George Duke Dies; Jazz Great Was 67

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Jazz musician George Duke, known as one of the greats in his genre and an influence on countless artists, died Monday in Los Angeles at age 67.

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A pioneer in funk and R&B as well as jazz, he had been battling chronic lymphocytic leukemia, according to Concord Music Group, which confirmed his death.

His son, Rashid Duke, said in a statement on Monday:

"The outpouring of love and support that we have received from my father's friends, fans and the entire music community has been overwhelming."

"Thank you all for your concern, prayers and support."

The Grammy Award-winning keyboardist produced and collaborated with artists such as Frank Zappa, Miles Davis, Jill Scott and Michael Jackson.

His career spanned more than four decades, and his music was also memorably sampled by Kanye West, Daft Punk and Common in recent years.

George Duke's final album, DreamWeaver, was released just weeks ago, July 16, and made its debut at No. 1 on Billboard's contemporary jazz chart.

It was his first album since the death of his wife, Corine, last year.


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