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Musician and music pioneer, George Duke has passed away. He died on August 5, 2013 according to sources.

The news came via notification from Ron Brewington, Motown Alumni Association (MAA). He was informed of George’s passing from former Supremes member Scherrie Payne in the note below:

“I just received the devastating and sad news that the great musician, George Duke, passed away this evening at St. John’s hospital in L.A.  It was just one year earlier, July 18th, that his beloved wife and my friend, Corine, went to be with the Lord. Please keep his sons, Rasheed and John, in your prayers.”


Duke was born on January 12, 1946 in San Rafael, California. He is best known for his work as a jazz musician and is often thought of as a keyboard pioneer. George had just released (on July 13) a new album called “Dreamweaver” which was a tribute to his dearly departed wife Corine, who passed away only a year prior from cancer.


The musician, singer, producer and composer leaves behind a stunning legacy that includes collaborations with the likes of Frank Zappa and albums such as the Jean-Luc Ponty Experience with the George Duke Trio. Duke’s music has been sampled by the likes of A Tribe Called Quest, Pete Rock and Madlib.


Stay tuned to BlackDoctor.org for more information, including cause of death.


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