Bernie Worrell passes away at age 72

bernieworrellKeyboardist and composer Bernie Worrell lost his battle with cancer on Friday, passing away at age 72.

Worrell’s condition had been getting progressively worse in recent days as his wife Judie announced on June 16 that he was near death in his fight with stage four lung cancer. Judie announced on Facebook Friday that her husband had passed away earlier in the day.

“AT 11:54, June 24, 2016, Bernie transitioned Home to The Great Spirit,” Judie posted. “Rest in peace, my love — you definitely made the world a better place. Till we meet again, vaya con Dios.”

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Worrell was best known as one of the founding members of Parliament-Funkadelic and was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as a member of that group. Worrell also worked with, among others, the Talking Heads, was a part of supergroups Claypool’s Bucket of Brains (featuring Les Claypool and Buckethead) and Black Rock Johnson (featuring Mos Def, Will Calhoun, Doug Wimbish and Dr. Know), and in recent years fronted his own project, the Bernie Worrell Orchestra.

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