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Pop and Rock Star Deaths in 2016

Image from Bobby Hutcherson’s 1966 album, "Stick-Up!"

Bobby Hutcherson

Bands: solo artist

Position: vibraphonist

Died: Aug. 15, 2016

Cause of death: emphysema

Age: 75

Distinction: One of the great jazz vibes players of all time, he recorded as a sideman with Eric Dolphy, Sonny Rollins, Dexter Gordon, Herbie Hancock, Freddie Hubbard, Jackie McLean, Lee Morgan and many others.

Note: Hutcherson was arrested for marijuana possession in New York's Central Park with drummer Joe Chambers in 1967. This resulted in the loss of his cabaret card, which at the time was required for performing musicians in New York.

Steve Bloom

Steve Bloom

Publisher of, former editor of High Times and Freedom Leaf and co-author of Pot Culture and Reefer Movie Madness.