George Duke has died. The legendary Keys player has passed away that the age sixty seven. Now today the music world is mourning a great loss, one of it’s own. He was a well respected musician amoung his peers.
“The outpouring of love and support that we have received from my father’s friends, fans and the entire music community has been overwhelming,” said his son, Rashid Duke, in a statement (Yahoo!) “Thank you all for your concern, prayers and support.” He lost his life on Monday, August , 2013. He had been getting treatment for chronic lymphocytic leukemia.
“We’re going to miss George Duke, love this man, father husband, musician, he played all levels of music, and with the best, RIP”
He had played with the likes of Frank Zappa, Don Ellis Orchestra, Cannonball Adderley’s band and with jazz musician Stanley Clarke. He also played keyboard on Michael Jackson’s multi platinum 1979 album, “Off the Wall.”
He turned solo in 1976 as released more than thirty solo albums. Raphael Saadiq, the American singer, took to Instagram to pay tribute to the late Duke, posting a picture of him with the words:
“We’re going to miss George Duke, love this man, father husband, musician, he played all levels of music, and with the best, RIP” (Picture above). Robert Glasper, another musician, also posted a picture of Duke on Twitter, and said: “R.I.P. George Duke..such an inspiration..gone to soon.. “
Duke‘s wife, Corine, passed away last year of Cancer.