John Giorno death, obituary: Ugo Rondinone partner passes away – what happened?

John Giorno death, obituary: Beloved John Giorno died last night, October 11, 2019. He was 83 years old.

John Giorno death, obituary: Ugo Rondinone partner passes away


John’s death was announced by Allen Ginsberg who wrote in a Facebook post:

John Giorno, West Bengal, at time of Allen’s writing “September on Jessore Road”, September 1971. RIP & a speedy rebirth dear John ❤️

Read touching tributes from friends and loved ones who adored John:

  • From Ian W. Hill:

There’s some sad news reported only by one source, and it’s a pretty damned reliable one, but still…

In any case, whether true or not, some people should be celebrated whether still in the world or not, and this is as bracing a way to start a Saturday where Work Should Get

Done as I know of…

  • From Charlie Huisken:

John Giorno R I P
Nothing like walking west on Queen Street arm in arm with John as he emphasized points he was making by poking my chest Italian-style.

This after having breakfast at Zuppa’s with Giorno and John Brown, great Toronto painter. That after visiting studios & offices at 401 Richmond. This after squiring Giorno to JazzFM to be interviewed by Jaymz Bee.

That after picking Giorno up at Marcus Boon & Christie Pearson’s place on Bathurst and a bit of breakfast with their Jesse. I offered to go in the cab to Liberty Village with Giorno because in those days even cab drivers could get lost in there.

The Bunker in NYC should be a museum.

We’ll do a tribute to John Giorno here in Toronto later this year or early next year. But no mimicking of Giorno, please. It can’t be done. One-of-a-kind.

Might travel to NYC for their inevitable tribute.

John Giorno death, obituary: Ugo Rondinone partner passes away – what happened?

At this time, John Giorno’s cause of death is not public. Please say a prayer for his family and loved ones.

May his soul rest in perfect peace.

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