It is with a heavy heart that we share the news of the passing of Diane Lillian Basie (1944-2022), the beloved only child of the legendary jazz musician, William James “Count” Basie and his wife, Catherine Morgan Basie. Diane died peacefully on October 15 after suffering a heart attack a few days before. Despite being born with cerebral palsy, Diane surpassed expectations due to the excellent love and support she received from her parents, family, friends, and caretakers — and her indomitable spirit. Services will be private.
Joy S. Rosenthal, Trustee, William J. Basie Trust and Guardian for Diane L. Basie