Thara Memory, the Grammy-winning Portland jazz musician and educator, died Saturday night. He was 68 years old.
A fixture of the Portland jazz scene, Memory came to Portland from Florida in the 1970s. Though known as a virtuoso trumpet player, he achieved his greatest fame as a mentor.
In February, Memory was indicted on charges of third-degree sexual abuse involving four alleged female victims, two of whom were under the age of 18. The alleged crimes had not yet been adjudicated at the time of his death.
While a cause of death has not been announced, Memory had been in failing health for several years, suffering from diabetes and kidney problems.