Conductors of orchestras normally live long lives, but Leonard Bernstein died at the age of 72 following a heart attack and serious lung damage,

Sam Bernstein, his father, was a Ukrainian whose dream of becoming a rabbi was dashed when his family fled to the United States to avoid famine.

He died of a heart attack caused by mesothelioma five days later in his Dakota apartment in New York. He was 72 years old at the time

Leonard Bernstein Cause of Death