george duke*This news is so devastating, it hurts to report it. Master musician George Duke has passed away. He was 67.

The news came via notification from Ron Brewington, Motown Alumni Association (MAA). He was informed of George’s passing from former Supremes member Scherrie Payne in the note below

I just received the devastating and sad news that the great musician, George Duke, passed away this evening at St. John’s hospital in L.A.  It was just one year earlier, July 18th, that his beloved wife and my friend, Corine, went to be with the Lord. Please keep his sons, Rasheed and John, in your prayers.

Funeral services will be private.

Blessings,

Scherrie

Unfortunately no details of George Duke’s death are available as of this posting.

It’s worth noting that George had just released (on July 16) a new album called “Dreamweaver” which was a tribute to his dearly departed wife Corine, who passed away a year ago from cancer.

george duke (dreamweasver cover)You can find reviews for the album here:

Music Review: Keyboardist George Duke offers heartfelt tribute to late wife on ‘DreamWeaver’
George Duke is a dream weaver and a music maker
George Duke: Dreamweaver

EUR’s Lee Bailey had the pleasure and privilege of interviewing his old friend for that album as well. You can read those interviews via the links below:

George Duke Weaves a New Dream With Teena Marie on New Album
George Duke Speaks on Wife Corine’s Death and Healing Through Music

More on the death of George Duke as details become available. In the meantime, watch this amazing, informative and highly entertaining documentary on the making of “Dreamweaver”:

We couldn’t help but throw in this blast from the past (1978). It’s George and his band – including Sheila E, Ndugu Chancler and Byron Miller – recording the super funky “Dukey Stick”:

Check out MORE of George Duke’s videos HERE at YouTube