Joe Zawinul, the Austrian keyboardist whose work with Miles Davis and Weather Report helped define jazz-rock fusion in the 1970s, died today at his home in Vienna. He was 75 and had been hospitalized since August. The cause of death was Merkel cell carcinoma, a skin disease.
Heinz Fischer, the president of Austria, remarked that Zawinul’s death meant the loss of a “music ambassador” who was known and cherished around the world. “As a person and through his music, Joe Zawinul will remain unforgettable for us all,” Fischer said.