Kool & The Gang trombonist Clifford Adams has died aged 62 after a year-long battle with liver cancer.
According to NJ.com, the Trenton, New Jersey native “had been suffering with medical issues for about a year and had no health insurance to cover medical expenses”. Adam’s bandmates, family and friends had tried to raise money through fundraisers for a liver transplant prior to his death. The family received support from Jazz Bridge, a non-profit founded to help Trenton’s hazz musicians through difficult times.
Fellow Kool & the Gang musician Michael Ray said: “This was my closest and oldest friend. If you knew Cliff you knew his infectious smile and his strong spirit… He was powered by family values and he was one of the baddest trombone players in all the planet.
“We’ve been around the world several times just playing. He loved the music and he was a master musician. He taught me so much.”
Ray added he had heard from fans and musicians from around the world expressing their condolences and surprise at Adams’ death.
Clifford Adams also played with The Stylistics, Patti Labelle and the Bluebells and Duke Ellington’s Orchestra during his career. He also released two solo albums, ‘The Master Power’ and ‘I Feel Your Spirit’.