 Roy Brown, American boxer/rocker, dies of a heart attack at 55
  • 1984 Piet Ketting, Dutch pianist/conductor/composer, dies at 79
  • 1994 Eric Gale, American jazz guitarist (Negril, Stuff), dies of lung cancer at 55
  • 1995 Dick Curless, singer/songwriter, dies at 63
  • 1996 Bradley Nowell, American ska musician (Sublime), dies of a heroin overdose at 28
  • 2003 Jeremy Michael Ward, American musician (The Mars Volta) (b. 1976)
  • 2005 Ruth Laredo, American pianist (b. 1937)
  • 2006 Desmond Dekker, Jamaican reggae pioneer (Aces-Israelites), dies at 64
  • 2010 Siphiwo Ntshebe, South African opera singer (b. 1975)
  • 2013 Marshall Lytle, American Rock bassist, dies from lung cancer at 79