A mass-circulation German newspaper reported Saturday that band leader Glenn Miller died in a Paris brothel and not in a World War II plane crash as officially reported.
Miller, one of the most popular Big Band leaders of the 1940s, was at the peak of his career when he joined the Army, putting together a band that staged 71 concerts for more than 250,000 troops. He was 40 years old when a plane flying him from England to France on Dec. 15, 1944, disappeared in what has become one of the lingering mysteries of the war.
But the newspaper Bild claimed that the real circumstances of Miller’s death were discovered by German journalist Udo Ulfkotte in U.S. Secret Service files, while he was doing research for a book on Germany’s intelligence service.
He claimed the famed trombonist who wrote “In the Mood,” “Moonlight Serenade” and other hits died of a heart attack in the arms of a prostitute.
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