Glenn Miller, the great swing bandleader, died on December 15, 1944, when his plane disappeared over the English Channel en route from England to France during World War II. Anyway, that was the official story from the U.S. military. Now, German newspaper Bild claims a researcher has found documents indicating that Miller died of a heart attack in the arms of a Paris prostitute--and U.S. officials created the plane-crash story because they feared the effect the truth might have on war-time morale.

Miller was already at the height of his popularity as a bandleader and composer ("Moonlight Serenade," "In the Mood") in 1942, when he joined the Army. He put together a band of enlisted men that staged 71 concerts for more than 250,000 soldiers, with countless more listening in over the radio. He was 40 when he died.

Bild says that German journalist Udo Ulfkotte found a file on Miller while poking through declassified U.S. intelligence documents for a new book on Germany's BND spy agency. No comment from U.S. officials yet on the story.

Jimmy Stewart played the trombonist in the 1954 movie, The Glenn Miller Story. An album of rediscovered recordings by Miller sold more than 400,000 copies worldwide in 1995.

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