Jazz Pianist McCoy Tyner Dies at 81 Jazz Pianist McCoy Tyner Dies at 81 Photo: Piper Ferguson, Jazz at Lincoln Center By Calum Slingerland Published Mar 06, 2020 Alfred "McCoy" Tyner — the American jazz pianist best known for his work with the John Coltrane Quartet — has died. Tyner's family confirmed his passing today on social media, though a cause of death was not revealed. He was 81. "McCoy was an inspired musician who devoted his life to his art, his family and his spirituality," the artist's family wrote in a statement. "McCoy Tyner's music and legacy will continue to inspire fans and future talent for generations to come. The Tyner family is grateful for your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time."