The man often referred to as ‘the Jimi Hendrix of the keyboards’ is dead. Bernie Worrell died at the age of 71 Friday. His skilled keyboard playing for Parliament-Funkadelic in the 70s and 80s influenced generations of musicians from various genres–funk, rock, hip-hop and more.
His wife Judie announced on his Facebook page that Worrell died at his home in Washington state after a battle with lung cancer.
Worrell, who may be best known to some for the keyboard work on the group’s song “Flashlight,” wasn’t just funky and creative at his keyboards, he was a classically-trained musician who thought outside the box and worked with multiple high-profile artists including the Talking Heads, Keith Richards and the Pretenders.
Check out the legendary musician (in purple) performing below in April, 2016 with George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic:
(Interworld and the New Innocence)
Rest In Heaven, Bernie.