OREANDA-NEWS. Legendary jazz pianist and composer Chick Corea has died at the age of 79. 

«With the greatest sadness we announce, that Chick Corea died at the age of 79 from a rare form of cancer, that was only recently diagnosed», a statement on the musician's website reads. Before his death, legendary jazz pianist left an appeal in which he thanked his family and fans for their «helping to burn the flame of music».

Pianist and composer Chick Corea is considered one of the most influential and authoritative jazz musicians in the world. Musician was a pianist with Miles Davis band in the 1960s. In the 1970s, he founded the band «Return To Forever». Coria is also one of the few «electro-keyboard players» who have an original and recognizable style of performance. He is the winner of 23 Grammy Awards and a member of the Jazz Hall of Fame.

It is noteworthy that in 2001, Chestnut Street in Boston was renamed Chick Corea Street — a few people are awarded such an honor in their lifetime.