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The first time I heard George Gershwin's Concerto In F was on the movie An American In Paris. That was only the final movement though. I went to the library and checked out a CD with Tritt playing the whole concerto. Today I decided to do some research on William Tritt (1951 - 1992) and discovered that he died at age 40. However I haven't been able to find the cause of his death.

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Here is an obit from the Toronto Globe & Mail on October 26, 1992:

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No specific cause of death was mentioned, but it did indicate he died in hospital.

Here's the entry for Tritt in the online Canadian Encyclopedia


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Just a guess, but in the obit I didn't see a wife. Sometimes HIV is left out of obituaries, especially back then. Or they'd call it pneumonia or some other secondary cause.

Again, simply a wild stab..

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Just a guess, but in the obit I didn't see a wife. Sometimes HIV is left out of obituaries, especially back then. Or they'd call it pneumonia or some other secondary cause.

Again, simply a wild stab..


That thought occurred to me as well. I also wondered why the original poster was curious about the cause of death.


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If Mr. Tritt wanted to keep this matter private, what makes it the business of anyone here to speculate about it in a public forum?


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Originally Posted by Jeff Clef
If Mr. Tritt wanted to keep this matter private, what makes it the business of anyone here to speculate about it in a public forum?


Absolutely.

And some newspapers choose NOT to list "cause of death" in their obits. Such is the case in our city.



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Originally Posted by Jeff Clef
If Mr. Tritt wanted to keep this matter private, what makes it the business of anyone here to speculate about it in a public forum?


I find this extraordinarily pious. People speculate. People talk. He's a relatively well known fellow, and that's the price of fame, even a little fame. I see absolutely nothing wrong with the question. I always wonder how people died. It's one of the first things I look for when checking out some public figure or artist who's departed...



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Originally Posted by cardguy
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If Mr. Tritt wanted to keep this matter private, what makes it the business of anyone here to speculate about it in a public forum?

I find this extraordinarily pious. People speculate. People talk. He's a relatively well known fellow, and that's the price of fame, even a little fame. I see absolutely nothing wrong with the question. I always wonder how people died. It's one of the first things I look for when checking out some public figure or artist who's departed...

I agree. If we weren't allowed to pry, report, and speculate about private lives (and deaths), the biography sections of our libraries and books stores would be empty, and the history shelves would be pretty sparse as well. Of course, we wouldn't have tabloid newspapers at the check-out stand either. So perhaps it's a harder choice than I anticipated . . . .


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Shame should never be associated with being gay or dying from any disease.

My father-in-law died about five years and I'm certain he had Alzheimer's. Of course, that word was never used, he just had a severe memory problem.



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Shame should never be associated with being gay or dying from any disease.

My father-in-law died about five years and I'm certain he had Alzheimer's. Of course, that word was never used, he just had a severe memory problem.



Of course this is right. Which is another reason I can't see the objection.

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My father-in-law died about five years and I'm certain he had Alzheimer's. Of course, that word was never used, he just had a severe memory problem.
I'm not sure I understand? What is the stigma against Alzheimer's?

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Originally Posted by cardguy
Just a guess, but in the obit I didn't see a wife. Sometimes HIV is left out of obituaries, especially back then. Or they'd call it pneumonia or some other secondary cause.

Again, simply a wild stab..


I just saw this now. Better late than never I suppose! Your are correct - I know this from some a former student of his.

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There used to be a stigma about dying of cancer.
In some cultures there still is.
In the 19th century some some doctor said "cure syphilis and you have cured all diseases "(the disease was so widespread.)
I am sure it usually was never mentioned as a cause death.
Sad !!!
Anyway here we are now and its and Covid 19, just as terrifying as aids !
Now what can we have done wrong ?

Shall we ever learn ?

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Please, let’s not start another Covid discussion... they are exhausting and depressing.


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Please, let’s not start another Covid discussion... they are exhausting and depressing.
Sorry ,I certainly do not want that either

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I was reading this very old thread without noticing the dates. and also failed to recognize that a couple of the responses were mine. Concerning these responses I thought, "yes, exactly this is a smart fellow!!" :-)

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Originally Posted by cardguy
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If Mr. Tritt wanted to keep this matter private, what makes it the business of anyone here to speculate about it in a public forum?
I find this extraordinarily pious. People speculate. People talk. He's a relatively well known fellow, and that's the price of fame, even a little fame. I see absolutely nothing wrong with the question. I always wonder how people died. It's one of the first things I look for when checking out some public figure or artist who's departed...
Tritt is nowhere near a well known pianist or famous person. Just because some people speculate or gossip doesn't mean it's appropriate especially on a public forum.

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If Mr. Tritt wanted to keep this matter private, what makes it the business of anyone here to speculate about it in a public forum?
Absolutely.And some newspapers choose NOT to list "cause of death" in their obits. Such is the case in our city.
Agree 100%.

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