RIP: Bernie Worrell Dead at 72


Parliament Funkadelic keyboardist Bernie Worrell has died at the age of 72. Bernie was battling what he referred to as a mild form of prostate cancer and stage-four liver cancer. He fought for years but was surrounded by friends and family during the battle. Worrell originally met George Clinton while he was performing in the doo-wop group The Parliaments and soon joined forces with guitarist Eddie Hazel, vocalist Fuzzy Haskins and Billy Bass Nelson to complete Funkadelic s 1970 debut album which was followed up months later with the now infamous Free Your Mind… and Your Ass Will Follow album. Bernie Worell also led his solo act the Bernie Worrell Orchestra (view our photoshoot of his Bear Creek performance here), but also played as an unofficial member of Talking Heads for many years. He also made appearances in films like Ricki And The Flash and even starred in a film focusing on his genius called Stranger: Bernie Worrell On Earth. He was inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall Of F
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