Parliament-Funkadelic And Talking Heads Keyboardist, Bernie Worrell, Dead At 72
Mon, 27 Jun 2016 11:51:58
Bernie Worrell, keyboardist for Parliament-Funkadelic and Talking Heads, has passed away at the age of 72 after a battle with lung cancer. Bernie's wife, Judie wrote on Facebook, "AT 11:54, June 24, 2016, Bernie transitioned Home to The Great Spirit. Rest in peace, my love -- you definitely made the world a better place. Till we meet again, vaya con Dios."
Longtime collaborator George Clinton wrote a statement for Billboard saying, "This is a huge loss. The world of music will never be the same. Bernie's influence and contribution -- not just to Funk but also Rock and Hip Hop -- will forever be felt. Bernie was a close and personal friend and this is a time of sadness for me personally. P-Funk stands with his family and fans alike in mourning this loss. The world is a little bit darker and a little less funky without Bernie in it."
Back in January, it was revealed that Worrell was suffering from stage-four lung cancer. Rolling Stone reported, "Worrell's wife Judie appealed to fans asking for $10,000 in donations so that the keyboardist could complete his final album Retrospectives within his lifetime. A YouCaring page seeking $75,000 was also initiated in order to help Worrell alleviate the financial burden of his medical bills."
Bernie Worrell was born in Long Branch, New Jersey in 1944 and was trained at Juilliard. He met George Clinton in early 1970s and helped form Parliament-Funkadelic. Worrell later joined Talking Heads in 1980 and remained a member of the band until it broke up in 1992.
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