He expected to live and work to 100, just as his father did. He talked to me many times of his fitness and determination. In his late 70s, he still played three strong sets of tennis. He thought nothing of stepping in for frail conductors a generation younger than himself.
News of his death this morning, aged 84, is hard to digest. he was carried off by pneumonia, following a bout of major surgery from which he appeared to be recovering. This is the last known picture of Lorin Maazel alive, published on Slipped Disc earlier today.
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God bless you, God rest you, Lorin. You were a fighter to the last.