It comes with great sadness to inform our readers of a prolific musician's death. The news comes extremely hard for the music industry.
At this time, we are asking our readers to keep the family in their thoughts and prayers as they go through this difficult time. Fans have expressed their condolences over multiple social media platforms, and other fellow musicians have paid tribute over the Internet as well.
Roy Hargrove, Grammy-winning jazz trumpeter, died on Friday, November 2, from cardiac arrest, according to his manager, Larry Clothier, "NPR" reported. Hargrove had been hospitalized for a kidney issue and had been receiving dialysis for many years. He was 49 years old.
"It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of the great Roy Anthony Hargrove, at age 49, in New York City last night from cardiac arrest due to complications from his valiant battle with kidney disease, according to his longtime manager, Larry Clothier," Hargrove's Facebook page stated.
"One of the most respected and loved musicians in our New York City community and the world at large, the trailblazing multiple Grammy Award winning trumpeter was known just as intensely for his brimming fire and fury as he was for his gorgeous, signature balladry. Over and over, his sound attested to and sanctified his deep love for music. His unselfish timbre covered the waterfront of every musical landscape. Owning his music, his sound, Roy inspired generations of musicians. He was a game changer," the statement read.
When Hargrove was in high school, his talents were discovered by Wynton Marsalis. Hargrove attended the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, and shortly after, his music career took off.
Hargrove played alongside jazz legends, such as, Herbie Hancock, and Sonny Rollins. He also crossed into other music genres contributing to albums by Common, D'Angelo, Erykah Badu, and many others.
Hargrove is survived by his wife, Aida, daughter, Kamala, mother, Jaklyn, and brother Brian. Please keep the Hargrove family in your prayers.