Obit

Schoolhouse Rock!‘s Bob Dorough Dies At 94

Bob Dorough, the jazz pianist, vocalist, and composer behind the music of Schoolhouse Rock!, has passed away. A spokesman for Dorough confirmed the news today,…
Peter Helman | April 24, 2018 - 11:02 am

Avicii Dead At 28

Avicii has died. As Billboard reports, the Swedish DJ and EDM superstar was found dead this afternoon in Muscat, Oman. His publicist has confirmed his…
Tom Breihan | April 20, 2018 - 1:45 pm

Yvonne Staples Of The Staple Singers Dead At 80

Yvonne Staples, who rose to fame as one of the voices of powerhouse soul trio the Staple Singers, has died, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. She…
Hilary Hughes / Billboard | April 10, 2018 - 2:42 pm

Pioneering Jazz Pianist Cecil Taylor Dead At 89

Cecil Taylor, a towering figure of free jazz and the avant-garde, died yesterday at the age of 89 in his Fort Greene, Brooklyn home, NPR
Dale Eisinger / Spin | April 6, 2018 - 1:48 pm

Janka Nabay Dead At 54

Ahmed Janka Nabay, the Sierra Leonean dance musician known for bringing a modern take on West African bubu music to an international stage, has passed…
Peter Helman | April 2, 2018 - 6:50 pm

Cave In’s Caleb Scofield Has Died At 39

Caleb Scofield, longtime bassist for the Boston trio Cave In, has died after a catastrophic car accident. NECN reports that Scofield crashed his car into…
Tom Breihan | March 29, 2018 - 4:44 pm

Matt Dike, Rap Producer & Co-Founder Of Delicious Vinyl, Dies At 55

Matt Dike, co-founder of hip-hop record label Delicious Vinyl and a contributor to the Beastie Boys’ iconic album Paul’s Boutique, died Tuesday (3/13). He was…
Rania Aniftos / Billboard | March 13, 2018 - 9:45 pm

Ventures Lead Guitarist Nokie Edwards Dead At 82

Nokie Edwards, longtime lead guitarist for surf-guitar legends the Ventures, has died. As Rolling Stone points out, a statement on the Ventures' website claims that…
Tom Breihan | March 13, 2018 - 2:21 pm

Craig Mack Dead At 46

Craig Mack, the rapper who had a couple of absolutely iconic moments on Puff Daddy's Bad Boy Records in the early '90s, has died. The
Tom Breihan | March 13, 2018 - 9:05 am

Classic Album Cover Artist Gary Burden Dead At 84, Neil Young Pays Tribute

Gary Burden, the Grammy Award-winning artist who designed the covers of classic albums like Neil Young's After The Gold Rush, the Doors' Morrison Hotel, Joni…
Peter Helman | March 10, 2018 - 3:01 pm

Tower Records Founder Russ Solomon Dies at 92

Tower Records founder Russ Solomon died Sunday at the age of 92. According to the Sacramento Bee, Solomon died while watching the Academy…
Colin Stutz / Billboard | March 5, 2018 - 4:24 pm

Veronica Falls Drummer And Boys Forever Songwriter Patrick Doyle Dead At 32

Veronica Falls drummer and Boys Forever/Basic Plumbing songwriter Patrick Doyle has died. Though his cause of death has not yet been revealed, a statement confirming…
Rob Arcand / Spin | March 4, 2018 - 5:06 pm

The Crystals’ Barbara Ann Alston Dead At 74

Girl group singer Barbara Ann Alston of the Crystals died in Charlotte after a two-week battle with the flu, her family says. She was 74.
Ashley Iasimone / Billboard | February 25, 2018 - 11:07 am

Composer Jóhann Jóhannsson Dies At 48

Jóhann Jóhannsson, the visionary Academy Award-nominated and Golden Globe-winning composer behind Sicario and The Theory Of Everything, died in Berlin on Friday, his manager confirmed…
Katie Kilkenny / The Hollywood Reporter | February 10, 2018 - 1:30 pm

Lovebug Starski, Hip-Hop Pioneer, Reportedly Dies At 57

Billboard reports that the hip-hop innovator Lovebug Starski has died in Las Vegas. He was 57.
Tom Breihan | February 9, 2018 - 10:27 am
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