From The Washington Post:
Van Cliburn, the tall, gangly, curly-haired Texan who became the most famous classical pianist in American history over the course of a single extraordinary week in 1958, died Feb. 27 at his home in Fort Worth. He was 78.
His death, from bone cancer, was announced by his publicist and longtime friend, Mary Lou Falcone.
• The Van Cliburn Foundation: http://www.cliburn.org