*According to NJ.com, the popular trombonist Clifford Adams most known for working with R&B group Kool & the Gang passed away on Monday at 62.
Adams was battling liver cancer for about a year, but he had no health insurance to cover his immensely growing medical bills.
In support of him, friends, family and fellow musicians tried to pitch in and help. They fundraised money for him to cover the cost of a liver transplant. Although, the funds weren’t enough.
His family received helped from Jazz Bridge, which is a non-profit organization focused on helping jazz musicians in times of crisis.
Adams who has worked with many other artists like Patti LaBelle and the Bluebells and The Stylistics is described as having a big heart and never taking his fame to his head, according to collaborator and poet Todd Evans.
“He was one of the most humble brothers I have ever met,” Evans said. “For him to be a Kool & the Gang member and behind songs I grew up with, you wouldn’t know it from talking to him. He was just like everybody else. He didn’t wear his success on his sleeve.”
A fundraiser is being held on Friday, Jan. 16, 2015 to help his family with his extensive medical costs. The event will include spoken word and music at 6 p.m. at 429 John F. Kennedy Way in Willingboro, New Jersey. Jazz Bridge will accept donations.