John Francis (Jaco) Pastorius, an electrical bassist whose quick career affected jazz musicians worldwide, died Monday night at the Broward General Medical Center. He was 35 years old.Mr.
Pastorius had actually been comatose because being beaten during a fight at a local bar, according to Gary Cuccia, a nursing organizer at the medical center.Mr.
Pastorius’s rapid-fire fingering techniques and composing talent made him a credibility in the late 1970’s and early 80’s as one of the leading electric bass gamers. At the peak of his profession he explored with Weather forecast, Joni Mitchell, Herbie Hancock and Blood, Sweat and Tears.The authorities
said the pounding took place prior to dawn on Sept. 12 after Mr. Pastorius tried to enter a bar from which he had actually been barred. The supervisor of the club, Luc Havan, was jailed Friday on a charge of exacerbated battery and launched on $5,000 bond, the police said.Early in his
profession, Mr. Pastorius had disdained drugs and alcohol, saying they hindered his playing. But associates said he later began to consume heavily and for months before his death was poverty-stricken and jobless, often sleeping in a regional park.