Monday, May 20, 2024

Good News for a Change: Celebrity Bandleader Peter Duchin Out of ICU, “Recovering and Rehabilitating” After 3 Terrible Weeks


It’s nice to have some good news this afternoon.

Celebrity bandleader Peter Duchin is out of the ICU, off his ventilator. He’s going to make it. His son Colin posted to Instagram: “Out of the ICU…Recovering and Rehabilitating…your thoughts your love, and your grace mean so much!!!”

Duchin has really battled COVID-19 with a ferocity. He’s been out of commission since at least March 23rd, enduring intubation and intensive care. Colin Duchin has posted every other day, and it looks like prayers and medicine and patience have paid off.

I wrote about the irony of Duchin and Peter Beard, friends since they were six years old, each in dire straits this months. Beard’s body was found yesterday in Montauk. Luckily Duchin is going to make a great recovery. He’d better be conducting an orchestra the minute groups can gather again, in black tie and at a swanky ballroom.

Many congrats to Colin, his brother, and Peter’s wife, Virginia Coleman Duchin.


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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