Composer and songwriter Cole Porter died in Santa Monica, California, on Oct. 15, 1964, of kidney failure. He had recently undergone surgery for a kidney stone when he unexpectedly died at the age of 73.
Cole Porter had been in declining health since 1937, when a fall from a horse resulted in two broken legs and nervous system damage. Chronic osteomyelitis followed, and Porter underwent 30 surgeries over the next 20 years. Despite the eventual amputation of his right leg, he continued to experience severe chronic pain.
Among Porter's many musicals are "Kiss Me Kate," "Anything Goes" and "Silk Stockings." Famous songs include "I Get a Kick Out of You," "I've Got You Under My Skin" and "My Heart Belongs to Daddy."