Arthur Zankel, Namesake of Carnegie Hall Venue, Dies in Apparent Suicide

Classic Arts News   Arthur Zankel, Namesake of Carnegie Hall Venue, Dies in Apparent Suicide
 
Carnegie Hall patron and vice chairman Arthur Zankel died yesterday, the Associated Press reports. He was 73 years old, and apparently had committed suicide.

He jumped from the window of his Fifth Avenue apartment, according to the New York Police Department.

With a donation of $10 million, Zankel helped fund the recital space at Carnegie Hall that now bears his name. The 600-seat Zankel Hall fulfilled Andrew Carnegie's original idea for the venue, which was to create three performance spaces ranging from the grand 2,804-seat Isaac Stern Auditorium to the 268-seat Weill Recital Hall.

Sanford Weill, chair of Carnegie Hall's board of trustees, said, "Arthur did a lot of things that helped the world become a better place. And he was a really good friend to a lot of people."

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