This is a real kick in the nuts.
Canadian jazz great Oscar Peterson dies
Last Updated: Monday, December 24, 2007 | 2:40 PM ET
The jazz odyssey is over for Oscar Peterson: the Canadian known globally as one of the most spectacularly talented musicians ever to play jazz piano has died at age 82.
In August 2005, Canada Post paid tribute to Oscar Peterson on his 80th birthday by issuing a postage stamp in his honour.
(Nathan Denette/Canadian Press)
Peterson died Sunday night at his home in Mississauga, Ont., from kidney failure, CBC News has confirmed.
"The world has lost the world's greatest jazz player," Hazel McCallion, mayor of Mississauga and Peterson's friend, told CBC News Monday afternoon.
Renowned for his speed and virtuosity as a pianist, Peterson — who was born in Montreal and later made Toronto his home — made hundreds of recordings in his career, even after a stroke in 1993 disabled his left hand.