Prince Drummer John Blackwell Jr. Dead at 43 After a Year-Long Cancer Battle
The famous and stylish former drummer of Prince, John Blackwell Jr., has passed away at the age of 43 on Tuesday 4th of July. The stylish percussion powerhouse performer who had a 15-year-long tenure with Prince was battling cancer since 2016.
His wife Yaritza announced the sad news on Blackwell's Instagram with his photo and a caption that reads:
"My husband incredible drummer John Blackwell Jr. passed the way peacefully in my company today. Thanks God for his life and thanks everyone for their support. -Yaritza
The late Drummer's fans are expressing their sorrow on his demise through tweets and other social media mentions. Some of the tweets are:
Rest In Peace #JohnBlackwelljr . Incredible drummer. Say hi 2 Prince 4 me in heaven where it's gonna get funky.
— Marco de la Vega (@bistou_fly) July 5, 2017
— LKVents (@LKVents) July 5, 2017
John was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2016 after undergoing a series of check-ups at a hospital in Japan. Yaritza set up a GoFundMe page last July to help cover the medical expenses, she has raised over $78,000 to date.
Our condolences are with the family in this time of grief and great loss.