ricky lawson

Ricky Lawson

*We have sad news to report about studio drummer/musician Ricky Lawson.

Lawson, who collaborated with some of music’s biggest names including Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston and Phil Collins, is dead at the age of 59.

Lawson’s uncle, Paul Riser of Detroit, said Tuesday that Lawson was removed from life support 10 days after the aneurysm diagnosis and died Monday evening. He was being treated at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center.

The Detroit native learned to play drums at age 16 and jumped into the music business even before graduating from Cooley High School, developing into one of the nation’s top studio musicians in the 1980s.

His work appears on Houston’s version of I Will Always Love You. He also performed with Al Jarreau, George Benson, Bette Midler, Quincy Jones and many others.

Lawson became disoriented during a performance on Dec. 13 and was diagnosed with an aneurysm, according to USA Today.

Drummer Questlove Thompson of The Roots called Lawson “the master” on Twitter on Dec. 18 in a message saying, “praying for his recovery.”

Drummer Sheila E. tweeted Tuesday: “We lost a great man, drummer, father, brother and son. mr Ricky Lawson. He passed away yesterday. Please pray for his family. we will miss u.”

Another notable death is that of Jeffrey Pollack the director of “Booty Call.” He was 54

Pollack, the founder of Handprint Entertainment with partner Benny Medina, also directed “Above the Rim” and “Lost & Found.” Additionally, he served as a producer on “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air.”

According to the Manhattan Beach Patch, Pollack was found on the Greenbelt in Hermosa Beach, California early on the morning of Dec. 23 by an unidentified woman out jogging who called the police. Pollack was already deceased. Hermosa Beach police don’t suspect foul play and it’s believed he died of natural causes while exercising. He was an avid runner and softball player.

Pollack directed three movies: 1994′s “Above the Rim,” the story of a rising basketball star and his troubled brothers starring Duane Martin and Tupac Shakur; 1997′s “Booty Call with Jamie Foxx, Vivica Fox and Tommy Davidson and 1999′s “Lost & Found” starring David Spade.