Covid’s musician death toll tops 400

Covid’s musician death toll tops 400


norman lebrecht

October 04, 2021

Here are the latest music casualties of the continuing pandemic.

394 UK rapper MC Triken, 29

395 Savannah, Georgia, band director Rico Foster

396 Kentucky gospel musician Jeff Stice, 61

397 Arts Council chair Earl of Gowrie, 83

398 Colin Bailey, jazz drummer, 87

399 Eurovision singer Haykop, 48

400  Vietnamese-US singer Phi Nhung, 51

401 London composer Matt Dibble, 40

402 Portmouth music student Jorja Halliday, 15

Grey Gowrie

Previous toll here.


  • Gustavo says:

    It would be interesting to know the proportions of non-vaxed (circumstantial), anti-vaxed (intentional), pre-ill, and vaxed cases among these 400 fatalities.

  • Kenwood Pumpernickel III says:

    I wonder when the international health organizations will authorize expedited booster doses of the vaccine for musicians, with a death toll this high it appears that the virus is specifically targeting our brightest stars. Curious…

  • Chairman Mao says:

    Let’s not forget the root cause of concert cancellations, unemployed musicians, lost wages, illness, and deaths: the lying incompetent and cruel Chinese Communist Party.

    • Sue Sonata Form says:

      This provides a far greater threat to humanity than Covid-19. Paranoid regimes are always very very dangerous.

      • Blitz says:

        The western countries are paranoid because the success of an alternative governing system could outperform them. Just look at the Covid-19 management.

  • William Evans says:

    I had no idea Grey Gowrie had died. Yet another champion of the arts in general lost to the pandemic.

    • UK Arts Administrator says:

      Neither his obituary in The Times nor that in The Guardian makes mention of Covid-19 as being the cause of his death. The Times says it was “after a long illness”.

      • norman lebrecht says:

        His friend Ferdinand Mount wrote to the Times saying it was Covid-19.

        • UK Arts Administrator says:

          Apologies to NL for missing that (in “Lives remembered”, 29 September 2021). The obit is a fascinating one, for instance in outlining that Earl Gowrie twenty years ago had been the recipient of an unusual “Domino” heart transplant carried out by the distinguished heart surgeon Magdi Yacoub.