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Suicide Suspected in Death of Mexican Jazz Icon

MEXICO CITY – Investigators are considering the possibility that the death of Mexican jazz great Eugenio Toussaint was a suicide, capital district attorney Miguel Angel Mancera said on Friday.

The evidence indicates the composer and pianist may have died from an overdose of anti-depressants, Mancera told the media.

Mexico’s National Council for Culture and the Arts, or Conaculta, said Wednesday that Toussaint, 56, died from a heart attack at his Mexico City home.

Toussaint started his career in 1975, worked with artists like legendary trumpet player Herb Alpert and served as music director for Paul Anka.

His compositions were performed by Mexico’s National Symphonic Orchestra, the UNAM Philharmonic Orchestra, the Camerata of the Americas and the Berklee College of Music jazz band, among others.

He spent the past decade alternating among composition, solo jazz performances and performances with his trio, Conaculta said.

Toussaint’s solo works include “Tres Suites” (1999), “Gauguin” (2000), which was nominated for a Latin Grammy, “Musica de camara” (2004), another nominee for a Latin Grammy, and “Dias de los muertos” (2005), as well as the jazz albums “El pez dorado” (2002), “Trio” (2004) and “Oinos” (2008). EFE
 

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