Saxophonist Ralph Carney had died aged 61 reports a spokesperson for his nephew, The Black Keys’ Patrick Carney.
Confirmed by Pitchfork, Carney passed away peacefully surrounded by his family in Portland. The saxophonist got his start in the mid ’70s and went on to collaborate with the like of Tom Waits, the B-52s, St. Vincent, The Black Keys and perform the iconic horn line from the ‘Bojack Horseman‘ intro which he co-wrote with his nephew.
Patrick Carney wrote in a statement: “Our family and friends are all devastated. He was an immensely talented musician, deeply thoughtful and funny. He will be missed by many. He inspired me.”
“Without him I never would have listened to the music I do or even considered playing it. We are all heartbroken. I’ll miss you Ralph.”
Listen to the full version of Patrick and Ralph Carney’s impeccable ‘Bojack Horseman’ collaboration below.
Ralph Carney appeared on a number of Tom Waits’ legendary album including 1985’s ‘Rain Dogs’, 1992’s ‘Bone Machine’, and 1993’s ‘Black Rider’.
Meanwhile, It has been announced that BoJack Horseman will return for a fifth season which will star Arrested Development‘s Will Arnett as the eponymous lead, with Amy Sedaris, Alison Brie, Paul F Tompkins and Breaking Bad‘s Aaron Paul in supporting roles.