Blythe’s passing was announced on his Facebook page. The Monday post reads: “Early this morning the great Arthur Blythe passed. As many of you know he was a gentle soul and a musical genius. He had been fighting Parkinson's disease for several years. His spirit will live on in his unique music, which he humbly gave to our universe.”
Blythe’s location at the time of his death was not disclosed, but he had been living in Lancaster, 70 miles northeast of Los Angeles, in recent years. In 2013, he was in an induced coma for one week at USC Keck Center, after having a large benign tumor removed from his right kidney.