Pop, Hip-Hop and Rock Star Deaths in 2023


RIP Astrud Gilberto (image via Acerco UH/Folhapress)


Big Pokey (Milton Powell) - Houston-born rapper; suffered heart attack while performing on stage; 48

Blackie Onassis (John Rowan) - Illinois-born drummer with Urge Overkill; 59

• Astrud Gilberto - Brazilian singer who helped popularize bossa nova worldwide with songs like "The Girl from Ipanema" (No. 5, 1964); 83

Jack Lee - L.A. based singer-songwriter who wrote Blondie's "Hanging on the Telephone" (1978) and co-founded the Nerves; cancer; 71

Phillipe Marcade - New York-based frontman of The Senders; pancreatic cancer; 68

Tony McPhee - frontman of British band, The Groundhogs; 79

William Lee Rauch - drummer with Megadeath and several other metal bands; 58

Ryan Siew - guitarist with Australian metal band Polaris; 

Gerald Sims - Chicago-based session guitarist noted for his session work at Chess Records; 83

Choi Sung-bong (Sungbong Choi) - South Korean pop singer; suicide; 33

Teresa Nervosa (nee Taylor) - Texas-born drummer with Buttholes Surfers; also appeared in Slacker; lung disease; 60

Cynthia Weil - New York-born songwriter who teamed up with Barry Mann on such hits as "You've Lost That Loving Feeling," "On Broadway," "Walking in the Rain" and "Blame It on the Bossa Nova"; 82

George Winston - Grammy-winning Michigan-born pianist associated with New Age music; cancer; 74


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