Van Cliburn

 

 

Age: 78

 

Summary: classical pianist who won the first International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, Russia in 1958 just six months after the Soviets' launch of Sputnik embarrassed the U.S. and started the space race in Cold War America at the time he had all the trappings of a rock star as a 23-year-old with sold-out concerts, adoring out-of-control fans, and a name recognized worldwide, but who even got a ticker-tape parade in New York.

 

 

Cause of Death: Bone cancer

 

Born: July 12, 1934

 

Died: February 27, 2013

 

Location: Fort Worth, Texas