Erykah Badu, D'Angelo, Flea Among Those Mourning Trumpeter Roy Hargrove

Jazz trumpeter Roy Hargrove — who has worked with everyone from Common to Erykah Badu — passed away on Friday (November 2). Longtime manager Larry Clothier confirmed the news to NPR.

The Grammy Award-winning musician suffered a fatal heart attack in New York City on Friday night. Over the course of his career, Hargrove contributed to several notable albums, including Badu’s Mama’s Gun and Common’s Like Water For Chocolate. 

Hargrove struggled with substance abuse throughout his life. In 2014, he pleaded guilty to cocaine possession in Manhattan criminal court and was sentenced to two days of community service.Those close to Hargrove say he had recently started down the road of recovery.

“Whatever it was for a lot of years, it was radically, drastically curtailed over the last year or two,” Clothier said. “He was playing great; he really had himself back together. This last run we did in Europe, it was as good as I heard him play in the last 10 years.”

Hargrove’s friends, admirers and fellow musicians have come out in droves to mourn his passing.

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