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Pianist/entertainer Andrew West died suddenly on Friday, April 20th due to complications from diabetes as a result of influenza. He was 20 years old.

At the time of his passing, he was working as a keyboardist with Ringling Bros. & Barnum & Bailey Circus in Philadelphia. He was with the circus when they played New York's Madison Square Garden recently. The Saturday night performance in Philadelphia was dedicated to him.

West had become a popular fixture on the piano bar circuit in Manhattan. He was a regular pianist at Don't Tell Mama where he often played four-handed piano with Bobby Peaco. He also worked at The Duplex and Rose's Turn. He frequently entertained the crowds while the regular pianist was on a break at various clubs. A member of the Society of American Magicians, Mr. West had appeared with in the late Bob McAllister's show, as well as part of the David Copperfield show.

A private funeral took place on April 25th. Andrew West's memorial will be held Wednesday, May 16th at 2:00 pm sharp at ST. PETER'S CHURCH (Lexington Avenue @ 54th Street, NYC). It would have been Andrew's 21st birthday. There will be a speaking/performing time, limited to the first hour or so, followed by a reception which will end promptly at 4:00 pm. The family has requested that this be more of a celebration of Andrew's life than a memorial.

Donations will be accepted for Mt. Sinai Diabetes Center, Pediatric Division. If anyone wishes to make a direct donation in Andrew's name, the hospital's address is...

Mt. Sinai Diabetes Center, Pediatric Division
1200 Fifth Avenue Box 1616
New York, NY 10029

Attn. Dr. Robert Rapaport

John Hoglund

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