Prince’s Drummer John Blackwell Jr. Dies

Prince’s drummer, who could always bee seen on tour, passed away. John Blackwell’s wife Yaritza Blackwell gave the news of his death on his Instagram account on July 3rd, 2017. She told his beloved fans that he had passed away peacefully at their home in her company. Yaritza Blackwell also gave thanks for the many years she spent with him. support from fans worldwide.

John Blackwell Jr. toured for countless years alongside Prince. He was only forty-three years old at the time of his death. Many people understood that John Blackwell Jr. was battling a brain tumor, but as of right now there is no known cause of his sudden death.

Reports from 2016 suggest that John Blackwell Jr. underwent dozens of test and exams to determine his illness in Japan. With the love of his wife, family, friends, and fans they set up a GoFundMe page to cover his medical expenses. His family, friends and beloved fans raised over $78,000 to help him through his journey.

Prince’s Long Time Drummer Passes Away

Days before his death John Blackwell Jr. and his wife shared a video on social media praying for him to recover. They also to the time to thank everyone for all the support from praying and donating to him. Yaritza Blackwell expressed how hard the last year has been for herself and her husband.

She went on to say hat John Blackwell Jr. had been exchanged to a recovery office and will keep on receiving physical, word related and language courses. The recuperation procedure would be long.

Before John Blackwell Jr. met Prince, he was a drummer for Patti LaBelle for a long time. He was apart of her 1998 collection Live! One Night Only. He was a piece of 2003’s instrumental N.E.W.S. collection and the Live at the Aladdin Las Vegas DVD. In expansion to Prince and LaBelle, Blackwell likewise worked with different performers all through his vocation. In 2006, he visited with Justin Timberlake for his FutureSex/LoveSounds collection.