Pop, Hip-Hop and Rock Star Deaths in 2023



Jimmy Buffett - Mississippi-born leader of the Jimmy Buffett & the Coal Reefe Band, known for hits like "Margaritaville" (No. 8, 1977), "Come Monday" (No. 30, 1974) and "Cheeseburger in Paradise" (No. 32, 1978) and the rabid Parrothead fan base; skin cancer lymphoma; 76

Jack Sonni – American-born guitarist with British rock band Diree Straits; 68


RIP Robbie Robertson (AP photo)


August 08 (Ray Jacobs) - Los Angeles-born singer and songwriter; 31

Bruddah Waltah (Walter Aipolani) - Hawaiian singer/songwriter and guitarist, known as "the father of Hawaiian reggae"; liver cancer; 68

James Casey - Washington, DC-born saxophonist with the Trey Anastasio Band; colon cancer; 40 

DJ Casper (William Perry Jr.) - Chicago DJ known for the "Cha Cha Slide" dance; cancer; 58

Chico Del Vec - founding member of Brooklyn-based hip-hop group, Junior M.A.F.I.A.

Bobby Eli - guitarist with Philly Soul group MFSB and lyricist of R&B hits like Major Lance's "Love Won't Let Me Wait" (No. 5, 1975); 77

 John Gosling - keyboardist with the Kinks in the '70s; 75

Ray Hildebrand - Texas-born co-founder of '60s pop duo, Paul & Paula, with Jill Jackson; had No. 1 hit with "Hey Paula" in 1963; 82

David LaFlamme - co-founder (with his wife Linda) and violinist of San Francisco rock band It's a Beautiful Day; had a hit with "White Bird" in 1969; Parkinson's; 82

Lil Sodi (Madsodi Simpson) - L.A. rapper; car accident

Magoo (Melvin Barcliff) - Virginia-born rapper who teamed up with Timbaland (Timothy Mosley) in the group Timbaland & Magoo; 50

Bernie Marsden - guitarist with British hard-rock band Whitesnake; co-wrote "Here I Go Again" (No. 1, 1987) and other songs with singer David Coverdale; meningitis; 72

Brian McBride - founding member of Austin-based ambient music duo Stars of the Lid with Adam Wiltzie; 53

Ron S. Peno - frontman for Australian rock band Died Pretty; cancer; 68

Robbie Robertson - Canadian-born Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee as co-founder of The Band; wrote "The Weight," "Up on Cripple Creek," "Rag Mama Rag," "Chest Fever," "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down" and many other songs; 80

Sixto Rodriguez -  Detroit-based singer-songwriter; featured in the Oscar-winning 2012 doc, Searching for Sugarman; 81

Gary Young - New York-born original drummer with rock band Pavement; 70

Young Capone (Rodriguez Smith) - Atlanta rapper; 35


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