Pop, Hip-Hop and Rock Star Deaths in 2023


RIP Ahmad Jamal and Harry Belafonte

Tim Bachman - founding member and guitarist/vocalist of Canadian rock band Bachman-Turner Overdrive; cancer; 71

John "Ian" Bairson - Scottish multi-instrumentalist who played with the Alan Parsons Project and Kate Bush; dementia; 69

Harry Belafonte - legendary singer/actor and civil rights activist best known for his hit "Day-P (The Banana Boat Song)" (No. 5, 1956); 96

• Luqman Tariq Hadid Brown - New York-born founder of punk-funk band Funkface; 52

Paul Cattermole - British singer/actor with the group S Club 7; 46

Bill Connell - Florida-born drummer with the Allman Joys; 74

Ivan Conti - co-founder and percussionist of Brazilian jazz band Azymuth; 76

• Julián Figueroa - Mexican singer; acute myocardial infarction and ventricular fibrillation; 27

Keith Gattis - Nashville-based country singer-songwriter; tractor accident; 52

Ralph Humphrey - L.A.-based drummer who played with Frank Zappa, Don Ellis Big Band and more; 78

Brian "Brizz" Gillis - founding member of Massachusetts-based boyband LFO; 47

Ahmad Jamal - Pittsburgh-born jazz pianist; prostate cancer; 92

• Edward "Kidd" Jordan - New Orleans-based jazz saxophonist; 87

• Laura Lozano - aspiring singer; found dead in hotel room in Los Angeles; 34 

• MoneySign Suede (Jaime Valdez) - L.A.-based rapper; stabbed to death in prison; 22

• John Regan - bassist with Peter Frampton, Ace Frehley and more; 71

Don Sebesky - New Jersey-born jazz composer, arranger and tromobonist; winner of three Grammys and a Tony; 85

Vivian Trimble - keyboardist with alt-rock/rap group Luscious Jackson; cancer; 59

Lars-Ove "Lasse" Wellander - guitarist with Swedish pop band, Abba; 70


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