Granelli suffered a fall in December 2020 that resulted in internal bleeding that was almost fatal. He spent two months recuperating in an intensive care unit before being discharged. He died seven months later on the morning of July 20, 2021, at his home in Halifax. He was 80, and hosted a workshop for the Halifax Jazz Festival two days before his death.
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