Hampton died from congestive heart failure at Mount Sinai Hospital, New York City. He was 94. His funeral was held on September 7, 2002 and featured a performance by Wynton Marsalis and David Ostwald’s Gully Low Jazz Band at Riverside Church in Manhattan; the procession began at The Cotton Club in Harlem.
He is interred at the Woodlawn Cemetery, Bronx, New York.
Lionel Leo Hampton was a jazz vibraphonist, pianist, percussionist, bandleader and actor. Along with Red Norvo, Hampton was one of the 1st jazz vibraphone players. Hampton ranks among the great names in jazz history, having worked with a who’s who of jazz musicians, from Benny Goodman and Buddy Rich to Charlie Parker and Quincy Jones.
In 1992, he was inducted into the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame.