Jazz Keyboardist George Duke Dies at 67

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Jazz Keyboardist George Duke Dies at 67

Grammy-winning jazz legend George Duke has died at age 67.

Duke passed away Monday night in Los Angeles. USA Today reports he was battling and being treated for chronic lymphocytic leukemia.

“The outpouring of love and support that we have received from my father’s friends, fans and the entire music community has been overwhelming,” said his son, Rashid Duke, in a statement. “Thank you all for your concern, prayers and support.”

During his nearly 50-year career as a jazz keyboardist and producer, Duke put out more than 40 albums and collaborated with artists such as Frank Zappa, Michael Jackson, the Don Ellis Orchestra, Miles Davis, Smokey Robinson, Gladys Knight, Dionne Warwick and Natalie Cole. His final album, DreamWeaver, was released on July 16 and made its debut at No. 1 on Billboard’s contemporary jazz chart.

Duke’s wife, Corine, died from cancer last year. Below is a recent interview with Duke about DreamWeaver.