DEAD: Liberace

DEAD: ON THIS DATE

Liberace (aged 67)
American pianist

Władziu Valentino Liberace (May 16, 1919 – February 4, 1987) was an American pianist, singer and actor. A child prodigy and the son of Polish and Italian immigrants, Liberace enjoyed a career spanning four decades of concerts, recordings, television, motion pictures, and endorsements. At the height of his fame, from the 1950s to the 1970s, Liberace was the highest-paid entertainer in the world, with established concert residencies in Las Vegas, and an international touring schedule. Liberace embraced a lifestyle of flamboyant excess both on and off stage, acquiring the nickname “Mr. Showmanship”.

DEATH: Liberace died of Pneumonia as a result of AIDS on the late morning of February 4, 1987, at his retreat home in Palm Springs, California, at the age of 67.