Avoidable music deaths in this week’s high Covid toll

Avoidable music deaths in this week’s high Covid toll


norman lebrecht

May 10, 2021

The daily toll of Covid deaths becomes ever more gruelling with accounts of musicians dying for want of oxygen in India, refused admission to hospital or access to vaccine. The stories coming out of India in particular should never have occurred in a civilised nation. The victims, forsaken by society, as musicians of national and international repute.

Here are some of the latest tragedies:

309 Indian sitar player Professor Prateek Chaudhuri, 49

310 Egyptian composer Gamal Salama, 75

311 Indian singer G Anand, 67

312 Singing actor Rahul Vohra, 35

313 Twin cities music critic Randy (William Randall) Beard, 64.

314 Former New York City Opera company manager TanNa Young, 51

315 Manila cathedral organist Viel Fariñas

316 Johnny Crawford, child actor from a family of musicians, 75

317 Choreographer Nayan Das, 34

318 Guatemalan music minister, César Cruz, 48

Previous fatalities here


  • M McAlpine says:

    Norman, have you been to India? I have stayed in a working class area of India. The place is full of slums, overcrowding and the direst poverty imaginable. Just the place for a pandemic.

  • Hayne says:

    This all could very well change as last week the government of India finally approved Ivermectin as a treatment. It’s now the 20th country to approve it.

    • Marfisa says:

      “The drug’s manufacturer, pharma giant MSD, also warned that its analysis of ivermectin identified “no scientific basis for a potential therapeutic effect against Covid-19 from pre-clinical studies”, “no meaningful evidence for clinical activity or clinical efficacy in patients with Covid-19 disease” and “a concerning lack of safety data” in most studies.” https://www.pharmaceutical-technology.com/features/ivermectin-covid-19-antiparasitic-political/ April 19, 2021.

      However, it should help with head-lice.

      • Hayne says:

        Yeah, nice “research.” Well, here’s some to “refute” that silly article.


        There are dozens of peer reviewed studies supporting the effectiveness of Ivermectin.
        Yes, Ivermectin is a political topic. If Ivermectin is “allowed” to be used and is shown to be an easy cure for covid19, the Emergency Use Authorization for covid19 “vaccines” is required to be stopped and the “vaccines” must be pulled off the market and subject to clinical trials (that’s right, anyone who takes the shot now is a guinea pig). You’re talking many BILLIONS in money lost to big pharma. One can see why there is so much censorship and smearing of good doctors and scientists going on now. Why doesn’t that bother you?

  • Musician says:

    Norman, please remove Johnny Crawford from this list. He did not die from Covid.


    “It being reported on some sites that Johnny Crawford passed away from Covid and/or pneumonia. That is incorrect information. While Johnny did have Covid (which was a mild case) and then pneumonia a few months ago, he recovered from those. They played no part in his passing. It was due to ravages of Alzheimer’s regardless of what you may read elsewhere.”

    • V.Lind says:

      I don’t know anything about his family but I remember him in The Rifleman. And I think he had some bubblegum pop hits as a teenager. I can still hum one that starts “I carry your books, I give you looks that say I love you…” — as well as the theme from The Rifleman! (In those days all the westerns had great songs or theme tunes).

  • Alan says:

    The Caste system alone would suggest to me that there’s not much civilized about India.

    • Fan says:

      This post reminds me that listening to “classical music” alone doesn’t necessarily make one smart or insightful or compassionate.

  • SVM says:

    Many countries in ‘the West’ have serious inadequacies in their medical infrastructure, too, albeit not as extreme as India. Even here in the UK, which likes to think of itself as a “civilised nation”, all too many people have been “forsaken by society” in the last year, in the sense that they died of treatable conditions, victims of NHS waiting-lists. Too many politicians and hospital managers are obsessed with cutting costs, resulting in a lack of ‘surge capacity’ to handle epidemics and crises. Most countries in the world, including India and the UK, are in need of more hospital beds (to name an obvious resource).