American musician DeFranco has passed away at the age of 91 due to his poor health at a Florida hospital.
The Jazz clarinet legend was known for working with Frank Sinatra and Billie Holiday and other well-known musicians. DeFranco was a member of the American Jazz Hall of Fame, and performed at venues around the world for 75 years and also recorded many albums.
Leading jazz clarinettist Ken Peplowski said, "DeFranco almost single-handedly was the clarinettist who moved the harmonic and rhythmic language forward from where Benny Goodman left off into the much more adventurous territory of bebop and beyond, while never forgetting his roots in swing music."
DeFranco is survived by his wife and son Chad DeFranco. The family received condolences from around the world.