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Founding Jamiroquai Keyboardist and Songwriter Toby Smith Dead at 46

Toby Smith, keyboardist, producer, co-songwriter, and founding member of the British funk band Jamiroquai, passed away at the age of 46 yesterday. The cause of…
Winston Cook-Wilson / April 13, 2017

Remember When Leon Ware Was the MVP of R&B?

Singer, songwriter, and producer Leon Ware, who passed away last night at the age of 77, sustained a decades-long career full of great and influential music--for…
Winston Cook-Wilson / February 24, 2017

David Axelrod, Visionary Composer and Hip-Hop Production Muse, Dead at 83

David Axelrod--visionary, genre-bending composer and icon of sample-based rap producers--passed away at his Los Angeles home this weekend, according to Billboard. The cause of death…
Winston Cook-Wilson / February 6, 2017

Author, Playwright, and Former SPIN Writer Marc Spitz Dies at 47

Author, playwright, and journalist Marc Spitz, writer of numerous SPIN stories during a decade spent at the magazine, died today, Billboard reports. He was 47.
SPIN Staff / February 4, 2017

James Laurence of Hip-Hop Production Duo Friendzone Has Died

James Laurence, one half of the Bay Area rap production duo Friendzone, has died, the Fader reports. Sunday evening, fellow musicians including Ryan Hemsworth, Clams Casino,…
Andy Cush / January 30, 2017

Sean McKeough, Riot Fest Co-Founder, Dead at 42

Sean P. McKeough, co-founder of the Chicago-based punk festival Riot Fest, has died at age 42. Michael Petryshyn, McKeough's co-founder, acknowledged his passing in a statement…
Andy Cush / December 1, 2016

Acid House Pioneer DJ Spank Spank Has Died

Earl Smith Jr., also known as DJ Spank Spank of the pioneering acid house crew Phuture, has died. The death was announced on his Facebook…
Andy Cush / September 21, 2016