Renowned Jazz musician Miles Davis died on September 28, 1991, after checking into the hospital for an alleged routine tune-up following his hip replacement surgery. He was just 65 at the time. While there were rumors the trumpet player also suffered from substance abuse, the true reason behind his passing was never revealed.
Now, REELZ’s new docuseries, Autopsy: Miles Davis, promises to expose the truth behind the musical icon’s recurring ailments and tragic demise.
On August 4, 1965, Miles Davis fell down his NYC apartment’s staircase, landing on still-recovering hip and shattering it.
“I can see that after his fall, Miles had to go back to the hospital and have a full prosthetic hip fitted,” said Dr. Michael Hunter in the show teaser. “This would’ve been another very painful operation with a long recovery period.”
His hip pain could have been the reason behind Davis’ reluctance to perform following his procedure — though he did continue playing for some time despite his ailments.
Autopsy: Miles Davis airs Sunday, April 8 at 8:00 ET / PT on REELZ.