July 5, 2017
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John Blackwell Jr., Prince‘s long-time drummer, died this week at the age of 43.
TMZ reports that the cause of death is unknown but the drummer likely died of a brain tumor, which he’d been suffering from since 2016. John’s wife Yaritza setup a GoFundMe page last July and to help cover the medical expenses. So far the page has raised $78,000. Yaritza shared the news of her husband’s passing on his social media pages.
Justin Timberlake also shared his thoughts on Twitter. Blackwell toured with the singer on his FutureSex/LoveSounds album.
RIP, John Blackwell. You are a kind, gentle soul and one special talent. You will be missed by myself and so many. God bless you, bro.
— Justin Timberlake (@jtimberlake) July 5, 2017
Take a look at John in action on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno in 2002.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.
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